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Pieces of Hate (Assassin #1-2)

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During the Dark Ages, a thing named Temple slaughtered Gabriel's family. A man with snake eyes charged him to pursue the assassin wherever he may strike next, and destroy him. Gabriel never believed he’d still be following Temple almost a thousand years later.

Because Temple may be a demon, the man with snake eyes cursed Gabriel with a life long enough to hunt him down. Now
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Althea Ann
Mar 25, 2016 Althea Ann rated it liked it
In this tale, the nemeses we met in 'Deadman's Hand' return. The one-eyed gunslinger Gabriel is still pursuing the demonic shape-changer Temple in his seemingly unending quest for revenge - a quest about which he may have no real choice.

The setting, however, has changed. We're aboard a Caribbean pirate ship en route to Jamaica's infamous Port Royal. It seems unlikely that all hands will be enjoying their anticipated shore leave...

I received a copy of this - and the companion story, Deadman's Han
Michael Hicks

Pieces of Hate collects two Tim Lebbon stories revolving around the assassin Gabriel – “Dead Man’s Hand” and “Pieces of Hate.” Gabriel is on the hunt for Temple, who slaughtered his family, and it provides the basis for two equally interesting settings with one serving as a de facto western (albeit a weird western) and the other a good old-fashioned pirate story, respectively.

I won’t say more about Gabriel, his mission, or Temple because, really, why spoil the fun of those discoveries? There’s s
Bridget Mckinney
Mar 12, 2016 Bridget Mckinney rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Pieces of Hate is, technically, an okay book. However, it’s exactly the sort of thing that I normally try to avoid like the plague because I kind of hate it. It’s one of the better examples of its kind of story, but it’s still not my cup of tea. There’s very little that I find more boring than a fridged wife—nameless, even, to add insult to injury—and a manly revenge quest in which the only other women encountered are prostitutes who are (of course) repulsive to the protagonist. It’s a level of ...more
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Oct 14, 2016 DarkChaplain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
Review also published here

Pieces of Hate has been on my radar since its release, but oddly I never got around to reading it. Even when I surprisingly received a review copy of A Whisper of Southern Lights along with one I had requested, I didn't manage to get to it. But it is October now, which is the perfect time to read some horror, so this was exactly what I needed.

The book actually consists of two stories: Dead Man's Hand and Pieces of Hate. The latter is a novella, the former describe
Feb 23, 2016 Koeur rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Publisher: Tor

Publishing Date: March 2016


Genre: Fantasy


Publishers Description: During the Dark Ages, a thing named Temple slaughtered Gabriel’s family. A man with snake eyes charged him to pursue the assassin wherever he may strike next, and destroy him. Gabriel never believed he’d still be following Temple almost a thousand years later. Because Temple may be a demon, the man with snake eyes cursed Gabriel with a life long eno
May 09, 2016 Jacey rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, dark-fantasy
Two novellas paired in one offering: the first a gunslinger story, Dead Man’s Hand, and the second a pirate tale, Pieces of Hate, linked together by a vengeance plot and a character living through the centuries until he gets his revenge. Gabriel is the one-eyed assassin seeking vengeance on Temple a shape changing demon who slaughtered his family a thousand years ago. The family seems to be a plot device as they don’t get much page time.

It’s one of those ‘be careful what you wish for’ scenarios;
Mar 20, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it
I'm a sucker for a good play on words and the title of this one tickled my funny bone. Not that Gabriel and Temple's battles are anything to laugh about, but I like to take my giggles where I can get them.

So. The high seas, a demon, and a man with a whole lot of hate in his heart. Where book 1 kept us out of Gabriel's head, this book sticks us smack dab in the middle of it and we get to see both the regret Gabriel had over his calling and how badly he burns to carve his ounce of flesh from Templ
Scott Firestone
Oct 21, 2016 Scott Firestone rated it it was ok
This is an odd little series of novellas from horror writer Tim Lebbon. This second piece, "Pieces of Hate," also included the first story in the series, "Dead Man's Hand," so I'll review them both.

In "Dead Man's Hand" we're introduced to Gabriel, a seemingly immortal man on the track of a demon-man named Temple, who killed Gabriel's family long ago. Gabriel has numerous wounds on his body that ache and open when he's near his nemesis Temple. We get the feeling this cat-and-mouse game has playe
Apr 07, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it
*copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review*

Dead Man’s Hand and Pieces of Hate are two linked novella by Tim Lebbon. They focus on Gabriel, a seemingly immortal individual, driven to seek and end a demon called Temple, whose presence in any society appears to presage calamity.

Dead Man’s Hand is set in the Deadwood of the 1800’s, filled with prospectors, ne’er-do-wells, outlaws, and the occasional shopkeeper. Lebbon manages to evoke the atmosphere he desires with pitch-perfect precision. There’
Invested Ivana
An eARC of this book was provided to me by the publisher. This in no way impacts the content of my review.

The Tor book titled Pieces of Hate (the one with the awesome Gene Mollica pirate cover) contains the first two novellas in the Assassin series: Dead Man’s Hand and Pieces of Hate. Though the novellas can be read in any order, I suggest you consider reading Pieces of Hate first and then Dead Man’s Hand. It puts them in chronological order, for one, and it gives you some of the main character’
Jessie H.
Mar 26, 2016 Jessie H. rated it it was ok
This review originally appeared on the Goldilox and the Three Weres blog.

Pieces of Hate is actually the collection of the first two stories in Tim Lebbon's Assassin series and out of the novellas I've read so far from, this one is my least favorite. The novelette Dead Man's Hand is a western whereas the second part, Pieces of Hate, is a Caribbean pirate story. The promise of pirates is what drew me to this novella but I couldn’t get into either of the stories. They were rather well writt
Apr 09, 2016 Marcheto rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Another entertaining novella (or better, a novelette and a novella) and my first contact with Tim Lebbon.
Gabriel is looking for the man-demon who killed his family, seeking revenge. The two parts of the book take place in two completely different places and periods (Deadwood, in the Wild Far West, and the Caribbean of the pirates and privateers), and Lebbon’s detailed descriptions and style succeed in transporting us to those two settings. We nearly feel that we’re among the cow
Jaclyn Hogan
I received a digital ARC of this book from Netgalley.

Interesting premise, but doesn't hang together coherently. Gabriel remains a cipher throughout both stories, and it was very hard to care about his murdered family. This is true of just about every character; we're given almost no insight into their feelings or behavior. Things just happen. The pirate story works a little better than the cowboy story, but not by much. Temple is a demon? Ok, cool. But why is Gabriel charged with killing him whe
Aaron Mcquiston
Jun 20, 2016 Aaron Mcquiston rated it liked it
Shelves: tor-novellas
The two novellas collected here, Tim Lebbon introduces us to a fight of the ages. Temple has killed Gabriel's family, and Gabriel is following him through time for revenge. These are the first two fights. The first, "Dead Man's Hand" finds them in Deadwood South Dakota. The second, "Pieces of Hate" finds them in the Caribbean Sea, fighting like pirates. The concept that this story can go anywhere, with the two main characters fighting through all of it, makes an interesting series. These stories ...more
Sachin Dev
Aug 19, 2016 Sachin Dev rated it liked it
Slight improvement on the opening book, for this series, Assassin. Tim Lebbon has been a hit and miss with me. Echo city had a fantastic premise but was such a slow burn that I didn't finish. Gabriel's past brings color to the grim narrative and lends a bit more credence to this whole story. This one's an out and out pirates story set in the Caribbean seas - and it's bloody enough to satisfy any cravings in such tales. I found it a bit too dark. Again, Temple aka The Twin or the Devil dances ...more
May 04, 2016 Daphne rated it liked it
Shelves: own-audio, quest, 2016, uno2016
Incredibly dirty, gritty, and dark. Just like I like my pirates. Well, most of the time at least. Lebbon is well versed in the art of writing books that don't really make you feel good after finishing, but you can't help but enjoy the dark ride. I also enjoy that the 'hero' of this story is not actually very good at being a hero at all. Honestly, he seems pretty inept and absolutely horrible at making battle plans or carrying them out. He seems to be stumbling through his immortal life of ...more
Ryan Lawler
Mar 09, 2016 Ryan Lawler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very enjoyable read, probably a case of style outweighing the substance. Lebbon nails those things like mood and feel and emotions, but otherwise the two stories are essentially drawn out action sequences with the odd interlude.

It's fine given how much I enjoyed the style, i just hate getting to the end of a story and going is that it?
Mar 09, 2016 Rochelle rated it really liked it
This novella packed a punch for such a short story. I loved reading from Gabriel's POV since I got to see his motivations, a glimpse into his past and why he hates the demon Temple ao much.
Pieces of Hate is more than just a title; it's an apt description of the book and ties in very nicely with the underlying theme . This bloody adventure will leave you thirsting for more!
Tyrannosaurus regina
Stylistically I really dug this, it got under my skin in the right way and, like. Pirates. I don't have a problem with this level of violence done in this visceral way. But the only women are dead plot devices, and that's just exhausting.
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
Hm, I think this is the first novella I've read that I wasn't over the moon about. For me, this is a case of "awesome idea, not the best execution." The story itself was cool, but I think the writing didn't work for me.

I didn't hate it, so I'd gladly read a third story.
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
DNF - I read up to 40% and just wasn't feeling it. I usually enjoy Tim Lebbon's books, too, but this just didn't work for me
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Assassin (3 books)
  • Dead Man's Hand (Assassin, #1)
  • Pieces of Hate (Assassin, #2)
  • A Whisper of Southern Lights (Assassin, #3)

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