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Gunhus brings young readers a monster-filled romp to read at their own risk.

In the first few pages, Jack, the storyteller and main character, warns readers not to read about these real-world monsters that would seem to only exist in fiction. The tone is set—sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek and likable; rooting for Jack is easy. The day before his 14th 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 when he meets a mysterious woman named Eva, they’re suddenly attacked by mole-creatures. Before the end of the night he’ll have to save and then fight beside his friends, as they battle werewolves, vampires, harpies, trolls, zombies and more. Gunhus masterfully introduces fully realized characters with whom readers can connect almost instantly. The pacing is quick but not rushed, and events seamlessly progress, complete with action, cliff-hangers and surprise reveals. Descended from a monster hunter, Jack has been safe because of a treaty between the humans and the Creach (the term for the collective society of monsters) that forbids killing any youngsters until they turned 14. But his unique upbringing and background made him target number one on his birthday, especially for Ren Lucre, the vampire leader of the Creach. But why is Jack so important among the monster hunters? What is the last Templar (as they call him)? These questions and others aren’t answered, which could leave frustrated readers wanting more from what could easily, hopefully become a series of books. Emotionally honest Jack’s first-person narration reads like he’s talking directly to you, as when he describes being so paralyzed by fear that he can’t even help his friend. But the young monster hunter is learning how to be a hero: “I realized that bravery wasn’t about not being scared; it was doing the right thing even when you are scared.” 


5.0 out of 5 stars Looking Forward to More AdventuresNovember 15, 2012
 
This review is from: Jack Templar Monster Hunter: The Templar Chronicles: Book One (Paperback)
"Jack Templar Monster Hunter" by Jeff Gunhus keeps the reader on the edge of the chair for the whole story. Never has any thirteen-year-old had a fourteenth birthday to rival the amazing circumstances Jack and his friends find themselves embroiled in.

Mild mannered and almost geeky Jack Smith, awakens one morning to find changes happening to his thirteen-year-old body that he can't explain. But these changes are not the ordinary signs of growing up - they are much more baffling and, frankly, unexplainable. When Jack makes mincemeat out of the school bully, he -- and everyone else -- knows that something very different is in the offing.

Suddenly, on the very eve of his fourteenth birthday, Jack is plunged into a world fraught with very believable gremlins, zombies, Minotaur harpies and all manner of "Creach," Jack must navigate and use the art and power of a Monster Hunter - something he's never even heard of - as he and his friends Eva, Will and T-Rex are pursued by the evil and very nasty Ren Lucre.

Vivid imagery and tight, fast-paced narrative make this first book of a series a great read not only for middle teens, but for any reader who enjoys suspense a little on the darker side. There is a website associated with this book that is interactive and quite entertaining. Looking forward to more adventures with Jack Templar Monster Hunter!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Fun ReadNovember 14, 2012
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This review is from: Jack Templar Monster Hunter: The Templar Chronicles: Book One (Paperback)
Jack Templar was a fun read. Much like the Harry Potter books, it's a great for younger readers but enjoyable for adults too. Set up as the first book in the series, there are several questions that are left unresolved that point to some big revelations in the future. Can't wait for the story to continue, especially to see how Jack and Eva's relationship develops.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kids will love it!November 13, 2012
This review is from: Jack Templar Monster Hunter: The Templar Chronicles: Book One (Paperback)
Not only will kids love it, adults will too! I don't want to give the plot away but this is a book worth reading. This book is creatively written drawing in the reader to be a participant in the story. There is lots of action with enough blood and guts to be interesting without being gross. Girls will like it too with the strong female role models and the hint of romance. Even though this is a children's book, I couldn't put it down. I will definitely be adding this to my classroom library. I am looking forward to reading the book in this series and sharing it with my students. Awesome book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book for Young Teens & OthersNovember 12, 2012
This review is from: Jack Templar Monster Hunter: The Templar Chronicles: Book One (Paperback)
Even though this would seem to be a book for young teens, I throughly enjoyed it and do recommend it for all ages. If you like books about the strange and unknown then you should like this. There was just enough suspense to keep me interested and the adventures between friends are great and keeps you wanting to read more about them and the thngs they encounter together. I'm looking forward to the next from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watch out Percy Jackson here comes Jack Templar,November 12, 2012
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Penny Brien (Higley, AZ United States) - See all my reviews
 
This review is from: Jack Templar Monster Hunter: The Templar Chronicles: Book One (Paperback)
Move over Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, there's a new kid in town - Jack Templar, and he will take you on a wonderful adventure of good vs evil, with friends and enemies at every turn. The twists and turns keep the reader on a roller coaster of entertainment in the way of JK Rowling and Rick Riordan. As an adult reader I loved this book and I am sure that my 12 year old grandson would be thrilled with the adventure of this story.

This book is so well written that I read it in one sitting and would recommend it to anyone who loves the imagination and magic of this genre. Jack Templar Monster Hunter is written for young adults but don't let that stop you from reading it - from the very first paragraph the reader is pulled in. Be prepared to hunt monsters with Jack Templar and his friends.

Kudos to the author and I can't wait for the next installment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and InterestingNovember 11, 2012
This review is from: Jack Templar Monster Hunter: The Templar Chronicles: Book One (Paperback)
As a book aimed at middle school aged children, it was very entertaining and I can see them easily being drawn into the world of Jack Templar as he discovers his powers as a monster hunter and learns about a whole new world beneath the surface of the regular one. I'm a young adult and it still drew me in. I read it in one sitting!
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4.0 out of 5 stars MOTIVATION FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTSNovember 9, 2012
This review is from: Jack Templar Monster Hunter: The Templar Chronicles: Book One (Paperback)
This book is written for middle aged children, by Jeffrey Gunhus. I'm not a middle aged child but perhaps the book brings out the child in you. SO read it and be a child for a while.

The beginning is with an orphan, Jack Smith. He lives in the little town of SunnyVale with his Aunt Sophie. Supposedly his parents died when he was little. He knows nothing of his past.

As with all of us, when we get to be a teen our whole world seems to change. Everything you think is one way turns out to be just the opposite.

This book is written so realistic in a lot of ways. You can place yourself as the characters in the book. Jack felt the people around him were monsters, out to get him.

There is so much surprise and wonderment as to what the turning of the page will bring. The monsters seem to exist only in fiction, but do they?

There is a truce between monsters and man that children are off-limits until their 14th birthday. Jack finds his heritage and great friends who watch his back.

Jack is the center character, orphaned and loveable, but out there are angry monsters just waiting to kill 14 year od Jack. His city is about to come under attack

He finds his legacy from a mysterious girl named Eva. His legacy is that he is now a Monster Hunter. He comes from a long line of Monster Hunters. He is now in the family business. His demise will come if he doesn't save himself, his friends and the world. Is Jack "The One"? Is he the last "Templar"?

The book is awesome. It's written not just for middle aged children but for fantasy seekers (us adults). It leaves you wondering what the next page holds. As you read page by page, you want to be there fighting alongside Jack. Fighting not only for his life but the world, what's right and wrong.

Keep on with The Templar Chronicles. They have a lot to give to the children. Books like these keep children motivated "to read".

I received a complimentary copy of the ebook from Jeff Gunhus for this review.

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4.0 out of 5 stars fast paced adventure through and throughNovember 9, 2012
This review is from: Jack Templar Monster Hunter: The Templar Chronicles: Book One (Paperback)
Written for middle school aged students, this book is action-packed from the beginning and will hold the attention of young readers. Not only that, as an adult reader, it was hard to put down, so parents will enjoy it as an easy read. Following Jack Templar, the orphaned teenaged main character, the plot takes on twists and turns. At a tender age, Jack learns his fate the day before his fourteenth birthday - that his ancestors were monster hunters and he has until he is fourteen to be safe from attack. Jack takes on monsters and zombies and although he finds out the people he once knew are part of the pack, he discovers friendships that help him along the way.
Well-written and complete with adventure, the plot moves quickly and seamlessly. This is an excellent read to delve into a world of the unknown.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!November 9, 2012
This review is from: Jack Templar Monster Hunter: The Templar Chronicles: Book One (Paperback)
Jack Templar Monster Hunter: The Templar Chronicles: Book One is the first enchanting book in what I hope will become a book series from this author. This book will delight many fans who are readers of Percy Jackson/Phillip Pullman/J.K Rowling novels. It centers around 14 year old protagonist, the orphaned and loveable Jack, who finds out the day before his 14th birthday that his city is about to be attacked by droves of angry monsters looking to kill him, as at 14 years old, all bets are off, and his previous protection from harm will be lifted. Oh, and that he comes from a legacy of monster hunters and the King of monsters is particularly hoping for his painful demise. Saving his friends, himself, and world rests entirely on him. What follows is Jack having to fight various forms of evil creatures at every turn, encountering great challenges all while the people around him whisper that he might be "The One." I'll leave it up to you, future readers to find out what that means! This book has magic, the battle of light and darkness, friendship, humor, and other relevant topics to young adults. The characters were well-developed and you truly felt for them. Jack will delight readers as well, as he is a little ball of fire in 14 year old form, standing up for his friends and besting his enemies at every turn. A fantastic read. Much recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Templar the Monster HunterNovember 8, 2012
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Penny Y. Via "Penpoo" (Stuarts Draft, VA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Jack Templar Monster Hunter: The Templar Chronicles: Book One (Paperback)
This is a book written for middle-aged children, though as an adult I found it quite interesting too. The book grabs you from the moment it starts with Jack Smith, an orphan boy who grows up not knowing what his true destiny is. He lives in a small town with his aunt Sophie as his parents supposedly passed when he was little so he knew nothing of his parents or his true heritage. Coming into puberty at the age of 14 everything changes in his world. Nothing is truly as it seems, the people you think you know turn out to be monsters from another world, and then you discover that you are the one they've been waiting to become of age so that they could take your life. But a remarkable thing happens when Jack discovers his heritage, and has some great friends who help him and guard his back. This book is so full of adventure and twist and turns that anyone who picks it up is going to be so engrossed and wanting to find out what happens in this young man's life and how it turns out.
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