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Matt Archer: Monster Hunter (Matt Archer #1) Kindle Edition
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It's aimed at teenage males. I'm a 73-year-old woman.
It is described as horror. I dislike horror.
It has a strong military element. I dislike military fiction.
So why did I fall in love with it?
This book and the whole sequence concern themselves with honor and courage, and these are traits I strongly admire and identify with.
Furthermore, the writing is skillful, with no wrong words to jerk the reader out of the story. It is both plot-driven and character-driven. The elements that create willing suspension of disbelief are all present. The voice is skillfully done, showing Matt Archer as having both normal teenage problems and incipient burnout from unending combat. How is a child to come back from killing monsters, armed only with a knife, and seeing comrades killed and eaten, to high school bullying, girlfriend problems, and boring teachers?
Highley makes it work. My hat is off to her. I wish I had written this book, but I am totally incapable of doing this kind of writing.
Overall it was pretty good. I liked the story. It has very good characters. I like the sister, I hope we get to see more of her in future books. I also liked the character development of Matt. I did have some issues with it. 1) I felt it has a bit too much profanity and violence to it. Yes, I know you're dealing with monsters and such, but it was violent. 2) For me, it was a bit wordy, esp at the end. 3) When you write, you want to separate characters by giving them names that don't relate to each other. The author has 3 or 4 characters all names starting with "M", and it grew a bit confusing. 4) I was expecting to lean more about the baddies, why they did what they did, and we really don't get that. We were told how they're growing and developing, but never told why.
Bottom line: It was a good book, and I plan to read the others in the series.
At 14, Matthew Archer accidentally killed a monster in a camping trip in Montana. The magical knife that he used to kill it belonged to a Green Beret- his Uncle Mike. But now the knife, one of the five supernatural blades created by a shaman in Peru, picked Matt as its new owner and wielder. What follows is a weeklong training for Matt in Fort Carson, hoping that it will give him a higher chance of success against the abominations that are eating people. The hardest part is keeping this all a secret from her doting mom and sister.
I love reading how Matt grew physically and physcologically in such a short time, can’t help but be proud of him. He has a great personality you would root for, and is supported by other strong characters. I’d like to meet Jorge, the shaman from a tribe in Peru, who has a Chemistry degree in Yale and who speaks with a British accent. Another cool guy is Matt’s best friend Will, and how confident Will is of Matt’s loyalties. There is also Major Tannen or Uncle Mike and a father figure to Matt. Matt’s obsession over Ella is adorable and sweet, yet very intense. While the monsters are truly evil, their grotesque appearance are sometimes described in a ludicrous manner it becomes funny. The action is nail-biting suspense and moves the plot in a brisk space. There really is so much to like: lovable cast, horrific monsters, sweet romance, thrilling action, high-school drama, impending world doom, magical weapons, and more good stuff. It’s all in this book, which is why it was hard to put down and why I read it twice.