This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing The Hunted (Realms – June 3, 2008) byMike Dellosso.
The Hunted is a entertaining and suspenseful first effort from Mike Dellosso. The danger is palpable, and he keeps his cards hidden and plays them skillfully. Just when you think you’ve figured things out, he holds a twist or two back to keep the reader guessing.
The characters are well distinguished and interesting. Even though the book is driven by the plot, he takes time to develop characters enough that the reader is invested in them. There was one aspect here that jarred me a little: the main character has a habit of some…interesting comparisons in his mind. Meaning, he is a little sarcastic and comes up with some witty observations. Sometimes this has the effect of being too reliant on pop culture references, having the potential to date the book quickly. Also, the main character didn’t do this initially, so when he starts with his observations, it seemed out of place. On the other hand, the humor changes the mood at times to allow the tension to build again, so it has a mixed effect.
Dellosso also handles the faith aspect in a good way that mostly complements the story instead of being forced on the story (which happens at times in the Christian fiction realm).
My overall impression is that The Hunted was well worth reading for any suspense fans, as well as people who enjoy a mysterious plot. There’s a little squeamish potential for the sensitive reader, but I didn’t feel there was anything too gratuitous that didn’t serve the story. It is a very solid debut, and I look forward to more by Mike Dellosso.
ABOUT THE BOOK
A town’s deadly secret will drive one man to the edge of his faith…
After learning of the disappearance of his nephew, Joe Saunders returns to his childhood home of Dark Hills to aid in the search effort. When Caleb is found, badly mauled and clinging to life, Joe embarks on a mission to find the beast responsible. But the more Joe delves into the fabric of his old hometown, the more he realizes Dark Hills has a dark secret, shrouded for three generations in a deadly code of silence.
As Joe unravels the truth behind a series of unexplained animal attacks, murder, and corruption at the highest level of law enforcement, he is led to a final showdown where he must entrust his very life into God’s hands. Will his young faith be strong ehough to battle the demonic forces of The Hunted?
If you would like to read the first chapter, go HERE.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Mike now lives in Hanover, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Jen, and their three daughters. He writes a monthly column for Writer . . .Interrupted. He was a newspaper correspondent/columnist for over three years and has published several articles for The Candle of Prayer inspirational booklets. Mike also has edited and contributed to numerous Christian-themed Web sites and e-newsletters.
Mike is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, the Relief Writer’s Network, and International Thriller Writers. He received his BA degree in sports exercise and medicine from Messiah College and his MBS degree in theology from Master’s Graduate School of Divinity.
You can read a great interview with Mike, over here on TitleTrakk.