The High Hunt

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The High Hunt, Book 1 in The Orion Guild series by award-winning SF author Adam Connell. The High Hunt follows Grand Marksman Lansing in a too-civilized future where a guild of professional hunters solve animal-related problems most societies—intergalactic and planetary—are incapable of handling on their own. More

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About Adam Connell

Award-winning writer Adam Connell is the author of several works of science fiction and speculative fiction. He was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as an "Author to Watch." His first novel, Counterfeit Kings, was lauded by Publishers Weekly, who said, "Struggle for identity and self-sacrifice are just a few of the powerful stories beneath an action-packed surface plot that provokes as it dazzles."

His next novel was Lay Saints, selected by Kirkus Reviews as a Best Book of 2012, in 4 categories. Lay Saints was also chosen by Barnes & Noble as one of the Top 5 SF Novels of 2012.

Some stellar reviews:

"The engrossing result feels like an ESP-themed mash-up of The Sopranos and The Wire as scripted by Quentin Tarantino. A stylish reimagining of the psychic mystery genre."
-- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Fans of the genre will find a lot to like here--particularly the snappy dialogue and solid world-building."
-- Publishers Weekly

"Connell's Lay Saints is the perfect blend of literary fiction and genre fiction. It's original and unpredictable but also character-driven and deeply thought provoking. This is a story that works on multiple levels--and should appeal to multiple groups of readers."
-- Explorations, The B&N SF/F Blog

"Adam Connell's Lay Saints is a sleek homage to noir with a fantasy twist. His style is in turns reminiscent of Elmore Leonard, Chuck Palahniuk, and William Gibson, but his voice is all his own. It's sleazy, it's violent, it's honest, and it's a damn good read."
-- BlueInk Review (starred review)

"Lay Saints, with its realistic and complex cast of protagonists and the added bonus of wild talents up for exploit, is a powerful read that is gritty, honest, gripping and unpredictable. Any who enjoy noir detective stories, explorations with New York City underworld settings, and a touch of science fiction injected into complex social and political interactions will find this an absorbing read, impossible to put down."
-- The Midwest Book Review

His third novel, Total Secession, was released in September 2012. It was the recipient of the Bronze Medal in Foreword Reviews' Book of the Year Awards.

Some stellar reviews:

"Connell offers a tough but touching futuristic thriller. Full of fury and feeling, sure to interest fans of crime novels, thrillers and alternate futures."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"Total Secession is a tour de force of speculative fiction. The plot takes many detours, but they are enjoyable ones for readers, especially those who enjoy lyrical use of language."
-- Foreword Reviews (5 out of 5 Stars)

"Total Secession is a dialogue-driven book packed with strong characters, lots of description, and a heady attention to local lingo and dialect reflected in speech; the ultimate result providing a realistic account of the human condition."
-- The Midwest Book Review

"There's a lot to like in Total Secession. Connell is a talented writer with a gift for metaphor and characterization, and he populates the oft-pulpy narrative with a variety of colorful characters and action-packed sequences."
-- BlueInk Review

Connell's fourth novel, The High Hunt, is the first book in a planned series called The Orion Guild. In brief, the plot of The High Hunt is this: A planet's distress call for hunters to track and kill an infected herd of beasts brings the universe's most effective marksmen. Most come to hunt, some come to betray old enemies, and one comes intent on murder.

Named by Kirkus Reviews as a Best Book of 2013: SF/F

Some stellar reviews:

"Energetic, edgy sci-fi with a Game of Thrones bent."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"Connell fearlessly explores the baser instincts of humanity in this gritty, concisely constructed sci-fi adventure."
-- Foreword Reviews (5 out of 5 stars)

Connell lives with his wife in Westchester, NY.
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His Twitter handle is: @AdamConnellSF

He is currently preparing Counterfeit Kings for release as an eBook. He's also in the research phase for his fifth novel, due in 2015.

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Review by: genesisages on April 19, 2017 :
This was it. This was the book that made me wake up and realize indie authors had so many worlds for me to explore that I had not touched. The only thing I hate about The High Hunt is that I haven't seen a sequel yet. If you like your speculative fiction dark and tense like Game of Thrones this is your cup of bloody tea. Very few novels have succeeded in appealing to both the primal sensibilities of a fan of action and survival stories, and my lust for the politics of betrayal. Simply an amazing read that is as fun as it is suspenseful.
(reviewed 10 months after purchase)
Review by: stephen j gallagher on Aug. 15, 2014 :
Take a jaded animal bounty hunter, an assortment of fellow hunters anxious to take his crown as the best, stick them in the middle of a huge animal cull with a time limit for completion and
throw in some rivals who just want him dead anyway....strange but compelling characters and a few twists along the way make this a good enough reason to download and enjoy....
(review of free book)
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