Monday, April 27, 2009

The Hound Hunters

Sometimes the mailman brings an unexpected treasure. Today was one of those days. Adam Niswander is an old friend and has finally gotten his third book into print and out for us to enjoy. A review follows and the publisher is running a special offer, so if you are interested in it, don't wait to take advantage of it.

THE HOUND HUNTERS, Adam Niswander, Hippocampus Press, $20, 306 pages, ISBN: 9780981488844, reviewed by Barry Hunter.

It is great to see this volume in an easily available volume. I first picked this up in the 1994 World Fantasy Convention edition and have hoped that the other volumes of this series would finally see print.

This is another adventure of the Medicine Men of the twelve Native American tribes as they take on another menace that wants to enter and take over the world. The menace this time is a new designer drug that causes the user to become very dependent and becomes necessary to need increasing amounts to maintain their highs. The high is that, like LSD, it takes you to another place and allows them to commune with “god”. The only problem is that the other place is filled with the HOUNDS that are seeking a way to Earth in order to feed on the human race. The book is dedicated to our departed friend, Frank Belknap Long who created THE HOUNDS OF THE TINDALOS as one of his entries into the Mythos created by Lovecraft and his circle of friends.

As THE HOUND HUNTERS progresses there is not as much action by the Medicine Men as they have to depend on a white man the thirteenth tribe, to help them out. It is good getting back among some old friends. They are well written characters that you care about, and an area not widely traveled by others. It is a refreshing breath of fresh air from Niswander.

I am very happy to see this getting a wider exposure and for a limited time, if you order the book from, they will include the first two novels in the series at no extra charge. There are three other novels listed in the series that I have not seen and I hope that problem will be remedied soon. Highly recommended.

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