The Crater Mountain Sasquatch typifies the problem with free and easy self-publishing - anyone can publish anything
I want to thank Robert A. Hunt for her commitment and hard work in this worthwhile endeavor.
This story begins with a Sasquatch named Gurchukk doing to battle with a grizzly bear named Skurtchotte to see who will be king of the mountain.
The bear and sasquatch begin to fight on the edge of and Indian village. The Indians begin shooting arrows and rifles at them. Skurtchotte is losing and runs into the Indian camp and while the “little people” are killing the bear the Sasquatch in “a moment of spontaneity” before he “could process another thought, or make his next decision,” kidnaps a four year old girl.
Is this a YA novel? Evidently not. Is the writer a YA? Nope, Robert A. Hunt doesn’t look like a young adult to me though his writing is certainly juvenile.
The girl is adopted by the Sasquatch who find “at the very least, she would make a very nice pet.”
Chapter two skips ahead fourteen years and introduces a veteran, Trevor McKinnon. He’s read an article in an 1865 newspaper saying where he has arrived at is a good spot “to start a prosperous life” He purchases a homestead, goes hunting and stumbles upon Gurchukk his wife, baby and “pet” Indian girl in a cave.
Gurchukk keeps as a prisoner. Gradually, Trevor becomes friends with the family.
Then the aliens arrive.
I got to chapter five before I quit. I kept reading because I couldn’t believe this book could continue to get worse. It did.
The Crater Mountain Sasquatch is hardly worthy of a review. As far as suggestions for improvement it would be difficult to know where to start. Author Robert Hunt needs to greatly develop his skills as writer and a storyteller.
This is the problem with free and easy self-publishing – anyone can publish anything.
What makes this travesty a tragedy is it’s next to impossible to differentiate works like The Crater Mountain Sasquatch from excellent novels like Not Lost for Lookin’ by Lexi Boeger , War in a Beautiful Country by Patricia Ryan and The Last Bad Job by Colin Dodds.
Hopefully, my review will help in this regard.
If you think this review is harsh consider it a reality check for the author. Like anyone else, Hunt could still learn to write better. Writing’s a craft and like any craft it takes lots of practice to get good at it.
Prior to publishing his next work though, I would strongly suggest he take some courses and join an objective critique group.
(review of free book)