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Overview After his nephew is badly mauled, Joe unravels the truth behind a series of unexplained animal attacks, murder, and corruption at the highest level of law enforcement, and he is led to a final showdown where he must entrust his very life to God's hands.
After learning of the disappearance of his nephew, Joe Saunders returns to his childhood home of Dark Hills. With rumors spreading of a rogue lion roaming the woods, he embarks on a mission to learn the truth. As he peels away the layers of Dark Hills, he discovers a secret that has been shrouded for three generations in a deadly code of silence. Will his young faith be strong enough to battle the demonic forces behind it?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.47" Height: 0.89" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2008
Publisher CHARISMA HOUSE #135
ISBN 1599792966 ISBN13 9781599792965
Availability 0 units.
More About Michael Dellosso
Mike Dellosso writes edge-of-your-seat suspense with a supernatural twist. He is a former newspaper columnist and has written feature articles for various industry publications. He is also a popular conference speaker and workshop instructor. Mike resides in Pennsylvania with his wife and four daughters.
Michael Dellosso currently resides in Hanover, in the state of Pennsylvania.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Hunted?
the first novel i could not put down since I read the Mitford series Oct 19, 2008
The Hunted by Mike Dellosso is imaginative and fun and suspenseful and the first of what I hope to be many more.The Hunted
This book will keep you out of the woods for a while Sep 18, 2008
Mike Dellosso has written an excellent first novel. Great characters, well crafted story with a clever way of exposing the secrets of Dark Hills, just enough creeps to make me a bit more careful when hiking through the woods and a fantastic grand finale that lasts nearly 80 pages. It's good to see strong followers of Christ in a Christian novel and not just those seeking. Spiritually speaking the book is a five star.
Two things I had a bit of a problem with but they're minor. First, I'm not one for long descriptions in a thriller. An example would be I really don't care what someone's home decor looks like especially when in a few pages they're dead. It wasted a page and a half, it adds nothing to the story and slows down the pace of a thriller to a crawl. In The Hunted's case this happened a few times too many. Secondly some of the characters thoughts were redundant which also slowed down the stories rhythm.
All in all this is a great book and I'm looking forward to reading his next novel. If you're looking for an adventure do yourself a favor and get this book.
Please remember Mike in your prayers as he goes through this tough time in his life. Jesus is still in the healing business.
1 Star = Pathetic 2 Stars = Fair 3 Stars = Good 4 Stars = Excellent 5 Stars = Life changing
A debut thriller that has it all Aug 5, 2008
Hide and seek an innocent game kids play, right? Right. Until a bizarre animal joins in the fun and viciously attacks one of the players. In The Hunted, young Caleb Sanders learns this lesson the hard way. He sneaks into an abandoned basement, the perfect place to hide from his buddies, and is brutally mauled by an unidentified animal. At first it appears as if he is simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, but soon you begin to ask if there is more to Caleb's attack. Has God put him in the beast's path for a special purpose? A purpose beyond belief and one that only Caleb's uncle can figure out?
When Joe Sanders learns of his nephew's attack, Joe rushes to Caleb's side. The boy sinks into a coma and Joe vows to find the animal that hurt Caleb no matter the cost. But has Joe spoken too soon? Can he imagine the cost that will be exacted? Does he have the internal fortitude to confront his past, confront his guilt over his brother's death, and finally unload his emotional baggage in time to save Caleb?
And just as important, how will he face the woman he'd left behind years ago without any explanation? Not that he has a choice. He has to see her again as she is now the Chief of Police for Dark Hills and is in charge of the investigation. In a search for the beast, Maggie and Joe are thrown together and buried feelings rise to the surface. But Maggie holds a secret that stands in the way of rekindling their relationship and in the way of finding the beast that is now attacking and killing other residents of the small town.
Can Joe unlock Maggie's secret before other's are killed? Can he find and stop the beast? And can he forgive himself and learn to trust God again, even when faced with his own mortality? Oh, and does Caleb survive--come out of his coma? These are all questions that you will want the answers to once to start reading The Hunted.
Mike Dellosso has penned a supernatural thriller that is as much spellbinding as it is a study in human frailties and the need for God. The plot is simple really--animal attacks, man searches for and hunts down animal. It is the powerful human struggles over faith, past mistakes, and forgiveness that really makes this a special book. One that even those who don't enjoy supernatural stories should take the time to read.
Dellosso's writing is strong, exceptional really, especially for a first book. His descriptions, similes and metaphors are unique and worth savoring. His characters are deep, have individual voices and are so real, you are certain that you personally know them by the time the story ends. And the author's faith and relationship with God comes shining through in his characters.
When I read fiction, I read with two hats on. One a reader, the other a writer. It is not often when both sides are not only satisfied by a book, but excited about it as well. The Hunted is one of those rare books that met and exceeded the expectations of both sides. This is especially surprising as I never read supernatural stories. And for those of you out there who don't read fantasy or visionary books because you can't wrap your head around such a world, trust me. You can be a full-fledged skeptic and still enjoy The Hunted. Pick it up now. You won't be disappointed.
A Most Enjoyable Debut Jul 28, 2008
When I was around age 9, I received a poster from VBS. The picture was of a lion leaping out of the grass with teeth bared and claws extended. Its purpose was to serve as a reminder of 1 Peter 5:8 which says, "...Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour." While I was reading The Hunted, this picture kept reappearing in my mind. A vicious lion seeking to devour.
The past is a funny thing. It often comes back to haunt. For the people of Dark Hills, PA, it came in the form of a beast. A simple child's game marked the beginning of the nightmare. Young Caleb Saunders and his friends were playing a game called Man Hunter. However, Caleb never dreamed he would become real prey--viciously mauled and left for dead. Is he the victim of a random attack or the beginning of a mystery that dates back to 1922. It's up to Caleb's Uncle Joe to put together the pieces of the buried secrets to stop the mysterious beast of the present.
In many ways The Hunted is a rare find. It integrates a variety of topics in an immensely entertaining and suspenseful story. It's dark and deep, with little nuggets of goodies to be discovered in every chapter. While the story in the present is enjoyable, the best part is in the past. I love how Dellosso leads Joe through discovering the secrets of Dark Hills. He keeps the current story going, but really builds the suspense with snippets of the past. Since the background is so enticing, I was somewhat disappointed when it didn't feel complete. I wanted more and could easily see a prequel to this book based on the events of the past.
I am a suspense junkie, and Dellosso delivers some very good fixes. Several times through out The Hunted, a scene will unfold altering between different character's points of view. These scenes are wonderfully suspenseful and help to draw the reader to the action, creating some eerily intense moments.
For an author's first book, I was quite impressed with The Hunted. At times, I could have done without a few of the Christian lectures, but for the most part it was very well written. There were many rich themes which will give something to contemplate for awhile. It has some great challenges for Christians in terms of how we view and limit God and would be a good book to dissect as part of a small group Bible study.
Just Finished Reading...The Hunted Jul 16, 2008
Earlier this morning, I finished reading The Hunted by first-time novelist, Mike Dellosso. The talented author describes his writing as faith-based supernatural suspense. The novel lives up to the label.
The Hunted meets the rigors of the suspense genre with Dellosso painting an eerie and compelling story that kept me turning pages until the very end. A Christian message of hope and forgiveness, like the antagonist's thirst for revenge, is tightly woven through the story.
Dellosso is an engaging, down-to-earth storyteller. Without being yanked from the story, I found myself rereading lines and sometimes even entire paragraphs just to once again experience his powerful words and savor the descriptions. I caught myself grinning many times at the superb way the author mastered the use of metaphors and tossed out clever descriptors. Here's just one instance...
"The facility was new, owned by one of those health-care megacorporations that were throwing up assisted living homes and skilled nursing facilities like an ADHD toddler with Legos."
Dellosso allows his readers to identify with characters who have real struggles and accompanying personality flaws that can be embraced, even empathized with. Intensity, heapin' portions of attitude, and down-home traits characterize the main characters. Joe Saunders, the protagonist, is eating a solitary breakfast at the Dark Hills diner when a self-described old-coot invites himself to sit across from Joe. Here's Joe's take on one, Josiah Walker...
"Either the old-timer was a bum looking for a handout or the American Hillbilly Society had adopted a new recruitment technique--I ain't leavin' 'til you join up. Maybe the army should take notes."