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“Joe Saunders has finally returned home to Dark Hills after hearing of the disappearance of his nephew, Caleb. As Joe helps in the search for Caleb, he soon discovers that something dark and sinister is plaguing the peaceful community. One by one, people are being hunted down by a mysterious...”see full review » see other reviews »
“My second favorite by this author.”Terry Conrad wrote this review Saturday, September 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Dang it all! This man kept me up all night...again! Read it late into the night with my lights on! :o)”D.M. Webb wrote this review Sunday, May 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“4.5 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed this! The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because I felt it was a little repetitious in areas, so it could have been a bit shorter. Other than that it was quite good. Towards the end it was very exciting!”Crittercrazy wrote this review Saturday, March 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Hunted by Mike Dellosso reminds me of Frank Peretti, Ted Dekker or Stephen King (without the foul language). However, Mike is no clone. His fresh voice makes his stories stand on their own. Combining suspense, mystery, horror and strong faith, he takes you on a thrilling ride that keeps you guessing. If you’re looking for great entertainment with a spiritual message, this is the book for you.”Bruce Brady wrote this review Wednesday, January 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I have never been so absorbed in a book as much as this one. A brilliant debut novel. One of the hardest books I have had to put down. Never a dull moment. Plot has a great pace. Characters are well developed.
I loved the way Dellosso included active faith in this story. By that I mean it is the first novel I have read where the relationship between the main character and God is explored and developed and not just implied as in other novels. Also, having a character such as Caleb's mother expressing actively her faith in prayer, acting out the Word of God, which again is implied in some other novels. All this done without being preachy but showing how what having a relationship with God is like.
I loved the way the author also wove into the story the main character learning to trust God in confronting the evil he was up against and not relying on his own inadequate resources, learning to see God as He is and not as the main character sees him and therefore treats Him.
Running along side of this is the main story line of the attacks by the beast, the community's reaction to this, Rosa caring for the injured Caleb and his response to God while in a coma (after being attacked by the beast), Joe seeking and finding answers to the century long secret behind the attacks, and the attacks themselves without the blood and gore.
Highly recommended. I look forward to Dellosso's next works. This is one very talented author and one to follow. He has received rave reviews of his subsequent two books after this one. ”
“Pretty good book. Its about a guy named Joe who tries to find out Who or what almost killed his nephew.”DJ bean wrote this review Saturday, October 9, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Joe Saunders has finally returned home to Dark Hills after hearing of the disappearance of his nephew, Caleb. As Joe helps in the search for Caleb, he soon discovers that something dark and sinister is plaguing the peaceful community. One by one, people are being hunted down by a mysterious creature that is as elusive as it is cunning.
Chief of Police, Maggie Gill, is baffled by the attacks and begins working with Joe to find answers. Their complicated history soon comes to the surface as old feelings refuse to lie dormant. Joe's feelings for Maggie are still there, but he can't help but sense that she is hiding something from him. As the danger escalates Joe unsuspectingly finds himself searching for the faith he lost long ago. Facing an insurmountable evil, Joe must now decide whether or not he will once again place his trust and hope in the One who can save them all.
The Hunted is a fascinating thrill ride that had me hooked from page one. Mike Dellosso is a superb storyteller who knows how to mix engaging characters with relentless suspense. We are effectively treated with powerful spiritual truth throughout the story, yet Dellosso never lets up with the intensity and terror found in the impending darkness. The result is a spine tingling chiller that carries a resounding message of hope and redemption that will leave you begging for more. Mike Dellosso has truly arrived and something tells me we haven't heard the last from this shining new talent.”
“The Hunted by Mike Dellosso is a powerful thriller in the vein of Frank Peretti with a hint of Stephen King. Joe Saunders has to return to his hometown when his young nephew, Caleb, is mysteriously attacked by a strange animal. Joe hasn't been home in 15 years, because he's been avoiding facing up to the mistakes he's made in his past. His former girlfriend, Maggie Gill, is now the Chief of Police who is in charge of investigating the incident. But soon, Joe finds that Maggie seems more interested in covering up or denying the increasing attacks, and when he starts to investigate for himself, he discovers that his hometown is filled with generations of secrets and lies, and only the truth will save them all. Dellosso's debut novel definitely reminded me of Peretti's The Oath. I was impressed that through the darkness of his writing, he's able to portray a visible hope and deep faith. He keeps the tension going by writing like great horror films: he keeps the truth behind the monster under wraps until the last possible moment, drawing nerves to the breaking point: well done! And Dellosso throws in a twist at the end: I thought the end was rather anticlimactic until I turned the page and discovered the story was far from over. A stellar work by a first time author!”clockstein wrote this review Thursday, June 19, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No