The Dark Horde

1989, rural Victoria, Australia. Something is preying upon the township of Howqua Hills. Brian Derwent, head of the local Police Station, must simultaneously grapple with the investigation, his disintegrating personal life and unseen forces that are not of this world.

Part thriller, part crime-fiction, all supernatural horror, The Dark Horde tells of the return of an ancient evil that is neither stoppable nor comprehensible ...

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            Writer's Digest 2012 Self-Published Book Awards - Honorable Mention

Available as a Kindle eBook in (at least) the following countries:
Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom and United States.
Also available in paperback in:
France, Germany, United Kingdom and United States.

This work is only appropriate for an Adult audience.

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Critic Reviews:

"This book managed to hit me where it hurts at every single point. Not only was it just scary it was creepy and at certain points it made me feel uncomfortable ... Overall, I found The Dark Horde a great read and Brewin shows extreme potential and I hope to read more of his work." [ read the full article ]

Fiction Love, 1/6/20124 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

"The Dark Horde is a powerful and fast-paced horror novel with a strong central mystery: just what exactly is terrorising the town of Howqua Hills? Brian Derwent is a strong protagonist (and) the narrative remains ontrack for the duration, all the way to a memorable and rewarding conclusion that offers no easy answers. There’s plenty of violence, but it’s all very well-written and it never feels out of place … Horror tales often run the risk of following genre conventions too closely, but The Dark Horde has plenty of genuine surprises. Highly recommended!" [ read the full article ]

Indie BookSpot 17/6/20124½ Stars4½ Stars4½ Stars4½ Stars4½ Stars

"The Dark Horde is a wild, foul-mouthed, bloody, creative, demented, scary, and hilarious thrill-ride of a horror novel. Imagine Lovecraft as told by Chris Lilley and you'll be close to this uniquely Australian of horror stories … There isn’t much to criticize here, though this kind of book will not be everyone's cup of tea."

Writer's Digest 22/2/20134½ Stars4½ Stars4½ Stars4½ Stars4½ Stars

"The action stays solid from page one till the end ... This book’s strength is in its setting, the imagery, the unsettling atmosphere that starts right in the beginning and becomes more gloomy with every passing page ... an impressive, intriguing read." [ read the full article ]

I Heart Reading 3/8/20134 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

"I couldn't put it down. It had everything a good horror needs to have - terror, suspense, the edge of your seat feeling. Good twist at the end. I would recommend this book to others."

Global eBook Awards 11/9/20135 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Select Reader Reviews:

"Brewin is a master of melodrama in his gripping novel, The Dark Horde. Read if you dare."

Margaret Clark, award-winning author 22/1/2012

"What an eye and ear for setting and description! What a great use of characterization! But even more importantly, this author rocks with his approach to horror and suspense." [ read the full article ]

Archie Standwood, author/blogger 3/4/20125 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

"Aussie Horror at its Finest! ...This book is action-packed from the very first sentence. I dare the reader to try and put it down before the end." [ read the full article ]

Rachel Tsoumbakos, author 16/4/20125 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

"The Dark Horde is very well written. The descriptions of scenery, and the killings, are all described in such vivid detail that you feel like you are the one standing bathed in blood." [ read the full article ]

Little Read Riding Hood, blogger 21/4/20123½ Stars3½ Stars3½ Stars3½ Stars3½ Stars

"This book starts off at a hundred miles an hour and doesn't let up ... The meticulous effort and detail that Brewin' has put into this book is outstanding on all fronts and is evident from start to finish....HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!" [ read the full article ]

Nick Tevelis, Metal Obsession 2/5/20125 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

"If you're in the mood for an adults-only, blood-soaked ramble through the Australian bush, then The Dark Horde may just be what you're looking for!" [ read the full article ]

Wayne Murphy, writer 3/5/20123 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

"From the opening page to the horror driven end, this story had me riveted ... Brewin is a master at making you afraid of the dark." [ read the full article ]

Laura Thomas, blogger 3/5/20125 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

"Be dazzled by some long over-due thrilling type of horror that will make you appreciate the fresh angle that has been approached with this book by Brewin'!" [ read the full article ]

Lee Cheney, musician 8/5/20125 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

"It held my interest to the very end, but I didn't like the ending. Overall tho, a entertaining read." [ read the full article ]

Beverly Ashauer 8/5/20123 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

"Finally a horror book that is more then just creepy. This book grabs your attention in the first chapter and never lets go. There is so much more to this book then giant, black beasts that kill people." [ read the full article ]

Austin Novodvorsky 10/5/20125 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

"The Dark Horde doesn't fail to turn up the spooky and terrifying. And it's not just gore and violence. There's a story and characters here that you're interested in and care about and you want to see what happens next." [ read the full article ]

Mark Simon Smith, author 11/5/20124 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

"Brewin has delivered a gripping, chilling read ... It grips your attention and doesn't let go, until you turn the last page." [ read the full article ]

Chris Barton, writer 23/5/20125 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

"This was definitely a horror story, it was graphic and gory. The story is interesting until the end, which I didn't like." [ read the full article ]

Maryann, 29/5/20123½ Stars3½ Stars3½ Stars3½ Stars3½ Stars

"This story was one that I was reluctant to read late at night ... the plot was very fast paced and interesting" [ read the full article ]

Justin Schiavone, blogger 5/7/20123 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

"From the first page to the last I was hooked into this story and everything that I was made to feel ... I liken this book to some of the great horror and thriller masters such as Stephen King and Clive Barker ... This book was masterfully crafted." [ read the full article ]

Angie Lenkevich 24/10/20124 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

"This was an extremly fast paced story right off the bat! Although not a genre I regulary choose, I am glad I did. High action, lots of killing crasy scary creatures. I also shared this book with my nephew and he ate it up!! loved it."

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Julie Schlutowsaffold 19/2/20133 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

"This is a intelligent and skilled horror novel, the kind you want to sit up with till midnight, partly because it is such a good read, and partly because you are just too darn scared to go to sleep." [ read the full article ]

Lara Silkoff, writer 7/6/20135 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

"Great horror novel. Kept my interest, which is hard. A fast moving & riveting story. The excitement mounts, you feel your pulse quicken." [ read the full article ]

Elsie Drage 11/6/20135 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

"I definitely recommend this book to all the fans of horror, action and thriller. And, to all who want to find out more about their own demons and fighting them. You know, there is a Dark Horde in each of us, just keep them on a leash." [ read the full article ]

Ivailo Daskalov, writer 25/6/20135 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

"Brewin doesn't build suspense. He builds Fear. It starts from the first pages and it doesn't let up. A true storyteller and rival for the Australian King of Horror, Brewin's writing does not play it safe for fear of upsetting his readers, His Dark Horde are BRUTAL, like nothing I've read in a very long time. I highly recommend it." [ read the full article ]

Wendy Tonkin 7/7/20135 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

"Kept the pages turning. The Dark Horde is a good read... Fast paced action from down under... Bringing demonic elements, horror and action together in an exceptionally fast paced book, Brewin really entertains the reader and keeps the gore coming!!!" [ read the full article ]

Amazon Customer 6/10/20134 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

"The entire book is fast-paced, heart-stopping action. The human characters are well drawn, and beautifully flawed. I didn't always like them, but I always believed them." [ read the full article ]

Lisa Llamrei 26/11/20133 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

"Try it. well written,enjoyed the Australian backdrop...exciting if a little over the top...but what's really wrong with a horror thriller being over the top. oh one other thing the novel was free from the dreaded kindle editing, by which i mean spelling, grammar errors etc.(i should talk) were non existent. do i see a sequel upcoming?" [ read the full article ]

john is retiring 25/08/20143 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

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