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The Hunter: Awakening, is the first of a series of novels that will explore the nature of good and evil and the question of redemption: Is it available to those who have perpetrated great evil? Not long after the theft of a leather-bound book from a hidden hillside tomb in LA, a young hiker inadvertently awakens something fearsome that has been laid to rest some two hundred years ago. Soon after an emaciated, amnesiac man falls from a cliffside trail into the backyard of young, pregnant, neurosurgeon Melisa Castro. The young doctor feels compelled to help the “John Doe” regain his memory. Meanwhile a vampire who no longer has a hunger for blood comes seeking to rectify the awakening only to find himself in the middle of a power struggle within the family Melisa’s fiancé Chris leads. Chris has yet to tell Melisa of his true nature and the fact, she is carrying a werewolf’s baby.
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A beast is on a mission for a book that holds all the answers. The hiding spot is a cavern in the hills of Los Angeles. We cut to Chris, a responsible, mature businessman who is involved with Melisa, a young prominent doctor. Their relationship has not gone over well with Chris’ family, and both families are unaware that Melisa is pregnant. Melisa wants Chris to spend more time with her, especially while she is in her early stages of pregnancy. As soon as Chris goes to work, all hell breaks loose. A mysterious man falls from the hills onto Melisa’s property, and she attempts to help him but is taken aback by his aggressive actions and lack of sense in speaking. She calls the authorities, who take the man to a hospital. She is drawn to this man, but she also feels something change in herself, which she chalks up to her pregnancy. She seeks to take charge of the man’s care. She notices that he has healed miraculously. Meanwhile, a young man attempts to pawn a rare blade that he has found while exploring a cavern in the hills. The blade was found in a man’s chest. Meanwhile, Chris has joined his brothers at their nightclub where we soon discover that Chris is not who he seems to be. His relationship with Melisa and their pending parenthood may alter him forever. Chris has unresolved issues with his father and ne’er-do-well brother Alex that threaten to upend his life. Chris is part of a pack of werewolves, and they possess the ability to heal quickly from injuries. They are capable of passing their gift on to their offspring, which shortens their own life. Chris is torn as to when to tell Melisa. Events spiral out of control as a mysterious visitor named Ranald soon emerges to relay word of the awakening of a monster known as The Hunter. Melisa, while ignorant of other goings on, notices that her body is undergoing changes not exclusive to maternity. Chris’s brother Alex is attempting a power play to take control of the pack that involves a gangland war and turning certain people into his own pets. As all these forces collide, one wonders who will emerge unscathed?
The Hunter is an excellent thriller that is not your run-of-the-mill werewolf-vampire tale. The humanity that lies even within one considered a monster is soul-deep. The plot twists and turns are well paced and written. It’s a new twist on an older monster genre.
Reviewed By: Philip Zozzaro
In The Hunter: Awakening, we are introduced to Melisa Castro, a doctor who helps a man who falls onto her property and seems to have amnesia. As she is four months pregnant, she tries to be careful around him, but she finds herself needing to help this mysterious man. Even stranger, when she touches him, she sees visions of things that happened to him in the past, which he can’t even remember. Melisa is slowly drawn into a world of vampires and werewolves and those that hunt them. She discovers that the battle between the Hunter and his prey has been going on for centuries. Melisa begins to realize that the child she carries might not be normal at all and that she might possess some supernatural powers as well. Because of the child she’s carrying, she is in danger from the Hunter. But things aren’t always black and white. The Hunter has been awakened, but he wasn’t supposed to be, and now no one knows how the story will end.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in the series. The plot was great. Who doesn’t love a story about werewolves and vampires? If you don’t, you should. Even though Melisa was the main character, I actually liked Aaron, her future brother-in-law, and Ranald the best. Ranald, the sarcastic vampire, was an enjoyable character to read about. I hope that if I ever become one of the undead, I can still keep it light like he does. Aaron makes his brother, Chris, who is the father of Melisa’s child, just look bad. He’s willing to go as far as needed to protect her and her unborn child.
There were some very small errors, which can be somewhat typical of eBooks, and that is the version I read. There were a few grammatical errors, and one time a different name, which was obviously a spelling error, was used for a character who was referenced a few times. Otherwise, it was very well-written, and the story flowed nicely. It left you wanting more. I look forward to finding out what happened to the Hunter, what it’s going to be like for Melisa as she develops her gifts and has her son, what happened to Ranald, and if Melisa will marry Aaron instead of Chris.
Reviewed By: Christina Boswell
Nicholas Arriaza has worked as a pizza maker, an electrician, a carpenter, a luxury home electronics salesman, and an owner operator of a successful luxury custom home theater design company. He is now a stay at home dad and fantasy writer. He lives with his wife, their infant son, and Pit-Bull Basil in Los Angeles, CA. THE HUNTER: AWAKENING is his first published novel. He is currently working on the second novel of the saga.