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Nameless (The Hellbound Anthology) Paperback – 14 Aug 2017
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David's got a really good skill for making the incredibly evil feel incredibly normal. --Charlotte Teece - author of Toxic City; Walkers in the Mist
This book is uncompromising, both in its grisly content, and the unrelenting tension that builds as the story unfolds. In fact, it makes this novel one of the most gripping books I have had the pleasure in reading since I devoured the final pages of Hellbound. If I might be so bold as to say it, I think this book is better. The narration and writing style draws you into the story and keeps you hanging on every word. I enjoyed every gruesome moment of it. David McCaffrey is a talent to keep a close eye on... --Brian O'Gorman - author of Dawn of the Spiders, Day of the Spiders, Pharmacy and The Final Wish of Maggie Bosworth
Nameless is a great addition to the Hellbound series. It gives the reader an insight into one man and his seriously horrifying legacy. --Sarah Hardy - bytheletterbooksreviews.com
About the Author
David lives in Redcar in the North East of England and works as an Infection Prevention and Control nurse in a local Acute trust. He has a Kelly, a Jake and a Liam. A huge fan of Steve Alten, John Grisham and Lee Childs, David loves reading as much as he enjoys writing. Hellbound was his first novel, all thanks to Britain's Next Bestseller and the aforementioned Steve Alten who took a chance on him as a writing coach client and taught him so much about what it takes to be a writer. Hellbound was voted by W H Smith readers as one of 2014's most underrated crime novels. His second book, the novella prequel to Hellbound titled 'In Extremis' is currently available on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com on both Kindle and paperback and was a Semi finalist in the Kindle Book Awards 2016. 'In Extremis', 'Hellbound' and 'Nameless' are all available as audio books on Audible, Amazon and ITunes;
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Hellbound is one of the best books I have read and introduced us to the sinister serial killer, Obadiah Stark. Nameless leads on from the events of Hellbound, with a whole cult of killers trying to emulate the man's work. It's a really creepy story that deals quite heavily with the impact some cults can have on vulnerable people.
Our put upon protagonist is back as Joe O'Connell is drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the leader of the cult. O'Connell is a great character, full of enough dry wit and reluctant heroism. He doesn't fight and isn't brave, he is a normal human and written as such. He really is the heart of the story and his previous horrors from Hellbound play a big part (which is why it should be read first).
Very rarely are books perfect and there are two slight niggles I had with it. I found the character of Lamont to be a little scattered. At times he was very thorough and scary and others he came off a little too cocky. It swung too much and felt the character was better suited to the silent, dominant type. Also, I love a pop culture reference but some situations where compared to some very specific films etc. I got them all, but it could frustrate some people who are not as familiar.
Small issues aside, it's another barnstorming read from McCaffrey and is a must read!
For me, this was a fast paced read. I was immediately drawn in by the #killerhook which grabbed my attention from the start. Once I was hooked, I did not want to put this book down and spent those rare moments I could snatch some time to read, curled up with Joe O’Connell. The story-line was riveting and I really immersed myself into how easily people could be manipulated if the right buttons were pressed. I loved how references to real-life serial killers were woven into the narrative, so it almost read as a chilling, true-life account. I have been perhaps a little fascinated by serial killers, from a very young age, so I knew I was on to a winner after only a few chapters.
Character-wise, we are on to another winner here. The story was not drowned out or confused by various, unimportant people, even though there were many individuals involved in the story. A few characters really stood out for me- the first being Joe O’Connell – an ex- journalist (crime column) who is pulled into something he knows he should steer well clear of! He has a great personality, determined and passionate with a sense of humour that really endeared me to him. Another #fictionalcrush added to my list! What I liked about him was his normalcy – there wasn’t anything extraordinary about him and he was believable as a character. This of course made me want him to succeed.
Lamont Etchinson- well WTAF? Leader of the “Branch Obidians” he is clever, cunning, cruel and obsessed with the serial killer Obidiah Stark. Needless to say, I didn’t want him to succeed, but was quite fascinated by him. I would have loved to have been able to delve into his psyche- but that perhaps is the criminologist in me, rather than the reader!
Sim- LOVE her! Sarcastic, fiesty but also quite vulnerable. Sim is an IT expert who Joe is friends with. She is an introvert, extremely clever and the banter between Joe and her is fantastic. I really thought she added to the story and helped move it forward. Brilliant!
Maxine Groves – did not like her from the start. There was just something about her that reeked of deception. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer sprang to mind when she initially appeared. Her motives were questionable and the red flags were waving. But if Joe trusted her, why shouldn’t I? I generally go with my gut on these things – I don’t always get it right- but you’ll have to read the book to find out whether my gut failed me this time!
Do I recommend this book? Oh my dear sweet jesus- I do!! Nothing draws me into a book more than one that throws everything I love: crime, murders, serial killers, reality – into a story so well-written you have to wonder whether or not it happened. That is this book! There were some spine-tingling twists which threw my off guard and made me devour this book as quickly as I could! I loved it so much, I started on book 2 – In Extremis- right away …the author kindly pointed out that there were spoilers from Hellbound- but I didn’t care and I finished it within hours, feeling a want for more…so now I am reading Hellbound! A #MccaffreyBinge - I’ll neeeeed another one sooooon!
Stark, a serial killer known also as ‘The Tally Man’ for his trademark tattoos keeping count of his victims, blighted the world with his butchery and warped vision of society. The cult’s sole purpose is to continue the work of Stark, who they believe was treated unjustly (I wholeheartedly encourage you to read Hellbound, which is a reckoning of sheer magnificence before you embark on this brutal journey).
From the way his supporters revere Stark as a gift to humanity, I’m surprised they haven’t built a grisly theme park in his honour. Then again the property they reside in is a horrific playground, but a trip to Madame Tussauds it’s not – in fact, it wouldn’t even come close.
They have an interest in a certain character from Hellbound and given this person’s previous obsession with Obadiah Stark the cult leader happily parades obvious hints and clues as to their existence, as they know this individual will be powerless to resist the main attraction – a merciless exhibition of their authority with the capacity to carry on regardless.
With the exception of certain scenes representative of a classic slasher movie, the really scary thing is the cult’s conduct which operates with the composure of a hive – the drones busy themselves with their duties making sacrifices where required, no matter what that may be, recruiting new workers to further their cause. It makes you wonder what hideous catalyst could have occurred in these individual’s previous lives that would encourage them to believe their practices are acceptable in any way.
'Nameless' occupies the realms of horror / thriller and doesn’t hold back. In places, the procession of gruesome spectacles are so intensely savage and graphic to the point that I don’t think this book would be to everyone’s taste.
But, if this book has caught your attention you may also be interested in reading In Extremis, a short introduction into the magnitude of another terrifyingly furtive operation in the Hellbound Anthology – ‘The Brethren’, who have been making disconcerting appearances since the infamous days of James Maybrick, aka Jack the Ripper.
My curiosity is itching to know what scars Obadiah Stark could possibly leave behind next, despite existing as nothing but newspaper headline…