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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 (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,215,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I really cannot say enough about this book. I read four or five books a week and must say that there are a lot of stinkers out there. This book really captured me. I loved the hero, the strong silent type with a wolf as his main friend. I loved the villain, a super human powered with the strength and ferocity of prehumanity but with just enough knowledge of humanity to be able to think and plan and be dangerous. He was ferocious, fast, strong and with an insatiable urge to kill. He kept me on the edge of my chair. The plot could be stronger, but you really go half the book before you start to understand what is going on. The climax is great and like "Dune" where the slow knife pierces the protective shield, the beast must be fought with a Bowie knife up close, because it seem impervious to bullets. I liked the book enough that I immediately ordered a copy of "Cain," another book by the same author.
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Hunter is like James Bond, but a lot stronger with animal quickness. If you like action packed thriller,suspense, spy, military intense book, with a lot of blood shed , this book is for you. This author James Byron Huggins has you from the beginning so wrapped up into the story you don't want to
put the book down. I recommend this book for adults. I hope to read more books from this author.
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This book has all the action you could ever ask for. The hero is a man almost unbelievable in his ability to adapt and conform to the wild country in which he resides. And this time he faces an implacable enemy; a construct of immense might and cunning. It will take everything he has - his wits, his strength, his wolf companion and the multiple abilities of his trusted comrades - to defeat an ever-evolving enemy.

Those who tend to read many novels will be glad to know this one is truly large and will take some time to devour.

There are only two downsides: there are a handful of editing mistakes that should be sorted out. Also, be aware that the digital edition (I read this with my Kindle app), isn't broken out as obviously as it needs to be. The scenes often change without warning - without a new page break, or new chapter indicator, or even a small line to indicate the ending of one scene and the start of another. For example: the "he" referred to in one chapter would be Hunter - our hero. In the next paragraph it changes to a "he" - referring to the enemy in a different locale. Should you read this with that in mind, you'll find yourself watching for those changes and won't be as confused as I was, initially. (It took me a few chapters to realize what was going on.)

Cheers - and enjoy the read!
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I first read "Hunter" about 13 or 14 years ago, and loved it. I just read it again, this time on my Kindle. That may have been part of the problem, because there were so many errors in spelling and punctuation that it really detracted from the reading. I suppose the paper copy was scanned and then converted to ebook without anyone proof reading the file. Anyway, that's the negative.
The positive is that this is one kick-ass story! Nathaniel Hunter is the protagonist. He is a man born 250 years too late for he wears leather and moccasins, and is totally at ease in the deepest, darkest forest. His companion is a huge black wolf--not bad if you can pull it off. This "Deerslayer from the James Fennimore Cooper novels (Last of the Mohicans) and you'll have an appropriate image of Hunter.
I'm not going to give away any major plot elements, and there are loads of surprising twists and turns. The characters really contribute a lot to the success of Huggins work, plus the plot is packed with action sequences that will keep you awake into the wee early morning hours. Takakura is great, and Taylor too. But I really like Bobbi Jo--she handles a Barrett .50-cal like no one.
The bad are, well, bad. You'll be on the edge of your seat hoping they get done in. That's the way I like my bad guys. But arguably the star of "Hunter" is the monster--a genetic mutant, a derivative of an Ice Age form of man that has gone extinct. The science is believable (just barely), and the weaponry is mostly correct. But these are nits, just sit back or curl up, and let loose.
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