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(The Forsaken Series #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  307 ratings  ·  93 reviews
It happens every year. A select few disappear, never to return.

From The Falkland Islands to the Himalayas, Puerto Rico to England – people are vanishing without trace or explanation. A young man who’s lost everything stumbles across an ancient secret.

Can he unlock the mystery?

Will he find those who need him?

...can he escape the Unknown?
Kindle Edition, 427 pages
Published December 21st 2017 by Creativia (first published July 1st 2015)
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Phil Price Hi Tobin. There is a synposis on the back of the book, which I've kept pretty short and punchy.

It's a story about a young man who has lost his family…more
Hi Tobin. There is a synposis on the back of the book, which I've kept pretty short and punchy.

It's a story about a young man who has lost his family. He stumles across a series of murders/abductions, which lead him to a doorway. Through the doorway is another world, filled with vampires. These vampires are abducting certain humans for food for their master.

I hope that helps whet the appetite.(less)

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Jane West
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just want to say that this author is now a published author with Zombie Cupcake Press. His revised book is out and ready for sale! Please give him your support by checking his book out on Amazon! He's an awesome person and an amazing author creating a world that will blow you away!

There's nothing better than a good suspense book. I picked this book up and I was hooked on the first page. The writer guides you through the story with ease. I love the fact that this author knew how to describe so
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This author has such a way with words that this book is beautifully written. It is something different than anything I have read that is on the market to this day. It will suck in you from the first page and keep you on your toes throughout the entire book. The characters, storyline, plots, everything about this book is great. For a debut novel, you cant get any better than this. Everything is so beautifully detailed, you will be able to see everything play out as you go along. This book is a gr ...more
Phil Price
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Five years in the making. It's a lifetime of memories and imagination rolled into one. Many people who know me will find a part of me in the book. It was the best experience putting my thoughts into a story, that evolved into Unknown.

Unknown was republished on 4th April 2017 by Zombie Cupcake Press.
Didi Oviatt
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Creepy to the bone, this book really sends chills down the spine! I love horror books!. I don't have the time to read them nearly as often as I'd like either, so when I do get to indulge myself with a good scare, let-downs are really kind of like the end of the world... luckily that wasn't the case here!!
Unknown by Phil Price did have a bit of a rocky start for me, as I struggled to keep up with all the short stories lines it offered right out the gate. It kind of bounced around, and a couple of
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Audible:I absolutely loved this book! An ex cop,who lost his family to a hit and run accident,is asked to help with a bizaare case.What he finds will lead him to other worlds and evils beyond imagination. Hannibal Hills was the perfect narrator for this book.His character voices are wonderful! I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review OR I may have bought it.I can't ...more
Julayn Adams
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I had to sum up Unknown in just one word, I would say "different". Now, that's not different bad, I mean different good. Phil Price puts a new spin on vampires, throwing multiple world/dimensions in the mix.

The story starts as far back as 1674 and follows through time and dimensions, slowly collecting characters. At first it feels like a collection of short stories with mysterious endings, but you soon find that all of these stories will come together to create THE STORY. Price is a wiz at w
Jane James
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summed up in three words, this book is eerie, atmospheric and unique. I love a bloody vampire tale and Unknown by Phil Price (the first instalment in the Forsaken series) didn’t disappoint; plus, it was packed with much more—portals to other worlds, fantastic fantasy fiction, a touch of the paranormal and was full of weird and wonderful creatures. Loads to get your fangs into (excuse the pun). The story this author took me on, taking me back and forth into parallel worlds, proved exhilarating. H ...more
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
This story never drew me in. There are several stories lines taking place with some connection but it takes about 150 pages to get there. From that point the story meanderers around with a great deal of useless info and detail. I scanned most of the book and feel I did not missed much.
Isobel Blackthorn
I rarely read fantasy/horror, but when I stumbled on The Unknown I decided to try it out. I was surprisingly entertained and even didn’t mind the vampires, which is a real credit to Price as I would normally stop reading the moment they appear. Writing with exceptional imagination, Price has a knack for luring his readers into his story world.

There can be no doubt Price ticks all the boxes of the genre. Strange and spooky happenings in far flung lands. A preternatural child with glowing yellow e
K.J. Simmill
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jake had lost everything the day his wife and child were taken from him. He fought his grief, surrendering his badge for a private license. As a police officer he felt powerless, he apprehended villains only for them to be turned loose and commit another crime. At least as a PI he could choose his work. Or he could, until a favour for his brother-in-law drags him into an investigation out of this world, literally. A series of random and unlikely connections lead Jake to discover the world is not ...more
Rita Ames
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing book. Lot's of events in different timelines which are masterfully brought together towards a great showdown. I loved how the terror in this book was not thrown in your face with too much gore but instead was an insidious creep up on you kind of scare. A very different slant on the vampire and the 'different worlds' were really well described.

Phil Price is now on my favourite author list and I can't wait until the sequel 'The Turning' is out.

One for both genders as it has the lo
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great story

A true thrill... This vampire story wasn't the ones that we're used to. There were magic doors that led to other worlds. Blood thirty vampires and creatures galore. This was truly a great read. I won't write a spoiler because the book is just better when you go from beginning to end without the help of visual aides.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it

Really good. Doors to other worlds, creatures you think really don't exist, fun characters and great journeys. Will definitely be buying the next in the series.
Dollie Downey
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very good

I could hardly put it down it was so good I can’t wait to read the rest of the books you have
Jay Williams
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Exciting and Imaginative

There are so many people and places in the beginning it is almost overwhelming. However once everything is in place the story locks in to continuing suspense and action. Human and non-human characters have depth and are quite realistic. Although the book ends with a teaser for what is coming, the first story is complete. The style of writing is very straightforward and does a great job of describing without slowing progress of the story. This is not the kind of book you
Vicky Peplow
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Wow this book was amazing. I was hooked from beginning to end and couldn't praise this book enough and can't wait to get stuck into the next. Great writing by a great author. Well done
Linda B. Vuono
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such creativity!

Great story! Great characters! Kept me riveted. Never read something quite like this. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Anneka Avery
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gripping fantastical ride!

I really loved this book! It was amazing how all the stories intertwined and linked throughout the ages and even in the different places. This was very cleverly done! I adored all the characters, their depth and how well they were written. I found the attention to detail was truly incredible and I really was swept away. I can’t wait to read the next instalment and see where we venture to next!
Debra Lee Hornby
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great Fantasy Horror

I have read many vampire horror books in my life. Some were great, others good..some not so good.
I liked this one immensely. It has a fantasy flavor that works so well with the vampire horror. The characters, even the bad guys, have good development. It is one that I will go back and read again in a few months.
Great book!!!
Maureen Randall
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book should not be as good as it is. There are many, many typos, so if you are a grammar Nazi, beware. The author also uses colloquialisms and terminology that don't translate into the story line. However, surprisingly, the story keeps moving along and taking you with it.

I picked this up primarily for the premise. The story follows Jake Stephenson an ex-cop who in investigating a gruesome murder gets pulled into an alternate world. Alternate world? Count me in. Puertorican vampire? What's
Debra Miller
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book

Good read. Kept my interest and was easy to follow. Would definitely recommend this book to anyone. Can't wait to read the next one.
Brittney Sahin
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't normally read books of this genre, but I decided to download it not sure what to expect. From the first page I was hooked by the author's style of writing, then he kept me reading with the unique plot and characters. I highly recommend this read & I look forward to more works by this author!! ...more
Michele E.
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unknown: by Phil Price

“Unknown” is a clever mix of modern day crime and yesteryear myths and legends, where Vampires, monsters, crones and other beasties cross from one world to another in order to hunt.

The story begins with a murder in one world and then in another and another and the reader realises that these mini stories and different worlds are somehow interrelated. As the story builds, it´s down to ex policeman, now PI, Jake, to put an end to these murders and hold back the evil that threa
Angie Rhodes
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Remember the thing under your bed, the Vampire outside your window? all the tines as a child your parents told you that they didn't exist? well they lied! They are real, so very very real and they are coming for you! You need to keep your wits about you, grab anything you can use to defend yourself, oh and Faith you will need a lot of that, if you are to survive. The Unknown is a the first book in a series by Phil Price, and trust me ,it's good. It reminded me of Clive Barker's Weave World, (one ...more
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an intriguing vampire story - doors to other worlds, mythical creatures, characters from the past whose stories are interwoven with the present, and dark forests where no human dares to tread.

The story takes us from past to present and back again, and as it slowly unravels the pieces all slot into place. With well-developed characters and an engaging plot, I'm intrigued to see where the story will go in the next book!
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This had amazing twists and turns.. it had paranormal and horror mixed together.. it was wonderfully written and amazed me by keeping me wondering what was going to happen next. The writing created this amazing world that was written so well I felt like I was a part of that world.. and it was wonderful .
K.J. Chapman
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many POV’s in different eras that could be made into novels in their own right, but the more you read, the more you realise that all the stories are intricately linked through Vampires, mystical doorways to others planes/universes/worlds, and a need to harvest human blood.

Price does a brilliant job at weaving a multitude of tales with many characters and POV’s into a master story. The world building is not so far-fetched that it is unbelievable, yet has a mystery and a sense that appeals to the
K.R. Rowe
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought Unknown not knowing what to expect and what a pleasant surprise. I was happy I did. As the first scene unfolded, I was drawn in by the visually descriptive writing. It was gruesome yet beautiful and hooked me instantly. I had to read on. The novel continues with the introduction of several characters and short snippets of their lives. It moves along to other times and other places and just when I started to wonder what was going on, the story started to coming together.

The author has a
Between The Pages Book Club (Gemma M)
Firstly a big thank you to Emma and the author for allowing me to read this story and take part in this blog tour. I have voluntarily read and reviewed this story! I will start by saying I awarded four stars because I found the story confusing at first BUT, then the more I read the more I understood. Otherwise it would have been a 5 star rating. Unknown is written well and easy to read! I found myself getting into the story and hooked! This is the perfect story for readers who enjoy fantasy and ...more
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was a difficult one to rate. The story is decent enough to warrant a go with the second book, but the presentation is abysmal. If it was self-published, maybe it marks the beginning of a learning curve (I hope). If there was an editor or proofreader, they need firing.

The book is littered with errors to the extent of having something wrong on virtually every page. The chapter sections aren't separated in any way, so you keep getting confused before realising that the narrative has changed t
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Phil Price was born in Sutton Coldfield in 1974. He lived in various places in the UK until his family settled in Rednal, a suburb on the outskirts of Birmingham in 1979. Growing up with an older brother and sister, he always flirted with reading, his home always littered with books. Then in 1997, Phil embarked on a travel expedition that took him from Greece to Thailand, via East and Southern Afr ...more

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