Jack Templar, Monster Hunter (The Templar Chronicles #1)
by Jeff Gunhus
Kindle Edition, 197 pages
Published October 17th 2012 by Seven Guns Press (first published October 10th 2012)
Orphan Jack Templar has no memory of his parents and only the smallest details from his Aunt Sophie about how they died. The day before Jack's fourteenth birthday, things start to change for him. At first it's great: A sudden new strength helps him defend his nose-picking friend "T-Rex" from the school bully, and even his crush, Cindy Adams, takes notice. But then a mysterious girl named Eva arrives and tells him two facts that will change his life forever. First, that he's the descendent of a long line of monster hunters and he's destined to be in the family business. Second, that there's a truce between man and monster that children are off-limits...until their fourteenth birthday! Jack has only one day before hundreds of monsters will descend on his little town of Sunnyvale and try to kill him.
As if that weren't enough, things get even more complicated when Jack discovers that the Lord of the Creach (as the monsters are collectively known) holds a personal grudge against him and will do anything to see that Jack has a slow and painful death. To stay alive and save his friends, Jack will have to battle werewolves, vampires, harpies, trolls, zombies and more. But perhaps the most dangerous thing he must face is the truth about his past. Why do the other hunters call him the last Templar? Why do they whisper that he may be the "One?" Why do the monsters want him dead so badly? Even as these questions plague him, he quickly discovers survival is his new full-time job and that in the world of monster hunters, nothing is really what it seems.
Jack Templar Monster Hunter was such a great read. It's fun for adults and kids a like. After about the 3rd Chapter I downloaded it on my 11 year old sons Kindle and we started reading it together. "MOM this is the best monster book EVER" were his exact words. There was just enough monster action to keep me turning the pages and not too much blood and gore that a he would get scared. This is a great story for anyone. It was written so well. From the introduction of the first monster to the last fight in the book, it all flowed together perfectly and I was never bored..not one minute. The characters were all well developed and we found out exactly what we needed to about each one as the story went along.
From the time we meet Jack, he's a day away from 14 and has no idea that his entire life is about to change. From his aunt, to his teachers, all the way to the girl he likes, nothing is as it seems. His birthday brings him face to face with what he really is. He is the last in a long line of Templar Monster Hunters. He really doesn't have much time to get ready for what he has to do...save the world!! He's a typical 14 year old with one friend that's a "bad boy" and the other is a chubby boy who the other kids made fun of. Jack like any other boy of that age thinks he's invincible and not scared of anything until he is face to face with one of the worst monsters of all and he gets scared and runs. Then finding the courage and strength to save his friends, he returns to be the monster hunter that is is destined to be.
Read this book by yourself or use it in a family reading time. I know my son loved it and the time we spend reading together is priceless. I give Jack and his friends 5 Stars!!!
Author Jeff Gunhus
Jeff Gunhus grew up in Cyprus, Greece, and Saudi Arabia where there was a distinct lack of television. He quickly found books were the gateway to incredible adventures, fascinating characters and unbelievable discoveries. Now, with five children of his own (all who watch too much television, in his opinion), he has enjoyed revisiting his old books and reliving those adventures all over again.
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