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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story...yet...
If books were ranked according to how nasty the villian was, this one would be off the charts. Huggins has created a surprisingly believable genetic-monster "bad guy", that -- wouldn't you know it -- likes to feast on human brains. Of course the beast has the interest of lots of people, including government officials who the author successfully makes the...
Published on 21 Jan. 1999

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2.0 out of 5 stars sastisfactory idea but character development is ridiculous
Based on the pro reviews I read, Huggins has a decent reputation as an action-genre novelist. This is the first work of his I've read, and I was quite surprised to find that this book is not a first effort; it certainly gives off the smell of an uncertain or untrained hand. Evidently he never learned that the character traits should be evident from that character's...
Published on 19 April 1999


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2.0 out of 5 stars sastisfactory idea but character development is ridiculous, 19 April 1999
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This review is from: Hunter (Hardcover)
Based on the pro reviews I read, Huggins has a decent reputation as an action-genre novelist. This is the first work of his I've read, and I was quite surprised to find that this book is not a first effort; it certainly gives off the smell of an uncertain or untrained hand. Evidently he never learned that the character traits should be evident from that character's actions and words. Huggins repeatedly has to tell his audience how EXTRAORDINARY the protagonist is. It makes you react with a snicker rather than with awe. Also, there are some aspects the editors should have cleared up for Huggins. In one scene (pages 294-300) the author can't keep track of a syringe. And Huggins relies extensively on a particularly weak construction: "Thundering past, it..." and "Fortifying himself, Maddox...." or "Thinking of their deaths, he ...." I won't cite pages, because almost any will do. Having two of these on a page indicates that Huggins does not control his prose adequately. It's not a difficult flaw to unlearn. Read John Gardner (the Grendel Gardner, not the other) on writing well. There are some nice turns in the plot, but the nearly-monosyllabic EXTRAORDINARY hero undercuts his own story. Even all the bad guys find him admirable and EXTR . . . . well, you know. Hunter (yeah, his name and life's work) is almost silly, although that was clearly not the intent. Luckily, some of this should fall away in the movie version, unless the studio lets Huggins do the screenplay. You won't want to read every word, but the book is ok if you skim through it quickly. Better wait for the movie, even if you don't like Stallone. Better yet would be to make Hunter into a super-hero cartoon, which fits the character Huggins created. And he comes complete with a super-hero/tough guy cape he made himself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story...yet..., 21 Jan. 1999
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This review is from: Hunter (Hardcover)
If books were ranked according to how nasty the villian was, this one would be off the charts. Huggins has created a surprisingly believable genetic-monster "bad guy", that -- wouldn't you know it -- likes to feast on human brains. Of course the beast has the interest of lots of people, including government officials who the author successfully makes the reader loathe. This bloodthirsty superhuman is persued by the best tracker in the world, Nathanial Hunter.
If you've read any of this author's works, for instance CAIN, you'll be at home reading HUNTER. If you are a mother looking for a gift for your young son who likes to read thrillers, skip it. The author, who entered new territory when he included profanity in his last book (the first one he had done outside of the Christian publishing realm), takes things even further with HUNTER -- the "F" word appears several times and our aforementioned protagonist Hunter has a sexual encounter with the only female in his creature-tracking entourage.
On the positive side the book does include a light moral lesson (i.e. it's a bad idea to try to achieve eternal life through scientific experiments), amidst a great deal of action. Further, Huggins writing exudes storytelling. When he wants to create an ominous tone, in one paragraph he does it as well as most bestselling writers do in an entire novel. His word choice and imagery drips with talent.
If you're looking for something "safe", this book isn't it. If you just want a good read, go for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, exciting, a pleasure to read!, 17 Aug. 1999
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After reading the reviews of others about this book I was tempted not to get it. Then I went to Borders and began to read it. I couldn't leave without buying it. Hunter and his beautiful wolf are what I would want protecting my back. Although there is plenty of action and chills, I didn't see the cursing and abundance of sex mentioned in some of the other reviews. Try reading a romance novel for that! Hunter is everything you would want to read if you are looking for a great horror novel. Now I will have to read Huggins other books!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cliffhanger Meets Predator!, 8 Feb. 1999
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Hunter has so many similarities with Huggins' other novel, CAIN, it's scary. Take the villain: genetically endowed to be industructible; it's humanoid; it's extremely agile and cunning; it's insanely savage and powerful; it's bloodthirsty; it's clawed and fanged; and it's designed to kill. Now take the hero: a maverick who's extremely competent and determined; he's physically superior to any other human alive; he's impossibly resilient, and somehow always manages to stay one step of the monster. Okay I could go on, but there's no need. Aside from Huggins following a very similar formula to CAIN, Hunter is still enormously entertaining if you don't take anything too seriously. As a biochemist, I've found a lot of implausibilities in Hunter, but Huggins has obvioulsly done his homework in genetics. Still, Hunter is pure action from start to finish. It's not truly philosophical and not as ambitious as his earlier Leviathan, but it does help pass a lazy Sunday quite nicely. It was a step down from CAIN however, and there were a number of typos (it's "intron" not "itron") but that's the editor's fault as much as the author. Still, if you like bloody mortal combat, high-tech weapons, and un almost unstoppable beast pitting its savage animal instinct against the indomitable will of one man, then Hunter offers you an engaging and action-fraught read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great telling of "Die Hard" meeting Frankenstien in Alaska, 11 Nov. 1998
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In the vast wilderness areas of Alaska where there are no prying eyes or media around, the CIA has installed top secret facilities and conduct illegal biological tests. One particular experiment involves a scientist who injects himself with the DNA recovered from an ancestor of homo sapiens. The human converts into a creature that is more beast than man and kills everyone at three nearby military camps.
A military commando team is assembled with orders to kill the monster. However, the creature is so cunning, the soldiers fail. The military turn to a civilian to track down their prey. Hunter is an enigma as he is a wealthy recluse, who prefers to live off of the land. The monster instinctively knows that Hunter is dangerous and immediately tries to eliminate a deadly threat. Either the Hunter or the hunted will be dead by the time this scenario is finished.
HUNTER is a fun and enjoyable book to pass time on a nasty winter day. Think "Die Hard meets Frankenstein" relocated to Alaska and you have a pretty good assessment of both the throwback and the antihero. James Byron Higgins writes a tremendous, graphic thriller that is based on the principle that knowledge gained without morality is wrong, but does it in such a manner that it would make a good movie.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific book!!, 29 July 1999
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This review is from: Hunter (Hardcover)
I've read some of the other readers' comments and was surprised at the extent to which many voiced objections to Huggins' use of profanity and "illicit sex" in this book. Okay, so the guy has some terrific books that do not include bad language or any sexual scenes - so what?!? This is an action thriller, plain and simple, so what do you expect? And it isn't like there's tons of bad language, nor is the sex scene very explicit. And my gosh people, if you were one of the soldiers fighting this thing and had seen many of your comrades butchered in front of your eyes and all your weapons were useless against it, I can guarantee you'd be cussing a lot worse than any of the characters in the book did!! This book and Cain do share the Noble Hero-versus-Epitome of Evil Adversary, but most thrillers contain that anyway. It's a simple, good versus bad story and, in my opinion, very, very well done. I devoured this book as quickly as Luther cut a swathe through platoons of helpless soldiers!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent action/adventure/thriller, 8 Jan. 1999
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The novel Hunter is an excellent action/adventure/thriller. The book serves as escapist literature with a "high body count". Best recommendation I can make is, having read and enjoyed the novel, I immediately ordered the four other novels written by the author. Ancient, neanderthal like creature is created in modern times and begins a killing spree which threatens modern civilazation. A super hero, with superb hunting/tracking abilities, and his pet wolf search for the creature to end the threat to modern civilization. The novel is entertaining, suspenseful and has interesting characters. It's a great read for someone looking for escapist reading and/or an adventure novel. I envision the book being made into a movie starring Bruce Willis. It would make a perfect Die Hard 4.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another good book by Huggins, but what happened?, 17 Jun. 1999
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This book was great, but unfortunately it was more of a rewrite to "Cain" than anything else. Both had "indestructible" villians and "determined" heros. And unfortunately, both entered into new territory for Huggins with profanity (although sex didn't show up until "Hunter"). "The Reckoning" - Huggins' best work in my opinion - went the whole way without giving in to the need for profanity, and the story was the better for it. Please, Mr. Huggins, we're not asking you to have to preach the gospel in every book, but give us an alternative to the profanity-laden drivel that others pass off as fiction. It serves no purpose in the books and you've already proven you can write incredible works without it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a stretch, but a good read none the less., 15 July 1999
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I suppose I liked this book mainly because of the BIG weapons. The visual of a woman firing a fifty caliber sniper rifle (hundreds of times) appeals to me somehow. I couldn't help thinking how this one would look on the big screen. The hero, Hunter, is a bit TOO GOOD though, surviving situations that leave everyone else literally in pieces. The "villian," Hamilton, is such an arrogant jerk that I found myself pulling for the creature to rip HIS spine out. Well written overall, but for the excessively glowing hero worship. I liked the strong female character, and the book has a great setting. All in all, an enjoyable piece of escapist fiction. If you like action, you'll LOVE this one!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A very poorly written piece of fiction., 29 Mar. 1999
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I was really excited to see this book in the store. I am a bit of a werewolf nut and thought this book would be an interesting read even though the monster was not a werewolf. Boy was I wrong. Mr. Huggins has no concept of what character development is. He fills this gaping hole in his writing ability by subjecting us to superfluous drivel on both the hero's and the villian's superhuman abilities. The book was also chock full of typographical errors, incomplete sentences, and contradictions. Mr. Huggins has taken an interesting concept and rendered it almost unreadable. This was my first read by Mr. Huggins and I can assure you it will be my last!
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