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"From the opening action sequence to the last climatic battle with a cruel and vicious assassin, 'The Myth Hunter' is a super charged thriller that never lets up...a solid, masterful thriller by a young writer realizing his tremendous potential."
-Ron Fortier, Pulp Fiction Reviews

"This book is full of vivid descriptions, fantastically crafted narrative, intriguing and engaging dialogue, but its biggest star is the characterization.  Constantine brings each and every character to life, not just with vivid details, but with emotions and passions."
-Tommy Hancock, author of YesterYear

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Elisa Hill is a character who first came to me when I was around eighteen years old. I initially conceived of her as a vampire hunter and planned to have her taking on the vampire criminal underworld. But later, I decided to amend this and took her more in the mold of an Indiana Jones/Lara Croft-type character.

I originally wanted Elisa's weapon of choice to be a katana sword. But my good friend and fellow writer, Derrick Ferguson, advised me against this. He said instead of using a katana--which is very standard and something of a cliché--I should have Elisa utilize ancient weaponry. I began researching weapons from many different cultures and something about the Nepalese kukri daggers really spoke to me, which is how they became Elisa's preferred weapon.

When The Lost Continent was first released, it was released under the title of The Myth Hunter. Recently, I decided that The Myth Hunter was better as the name of the series itself, and so I went back and retitled this book The Lost Continent (which was a title I initially tossed around before publication). This is why some reviews refer to the book as The Myth Hunter.

I've been very pleased with the response Elisa has gotten from readers and of all the characters I've created, she remains one of my favorites.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461050596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461050599
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,403,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Panic on July 12, 2012
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I have always been a fan of all different mythologies and stuff of the supernatural or unexplained. I therefore was right at home with this book. I have only read some shorter work from the author on other characters. This book was packed with action and mystery from start to finish. The characters were well thought out and the story had a great flow. I found myself not wanting to put this book down. I highly recommend this book for some great reading
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. William Russette on March 26, 2012
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The MYTH HUNTER is the first book by Percival Constantine that I have read. Being a fan of things mythological I have been eagerly waiting to read this work. I was not disappointed.

The tale stars one Elisa Hill. She is a myth hunter or one that seeks out the validity and reality of what we know as mythology. She has some serious and well funded opposition in a mysterious organization called The Order. She also has allies and makes new ones along the way. (such as the fox spirit or kitsune) Basically it's a beat the clock story wherein both the Order and Hill and her allies are trying to be the first to find the real Lemuria.

We are very much kept in the dark about the Order on many levels. One thing is certain and that is that they are more than human and more than they appear to be. Their aspirations must be stopped. Elisa does her best to do just that.

Overall all I liked the work. There are some great action scenes, the pace is brisk, there were no dull points. When I had to put it down I looked forward to being able to pick it up again. As Lemuria is not a subject I knew very much about I thought it was a great original idea for a tale. I was also impressed with Constantine's research in regards to ancient weapons, history and geography.

On the downside it left me wanting more. I know, that was likely the goal of the writer but it burns me. I wanted to know more about everything! Hill, the Order, her parent's past (they were also myth hunters) the kitsune did nothing but raise questions. There were some dialogue choices that felt a bit snarky and out of character to me.
This is a solid romp that I tore through and would very much like to read the sequel to.

Fortunately I believe I won't have long to wait.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barry Reese on August 25, 2011
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When one first looks at The Myth Hunter, thoughts of Tomb Raider (or even the short-lived Tia Carrere vehicle, Relic Hunter) invariably come to the fore. This isn't to suggest that the book is merely an homage to to earlier creations, though: it's just an inevitable comparison that will be made by virtually everyone who reads the book.

Elisa Hill is our "Myth Hunter" in question and she's the daughter of parents whose belief in a lost civilization led to their professional ruin. Originally seeking out treasures for profit, Elisa eventually turns to more noble callings and attracts the attention of an organization known as the Order. Former associates become enemies and Elisa is thrown into a thrilling adventure that a search for Lemuria, battles with changelings and a whole lot of by-the-seat-of-your-pants excitement.

What separates Elisa from Lara Croft and the others who came before her is that Constantine takes the time to flesh her out, showing her to be a flawed but ultimately heroic figure. She's not just your standard issue "adventuring hottie," and that works well for the book as a whole.

The growth shown between this and the previous book I reviewed by this author (Love and Bullets) is quite noticeable. With that one, there were scenes that really jumped off the page but it was tempered by creative choices that I thought brought other scenes to a screeching halt (mainly the lampoonish behavior of the main villain). There's no such worries here -- this was great fun, handled with a deft hand. I'd love to see more adventures of The Myth Hunter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brad mengel on February 20, 2012
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Indiana Jones, Lara Croft, Gabriel Hunt, Sydney Fox, Annja Creed please welcome Elisa Hill to the ranks of adventuring archaeologists.
Percival Constantine has created a unique character. Elisa Hill is a second generation Myth Hunter, who started hunting for money but had a change of heart and now hunts to add to human knowledge. This background gives her access and connections to those on both sides of the myth hunting community.
In this adventure, Elisa along with her mentor Max Finch is searching for Lemuria. Along the way Elisa clashes with a former rival Seth and her former partner Lucas Davalos who still works for their old employer The Order.
Constantine only hints at the nature of the Order, which one hopes he will continue to reveal more in future adventures.
Another feature I like about this novel is the open acceptance of the supernatural. Elisa is confronted and aided by a Kitsune, a Japanese fox spirit, without question or batting an eye.
The novel is fast pasted but still building character.
The Myth Hunter was the first book to bear the New Pulp Logo and offers an exciting adventure that travels around the world. Elisa Hill is a character I hope to follow through more adventures.
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The book is action-packed from start to finish. We join Elisa on a hunt for the Keystone tablets, the key to unlocking the lost city of Lemuria, which was apparently struck down by the gods for becoming too advanced for its own good. My favorite character was Asami, a kitsune, or spirit from Japanese legend. And this book has plenty of mythology in it, which is fun and different. Definitely would love to read more of this series.
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