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NORTHMAN by [Hughes, J.D.]
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About the Author

JD Hughes has two novels, supernatural thriller NORTHMAN, and his latest: Gothic thriller AND SOON THE SONG, plus short stories, BOMBER, ISSUE 49 & THE 500 widely available. He is currently working on his third novel, due out mid 2016. SAMPLE REVIEWS "Written by what I can only describe as a master story teller." "This is a tour de force of a book. The author is definitely one to watch." "At last, an intelligent, beautifully written horror thriller" "He excels at setting the mood, whether it's sexual tension, a sense of creeping evil, or outright violence." "A very talented writer with a fantastic imagination and literary eye" "A great supernatural thriller, intelligent writing and the historical elements were superb." "Terrifying, darkly moving but occasionally fall-about funny." "One of those rare books that uses genre writing to say something profound..." "Disturbing, poetic, visceral, intelligent, magnificent." Follow his blog and get advance notification of new short stories or novels and free chapters. JD loves to hear from readers, so please feel free to post comments on any subject you like. Blog: http://jdhugheswriter.wordpress.com http://about.me/J.D.Hughes Follow on Twitter: @JDHughes4

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1072 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: i-Magic Media (first edition published Nov 2012); 2nd edition edition (5 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A8G2CIY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #288,649 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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GOSH! I hope Mr Hughes is proud of this, because he should be!

I've never read a horror/supernatural/thriller book before, at least, not for years and years - it's not a genre that interests me at all, but I am hugely interested in all things Viking, and I thought the title and cover were terrific! Also, I had already read a short story by Hughes, so I knew he could write.

The beginning of the book is excellent, but it was the last 30% that I liked the best, and the ending is stunning, something I hadn't predicted at all - isn't it great when that happens? A weak ending can, for me, take a book down from 4/5 stars to 3/4, but this ending took it up a notch! I loved the Dark Ages historical element to the whole of the last section.

Other things I really liked - the sudden introduction of minor characters, giving cameo appearances in order to illustrate something. That's a literary device I use myself as I find it very effective, and I certainly did here. Also: the descriptions of the sociological state of England, the sometimes very funny dialogue ("Strange chap. Should have been a philosopher, you know. Or a serial killer"). My favourite part of all was a long scene with archaelogical assistant Martin, and pilot Peterson, at about 70%, but I can't say what it is here, because it would spoil the plot. Can I just say that I adore anything to do with time travel? Brilliantly done, I read it several times.

I imagine other reviews have or will say that this should be made into a film. I don't think it should be made into a film so much as a BBC serial - about 10 episodes, I think!
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This has to be one of the worst books I've ever read. Its contains rambling monologues about uptight British which have nothing to do with the story. Any competent editor would have hacked 200 pages of this drivel to make a coherent story. Avoid (even it is free).
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Jumping between different times and characters, Hughes successfully builds a tale of evil spanning both continents and millennia. Raising questions of what life after death might be, the novel moves beyond the quick thrill of the ghost story into the realms of existential terror.

A string of freak occurrences lead to a German bomb lying untriggered in the barrow of a Thorkil, a Norse raider killed by Celtic magic, until the Twentieth Century. When it finally explodes it tears apart not only the barrow but lives, and eventually time itself. Kate, an archaeologist doubting her vocation, and Michael, a film director who finds her naked and crazed near the remains of the barrow, find themselves drawn together again and again as bad luck strikes wherever artefacts from the barrow are stored.

Although Hughes maintains a coherent voice throughout, the different time periods also have their own authentic style: Thorkil's death is recounted in a rhythmic, simile-filled prose reminiscent of saga; the bombing of Derby is delivered in clipped sentences familiar from military tales. A similar nuance exists in the characters' voices and actions.

The tension rises quickly without sacrificing the essential mystery. Skillful use of divine irony allows the reader to know there is a supernatural explanation while the characters are still blissful ignorant, but the evidence revealed still leaves the reader facing the question, is the threat a resurrected Thorkil, the remnants of the Celtic spell, or something else?

In parallel with the ongoing horror of a tightly-formed ghost story, the novel raises questions about the place of violence in society; is Thorkil evil if he is a hero by the mores of his people? Is killing honourably murder?
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Where to start? Northman is one of the most ambitious books I've ever come across. It reminds me of Stephen King's writing, dealing with real, gritty, sometimes hilarious characters pitched against the unrelenting supernatural forces of evil. (Don't want to give anything away). There is historical interest too, which added yet another dimension.

The characters are convincing, although I admit that I did skim a little when the conversation got a little too developed and held up the flow of the story.

The plot was, at all times, a driving force. I always looked forward to switching on my kindle and finding out what would happen next as the author intertwined the totally unpredictable fates of his characters. As many people have mentioned, the latter part of the book moves to a different level. The story builds to a sustained and intricate denouement that comes in waves of exciting action and beautifully observed description.

Northman is outside my preferred genre, but I read it because I was impressed by the amazing reviews. If you like this genre, the book will definitely blow you away.
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Just finished this after reading it over the weekend. Have been eagerly awaiting this since reading his short stories, and very pleased to say it exceeded my hopes considerably. It's a big book but very compelling and readable - I struggled to put it down. Highly recommended.

I found this to be a hugely entertaining book, with lots of unexpected twists and turns. The historic details are intricately woven into the plot as well as providing colour and depth to the story. It really is one of those books you don't want to put down. It's not a short book by any means (400+ pages), but I flew through it in a few sittings which really kept the dramatic momentum up. J.D. Hughes is a superb writer with a great balance of literary flare and an ability to entertain/surprise. I'm looking forward to reading more of his books as and when they appear. 5 out of 5 - just read it! (Note: I also put this review on Amazon.com)
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