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Review by: Eagle3 Loup on Smashwords

Kenn Crawford’s book Dead Hunt is one wild ride!
His feeling for the characters in his story, leaves you wanting to read it over and over again and yelling for him to write Dead Hunt 2!

Pittsburgh Books Examiner

Indie Book Review: Dead Hunt, by Kenn Crawford

February 18, 9:58 AMPittsburgh Books ExaminerHolly Christine
Pittsburgh Books Examiner rates this: 5 Stars

Kenn Crawford’s Dead Hunt began as a weekend project for his daughter. Initially intended for the screen, the Indie author came across the power of the audio book and quickly developed Dead Hunt into every media aspect possible.

Dead Hunt begins with a gripping prologue. Girl out in the middle of nowhere being chased by some thing, some group that never tires. She’s hurt, bleeding and comes across the van that we later learn brought her to this location. She’s alone and prepared to fight this unknown mass with every last bit of power she has.
She hurt. Her battered foot pleaded helplessly as she stumbled down the abandoned dirt road. A thick, humid mist hung in the still air. On one foot, she wore a white athletic sneaker; her other foot wore only a blood-soaked sock.
Exhausted legs carried her wounded feet across sharp rocks, almost dragging them. Every other step broke the deafening silence with a soft, squishing sound as her tender foot met the hard, unforgiving road.
The rising sun glared its cruel intentions of another scorching hot day.
Her bleeding foot tarnished the road with each cruel step, leaving a Hansel and Gretel-like trail behind her. Her blank stare resembled something between an unknowing daze and an all-knowing fear.
Remnants of the makeup and blush that once highlighted her pretty face were now covered with dirt and dried blood.
The tracks of yesterday’s tears streaked her dirty cheek.
Not typically one to pick up a tale of the undead, I was conversely drawn almost immediately into Crawford’s transfixing thriller. I wanted Lucy to fight though I didn’t at first understand whom she was fighting.
The reader later learns of a science experiment gone awry: A grieving father wanting only to bring his twelve-year-old daughter Robin, back to life. Who couldn’t sympathize with that? Little did he know the effects his sadness would have on the world…
Dead Hunt is a quick read both in length and story. A page turner that will keep readers on their toes and looking over their shoulders, Dead Hunt reads like a movie and feels like a shiver down the spine. Filled with science, love, an unlikely villain and chilling adventure, Crawford has developed a gripping novel with more to come.
Though the author was raised on Cape Breton Island in Canada, his childhood passions included, amongst other things, baseball. “My favorite team was the Pirates – I was forever wearing my black and yellow Pirates hat.”
He currently resides in the Margaree Valley of his native Canada and teaches private guitar lessons while continuing his writing. His current projects include a follow-up to Dead Hunt and Blood Curse: Memoirs of a Suicidal Vampire. For more on Dead Hunt, including purchase information, formats and impressive media collection, visit the author’s website.

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Claude Bouchard, Author of Vigilante

Professor Patrick Heslin has but one goal in his life following the loss of his daughter, Robin, three years earlier; bringing her back to life. He thought he had the key with the Formula 25-41 he had developed, a chemical compound which theoretically should reanimate dead tissue. However, test after test fail and one day, in a fit of rage, Heslin smashes a beaker full of 25-41 against the wall and some of the liquid drips out the window into the world beyond. As it turns out, the formula does work, in a fashion.

DEAD HUNT, Kenn Crawford’s first novel, is of a genre which I don’t usually delve into, what I would consider young adult horror. However, I found myself entertained as I read this “zombie thriller” which recounts the predicaments a handful of teenagers are faced with after unknowingly placing themselves in the midst of countless living dead on a remote island off the coast of Nova Scotia. The storyline flows well, the characters are believable and the descriptions of people, places and things convey adequate imagery. Crawford’s dialogue and narrative tends towards clichés at times which adds a comedic touch to the book. Overall, I found DEAD HUNT to be an imaginative, enjoyable read with a clever twist at its conclusion.

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