Book Review & Giveaway: Jack Templar & the Lord of the Demons by Jeff Gunhus

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Jack Templar and the Lord of the Demons (The Templar Chronicles #5) by Jeff Gunhus

With two of the Jerusalem Stones in hand, Jack and his friends must race the clock to find the remaining Stones as Ren Lucre’s Creach forces gather strength. With two of their group now with Creach blood flowing in their veins, the team will be tested as never before. They must unite together if they have any hope of surviving their journey to the Underworld and their battle with the vicious Lord of the Demons. The fate of the entire world hangs in the balance.

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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Jack Templar and the Lord of the Demons is the fifth book in the Jack Templar series and my favorite so far. It is full of action and suspense, as well as demons, vampires, werewolves, and any other creature you can imagine.

I like Jeff Gunhus’s writing style. It flows well and is easy to follow. He’s able to describe places and events so well that I can picture them although I’d rather not be able to picture some of the demons). He doesn’t go into too much detail, though, which I always like. 

I feel like I’ve really gotten to know Jack and his friends as I follow their quest for the Jerusalem stones. They have been through so much together that they’re closer than many families.

I can’t believe how many times it looks like it is the end of the road for Jack and his friends. Somehow, they are able to find a way to survive. Jeff Gunhus’s ability to come up with new ways to save Jack and friends amazes me.

I definitely recommend this book and the complete Jack Templar series. I can’t wait for them to go after the next Jerusalem stone!

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Just then, Eva stepped out from the brush directly into the forest path, straddling it with her feet set wide apart like a gunslinger in an old Western. For the life of me, I don’t know how she got that close without me seeing her, but she did.

“Hey,” she called out. “Wolfboy. Where do you think you’re going?”

Even as a vampire, Eva retained her English accent. Usually that took the edge off what she said, but she managed to deliver the challenge to Daniel with so much condescension and mockery that I thought he might charge at her.

Daniel spun around, lips curled back, every tooth showing. What I thought was a snarl before was no more than a tiny growl compared to the vicious sound that now came from his mouth. The skin on my arms and across the back of my neck turned to gooseflesh. I was, after all, a monster hunter. That snarl activated every instinct I had to pull my sword and fight. But I held steady, knowing that if they attacked each other, it was going to be up to me to pull them apart.

“I’m right here,” Eva hissed, barring her teeth to show her vampire fangs. “Come and get me, you dog.”

The words were barely out of her mouth before Daniel launched himself toward her. She crouched low where she was, her face twisting into a terrible mask of hate, her fangs extending out of her mouth past her lower lip, her hands held in front of her like claws.

Daniel took three enormous steps, landing the third immediately beneath the rabbit still desperately kicking to free itself. The second Daniel’s paws touched the ground, the forest floor gave way and he fell out of sight.

The cloth covering the hole we’d dug fell into the trap with him, dragging a layer of dirt and leaves in with it.

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About the Author

jeffJeff Gunhus is the author of the Amazon bestselling supernatural thriller, Night Chill, and the Middle Grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book of the series, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year-old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His book Reaching Your Reluctant Reader has helped hundreds of parents create avid readers. Killer Within is his second novel for adults. As a father of five, he and his wife Nicole spend most of their time chasing kids and taking advantage of living in the great state of Maryland. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel. If you see him there, sit down and have a cup of coffee with him. You just might end up in his next novel.

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Book Review: Jack Templar & the Monster Hunter Academy by Jeff Gunhus

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000030_00040]Title:  Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy (The Templar Chronicles Book Two)

Author: Jeff Gunhus

Genre: Young adult/fantasy

After barely surviving the onslaught of monsters that tried to kill him the day before his fourteenth birthday, Jack Templar leaves his hometown on a quest to rescue his father and discover the truth about his past. Joined by his friends Will and T-Rex, and led by Eva, the mysterious one-handed monster hunter, Jack sets out for the Monster Hunter Academy where he hopes to find answers to his questions. Little does he suspect that the Academy is filled with dangers of its own, many of them more terrifying than anything he’s faced so far.

 

Review:

I received an ecopy of this book for an honest review.

I read this book as soon as I finished reading Jack Templar Monster Hunter and although I liked the first book, I liked #2 a lot more. It’s full of action and intrigue and is difficult to put down.

Jack and his friends are at the Monster Hunter Academy to learn how to fight monsters, but that doesn’t go according to plan. The desired outcome is ultimately achieved but in an extraordinary way.

Jeff Gunhus has a good writing style and I like his sense of humor. The characters, both human and monster, are well described.

I definitely recommend Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy as well as the other Jack Templar books. I read Jack Templar and the Lord of the Vampires a few months ago and really liked it but it would have been even better if I’d read the first 2 books first.

 

 

Jack Templar Monster Hunter was chosen as a Book of the Year Finalist by Foreword Reviews.

 

Author Jeff Gunhus

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.

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Book Review: Jack Templar Monster Hunter by Jeff Gunhus

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000030_00040]Title:  Jack Templar Monster Hunter (The Templar Chronicles Book One)

Author: Jeff Gunhus

Genre: Young adult/fantasy

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.

 

Review:

I received an ecopy of this book for an honest review.

When I started this book, I had already read book three, Jack Templar and the Lord of the Vampires, so I knew quite a bit about Jack Templar, but it was nice learning in detail how he became a monster hunter.

The Jack Templar books are fast and easy reading and Jeff Gunhus has a good writing style as well as a sense of humor. I like the descriptions of the monsters. They’re detailed enough to get a good picture in your head. The story gets your attention from the beginning and never slows down.

The main characters, Jack and his friends, are all likeable and all very different but they make a good team.

I definitely recommend Jack Templar Monster Hunter

 

Jack Templar Monster Hunter was chosen as a Book of the Year Finalist by Foreword Reviews.

 

Author Jeff Gunhus

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.

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Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Jack Templar and the Lord of the Vampires by Jeff Gunhus

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00007]Title:  Jack Templar and the Lord of the Vampires

Author: Jeff Gunhus

Genre: Young adult/fantasy

Jack is back.

After his adventures at the Monster Hunter Academy (which included fighting a goblin army, befriending an ancient werewolf, and battling two fire breathing dragons), Jack Templar was hoping for a rest. No such luck.x

In Book #3 of the Jack Templar Monster Hunter series, Jack embarks on a quest to track down and acquire the first of the five mythical Jerusalem Stones, an ancient power found by his ancestors the Templar Knights. Only the reunited Stones can stop Ren Lucre, the Dark Lord who holds Jack’s father hostage and prepares for an all-out war against an unsuspecting human world. But each Stone is held by a different Creach Lord and recovering them will not be easy. Jack and his friends begin their quest by seeking out one of the most powerful and dangerous keepers of the Stones, the Lord of the Vampires. The fate of the world rests on Jack’s shoulders and he will be tested like never before. But true monster hunters always do their duty…come what may.
Jack Templar and the Lord of the Vampires.

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Review:

I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

This is the first Jack Templar book I’ve read and I am going to have to read the first two before the next one comes out. This book was difficult to put down once I got into it. Not only is there a lot of action, but it keeps you interested throughout. It is suspenseful, full of surprises, and it even made me cry.

It does have quite a bit of violence. How could it not have violence when Jack and his friends are monster hunters? It is done in such a way, however, that I don’t think it would bother most children, especially if they’re already reading books in the young adult genre.

I definitely recommend Jack Templar and the Lord of the Vampires

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