A gripping work of dark fiction set in an alternative World War One where Werewolves roam and a ruthless Inquisition still holds sway The Damned is a début novel, the first in a series of three, featuring tortured Inquisitor Poldek Tacit
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1914: the outbreak of The Great War. In the French city of Arras, a Father is brutally murdered. The Catholic Inquisition - still powerful but now working in the shadows - sends its most determined and unhinged of Inquisitors, Poldek Tacit to investigate. His mission is to protect the Church from those who would seek to undermine it, no matter what the cost.
Yet as Tacit arrives, armed forces led by Britain and Germany confront each other across No Man's Land. As the Inquisitor strives in vain to establish the truth behind the murder and to uncover the motives of other Vatican servants seeking to undermine him, a beautiful and spirited woman, Sandrine, warns British soldier Henry Frost of a mutual foe even more terrible lurking beneath the killing fields that answers to no human force and wreaks their havoc by the light of the moon.
Faced with impossible odds and his own demons, Tacit must battle the forces of evil and a Church determined at all costs to achieve its aims, to reach the heart of a dark conspiracy that seeks to engulf the world plunging it ever deeper into conflict.
Morally complex and fast paced, this is a gripping work of dark fiction set in an alternative twentieth century, where humanity's desire for love, compassion and peace face daunting challenges in a world overwhelmed by total war and mysterious dark forces.
Tarn Richardson was brought up in a remote house rumoured to be haunted, near Taunton, Somerset. He has worked as a copywriter, written mystery murder dinner party games and worked in digital media for nearly twenty years. He lives near Salisbury. Find him at tarnrichardson.co.uk and @TarnRichardson.
To celebrate the forthcoming release of The Damned Duckworth Publishers and Tarn Richardson are offering the prequel The Hunted free to all Amazon users as a Kindle book.
In the bustling streets of Sarajevo in June 1914, the dead body of a priest lies, head shattered by the impact of a fall from a building high above. As the city prepares for the arrival Archduke Franz Ferdinand, grim-faced inquisitor Tacit Poldek is faced not only with the challenge of discovering why the priest has been killed but also confronting other menaces: the demon rumoured to be at large in the city and the conspirators of the Black Hand organisation who plan to assassinate the Archduke.
With terrible danger only ever one step away and his private demons silenced only by strong drink, THE HUNTED introduces us to the damaged soul that is the unorthodox Catholic inquisitor Tacit Poldek. It is a world both like and unlike our own but in which the Inquisition, is alive and well yet existing in the shadows; in which history is poised to take dangerous and unpredictable paths; where evil assumes many horrific forms, from werewolves to the institutional slaughter of the trenches; and the threat to humanity (in all senses of the word) - and to love - is ever constant.
THE HUNTED is the free prequel to the full length novel THE DAMNED, the first book in Tarn Richardson's gritty and compelling DARKEST HAND TRILOGY featuring flawed inquisitor Tacit Poldek, publishing May 2015.
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