Stephen R Hulse


Stephen R. Hulse was born in 1959 in the city of Liverpool, England. Stephen is the Co-Creator and former contributor to the highly successful classic television website "Television Heaven" and its sister sites "Teletronic", and "Day In The Life",
Experienced in writing television reviews/biographies/history articles, Stephen possesses a deep and broad knowledge of both television and film across all the major genres.
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The Blue Hour 
"The French call this time 'l'heure bleu' - The Blue Hour.  The time between dawn and sunrise when the sun is below the horizon, and the world is awash with a hazy shadowed hue that suspends us between the accepted divisions of light and dark.  It should have been beautiful.  For me, it was now only beautifully deadly..."

Take one decidedly anti-social alcoholic female British ex-cop with an attitude - Alex Churchill ...

Add a tough, no-nonsense enigmatic American Private Eye who isn't quite all he appears - Gideon Wade ...

Enmesh them in a dark and deadly web of international intrigue engineered by a shadowy criminal organisation for whom human life is just another commodity to be cynically traded for power and profit ...

Then dive for cover as fists fly, blood spills and all hell breaks loose!  

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Reviews

Elinor Carlise (UK)
Alex Churchill is in a dilema. She begins the story drunk and armed with only a brutal knuckle-duster she faces the prospect of rape at the hands of three low-life punks.
When a timely intervention by the enigmatic Gideon Wade saves her Alex is drawn into a dangerous cat and mouse game involving ....
Fast paced and intriguing from the off this book packs (more than one) punch and you'll definitely need to take time to recover your breath when you finish it.
Mr Hulse is definitely an author to watch and what's more he handles the female POV with aplomb. Highly Recommended.

PaulineCumKristen (UK)
Stephen Hulse spins an intriguing tale with many an unexpected twist. The characters are drawn so that the reader can see them perfectly and every one is different. From the mother/daughter conflict to the mysterious, almost magical, appearance of the steady, dependable hero, the reader shares the traumas and the triumph of Alex, willing her success and always wondering just who or what her partner is.
This is one of the best ebooks I have read and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who likes a good old-fashioned detective story.

Rags Daniels (UK)
Author, Stephen R Hulse has crossed the boundaries of the usual genre of Philip Marlow type detective thrillers with his 'The Blue Hour.' it is a meeting of two minds. One, Alex Churchill, the alcohol dependent ex-cop. The other, Gideon Wade, a mystery in knight's attire. Fuse the two, and you have a lethal combination no villain would want to encounter up a dark alley on an anthracite dark night. 'The Blue Hour' is littered with an abundance of memorable characters, all honed to perfection by the author, they linger in the mind and leave you checking you've locked you windows and doors, before retiring for the night.

Gerry McCulloch (N.Ireland)
This is exactly the sort of book I love reading. The references to Philip Marlowe, etc, as the hero Gideon is introduced, are a key to my preferences. The mention of Chinatown (the movie) a few chapters later, seals the delight. The story is told from the point of view of Alex Churchill, the heroine, which is both original and fascinating. We are shown the hero - the Marlow figure - from a female perspective for once - perfect! This story grips from the outset. And although Alex needs Gideon to come on the scene and rescue her from the gang of rapists she meets up with in the first chapter, she contributes her own skills to their defeat, once she has his help. As we move on into the plot, we are no longer focusing on forties style events. The plot is bang up to date. If you can deal with this, it's excellently told, with page turning, edge of the seat, gripping action, and an enormous, impressive skill in detail. On top of this is the beauty of the description. Gracie the squirrel is a wonderful touch. As is Madeleine, Alex's mother, and their relationship; and the angel wings which seem to sprout from Gideon's back at the appropriate times. Get this book, read it, and then move on to Shadowchaser - Stephen Hulse in one of the great thriller writers of our times!

F. Collins
This concept has huge potential for an ongoing series of books. 'The Blue Hour' features two very distinct and well defined characters in Gideon Wade and Alex Churchill and a film noir grittiness that gets under the fingernails but the prose is slightly let down by the need for a good editor and proof-reader (I have since been informed that the revised release has been proofed and corrected and my comment here regards the original draft I was kindly allowed to read). The opening effectively uses tight and spare prose, suggesting a series of dissolves, as Wade and Churchill meet and gradually appraise each other. With that in mind, the book has a very rich and often pleasing visually descriptive style and Hulse uses Churchill's point of view to achieve this in a sophisticated and witty manner and perfectly sets the tone for the rest of the book.

While the book wears its influences on its sleeve - 'Chinatown', 'Get Carter', a dash of 'The Sopranos' and, dare I say it, a nod to 'The Professionals' - the plot is gradually and tantalisingly developed when Wade is 'granted' an audience with Nic Scarlioni, an elderly Mafioso looking for his grandson. We also get an insight into Churchill's ex-police background but Wade's circumstances are shrouded in mystery and it is Churchill's attempt to peel away the layers and find out about this man that keeps the reader interested.

There are some brilliant set pieces and memorable supporting characters, featuring highly descriptive and graphic violence, that eventually lead us into a plot filled with international intrigue and that touches on some real-world issues but it will be the enjoyable Wade and Churchill double act that will keep you turning the pages and the suggestion of the supernatural that adds a welcome twist to the story.


And this from DAILY CHEAP READS
This is a great book. If you're a fan of clever plots, great characters and fast paced action this book should definitely be placed high in your 'must read' list. The writer has real talent. Having read and loved this book, I would have been more than happy to have paid more for it than what I did. For a quality novel, it was an absolute bargain at the price! Definitely recommended.




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Shadowchaser


The barriers are coming down. Reality itself is beginning to unravel.
Come apart at the seams. Things - dark forces - long excluded are beginning to claw their way back into the world

The Fate of humanity itself hangs in the balance.

Humanity needs a hero, a champion. What we get it - Martin Thorn. The wrong man, in the right place, at most definitely the wrong time. The Wit and sophisticated suspense of Alfred Hitchcock collides with dark Supernatural adventure in "Shadowchaser"


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Reviews

S Reiman
I enjoyed this book a great deal. The authro invests a sly, dark wit into the story of Martin  Thorn, and ordinary man and unlikely champion who finds himself thrust into a secret, supernatural world of shadows and villainy. It's a terrific read with many memorable charcters, highly recommended.

PaulineCumKristen (UK)
What do you do when your ordinary everyday life gets turned upside down by forces you don't understand and never knew existed? You stand firm, follow your instincts and face the baddies. This is the story of Martin Thorn and his sister. Told with a rye sense of humour and an eye for details. Loved it.

Jacoba
This is not my usual genre. Adult fantasy stories allude me most of the time, but this one certainly caught my attention and didn't let up until I finished reading it.
The unlikely hero of Martin had my sympathy from the beginning, and retained it as he lived through a multitude of horrific incidents ....
I think what makes this story exceptional is the writing. Each sentence is cleverly constructed to maximise the imagery and plot. I loved the internal narration of Martin as he come to terms with his fate ....
Original and cleverly written, I high recommend this read, even if you're not into this genre, for the prose alone, it's worth it  (Parts of this review have been omitted to avoid 'spoilers'!)

E Graham
Mr Hulse has written a beautifully crafted tale of good vs evil. I have read many books with this theme, hell vs heaven literal and figurative. What makes Shadowchaser such an enjoyable read is the poetic way the author describes each character and scene. The characters and vivid and three dimensional. Martin is flawed, but sympathetic. The antagonists are perhaps the most interesting and intense.
Clive Barker is one of my favourite horror novelists and Mr Hulse has a lot in common with him. His worlds are so real to the reader that you don't question the fantastical or the mythical. Shadowchaser has the same feel. I enjoyed in immensely and intend to read his other boo. The Blue Hour. Give this author a read and you won't be disappointed,

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1 comment:

  1. The Blue Hour really is a superb book. I'm really pleased to be reassured that the sequel is on the way.

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