Sledge vs. The Labyrinth

Fiction - Thriller - General
329 Pages
Reviewed on 11/18/2023
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Sledge vs. The Labyrinth is a work of fiction in the horror, thriller, and action subgenres. It is best suited to mature adult readers owing to its many scenes of spine-chilling horror and gory action. Penned by author Nick Horvath, readers are introduced to Einarr "Sledge" Laukkanen, a modern-day gladiator on a ruthless mission to save his former lover, Kiira, from a dark web assassin network. The narrative unfolds as Sledge engages in a blood-soaked quest, unveiling the mysterious forces orchestrating the deadly game. The tagline "No one escapes the labyrinth" sets the tone for the relentless action, reminiscent of classic Hollywood noir mixed with pulpy action films of the 1980s.

Author Nick Horvath has crafted a truly relentless and jarring narrative akin to a bone-crunching action flick but with all the smooth nuance and narrative intelligence of a great noir masterpiece. Sledge emerges as the ultimate anti-hero, a throwback to gritty adventures that leave an impact but with a sharp modern attitude that readers will immediately get on board with. The novel delivers on its promise of being a tour de force of escapism, with every page resonating with bone-crushing intensity and the gory scenes offering a visceral, atmospheric reading experience. Horvath's storytelling, with dynamic dialogue reminiscent of classic action genres, offers a refreshing and unapologetic journey into the heart of darkness that you can’t stop reading once the action cranks up. Overall, if you crave action-packed narratives with a relentless protagonist, Sledge vs. The Labyrinth is a must-read for your horror noir pile that you’ll want to revisit again and again.

Alma Boucher

Sledge vs. The Labyrinth is an outstanding thriller by Nick Horvath. After receiving death threats from a dark web assassination group, Kiira contacts Einarr “Sledge” Laukkanen to ask for his assistance in tracking down her assailants and eliminating them. This sends Sledge on a hazardous journey in pursuit of The Labyrinth, an organization that hires hitmen for business dealings that are all videotaped and broadcast live on the dark web. It starts a dramatic spiral into a violent and gritty investigation, but Sledge is used to the work. During his investigation, Sledge is drawn deeper into the organization and realizes there is more to it than he thought.

Sledge vs. The Labyrinth had me hooked from the start, and I could not put it down. Nick Horvath took me on a roller coaster ride of betrayal, murder, and violence. The story was fast-paced and action-packed. The events were descriptive, with a lot of violence. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat, turning the pages as fast as I could. With all the twists and turns, I never knew what would happen next. The characters were well-developed and authentic. Sledge is a great character; he relies on his fists, hammer, and guts to achieve his aims. The Labyrinth is a terrifying organization, but that did not stop Sledge. The story is brilliantly written. I did not expect the twist at the end; it was a big surprise.

Ana-Maria Leasa

Sledge vs. The Labyrinth by Nick Horvath presents Kiira, a popular writer, who is targeted by an unknown entity called “The Labyrinth”. Scared for her life, she seeks help from Einarr Laukkanen, better known as Sledge, to protect her and find those who are after her. Sledge, a man with a violent and dangerous past, feared and known by many, reaches out to those he somehow trusts, like Gow, and starts searching for and hunting down those behind and involved with The Labyrinth, an organization that runs through the dark web. But, as time passes and more questions are answered and bones are broken, it makes them wonder: Who is the real target?

What I loved about Sledge vs. The Labyrinth by Nick Horvath is each one of the scenes uses ingenious methods that Sledge comes up with to catch, incapacitate, and torture those he is after. Each one of them represented a true masterpiece for me. For example, in the scene where he and Gowain go after the Wraith, using Cyanogen to outsmart him, I didn't expect that. Through each of these scenes, I could see the work done by the author in his research, like the effects and method of treatment for cyanogen. The pace is fast, but at the same time, the author manages to deliver all the important details so that you are hooked on the rush of adrenalin and wonder that comes with each page. This book is a page-turner packed with devilish action.

Pikasho Deka

Get ready for an adrenaline-pumping rollercoaster of action and rampage with Nick Horvath's Sledge vs. The Labyrinth. Einarr "Sledge" Laukkanen was living a seemingly humdrum life in the rural Minnesota town of Gunflint Cove when his ex-girlfriend, Kiira, became the target of a covert assassin network, The Labyrinth, forcing Sledge to begin a mission of bloody mayhem and carnage. One by one, Sledge thwarts the attempts on Kiira's life while meting out brutal treatment on the would-be-assassins. But soon, he discovers an insidious conspiracy behind The Labyrinth, involving two presidents and links to his own past. As he continues to descend into the "Depths" of The Labyrinth, Sledge finds himself on the edge of his physical and mental endurance. Now, with the Final Death Match, Sledge will realize that things aren't what they seem.

If you're a fan of movies such as Kill Bill or Sin City, you'll have a blast with Sledge vs. The Labyrinth. Nick Horvath sets the tone from the get-go. The author never lets the foot off the gas, keeping a full-throttled pace to the finish line. The action sequences are bloody, gory, and intentionally over the top, with Horvath's descriptions as vivid and visceral as you can imagine. There is no pulling any punches, and I won't be surprised if action lovers find this book to be one of their favorites. Horvath's prose, although minimalistic, creates an atmosphere of tension and intrigue that keeps you on the edge of your seat. You're never sure of what's going to happen next. All in all, I loved this book, and for anyone who loves gritty and bloody action thrillers, you shouldn't miss out on this absolute gem of a novel.

Essien Asian

Sledge Laukkanen is used to being the one in control in a tough situation. He is the classic hunter waiting for his prey to slip up. When a mysterious organization targets his girlfriend for elimination, Sledge suspects he may finally be up against an opponent worthy of his skill level. As the gravity of the situation increases with each passing day, Sledge is sucked into the hunt for this mysterious group. The legend is about to discover that when The Labyrinth wants you, there is very little you can do to avoid it. This may be the one time when the only option that makes sense is to flick the switch and let Leviathan take over in Nick Horvath’s Sledge Vs The Labyrinth.

Nick Horvath’s latest work has an antihero go up against a secretive fight club where you either kill or are killed. Horvath dispenses with the preliminaries by tossing the reader straight into the action from the start. Despite the heavy presence of combat-related activity, there is an interesting complement of detailed historical and technical information concerning both the weapons within it and some of the individuals on which Horvath bases his story. I like the way he crafts the principal character, giving him both the skillset of an efficient fighting machine and the arrogance that goes with it. This translates quite well in the conversations to the point that one can be forgiven for wanting him to get a solid beating at some point in this story. If weapons, tactical discussions, and spectacularly detailed combat sequences are your thing, then look no further than Sledge Vs The Labyrinth. Nick Horvath captures lightning in a bottle with this novel.