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From Hell

Alex Hunter, Book 8
Narrated by: Sean Mangan
Series: Alex Hunter, Book 8
Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
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In the thrilling new blockbuster from Greig Beck comes the most horrifying edition to the Arcadian collection as Alex Hunter must journey into the heart of a volcano and confront a hellish adversary more powerful than anything he and his team have ever faced before.

"Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to light." (John Milton, Paradise Lost)

Pompeii, present day: archaeologist Maria Monti is working at a new dig site. Like hundreds before her she is investigating the night that Vesuvius erupted, consuming the ancient city with choking ash, scalding steam, and rivers of lava.

But she has just unearthed something that shouldn’t be there, something that makes her question everything she knows about the disappearances of that fateful event.

Several hundred miles away Alex Hunter’s family is holidaying in southern Italy when Mount Etna begins to shake, and ash begins to blanket the countryside. Figures are moving about in the smoke, hideous shapes, snatching people from the streets, and scans indicate they are being taken into the core of the erupting volcano.

Hell is rising, and Alex Hunter must gather a team of his most battle hardened HAWCs to take on an adversary from the very depths of hell. Nothing will stop him from rescuing Aimee and Joshua, not even the devil itself.

©2019 Greig Beck (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Another win for Beck and Alex Hunter

I've read all the Alex Hunter books, some of them multiple times and this is up there with the best of them I love the characters Greig Beck has created in this series and Alex Hunter is one of the best heroes in fiction now for me. Growing up I fell in love with the movies Aliens and The Thing and Grieg Beck has blissfully created a series of books that takes me back there. Creative monsters, a world of incredible caves and oceans teaming with deadly life and a protagonist with exceptional powers and skills in a constant battle with his dark inner self. I cant wait for the next one.
The narration of these books and performance by Sean Mangan is outstanding too. I've listened to countless audiobooks and Sean is the perfect performer to bring these books to life. Grieg Beck and Sean Mangan, a perfect symbiosis.

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  • Old Man Parker
  • 07-09-19

We are a force of nature. We are the dogs of war.

“HELL”
By Greig Beck
“We are a force of nature. We are the dogs of war. We are the killers of killers!”

I read everything I can find written by Greig Beck. I’m a fan.

Greig Beck’s a rare animal. He’s nearly extinct. Each time I search for a writer like him I’m sure they are all dead and gone. Killed by climate change in the publishing world.
I search for books of the subject matter of my interest, and I find nothing. Fossils of by-gone greats. Edgar Rice Burroughs. Robert E. Howard. H.P. Lovecraft.
Dusty aisles of tomb-like book shelfs with no works by authors worth of the paper they’re inked on.
Then, by accident, I catch a single review.
I hunt down a name.
Usually it’s all reviews by children who are easily impressed by sparkly vampires or rotted zombies.
Finally, sometimes, I find the very rare of rarest animals.
The most elusive creature wandering the literary world; an action / horror writer, with a brain.

“We are a force of nature. We are the dogs of war. We are the killers of killers!”

The number one best thing about Greig Beck is his stories are written smartly. Greig’s books are not “dumbed-down” for idiot readers. He doesn’t pander to the lowest base crude gross pulp reader. He’s not writing to low IQ readers who don’t understand big words, or scientific concepts, or who voted for Trump. Yeah, you know, the dim-bulbs who give action / horror literature a bad name.

Number two; the second best thing about Greig Beck is his ingenious monsters. Greig Beck’s own creative take on classical legends and mythology is fresh, frightening and always unexpected. The only other author I’ve read who’s done this same re-imagining to great effect is H.P. Lovecraft.
( No one can ever say Lovecraft wrote about monsters everyone already knew and understood. )
Half the fun of a Greig Beck horror whomping action novel is discovering The WHO, the WHAT, the HOW, then solving the mystery and finding out if can they or it can even be stopped.

“We are a force of nature. We are the dogs of war. We are the killers of killers!”

Ok. I do have one bone to pick with Greig Beck.
Just one ( 1) in the story.
This one point in the story broke all the rules of reality for me.
It destroyed my suspension of disbelief.
I was stopped stone still in the path of the on going action.
I stood there, unable to think around this one impossible point in the story.
Here it is…
• What mother is so foolish as to think that going on a family vacation with-out bringing along the family dog would do anything but disappoint the son of said family to a point of almost insane-anger-inspired-catatonia?
• It would push any boy into the worst, longest lasting bad mood any prepubescent child could magnificently exhibit by the acting out of a complete and utter lack of all interest in absolutely anything.
• The boy would be so extremely reduced in the skills of parent/child communication that he’d only be able to utter monosyllable grunts as answers to any question.

Many authors don’t know what to do when their heroes are too powerful. This is the problem with many superman comics. How do you challenge an protagonist that powerful? Well, a creative thinker like Greig Beck never runs out of significant foes for his characters. Even as they gain better technological weapons.armor, along with super human powers exhibited by various members of the immediate group, Mr. Beck always turns the heat up one more notch. Seems there are endless evil doers of endless levels of more and more evil powers with no end in sight for Alex and his hawks to go up against.

“We are a force of nature. We are the dogs of war. We are the killers of killers!”

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  • Charmayne7
  • 08-11-19

I hope the Arcadian/HAWC series never ends

loads of fun as always. I always look forward to these books. I hope we eventually find out more about the process that created the Arcadian.

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  • Emaxine
  • 07-11-19

Awesome!

As usual, an ass kicking work of art; can't wait for the sequel to arrive!

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  • M. Hawkins
  • 15-09-19

Wild ride!

I was so excited to hear about Alex Hunter again! always so much fun. I like the premise and the same "to be continued" endings. one thing for me that cost a star... what happened to Bryce and Lucas?????

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-09-19

If I may....

The crew and action as always was fine. Grieg Beck will off anyone in his books # RIPjanus! I feel that he did not go into the creature a much as he could have, especially since the creature was sentient. I feel that in his stories, along with the humans he goes into more details from the antagonist point of view. Still love the story.

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  • Sandra
  • 10-09-19

Another winner

From Hell is another great chapter in the life and adventures (struggles?) of Alex Hunter. I think of this story genre Alex is my favorite leading man. Each book adds to the layers of his character - and his family. Looking forward to the next installation.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-09-19

Beck Continues his career of literary Excellence

this novel and every one preceding it has been an awesome rollercoaster through the areas of action, horror, sci-fi, and mystery all rolled up in a great pulp-drama style with memorable characters, great pacing, and a story that pulls you along and forces a relationship with those characters.
The Narrator is superb and has become nearly as important to the stories to ne as the writing itself. (even if he usually finds a word to mispronounce regularly) Id change nothing and I recommend this author to anyone looking for a book to engross them