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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.
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.
Jeff Gunhus grew up in Cyprus, Greece, and Saudi Arabia where there was a distinct lack of television. He quickly found books were the gateway to incredible adventures, fascinating characters and unbelievable discoveries. Now, with five children of his own (all who watch too much television, in his opinion), he has enjoyed revisiting his old books and reliving those adventures all over again.
Read this wonderful Guest Post by Jack Templar himself:
Hi, Jack Templar here. You might have read my book, Jack Templar Monster
Hunter, where I describe the night I had to fight for my life against a hoard of
Creach monsters who were out for my blood. Turns out I came from a long line of
monster hunters and that I was destined to become one…or become a monster’s
dinner. It’s a night I’ll never forget.
Still, the book was never intended for the general public. It was only meant for
other hunters or hunters-in-training. This is because reading the book will attract
the attention of monsters and, whether you like it or not, you will be dragged into
my world and you’ll be in the fight of your life.
You have a choice to make. If I were you, I would just walk away and pretend
that monsters aren’t real. That they aren’t secretly walking the streets, waiting for
a chance to eat you. Because if you read on, the monsters will come for you.
Still here? I guess I didn’t talk any sense into you. Fine. If that’s the case, then I
should at least arm you with some information about our enemy.
The Creach is divided into five distinct groups: vampires, zombies, werewolves,
demons and the Lesser Creach which is made up of all the weird little creatures
that don’t fit into the other groups. You know, trolls, goblins, harpies, sirens,
mugwumps, blood-howlers, etc.
A Lord rules over each group with an iron fist. These guys are the worst. Under
constant leadership challenge from their own kind, they are forced to keep order
with vicious efficiency or die. The Creach hoard respects strength and violence
above all else, so life as a Creach tends to be short and brutal. This just makes
the ones who survive more dangerous as adversaries.
Over all the Lords, rules the vampire Ren Lucre, the Lord of the Creach, Eater of
Souls and all-around bad guy. In fact, I found out things about Ren Lucre at the
Monster Hunter Academy that blew my mind. I don’t have time to go into them
here, but I’m writing down what’s been happening at the Academy so I hope to
have something out to you guys soon.
While the Creach are nasty and ruthless and worthy of your fear, there’s
something very important to keep in mind. Not all of them are bad. Many (most)
of my hunter brethren disagree with me on this, but I know it to be a fact. Since
some of you may not have read my book yet and intend to, I’ll not spoil the
surprise. And if you’ve read the book, you know what I’m talking about.
There’s a danger in thinking of the individual Creach only by the group to which
it belongs. In fact, this way of thinking forms the very basis for bigotry and hatred
and makes the coming Creach War almost inevitable. Once we stop thinking of
them as individuals and just lump them together and make assumptions about
them, we are destined for ignorance and miscalculation.
Come to think of it, this is a good reminder for how we look at our fellow humans
as much as how we look at the Creach. Something to think about the next time
you assume you know what someone thinks or believes simply because they
look a certain way, pray a certain way, belong to a certain group, or just happen
to be a demon with glowing eyes and fangs. I’m just saying.
OK, that should give you a basic overview of the types of monsters you’ll face.
I’ve put up a website with information about tracking and surveillance techniques,
fighting skills, etc. I’ll respond to comments on this blog or you can reach me at
the website with questions. I promise I’ll get back to you…if I’m still alive.
Hopefully, you will join the fight. If you do, remember…
Do your duty, come what may.
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