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The Hoard of Mhorrer (Macmillan New Writing) Hardcover – 2 Jan 2009

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan New Writing; First Edition edition (2 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023070980X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230709805
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,242,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matt FW Curran was born in Essex in 1974. From an early age he was brought up on a diet of fantasy and science fiction by parents who might have known better, but loved to encourage their son's imagination. At the age of 11, Matt had already written his first short story (The Vent) and by the time he was 17, he had written over a dozen short stories, writing his first novel The Forever Chain by the time he was 18.

After studying in Sheffield, he made his home there, met his wife and continued writing books in his spare time. His day jobs have included working for a geographical magazine, a high-street bank, the Government, as well as moonlighting as a freelance journalist for a local music paper.

In 2005, Macmillan Publishers discovered Matt's novel, The Secret War, in a Channel 4 writing competition and was published in 2007. The second book in the series, The Hoard of Mhorrer, was published in 2009 and Matt is currently working on a third novel.

He has been struck by lightning twice...

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'Curran is obviously an exciting new talent in the science-fiction and fantasy scene.' -- SciFi Now

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Prepare to confront the incarnation of evil. It is 1820 and the world is on the brink. A fearless cohort of soldier-monks, led by Lieutenant William Saxon, has been dispatched to Egypt on the most important mission in history. For thousands of years a great secret has been kept: a stockpile of appalling malevolence, which, if let loose, will plunge the world into eternal damnation. This is the Hoard of Mhorrer. The soldiers must find and destroy the Hoard before the daemonic agents of the evil Count Ordrane of Draak locate it. In a heart-stopping race against time, ranging from Papal Rome to the desolate heart of Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, the soldiers must battle murderous militiamen and pitiless daemons, and finally, terrifyingly, the bloodthirsty Guardians of the Horde. If William and his men succeed, the clandestine war between Heaven and Hell will at last begin to favour the forces of light. But if they fail, and the agents of Hell claim the Hoard, then they will unleash an army of invincible daemons, and humankind – what is left of it – will come to know the true meaning of evil.

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Format: Hardcover
M. F. W. Curran's previous novel, ''The Secret War'', provided the reader with a great opening into this series. Curran builds his characters very well and then puts them into a very gripping story. It was with great anticipation I jumped straight into the follow up, ''The Hoard of Mhorrer''. Whilst it contains many of the elements that made the first book so good, it is different enough to be more than just a copy of what worked so well last time.

Since the events of ''The Secret War'', Captain William Saxon has continued the fight against vampyres and daemons and is now a respected leader amongst the fighting monks of Saint Sallian. The monks have slain many of the enemy, but William has also lost a number of men under his command and is hunting one particular vampire who has killed a large number of them.

In his personal life, things are also on a little bit of a rollercoaster ride. He is happy with Adriana, although struggling to cope with their adopted son Marco, who wants to follow William into battle, which he is reluctant to allow. Whilst their time together is wonderful, it is all too brief, as William once again discovers. Having only been home for a couple of days, he leaves sent on a mission to Egypt, to hunt down the Hoard of Mhorrer - a large store of Scarimadaen, which are objects used to summon daemons. The vampyres themselves are also very keen to track down the Hoard, as this would allow them to summon enough daemons to destroy the monks.

It is a difficult path, as they arrive in Egypt to discover that vampyres have murdered the one person they believed could direct them to the Hoard. The Egyptian militia also pursues them, after events result in the deaths of a number of local people.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Loopy on 25 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
This second book from new writer Matt Curran in his Secret War series is a thrilling head-long ride into a blood drenched battle with evil set in the Sinai dessert of Egypt, via the dusty halls of the Vatican, which does not fail to keep the reader gripped.

The novel travels across Europe initially back to Rome, and then on to the ultimate mission in Egypt, where Captain William Saxon (who has matured considerably as a leader since the first book) is leading a massive army of catholic brothers and Bedouin tribesmen against a savage blood thirsty satanic enemy.

It's great to be reading about Will Saxon and his men again and to see how his life has developed since the first book. The characters in the book are engaging and draw you into the action and drama effortlessly.
The balance of writing between action, plot development and character progression is much better in this second book and you can see Matt Curran evolving as a writer.

This is an extremely entertaining read, which made me shed a tear again (but then I'm a sucker for a tearful scene) and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about vampyres, daemons, great battles between good and evil.
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