Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Abbreviated Review: Jack Templar, Monster Hunter by Jeff Gunhus

I discovered this book by reading Jeff Gunhus's wonderful Nerdy Book Club post, Reaching the Reluctant Reader - One Dad's Journey. In the post he describes how he and his sons came to write this book together (sort of). My curiosity was piqued.
This book's fast-paced action will keep any young reader hooked. The fun assortment of monsters helps too - zombies, devil-werewolves, harpies, goblins, ogres, etc. The plot was pretty simple and straight forward until the final quarter when Jack has an encounter that shifts his perspective and forces him to take stock. This last sequence of events kicked up the plot complexity, really rounding out the text and making it a truly engaging read.

Although some additional editing would clean up the writing, I enjoyed the use of first person.  Jack Templar would be especially fun for fans of Percy Jackson, although this novel is less complex. I'm really looking forward to the next installment.
4 stars

To find out more check out jacktemplar.com.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Amanda--thanks for the review! I truly appreciate it. Book 2 comes out Apr 3rd. Cheers!