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Stronghold (Tomes of the Dead) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Finch
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When King Edward I of England built Grogen Castle in Wales, he proclaimed it the strongest fortress in the British Isles; impregnable to assault, armed with devices so fiendish that would-be attackers would die in multitudes. But the Welsh have had enough of English tyranny. Armed with druidic magic and an ancient, mystical artefact, they summon an army to their banner even the most supersitious of Edward's soldiers could never have imagined. Soon, Grogen Castle finds itself beseiged by forces forged from splintered bone and rotten flesh. Just how long can this Stronghold hold out against the zombie horde?

About the Author

Paul FInch is an award-winning horror film writer, ex-cop and historian. His novel "Cape Wrath "made the final ballot of the Bram Stoker Awards and his short story, 'After Shocks' won the British Fantasy Award. "Stronghold" is Paul's first novel for Abaddon.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 521 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Rebellion Publishing Limited (17 Aug 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Z1JDNK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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For Paul's blog go to www.paulfinch-author.blogspot.co.uk
Published by www.harpercollins.co.uk
For twitter follow Paul - @paulfinchauthor
Paul's agent- Julian Friedmann at http://www.blakefriedmann.co.uk/

Paul Finch studied History at Goldsmiths, London, before becoming a cop in the north west of England. He then let his passion for writing allow him to follow a career in journalism. Now a full time writer, he first cut his literary teeth penning episodes of the British TV crime drama, THE BILL, and has written extensively in the field of children's animation. However, he is probably best known for his work in thrillers and horrors.

His crime debut novel, STALKERS, was a no 1 ebook best seller in 2013 and introduced DS Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg. This was followed last July 2013 by the sequel, SACRIFICE, and May 2014 by the third in the series, THE KILLING CLUB. The fourth, DEAD MAN WALKING, will follow in November 2014, with the fifth, HUNTED, in February 2015. The Heck series is also to be published in Germany, Poland, Turkey, Hungary, and Japan.

In addition to his Heck novels, Paul has had twelve books and nearly 300 stories and novellas published on both sides of the Atlantic. His first collection, AFTER SHOCKS (Ash-Tree Press), won the British Fantasy Award in 2002, while he won the award again in 2007 for his novella, KID. Later in 2007, he won the International Horror Guild Award for his mid-length story, THE OLD NORTH ROAD. His short novel, CAPE WRATH (Telos), was short-listed for the Bram Stoker Award in 2002, and several other collections of his stories and novellas have been published since, all of them well received by fans and readers. His horror novel, STRONGHOLD, was published by Abaddon Books in 2010, and the same year Pendragon Press published his highly rated festive terror tale, SPARROWHAWK. Paul has also written three DR WHO audio dramas for Big Finish - LEVIATHAN, SENTINELS OF THE NEW DAWN and HEXAGORA, and THRESHOLD, the pilot episode for the DR WHO spin-off series, COUNTER MEASURES. Paul's DR WHO novel, HUNTER'S MOON was published by BBC Books in 2011.

Paul is no stranger to film either, having written scripts for several horror movies. Two of these, SPIRIT TRAP and THE DEVIL'S ROCK, were released in 2005 and 2011 respectively, while his short story THE BELFRIES, is currently being adapted in Hollywood, and his movie script WAR WOLF is under development by Amber Entertainment.

Wearing an editor's hat, Paul is also responsible for the TERROR TALES series from Gray Friar Press, a collection of ghost and horror anthologies exploring the folklore, history and geography of the various regions of Britain.

Paul Finch lives in Lancashire, UK, with his wife Cathy and his children, Eleanor and Harry.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Medieval action with Zombies 13 Aug 2010
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Set during the reign of Edward (Longshanks) the first of England, this offering takes the reader to a time where warfare was fought as savegly against the people as it was against the invaders in this offering from Paul Finch. He gets the feel right for the time period and with characters who are as much villain as hero it sets a tone for a war of attrition that no side can afford. Add to the mix zombies and a siege and you know that its something that is quite cinematic. It's well written, it's got crisp description and it's a stand alone title that makes it easy for people to dip into. Whilst this won't be for all fans of Urban Fantasy it's a title that will please a lot of readers who enjoy a dip into Historical Fiction alongside their zombies. An offering I really enjoyed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Zombies vs Knights 2 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
Paul Finch's entry into the Tomes of the Dead series takes place in the bloodthirsty 13th century. The Welsh and the English are at war and doing their best to extermine one another from the land.

After an English lord commits a particularly brutal spate of atrocities, the now-despoted Welsh Countess responds by turning to a forbidden power - the druids and their black cauldron (make no mistake, this has nothing else in common with Disney!). The English soon find themselves pinned down in a remote fortress with legions of the undead on the move...

There's not much more to this book. There's a wee drop of character development and an equally miniscule bit of plot - but, hopefully, that's not the reason you're looking to this book anyway. Stronghold is fantasy military zombie porn - page after page of lavish description of the gruesome undead inflicting & receiving gruesome wounds. Often with war machines. Mr. Finch has a loving attention to detail and his well-researched setting proves a great home for his wild imagination. This book is shameless fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A zombie fuelled history lesson 30 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Tomes of The Dead series from Abbadon books may have a classic pulp sensibility but it uses some of the strongest horror writers around to deliver its smorgasbord of zombie goodness. Writers like Gary McMahon, Simon Bestwick and Weston Ochse have all delivered highly entertaining books in the series so far and now they are joined by one of my favourite horror writers, Paul Finch.

Stronghold takes us far back into late 13th Century Wales where those pesky English are cutting a swathe of violence through the indigenous population. The taking of Grogen Castle and the subsequent physical and sexual abuse of the lady of the Castle, Countess Madalyn and her daughter Gwendolyn are the final straws. With her daughter held prisoner Madalyn seeks help from the practitioners of the old magic, the fabled Welsh Druids, and it's not long before armies of the dead are rising up to reclaim the castle.

What follows is a gruesome account of the battle for Grogen Castle between the English defenders and the newly risen Welsh zombie army. It's a veritable dictionary of anatomical terms as body parts are skewered, severed, chewed and burnt in increasingly bizarre ways.

Paul Finch utilises his excellent skill to weave historical detail into a horrific storyline. So not only do you get a full biology lesson but a thorough understanding of 13th century siege methods. It's all excellent fun delivered in the worst possible taste fitting the series mentality perfectly.

My only criticism is that with such a broad canvas of the Welsh/English conflict the possibilities of extending the zombie battle onto a larger battlefield existed. Instead we are faced with a fairly small and claustrophobic encounter that feels like it should be part of a bigger campaign.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a good read 22 April 2014
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A zombie book with a difference,set in days of old,medieval times,a very gory and bloody book,well worth the price highly recommend
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