Friday, November 16, 2012

Featured Indie Book: Jack Templar Monster Hunter (Jeff Gunhus)

Jack Templar Monster Hunter - Click to Read an Excerpt
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Mid-Grade / YA Fantasy Jack Templar Monster Hunter (The Templar Chronicles) by Jeff Gunhus.

Jack Templar Monster Hunter has warnings at the beginning of the book explain to the reader that they must make the decision to read the book carefully as doing so will make them targets of the monsters in their area. They must be willing to become monster hunters if they read the book! Interactive forums on the Author's website allow readers to post monster sightings and hear from kids around the world who suspect monsters in their hometown.

The Book has been self-published via Seven Guns Press and Lightning Source and is available as eBook and Paperback at the Author's website, Amazon, B&N and others- released in October 2012 - 196 pages.

About the Book

Orphan Jack Templar has no memory of his parents and only the smallest details from his Aunt Sophie about how they died. The day before Jack's fourteenth 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 then a mysterious girl named Eva arrives and tells him two facts that will change his life forever. First, that he's the descendent of a long line of monster hunters and he's destined to be in the family business. Second, that there's a truce between man and monster that children are off-limits...until their fourteenth birthday! Jack has only one day before hundreds of monsters will descend on his little town of Sunnyvale and try to kill him.

Jack Templar Monster Hunter (Jeff Gunhus)
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As if that weren't enough, things get even more complicated when Jack discovers that the Lord of the Creach (as the monsters are collectively known) holds a personal grudge against him and will do anything to see that Jack has a slow and painful death. To stay alive and save his friends, Jack will have to battle werewolves, vampires, harpies, trolls, zombies and more. But perhaps the most dangerous thing he must face is the truth about his past. Why do the other hunters call him the last Templar? Why do they whisper that he may be the "One?" Why do the monsters want him dead so badly? Even as these questions plague him, he quickly discovers survival is his new full-time job and that in the world of monster hunters, nothing is really what it seems.

For Middle Grade readers and higher and Fans of: Percy Jackson Series, Harry Potter and The Goosebumps Series by R.L. Stine

Reviews (Excerpts)

- "This is a book written for middle-aged children, though as an adult I found it quite interesting too.[...] 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." - Penny Y. Via

- "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."
- Penny Brian

- "Even though this would seem to be a book for young teens, I thoroughly 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 things they encounter together. I'm looking forward to the next from this author.” - Vickie B. (Amazon)

- "[...] 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!” - K. Abel (Amazon)

- "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!” - PixieP (Amazon)

About the Author

Featured on Indie Author News: Jeff Gunhus
Author Jeff Gunhus
Jeff Gunhus grew up overseas in Greece, Cyprus and Saudi Arabia. Without no TV to watch, he quickly learned that books could open entire worlds, launch adventures, and challenge the imagination. Now a father of five, he enjoys introducing his kids to the literary friends from his childhood as well as discovering new ones with them.

Inspired by these great works, he developed his own fiction series as a bedtime story for his kids.

The Templar Chronicles, following young Jack Templar as he searches for his identity in the world, is meant to speak directly to the author’s children, encouraging them to be brave in the face of challenges and to hold fast to their sense of right and wrong as they navigate adolescence.

Links to the Author and the Book

Link to the Book's Website - Report your Monster Sightings

Connect with Jeff Gunhus via Twitter @JTmonsterhunter

Link to the Paperback Jack Templar Monster Hunter on Amazon with Excerpt

Link to the eBook Jack Templar Monster Hunter at B&N for Nook

Link to the eBook Jack Templar Monster Hunter with Excerpt on Amazon

Jack Templar Monster Hunter - Click to Read an Excerpt