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Jack Templar Monster Hunter (The Jack Templar Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Gunhus
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Book Description

If you're not a monster hunter, don't read this book!

Seriously, this book is not meant for you. By reading it, you run the risk of attracting monsters to your position and being attacked. So, unless you are willing to join the fight...just walk away.

Still here? OK, don't say I didn't warn you. Let me introduce myself. I'm Jack Templar and I'm an orphan.

Recently, I discovered that I came from a long line of monster hunters. You know, vampires, werewolves, zombies, you name it. Turns out there was some kind of truce between monsters and the hunters that kids under fourteen were off-limits. I didn't find out about all this until the day before my birthday. Yeah, you guessed it, my fourteenth birthday. So, all bets were off. The monsters were coming to get me.

Not only that, but I also found out that if monsters around the world could choose one human to kill, it would be me. Why? I haven’t a clue, but the hunters I've met talk about a prophecy and that they think I'm the One...whatever that means. I’d like to find out some day, but for right now, I’m just trying to stay alive.

If you want to hear a story that will scare you, gross you out and forever change the way you look at the world around you, then you came to the right place.

But, if you want to keep the illusion that the world is a safe and orderly place, then get out of here and stop wasting my time.

Do your duty, come what may.


"Gunhus brings young readers a monster-filled romp...complete with action, cliff-hangers and surprise reveals."

-Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Jeff Gunhus learned as a young boy while living overseas without TV that books were a way to travel through space and time, have amazing adventures, meet fascinating characters...all while eating Oreo cookies with a cold glass of milk. Now, with five kids of his own, he writes books he thinks they will enjoy reading...and has learned to share his Oreos. (Most of the time.) He hopes you enjoy the books as well.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1631 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Guns Press (17 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #254,569 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start to a series for kids 5 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a free copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Jack Smith thinks he's like any other thirteen year old boy, it's the day before his fourteenth birthday and he's noticed some changes. He's stronger than he was the day before, he's faster too. He has fast reflexes too.

When he stops the school bully from picking on his friend, he gets called into the principles office. Thinking he's going to get told off, he gets a shock when she turns into something else. He gets sent home and on the way there he meets someone who tells him that he is really Jack Templar, the last of an old family of monster hunters and that at dusk on his fourteenth birthday he will become fair game to all the monsters that live in his town.

From there it's a non-stop ride as Jack and Eva, a monster hunter who has come to town to help him train, must get home safe and survive the night.

This is a good, quick read that is a great start to a new series. If the next book is as funny and witty and action-packed as this I shall definitely be reading it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jack Templar is thrilling... 27 Dec. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have recently read the book Jack Templar Monster Hunter. I found it very enjoyable and interesting. Here is my review.

Jack Templar Monster Hunter is a thrilling, action-packed book about a young boy who is suddenly thrown into an unknown world of danger and monsters on his fourteenth birthday. As he learns dark secrets and discovers his past and future readers will be swept away in a whirlwind of intrigue, action and fun. This book is a wonderful read, the little asides help readers to connect well with the Jack and properly enjoy his story. The story is told from the main character's (Jack's) perspective ; this makes it more enjoyable and helps the reader to properly enjoy the story. With added twists and turns this book has edge-of-seat moments, more sentimental parts and a humorous thread the whole way through. Readers who enjoy adrenaline pumping books that are quick to action and fast to read will absolutely love this book. If you are the kind of reader who enjoys a big, thick book that you can curl up with for a few days then this might not be up your street. However, this book is thoroughly enjoyable, has a good, strong plot as well as lovable characters. It might be a short read, but it is definitely a great read.

Safiyah (15)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch out Percy Jackson here comes Jack Templar 12 Nov. 2012
By Penny Brien - Published on
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.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure book you can enjoy with your child 18 Dec. 2012
By KB - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought Jack Templar Monster Hunter books as Christmas gifts. I started reading the first couple pages and found myself pulled in by the first Chapter. A couple days later I was finished with the book, and impatiently waiting for the kids to open their gifts so I can discuss the book with them.

So many books start out boring at the beginning, not Jack Templar Monster Hunter. In the first chapter I was hooked and was glad there were monster fights from the beginning!

Buy this book, read it with your kids, and go to the website and kill some time while you impatiently wait for the second of the series.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 1 Dec. 2012
By maggot425 - Published on
I haven't read books for young adults in awhile, but when I had the opportunity to read an adventure book, I couldn't turn it down.

This story is about Jack Templar, a boy who discovers that he is a monster hunter when he turns 14. He had been safe before, but this birthday marked a new beginning for him. After killing a monster, a wide range of creatures are out to get him, which starts his adventure. He makes some new friends and allies, which helps him on his way.

This book was really fun to read. I enjoyed the humor and the easy to read text. It was nice to be taken away from reality for a moment to be in a different world where there's excitement and action. I would recommend this book to young adults and adults interested in adventure books.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Templar the Monster Hunter 8 Nov. 2012
By Penny Y. Via - Published on
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MONSTERS ARE EVERYWHERE 23 July 2014
By Christina Weigand - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Monster Hunter
Author: Jeff Gunhus

That's what young Jack Smith learns the day before his fourteenth birthday. The other thing he learns, and pray you never learn it: He is a monster hunter and the monsters are hunting him.
Jack Smith spent the first thirteen years of his life like any normal boy. The day before his fourteenth birthday that all changed. It started with physical changes making Jack faster and stronger. But the changes didn't stop there. His life is turned ups ide down as people he knows turn out to be evil monsters just waiting for him to turn fourteen, so they can kill him. The biggest surprise of all though; He is not just plain old Jack Smith, an orphan living with an aged aunt. Instead he is Jack Templar, Monster Hunter, from a long, distinguished line of monster hunters and his aunt, well she's a monster.
Mr. Gunhas takes his young readers on a wild roller coaster ride as Jack and his mismatched group of friends travel from one hair- raising battle to the next while Jack grapples with all the new information. The reader barely has time to breathe as Jack journeys through his final day as Jack Smith and accidently, as teen boys are wont to do, upsets the status quo, giving monsters the freedom to kill him a day early.
GunhUs has expertly crafted a story that keeps the reader turning the pages and wanting more. His characters are intriguing and filled with teenage angst, from the chubby boy to the jock, the pretty girl to the plain girl and of course the ever present evil principal. Jack will traverse the minefield that his life is becoming as he learns who to trust and how to get rid of those he can't while running for his life.
This reader gives Monster Hunter an enthusiastic five stars and cannot wait to read the next installment in Jack Templar's adventures.
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