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Rules of the Hunt Paperback – 1 May 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: BeWrite Books (1 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904224555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904224556
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,848,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hugh was born in Glasgow, Scotland and had his early education somewhat interrupted by evacuation during World War II. After taking a degree in Chemistry and Mathematics at St Andrews University he worked for some time as a Chemical Engineer, and had some adventures in France, before becoming a teacher. His wife Lyn, son David, and he relocated to Canada in 1967 where his second son, Iain, was born. While teaching in Canada, he completed a Bachelor's degree in Education and a Master's degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Manitoba. For thirteen years he was the principal of a grade school -- Grades Eight through Twelve.

He now lives in Ottawa to be close to both sons, daughter-in-law Allison, and three grandchildren: Gillian, Malcolm, and Jennie.

Hugh also writes as Alistair Kinnon -- mystery

For the past seventeen years he has been a freelance writer and editor, although he started writing much earlier.


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Rules of the Hunt had me gripped, it deserves recommendation. -- John Grant

A very enjoyable action story suitable for all ages - it should find many fans amongst adult fantasy readers. -- Steve Mazey, Eternal Night

About the Author

Hugh McCracken has lived in Canada since 1967 with wife, Lyn. They have two sons and three grandchildren and, for thirteen years, he was principal of a junior/senior high school.
The family and workplace experiences might account for Hugh’s magic touch when it comes to stories for children and young adults and a rare ability to introduce historical fact so subtly the reader hardly realises he’s being educated as he’s entertained.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victoria G. (pear@orange.net) on 24 May 2002
Format: Paperback
Set (mainly) in 13th century-ish England, this wicked adventure story starts with a group of boys from the present time - finding themselves in trouble with the locals of Olde England (and I mean trouble!!). The story quickly moves along and follows the boys adventures as they try to cope and survive in a land full of torture, chases, weird people and most of all they must survive the Hunt.
Easy to read and hard to put down. (-also with piccy's!!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant Book 1 Aug. 2002
By "ruth_pope" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book follows the adventures of a group of kids who travel backwards in time - and have to cope with the baddies and the goodies! This is a fantastic book, which not only presents historical fact in a way which doesn't feel like learning but is also totally absorbing. It's absolutely fascinating.
The next book please!
Timeless Tales 4 stars review 22 Oct. 2003
By "tteditor" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
by M. Freeman
The five boys stared in shock at the man hung by his feet being whipped, overseen by the cold, calculating Duke. Only five minutes prior they had just been school chums out for a bit of mischief on a Halloween night. Now they were flung back in time to the medieval era of their Scottish Isle unwilling participants in "The Hunt".

Forced to survive, the boys turn to the eldest in their group, the only one with the skills to hunt but starvation is still a chilling reality. Not until they come into contact with a local sheep farmer do their fortunes turn. It is there they are introduced to the ceremonial head of the Island, Andrew, the keeper of the old ways and enemy of the Duke. It is he who helps them find temporary homes and assists in helping them to adjusting to life in the past. Still, the boys cling to the hope and desire to go back. Together they face betrayal and stark brutality that test their courage and honor.

As they approach the anniversary of their arrival to this dark past the boys realize they must once again participate in "The Hunt". Only this time with full knowledge of the rules. It is here they must confront their greatest enemy, the Duke and worst fears. Hard decisions will have to be made and even a bigger price paid before any of them can return.

Hugh McCracken has written an intriguing tale winding fact and fiction into a chillingly honest one. The easy cruelty of the time makes a mockery of painted image that many have of the past. The characters depict the struggles of fourteen year old boys with emotion and volatility. Idiomatic expressions and words native to the United Kingdom pepper the writing adding a certain amount of interest. It is an easily read story and moves fairly quickly. Young readers would enjoy this book immensely and identify well with the characters.
Great fun -- and not just for kids 6 Feb. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A group of boys on a Scottish island accidentally slip back in time to an age when the local lord conducts a Wild Hunt, with human prey, once a year. The boys, soon recognized as "strangers", must use their wits just to survive ... and, beyond that, to save the locals from this tyranny.

The tale is told at a cracking pace, and it's a great adventure story. But it's more impressive than that. McCracken has the knack of portraying children the way they really are, not the way that doting adults would like to think sweet little kiddiewinkies are; this realism is refreshing. Also, he's doesn't flinch from some of the ghastlier consequences of his plot: for example, one of the boys is killed and another suffers torture. Because of this darker side to the book, the sense of involvement is hugely increased: the threats aren't just Tom & Jerry stuff but very real - something that will be hugely appreciated by young-adult readers, who get tired of being shielded by well meaning adults from the unpleasant truths of life that they can see in the newspapers.

But don't get the impression the book's just for young adults. At the grand old age of, er, fiftysomething I sat up late devouring it. Grand stuff!
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