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Hunter Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1999

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The first time we meet Nathaniel Hunter, the world's greatest tracker, he and his giant black wolf, Ghost, arrive at the scene of a massive search for a lost boy. "With primordial strength--an almost frightening animal strength brought to life with a single word--the enormous wolf turned, massive muscles bunching and hardening beneath the heavy black coat. The huge head, as broad as an anvil, went to the ground as it padded toward the treeline." No wonder Sylvester Stallone has bought James Byron Huggins's latest thriller for the movies! What a role--and the part of Hunter isn't bad, either...

Hunter, a historic-looking mountain man who dresses in stylish leather garments designed by himself, finds the boy quickly and is ready to set off for Manchuria in search of a rare Siberian tiger when an even more dangerous target surfaces in the wilds of Alaska. An illicit medical experiment has gone wrong, and the attempt to combine the recovered DNA of one of our more violent and predatory predecessors with that of modern man has resulted in a creature whose amazing powers of brain and muscle are matched only by its survival instincts.

As readers of his previous thrillers (Cain and Leviathan) already know, Huggins can make the most outlandish material instantly credible by creating scenes of great power and imagination. He also knows more about weapons and ways of killing people and animals than anyone. There's nothing cozy or literary about his work, but the action is nonstop and fully absorbing. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Huggins's latest thriller (after the biblical Cain), about the clinical combination of modern man with the recovered DNA of a super-predatory but mercifully extinct proto-human, avoids falling into mere mindless action fiction by its unusually deft characterization. In the near future, illegal medical experiments in Alaska have created this nearly indestructible creature of incredible cunning and savagery, who goes on a rampage through the ranks of the research stations. To cover their blunder, the government sends out an elite team of special-operations warriors, led by the title character, Nathaniel Hunter, a mountain man born out of time and the best tracker in the world. Meanwhile, U.S. marshals are on the trail of the secret and the cover-up, intervening in the action in an unexpected way. Huggins's pacing is nonstop; his visual imagination is so compelling that the book will work splendidly as a movie; and the action scenes are fine if the reader has the stomach for a high body count. The author's expertise on weapons and wilderness survival keeps the narrative interest high, as do the well-fleshed characters such as Hunter; Bobbi Jo, the female sniper; and Takakura, a Japanese equally at home with modern weapons as with his ancestral katana. Huggins also chillingly gets inside the head of the savage, highly intelligent beast. This is a feast for gun nuts and pure entertainment for the more dedicated thriller reader. (Jan.) FYI: Hunter has been optioned for film by Sylvester Stallone.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (December 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671015354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671015350
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By L. Jenkins VINE VOICE on May 10, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I devoured this book! The foe is a mutant human monster with horrendous strength and absolutely no conscience, whatsoever. The hero is a tracker who is the best in the world. A sad and lonely man, still Hunter has a soft spot in his heart, especially for lost children. Then we have a strong female secondary character that actually doesn't cry and cower and have to be constantly rescued. Add to that a government conspiracy of blood-chilling proportions and you have a mesmerizing thriller. This book is non-stop action!
Additionally, I especially enjoyed the scenic descriptions of the cold North Pole and Alaskan wilderness. I also was interested in the details of tracking. I felt that that aspect of the story provided useful information I probably otherwise would never have considered.
Gory descriptions of battles with the ferocious monster are liberally scattered throughout the book. Definitely not recommended reading for the overly squeamish. The story flows at a relentless, savage pace. Entertaining fiction! Come; join the hunt if you dare!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Costantino on November 11, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I must admit that Mr. Huggins style is immediately immersive, the pacing lightning fast. I was at first intrigued by the fearless tracker Nathaniel Hunter and his huge wolf Ghost. The action was intense and bloody, the weaponry and the tracking information extensive. But then the story got repetitive. Which made me feel kind of cheated. Overall I enjoyed this novel and the trek across Alaska to kill an enemy that seemed impossible to kill. But the suspense level really wasn't all that high, I had a pretty good idea how this book was gonna turn out. Some of the twists were slightly unexpected, the characters were well developed (especially Hunter and Ghost) and the monster was a true vision of Horror. However, I do have a major problem with characters being thrown into the same situation again and again, only to prevail and fight another day and blah blah blah. The story kept building up to the same climatic scene over and over, just in a different way with a higher and higher body count. It kinda made me question the intelligence level of the elite special forces unit sent to track the creature. But, taken for what it is, an action novel, Hunter does deliver the brainless goods. I must admit I had fun reading this and I daresay, if you're an action fan, you'll enjoy this fast paced book too. You just might get a little irritated toward the end. Overall, a good, quick read, that you will strangely recommend to friends.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael C. Hedrick on January 2, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Hunter is another of Huggins' action-adventure novels with a nigh-invincible monster tearing up the scene (see Cain, Leviathan). Fortunately, it's also an improvement over the previous books in some respects.
The main character, Hunter, is still a superman of sorts in the vein of other Huggins good guys, but as a gifted tracker and literate man-of-the-wild he's also more human and sympathetic. The posse of soldiers who go with him to hunt a monster destroying Alaskan research centers provides some good character material, including a neosamurai who shares a few introspective moments with Hunter, and a woman sniper with a powerful Barrett rifle. A parallel plot follows a U.S. Marshal and his entertaining pal tracking down the conspiracy side (still the bland rogue government agency) before meeting up with Hunter for the big finale. The action is constant and often creative in its setting, instead of standard movie set pieces. The amount of wilderness lore adds an extra dimension to the story. The monstrous demihuman predator is a departure over previous science-gone-mad monsters, and there's no Christian mythology imbued in the story, making it a more secular adventure, though adding some swearing and sex not found in previous books. The existence of the monster even implies (gasp!) evolution. Though Huggins continues to use the same adjectives over and over and over (i.e. volcanic something), and the bad guy running the conspiracy is the same stereotype, this is a big jump in story-telling skill.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gene Koopman on March 6, 2014
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Let's start with the plot: A hideous creature that is a crime against God and Nature can only be stopped by one reluctant hero...blah blah blah. It's not a bad plot, but it's also not a new one. If you like this sort of thing, go read Jaws or any of the other Peter Benchley books. They mostly fall into this category; One I must admit I like.

This book something else. If I had to sum it up, I would say it somehow went right from draft to print, skipping the editor. Or, at least, an editor who could read. The reason I say so is there are any number of technical problems. For example, words are misspelled, technical elements are poorly explained, and there are no breaks to alert the reader the focus is shifting from one story arc to another. That last one is a real treat, as from one paragraph to the next the shift is so jarring you have to pause to try and figure out what happened. It's a literary car crash. There are also characters/story arcs which are completely unnecessary, which the author almost seems to realize as he doesn't bother to develop the characters in the arcs.

Character development is, at best, a bit half baked. Too many superlatives and archetypes. The protagonists have no flaws and the antagonists are pure evil. For example, the primary protagonist is a wild man of the forest who can track any living thing across any surface/environment who also eschews most human contact but has a penthouse in NYC and is a multimillionaire. There is no grey, when there was a rather excellent opportunity for such. In addition to this, the authors manner of describing the actions in the midst of the many many battles are quite ham fisted. The approach is to analogize the character to an animal, while highlighting that animals dominant trait.
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