Author: Ashton Macaulay
Plot: Nick Ventner is a drunk with a blatant disregard for others. He’s also damned good at hunting creatures that aren’t supposed to exist. From amateur necromancers in the bayou to Sasquatch impersonators in the Pacific Northwest, Nick’s seen it all. Even if some of the details might be a little fuzzy.
My Review and Thoughts:
This is fun interesting story that plays with the true imagination of the inner child and the adult exploration of the unknown. Think Indian Jones with monsters. Your main character is a monster hunter. He is hired around the globe to seek out monsters that are running amok and causing problems.
This plays out like an action style pulp plot that brings you the reader into the outrageous and perfectly created realities of this fictional world of monsters. What I find fascinating about it, is that it’s written with the reality that yes monsters exist, so what, or for your main character Nick Ventner it’s a job that pays money, money to buy lots of booze. There’s an underlining comical reality to the story. The characters are well developed through back stories being told. The narrative leads you to experience that Nick has done this for many years and has caught many creatures.
What makes this stand out is the many different styles of writing. You have action mixed with suspense and layered with humor. The writer gives you a wonderful trip of emotions while reading the story.
The plot is that Winston a rich man is paying Nick to tell him the story of how he went against the famous Yeti. So begins the tale in flashbacks and a buildup of the plot. You the reader get to experience Nick’s journey as he tells it.
This is like watching all the great creature feature films. This is a monster book. If you love monsters and adventure, then this will surprisingly satisfy you. It has all the working of a classic pulp novel, or as I call them 5 and Dime Novels. Fun entertainment.
Also, what makes this book stand out is It’s basically an introduction piece of this character. I can see this being a vast multilayered series of adventures. This bleeds for another book and many more books. This could go on forever. Nick the monster hunter. I loved this book because it allows you to mingle with a monster hunter in all his fun, wild, very eventful ways. It is written in away that places you there hunting the monsters.
Would I Return to it Again? I will return to this series if it becomes a vast series of stories.
Would I Recommend: For lovers of old school creature feature style films. For lovers of monster tales and adventures 101.
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Four Final Words: Fun, Wild, Pulpy adventurous.