“The Hate” by S. L. Pierce is a pair of short stories regarding experiences that everyday people “hate” and reaching outside of society’s limitations by putting it into practice. The first story is about a beautiful female assassin that puts her talents to the test following an abominable betrayal. The second is a woman who abandons her life following great loss of her family to hunting down the offender and continues to seek out similar criminals who’ve harmed others and getting revenge in a way every bit as ugly as the primary crime committed by the offender. A short, entertaining read not for the faint of heart, but for those that understand revenge and sees how over-the-top our imagination can carry us when thinking about human predators. Four stars!