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The Dark Horde

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  27 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
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 ancien
Paperback, 1st edition, 288 pages
Published March 2012 by Ignis
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Sherry Fundin
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, werewolf, critters
In Howqua Hills, the Dark Horde descends in a flurry of blood and guts, filling the night with terror and horror.

Sergeant Brian Derwent awoke with a killer headache and a call to respond to a murder. Happy Sunday to him.

Barney and Frank Weston were found ripped apart.The injuries could not have been done by a human.I was reading along and I thought - No. What? That can't happen.

Brian kept having visions, passing out, and getting injured during his dreams. What the Hell? Demons? Werewolves?

Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
This book was so not what I was expecting at all. I mean I read the blurb for the book and thought good concept I'll read that. From reading the blurb to actually reading the book became so much more than an ordinary book at all. From the first page to the last I was hooked into this story and everything that I was made to feel. At times the book could be very in your face unpredictable, page turning because you just had to know what happens next, sometimes you were left in the dark with the hor ...more
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Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Horror, Good Writing
Recommended to The Haunted Reading Room by: Making Connections
Shelves: april-2012-reads
Another 12 Star of 5 Novel!

Well, I’ve seen “reader’s hooks,” that nebulous ability and task of an author to solidly grab readers and pull them into the tale, come and go-but seldom have I seen a reader’s hook as powerful as this one! I can’t imagine any reader “closing” the book after the first page and walking away-not even if the room was afire. This is not to mention the first chapter, which had my hair standing on edge and me jumping to tiptoe on the bed just in case the story was real-so th
Laura Thomas
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Come Dark Horde remember, and once more be!
We are as one, as many are we,
Become one, once more be.

From the opening page to the horror driven end, this story had me riveted. I became a part of it.
Howqua Hills is under siege by something. Monster, demon, alien, being from another dimension, who knows? They have been waiting, but no more! Out of the shadows they come, the Dark Horde. Hungry for flesh, they thrill to feel our terror and revel in our pain. Able to manipulate our minds, they invade ou
May 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, horror
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.

This was definitely a horror story, it was graphic and gor
Harry Casey-Woodward
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would. Actually I enjoyed this book more than I probably should have. This nightmare of big hairy monsters terrorising a small Australian town in 1989 is as brutal as it is an original idea. Mr Brewin does not spare on the gore but he does know how to create menace and suspense, especially in the scenes where the monsters use their spooky telepathic powers to screw up the characters' minds. A load of guilty fun. I can see this making an excellent b-m ...more
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Book review originally published here:

In the first few pages of The Dark Horde, there’s already enough horror and bloodshed to fill an entire episode of The Walking Dead. Barney and Frank Weston, two seemingly normal fellows, are found ripped apart. And whatever or whoever has done this to them, sergeant Brian Derwent is convinced it’s unlike anything or anyone they’ve ever come across. Roughly awokened from a nightmare-filled sleep and with a killer head
Jun 20, 2012 rated it liked it

Honestly, I don't really even know where to begin with this book. There were a lot of strengths and a lot of weaknesses to this horror story set in rural Australia, and it's difficult for me to decide which are more important to me in writing this review. My ambivalence lends itself very easily to my 3 out of 5 star review of The Dark Horde.

Well, the lack of comprehensiveness of this story is very evident in its ability to create many different questions,
Rachel Tsoumbakos
Aussie Horror at its Finest!

When I first started reading The Dark Horde, I was a little concerned that the action started too early on. There was no set up, no character definition, just wham! Bam! Now you're dead! The next time I had a chance to think about characters was two days later when I put the book down. This book is action-packed from the very first sentence. I dare the reader to try and put it down before the end.

Brewin does an excellent job of creating dark imagery and suspenseful, e
Laura *Little Read Riding Hood*
Let me start by saying I don't scare easily. I generally only watch scary movies, my favorite of all time is Event Horizon, if you've never seen it, you really really should. Anyway, I digress ... like I was saying I don't get scared easily. Especially when some equates gore for scary. Which this book does. So as I was reading, safe and cozy in my house, during the day, with my soon to be hubby in the other room, it didn't affect me. I seemed a little cheesy. B-movie cheesy. Maybe even drinking ...more
Mark Smith
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
A good book! At first, I wasn't sure if I'd like a book in this genre ... it can be kind of hard to pull off. My worry was that the scary wouldn't be very scary, what with the plethora of creepy horror books out there riddled with zombies, vampires and werewolves. Even if the rest of the plot outside the terror is entertaining, it can be a let down when your bad guy isn't very bad.

Not so the case here. The Dark Horde doesn't fail to turn up the spooky and terrifying. And it's not just gore and v
Jan 13, 2013 rated it liked it
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.

Thank you very much Brewin for sending it to me and good luck with future writings, your well on your way!

May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
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.
Alexandra Hunter
May 11, 2012 rated it liked it
The following review is based off of a Reviewer Copy I received for my Kindle.

For as long as I can remember, there has been a place in my heart for scary stories. Being the coward that I am this has caused me to spend many a night curled up in my bed under blankets with all of the lights on in my home.

So when I picked up the The Dark Horde by Brewin, I was not let down. 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 point
Lisa Llamrei
Nov 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror-fiction
In 1989, in Howqua Hills, Australia, three farmers are attacked by ... something. The carnage discovered by police officers the next morning raises questions about who, or what,is stalking the residents.

The reader is dropped into the middle of the action right from the first paragraph. And it never stops. 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.

Where the book loses me
May 08, 2012 rated it liked it
This was an okay book. It held my interest to the very end, but I didn't like the ending. Overall tho, a entertaining read.
Jun 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
An ugly, unpleasant story with no likable characters, no real point, and no real purpose. I deleted the e book the moment I read the last word. Best skipped.
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Books & Tales Rev...: The Dark Horde 1 8 Mar 15, 2013 08:34PM  
Brewin' (with or without the apostrophe) is the pseudonym of Andrew Drage. He graduated in 1998 with a first-class degree from La Trobe University, majoring in zoology, philosophy and statistics. He has worked as a Senior Research Scientist at the Insectarium of Victoria in his native Australia, publishing on ant behaviour and sampling methodologies.

His debut novel, Evermore: An Introduction, was
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