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The Myth Hunters (The Veil, Book 1) Paperback – January 31, 2006

4.5 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Veil Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Stoker-winner Golden (The Boys Are Back in Town) launches a promising new dark fantasy series with this chiller, which opens on a snowy December night on the coast of Maine. Lawyer Oliver Bascombe is having a case of prewedding jitters at his family home, an "enormous Victorian mansion," when a blizzard smashes its way into the house and blows in "the winter man" (aka Jack Frost). Frost needs Oliver to save him from a Myth Hunter from beyond the Veil (i.e., the land of faerie). Seizing the opportunity to duck his wedding obligations, Oliver agrees to pass with Frost through the Veil. Meanwhile, on Earth, Oliver's tough-minded sister, Colleen, sets out to solve the mystery of his disappearance. When she finds her father murdered, she turns for help to Det. Ted Hallowell, who gets on the trail of a serial killer. Fast pacing, superior characterization and sound folklore yield a winner. (Jan. 31)
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On the eve of his wedding, Oliver Bascombe confesses to his older sister, Colette, that he isn't sure he wants to marry his fiancee. The impending nuptials soon take a backseat to much bigger troubles, however, when a man made wholly of ice crashes through the living room window. The man tells Oliver that he is the legendary Jack Frost and is in very immediate danger. Oliver helps Jack return to his own world, Borderland, but crosses over himself, too, and is soon caught up in the action there. A group of vicious killers is hunting and brutally killing mythological creatures. Joined by the woman Kitsune, who transforms into a fox at will, Jack and Oliver flee in a desperate attempt to get Oliver safely back home, where things aren't as Oliver left them. The Sandman has escaped Borderland, killed Oliver's father, and kidnapped his sister. The colorful, vividly imagined world and unresolved major plotline of Golden's thrilling yarn make a sequel a sure thing. Kristine Huntley
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (January 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553383264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553383263
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,721,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
This looks to be yet another winning series for the hard working Christopher Golden. The Myth Hunters isn't horror as much as it is dark fantasy, but there are still ample bloodcurling moments written in to satisfy your inner ghoul. Golden's suspenseful, no frills writing style lends itself really well to the sense of soul-numbing terror, grave jeopardy, and harrowing adventure which permeates the book. Beneath the surface chase scenes and vicious battles, you can sense shadowy forces and vile machinations at work. I couldn't get enough of The Myth Hunters and devoured it in a mere seven hours (I'm usually a more slow reader). The opening set up in which the book delves into Oliver Bascombe's priveleged background and his feelings of helplessness in the wake of his father's domineering ways admittedly moves a bit sluggishly. It's the eve of Oliver's wedding day and, outside, a blizzard rages. Oliver loves his fiancee Julianna, but fears that marrying her will set him on an irreversible path to a regimented life he doesn't want. Thus, it is with a sense of escape that he answers the grieviously wounded Jack Frost's call for help. Jack Frost, an icy figure of longtime legend, has been terribly hurt and is being stalked by a ferocious Myth Hunter called the Falconer. Myth Hunters are relentless monsters who are bent on the destruction of all the Borderkind, fabulous figures of mythology who are still remembered by humans and who can, therefore, still cross back and forth between the Veil, the barrier which separates our normal reality from the magical world. Why are they hunting the Borderkind? Well, we don't find out in this book. But Oliver makes a fateful decision when he aids Jack Frost, as he becomes ensnared in the perilous doings of the Two Kingdoms beyond the Veil.Read more ›
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I enjoyed this book. I really liked the characters, both human and myth. I bought it for my Kindle. I was unhappy to find out that there are two sequels and neither is available for Kindle. I can get them with a free Kindle app to be read on my phone, tablet, or computer. Really? I don't think many people over the age of 16 want to read on one of those devices when they've got a perfectly good Kindle that's kind to the eyes. I ordered the two sequels used, because I want to know what happens to everybody.
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Oliver Bascombe lives a normal life. He has caring sister, a domineering father and he is supposed to be getting married tomorrow. All of that changes when an old man claiming to be the spirit of Winter itself comes calling on Oliver to get him back across the Veil and a away from the Thing hunting him down.

THE MYTH HUNTERS is the first book of a new dark fantasy trilogy The Veil by award winning horror author Christopher Golden.

When referring to H.P. Lovecraft, Neil Gaiman has said that "Fantasy and Horror are linked...twin cities separated by a dark river." He went on to describe Lovecraft as beginning as a dark alley way that grew into a major four-lane highway. To continue the metaphor, Christopher Golden's THE MYTH HUNTERS is a dark path through the woods that both cities share. It is dark, twisting with half remembered tales and warnings from our childhood. There are creatures there, beautiful, fantastic and very deadly.

In this new dark fantasy with a twist, Golden hones his finely tuned horror-craft on a fantastical world where the myths of our childhood are real, but darker than we have ever imagined. It is "Thomas Covenant" meets "The Tales of the Brothers Grimm", the original versions. Golden has mixed horror and fantasy before with tremendous success in GHOSTS OF ALBION. MYTH HUNTERS is the other side of the coin. While GHOSTS was horror with a fantastical twist, MYTH HUNTERS is fantasy tinged with horror. The result of this chilling alchemy is an extremely satisfying read and tale that immediately pulls you in.

Like Oliver, we get pulled into a fantastic landscape where things are oddly familiar, yet far more dangerous.
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By A Customer on February 1, 2006
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In wintry Maine lawyer Oliver Bascombe suffers from cold feet not just because he went outside in the snowy weather, but more because tomorrow he is to get married. He explains to his older sister Collette that he has doubts as he cannot think of one happily ever after marriage though he further explains that he thinks he loves Julianna; yet wonders how can you be sure even if his fiancée is wonderful, intelligent and beautiful?

While reading The Sea Wolf to pass time, the outside storm smashes through his Victorian home door carrying something inside a vortex. Suddenly "the winter man" staggers from the middle of all that snow now inside Oliver's home. The newcomer pleads with his host to help him even as he informs Oliver he is known as Jack Frost and that he needs him to save his life from a deadly Myth Hunter from beyond the Veil. Ignoring his wedding, Oliver agrees. While Oliver enters the Veil on his quest to save the life of Jack Frost, his sister Collette investigates his disappearance and the murder of their father with the help of Police Detective Ted Hallowell.

This terrific fantasy grips the audience with the abrupt change from the calm of a reluctant groom pondering how he can be sure to when Frost busts through the door. The story line is action-paced but plays out with two subplots: a fantasy quest beyond the Veil and a murder mystery disappearance on mundane earth. Both work because of the strong cast that makes believers out of readers that Jack Frost, THE MYTH HUNTERS and the land of the fae exist.

Harriet Klausner
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