- Historical Fiction
The sequel to The Damned
1915. As the second battle of the Isonzo Front rages on the Italian Austro-Hungarian border, war threatens to engulf the Inquisition as dark forces muster amongst the most fanatical servants of the Catholic Church.
Prior to his murder, a desperate priest sends a secret letter to his brother serving in the Italian Army. Now this young soldier, destined for the horrors of a frontline high above the clouds, carries with him a letter which holds the key as to why terrible satanic rituals are being committed and by whom.
Drawn into this conspiracy and hunted by agents of The Darkest Hand, old rivals must put aside their differences to discover the contents of the letter before it’s too late. But unity comes at a price for this unholy alliance. While the war rages, old enemies return from the dead and conspiracies weave tighter and deeper still into the heart of the Vatican. Only Poldek Tacit, the most determined and unhinged inquisitor of them all, can hope to push back the forces of evil and unite those for good. But what happens when Tacit finds that the path he walks has already been prophesised and that where it leads threatens the very future of a world already on the edge of the abyss?
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'Dan Brown fans will love this and it's clearly more sophisticated, too'
'Readers who enjoy extra-broody antiheroes who are good with fists and firearms will find much to love in this unusual mashup' Publisher's Weekly
'Fast, frenetic and bloody, The Fallen is an imaginative and deftly told tale that'll chill you to the core'
'An action packed supernatural thriller that will nourish your blood lust... perfect for a plane ride or lounging on the beach'
'In Poldek Tacit we have a wonderfully snarling, brutish, wounded bear of a man, his humanity still alive within him, despite all he has done, and seen'
'The atmosphere drips with dark fear of the unknown... this is definitely not one for the squeamish'
'Richardson's use of his alternate history makes more sense out of the insistent killings than any dry narrative could' Kingdom Book Mysteries
Praise for The Damned
'Richardson's debut has mash-up leanings ... It works surprisingly well' Daily Mail
'The atmosphere drips with dark fear of the unknown and, eventually, the unknown's bloody leavings. This is definitely not one for the squeamish' The Bookbag
'The historical elements are fascinating, as is the author's twist on the werewolf mythos, but the brooding, conflicted Tacit is the most compelling element. The conclusion will leave readers looking forward to the next installment' Publishers Weekly
'Engaging, intense and full of visceral descriptions... a sublime work of dark fiction meets mystery, meets horror that recalls the likes of Anno Dracula, Hellsing, and Constantine, with a hint of Fight Club' Intravenous Mag
'Morally complex and fast paced, this is a gripping work of dark fiction' Ginger Nuts of Horror
'A fascinating combination of alternate history, church murder mystery, and horror thriller all wrapped up in a nice dark fiction package' Jim Riordan from Jim Reviews