- File Size: 2519 KB
- Print Length: 269 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dave Robertson (February 17, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 17, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IIVIRDK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,464,047 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My only small complaint is that I would have preferred a somewhat more sophisticated writing style; for me, too many of the sentences (especially in the initial chapters) were short, simple declarative statements that seemed intended for a younger audience in spite of the fact that content seemed intended for a both young adult and adult readership.
The bottom line is that Strange Hunting is an enjoyable, interesting read for anyone who like monsters, both traditional and exotic. I definitely look forward to reading Strange Hunting II.
We meet Berk Willis as he's looking back on his early days as a monster hunter. A high school teenager living a discontented life at his farm home with his mother, Berk yearns for a life of significance. His father, traveling abroad, invites him to a hunting trip in Africa--and while they are there, the two of them become enlisted by a tribal elder to wipe out ... well, a pack of zombies. And so begins Berk's globetrotting early years. Mali, Finland, Romania, Slovakia, South America--within roughly a four-year-span, Berk punctuates the real-life adventures of finishing high school, starting college, and enduring the disintegration of his parents' marriage by monster hunting, and there's definitely no shortage of them to be had: wind spirits, trolls, river monsters, genetically engineered Russian mutants, catacomb ghouls, strigoi (vampires, to the uninitiated), the afore-mentioned zombies--these are the highlights of Berk's life. Tracking them, trapping them, killing them. Guarding frightened villagers against the risen dead, staking out graveyards at night, organizing warbands against the denizens of Hell. You know, that really IS more interesting than just taking another foreign language class ...
Through all of these quests, Berk grows as a young man, finds independence from his mentor-father, and matures as an individual within a richly described world of various, but always collective, societies. Our author, Mr. Robertson, has done much research and work to become an authority on each of the cultures Berk finds himself immersed in--and he does it as a period piece, too, setting his adventures in the early 1970s. One does not gain access to the local monster menagerie 400 miles north of Mali in the same way one would ingratiate himself to the locals of vampire-ridden Romania, after all.
Travel! Adventure! Horror! And a permeating dash of family drama and coming-of-age. Not bad for a few bucks' worth of Kindle investiture. Bravo, Dave Robertson. You made your world mine for two exhilarating days, and I am sad to leave it.
If you like adventure, mysticism, or horror, you will love this intelligent story that keeps your mind moving from one locale to another. A lot of research had to go into this. It reads like an autobiography and I even question if Berk Willis (the storyteller) was real or not. Perhaps that's what I liked most - the sense that it was really happening and I was there. I have an adventurous spirit and am an avid investigator of the occult. It did not leave me disappointed and I am going to reread some parts.
Thank you if you read this.
But they were still human and sometimes fearful. Give this one a read you won't be sorry!
I took one star off because I don't like zombie stories, but had to read this one to the end as it was interesting.
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