Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy (Book 2) by Jeff Gunhus
Note: This is the second book in the series.
Jack Templar is a monster hunter from a long line of monster hunters. Too bad he didn’t find out until the day before his fourteenth birthday, when all the monsters on the planet would be hunting him for their dinner. His job for the moment is to stay alive long enough to learn how to kill them.
Along to learn with him are his best friends T-Rex (nose-picker extraordinaire), Will (who wants to be a monster hunter himself). And Eva, instructor at the monster hunter academy who has brought them safely across the ocean to one of the last deeply hidden Monster Hunter Academies in the world. There, she has promised Jack that Master Aquinas will answer the questions he has about his past and about his father, who is being held hostage by an evil vampire.
Of course, once there, Jack’s hope of getting his questions answered are immediately dashed. He’s busy trying to handle one of the world’s worst bullies, Daniel, who is also an instructor at the Academy. Daniel also happens to have a “thing” for Eva.
With wolves at the Academy gates, and a gnawing desperation to get to his father, Jack feels that time is running out…
Jeff Gunhus originally started this series to compel his son to start reading, and it shows. This story is gripping on a number of levels. The very first sentence is designed to draw the reader’s interest. Even if the reader missed the first book in the series, it doesn’t really matter, the book has a recap of the first text and the action is such that there is little time for reflection of past events.
The characters leap off the page and grab the reader and draw him or her into the always dangerous, sometimes deadly adventures. This is a series that demands to be read.