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Product Details

  • Series: Hunt
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books; Original edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843962585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843962581
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 3.9 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,754,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The action is positively cinematic and the pace is breathless.
K. L. Cummings
I stuck with the book only to be surprised to see the words "The End" way before the pages of my book finished.
Peterack
Gabriel Hunt stories are essentially updated Doc Savage adventures without Doc Savage's five aides.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peterack VINE VOICE on September 30, 2009
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This was entertaining enough for what it is - escapism adventure story - but there was something missing in this book compared to the first (which had a different author...though all are known as "Gabriel Hunt"). The story herein was very two dimentional and places where the author could have brought humor or depth into a character or circumstance were avoided at all costs. For instance, one could get very drunk if one reads this book and takes a shot of liquor every time Gabriel's gun runs out of bullets....it happens in every fight and battle. This is perfect to make it into a running gag or a "why don't I ever have enough bullets?" comment or something. Instead five or so pages after the last time, it happens again, and is not used to flavor the story at all.
I stuck with the book only to be surprised to see the words "The End" way before the pages of my book finished. It turns out the real author had permission to submit his own novella...also uninspired. Thus, all in all, I feel cheated. If you have not already, I recommend "Hunt at the Well of Enternity" which is far superior to this...in my humble opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. Payne on July 21, 2010
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Indiana Jones meets Doc Savage meets "The Librarian". These books should be filed in the "Guys Adventure" section in Barnes & Noble, and they are a throw-back to the old style "Guys" adventure books from the 50's, 60's and 70's.

And that's a good thing!

They are pure escapist entertainment. Gabriel Hunt is a world travelling adventurer who speaks (almost) every language on Earth. Every scientist he meets turns out to be a drop dead gorgeous damsel in distress, needing a long series of rescues that always come a hairs breadth away from death. In this world he never meets a woman who can resist him, or an enemy that can't be subdued by intelligence or buy an old fashioned six-shooter.

His adventures take place in a world where all our urban legends are true, and where ancient treasures, lost worlds, and lost tribes are waiting to be found - one step ahead of an evil Billionaire. Deep philosophy it ain't. But pick up a copy, grab a beer, sit back on the beach, read and be entertained.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig Clarke VINE VOICE on October 24, 2009
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Author Charles Ardai met his "co-author" Gabriel Hunt at the Yerebatan Sarayi (Sunken Palace) in Istanbul. (No, really -- just read page 144 of Hunt Through the Cradle of Fear.) And I guess they hit it off because Hunt later enlisted Ardai's assistance in chronicling his adventures. ("I would have done it myself, gladly, but I was unfortunately tied up with some matters in Brazil," quips Hunt. "And I do mean tied up.")

Who's Gabriel Hunt? Why, he's only the multimillionaire globe-trotting adventurer (shades of Jim Anthony, but Hunt provides his own wisecracks) -- sort of a modern Indiana Jones (in fact, they may have known each other, as alluded to in Hunt's first book) with up-to-date gadgetry like a cell phone with GPS.

Hunt's adventures are funded by the $100 million Hunt Foundation, paid for with the money of his parents, best-selling religious historians who were lost at sea and are presumed dead. Gabriel also has a brother, Michael, who helps him out on occasion, and a sister, Lucy (whose full name made her relationship with her parents more than a little strained), whom neither of the brothers has seen since their parents' disappearance.

His exploits are scheduled to be written down by a selection of writers skilled at action-oriented stories: James Reasoner, Charles Ardai, Nicholas Kaufmann, Christa Faust, David J. Schow, and Raymond Benson. For the first book in the Hunt chronicles, Hunt at the Well of Eternity, Reasoner was praised by Publishers Weekly as setting the bar for modern adventure "to nosebleed heights," stating also that the pulp-adventure genre had been "smashingly resurrected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony R. Cardno on October 19, 2009
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The second entry in Leisure Books' Gabriel Hunt series is as solid as the first ("Hunt At The Well of Eternity") was.

For those who haven't seen the books yet, a summary: Gabriel Hunt is a modern day Indiana Jones, hunting for antiquities the world over and getting dragged from one deadly situation to another ... most of which he escapes by the skin of his teeth (or, literally in this adventure, the skin of his fingertips). Like Jones, Hunt has a favored weapon (an antique Colt handgun believed to have been used by either Wyatt Earp or Bat Masterson ... or maybe both). Like James Tiberius Kirk, Hunt does not believe in the "no win scenario." Like James Bond, Hunt has a woman in every port. And like his (possible cousin?) Ethan Hunt, Gabriel is slick at thinking on his feet and turning a disadvantage to an advantage. Also like all of those characters, Hunt has an honest streak a mile wide and won't put anyone else's life on the line just to save his own.

This particular adventure involves two beautiful linguists as the romantic foils, an uber-rich aesthete / former Olympian fencer as the bad-guy, and a mystery involving the various versions of the Sphinx myths from around the world. The action moves quickly, and if some of the stunts are a tad on the "unbelievable" side ... well, that's the nature of the genre.

This volume also includes a back-up novella, "Nor Idolatry Blind The Eye" by Charles Ardai. All of the Hunt novels appear with the house author name "Gabriel Hunt" on the cover, but Ardai wrote "Cradle of Fear" as well as the back-up story.
The Hunt books are just fun adventure escapism ... highly recommended!

One slight spoilerish complaint: two books in a row, two dead main villains.
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