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Wolf of Wessex: A gripping, action-packed historical thriller Kindle Edition
'Harffy’s Dunston is a fantastic creation – old, creaking and misanthropic. The forest is beautifully evoked. A treat of a book' The Times.
AD 838. Deep in the forests of Wessex, Dunston's solitary existence is shattered when he stumbles on a mutilated corpse.
Accused of the murder, Dunston must clear his name and keep the dead man's daughter alive in the face of savage pursuers desperate to prevent a terrible secret from being revealed.
Rushing headlong through Wessex, Dunston will need to use all the skills of survival garnered from a lifetime in the wilderness. And if he has any hope of victory against the implacable enemies on their trail, he must confront his long-buried past – becoming the man he once was and embracing traits he had promised he would never return to. The Wolf of Wessex must hunt again; honour and duty demand it.
'A page-turner... Matthew Harffy tells a great story' Joanna Hickson.
'A breathtaking novel that sweeps the reader into a dark and dangerous world' Paul Fraser Collard.
'Harffy's writing just gets better and better... He is really proving himself the rightful heir to Gemmell's crown' Jemahl Evans.
'Harffy has a real winner on his hands... A genuinely superb novel' Steven McKay.
- ASIN : B07TTJQ88G
- Publisher : Head of Zeus -- an Aries Book (November 14, 2019)
- Publication date : November 14, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 4862 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 365 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #78,891 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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has a trusty dog with a name that gets him in trouble, and he befriends an unlikely ally during his quest to find the killers. There are plenty of fights and intrigue to satisfy anyone. Like any great murder mystery, there is also a big surprise at the end of the story. Enjoy reading his latest story. I know I did!
Reader- this author works hard on all of the details; you are eating the meager berries, dressing a putrid wound, hearing the forest arrest all sound when the killers are lurking!!
One of the best authors I've read and will continue to as long as he continues to write.
So refreshing too to read about commoners rather than nobles and that the story is a murder mystery!
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This is a wonderful stand alone novel, Dunston is an incredibly well written character, full of a rich depth and pathos. With more than a little of David Gemmell's Druss about him, he loves peace and solitude and wants no more to do with the man he was, however to stand against him is to know an implacable foe... Aedwen the young girl who both needs Dunston's help and is the source of his problems is an engaging character, forthright, brave and clever and equally well written. The pace is beautiful with Dunston both hunted and hunter, the action is fast and brutal and very well described.... all in all this is a Fantastic read, well worth it
The English is exquisite, I found not one jarring note, the words and phrases that pull you out of the story to the current time that, for me at least, is akin to tripping over a kerb. The authors undestanding of the aches and pains that age brings are well covered and I often found myself wincing in support of Duston. Whereto know? It's been left open ...
To say I was excited is an understatement.. I was more than a little keen to see how the author would fair with a completely new set of characters.
Following the tale of Dunston was a pure joy! He’s pushing on a years a little as he likes to remind everyone but he's thrust back into a life he thought he’d left long behind.
As Dunston goes about his normal day he stumbles upon a grisly murder..it’s pretty gruesome.. what makes it worse is Dunston’s dog Odin leads him to a young girl… it’s her father who’s just been murdered.
Thrust together Dunston and the girl Aedwen set out for safety.. Dunston’s wants nothing more than just to live out his days in peace as he’s promised his late wife… unfortunately for him he’s about to walk right into the biggest mess you can imagine.
Dunston is forced to hunt… to use every skill he's got and Aedwen wants to come along for the ride... the only way to get the quiet life he's after is to face one last trial.
As they travel the connection between the two grows.. Dunston’s reminded of the past and Aedwen needs that father figure.. a rather unconventional convergence but it’s what they both need... they don't know it but they can help each other.
Dunston will make those who murdered Aedwen’s father pay. He doesn’t want to be a hero..her saviour.. but he can’t let her down... he's too honourable to do that.
Down to the nitty-gritty… plot… bloody loved it! Moving away from Beobrand and the Bernicia Chronicles was a gamble of sorts but with talent like Harffy’s it’s a no brainer! My only question throughout the book was would it work.. an old man and a young girl.. can they connect.. will it make sense..and you know what it really did.
While Dunston takes the limelight there is an ensemble of supporting characters who add to the tale, combine this with a wonderfully detailed setting and you’ve got a winner!
I particularly liked the charcoal burners, learning about their lives and how lonely it could have been for them, shunned by many. It proves you can write a cracking plot whilst also sharing knowledge that will stick with the reader long after the book is finished.
The thing about Dunston is he’s complex..his motivations subdued.. until he can hide no longer.. he’s not the young man he once was but he’s a force to be reckoned with.
Gripping from the first page the last, the hero who didn’t want to be, a young girl seeking true justice.
There is one thing in this book better than everything though.. Odin! Dunston’s four legged companion.. his tale is one of pain, loyalty and strength.the connection between the two runs deep.. I loved it.
Wolf of Wessex is a cracking read, dark and brutal just the way I like it. The plot grows at a decent pace and at every turn you are led by the author on a heart-gripping adventure..
As much as I want to see Beobrand return Harffy has proved I’ll love anything he writes… more please!
I enjoyed the writing style, descriptive but without overdoing it. The main characters were well drawn, and our protagonist is not the super hero, Conan type, but a war weary veteran who can hold his own but is not invincible. I also loved how the daily way of life is portrayed. Of course it might have been completely different in reality but it felt right. Finally, the story progressed at a good pace and I know that on a couple of occasions I read that extra chapter when I should have been doing something else, because I wanted to know what happened next.
To summarise, I don't read a lot of historical fiction and never anything going so far back in history (I've enjoyed Sharpe and Shardlake), so this has been a truly 'novel' experience, but one that I've enjoyed immensely.