Wild Hunters

Wild Hunters by Stuart R Brogan

Amid the worst storm in living memory, five Royal Marine reservists and a handful of civilians battle to survive.

But mother nature and the heavily armed mercenaries hunting them are the least of their concerns. A seemingly unstoppable Pagan force has been unleashed from the darkest depths of our ancient past – a phenomenon that will stop at nothing to see humanity reduced to ashes.

Low on ammo, no chance of rescue and surrounded by the unspeakable, it’s going to be 24 hours from hell.

Let the hunt begin.

The IndieMuse Review

Hellboy meets Dog Soldiers

My experience with reading military action novels is limited (Greig Beck being the only writer I can think of offhand whose work I’ve read) but when the cover of Wild Hunters promises some Marines versus undead Vikings action and the blurb offers comparisons to Dog Soldiers it certainly piqued my interest.

When a small group of Royal Marine reservists have a training exercise cut short in order to assist with an evacuation following the onset of a particularly relentless and destructive storm, they find more than bad weather waiting for them upon their arrival.

An ancient evil has been awoken in the rural hills of Somerset and legions of mythical creatures and undead warriors are set to swarm the unsuspecting town of Glastonbury, with only Smudger and his squad standing between us and total annihilation at the hands of the wild hunt.

I know it is to be expected of a book in the military action genre that the book contains some action, but Wild Hunters is absolutely non-stop. The book opens during the aftermath of an epic battle between Vikings and a malevolent force that has seemingly been defeated, only to fast forward one thousand years to the present day, where this evil is unwittingly awakened to wreak havoc once again. What follows is 158 pages of gunfights, explosions, boat chases and more explosions as Brogan dials the crazy up to eleven and keeps it turned all the way up until the final page. It has a very cinematic feel, with a big focus on vivid action set pieces that are tormentingly easy to visualize up on a big screen. While it’s firmly in horror territory, it’s like a Fast and the Furious movie in spirit; big and bold, unapologetically fun and gleefully forgoing logic for spectacle.

Brogan has a real knack for writing dialogue. If you don’t know your cuppas from your cakeholes or your bevvies from your bollocks you might find yourself positively bamboozled, because Wild Hunters is chock-a-block with authentic British slang terms, but I really enjoyed that aspect of it and it gives the team a lot of character (as well as some fantastic one-liners). I must confess though, that I could rarely tell the different Marines apart, as their personalities are fairly broad, if not non-existent. Having said that, this clearly isn’t a character study and time that would have otherwise been spent on developing them is instead used for epic sieges and more page time for an array of trolls and ghouls and goblins. It’s hard to argue with the results.

Wild Hunters won’t be vying for any prestigious literary awards, but I’ve rarely read anything more gloriously over the top and purely entertaining. Brogan has pulled a blinder and delivered a bloody good read, so do yourself a favor and have a gander at Wild Hunters. You won’t regret it.

RICHARD MARTIN

Richard started reading horror books at a young age, starting with R L Stine’s ‘Goosebumps’ and ‘Point Horror’ series. He traumatised himself at the age of twelve when he read Stephen King’s ‘IT’, and never looked back. He is currently based in the UK, where he lives with his partner, and an inappropriate amount of books.

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Curator Notes: "Fiercely cinematic, Wild Hunters is an adrenaline-filled rocket of a story." —Deathdealer

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