on April 26, 2012 :
If you loved National Treasure then you will definitely love Jack Hunter - Secret of the King. There is excitement, adventure, horrible villains and treasure, pretty much everything you ever wanted in a children's novel.
The story of Jack's adventure begins with a gold coin and a mystery from his grandfather. Being 12 years of age and having too much spare time, Jack quickly begins to unravel the mystery behind the gold coin and its secret treasure. However Jack is not the only one who is interested in finding the treasure. Can Jack and his friends get to it before the other person does?
Jack Hunter reminds me of the classic adventure stories that I used to read when I was younger. It is fast paced and well written novel with a fine cast of engaging characters. Each member of the group has their own strengths and brings a good balance to the dynamics of the group. I also enjoyed how the book mixes history and myths together to add a bit of extra depth to this highly imaginative story.
You should also pay attention to the little clues found in the book as they help reveal the secret to unlocking the puzzle on the author's website.
Jack Hunter - Secret of the King is a fun and exciting start to an adventure series for young readers.
(reviewed 89 days after purchase)
on March 20, 2012 :
The summary got it right – it is like reading about a young Indiana Jones going on an adventure and finding a treasure with the help of his great team of friends like in The Goonies. While reading the book, I kept thinking how this must be what Indiana Jones was like as a kid. Jack finds out about a treasure from his grandfather so he’s on the search for the treasure along with some kids he became friends with after moving to a new place. Each person in the group of friends brings something to the group in order to fulfill their quest for their treasure. And what young Indiana Jones story would be complete without a villain!
Things definitely seemed convenient at times, but I don’t think that distracts from the fun of the book. It even comes with a code for the kids to crack at the beginning of each chapter for a more added fun.
The author captures the thoughts of young children quite well, especially the thoughts of Jack. I recommend this book to elementary age kids and to adults who like to read about a quick adventure.
(reviewed 55 days after purchase)
on Aug. 23, 2011 :
Without giving too much away this book revolves around the adventures of Jack Hunter (12) and his faithful new friends as he tries to unearth the secrets and treasure of an ancient mystery passed down to him by his grandfather. It has the charm of Indiana Jones meets the famous five, and some hidden clues coupled with a clever online interactive ‘treasure hunt’ definitely demonstrates the potential for an addictive and well designed children’s series.
The book itself reads well, is incredibly imaginative, and the storyline is as unpredictable as it is fast-paced. There is also just the right balance of historical factoids and fictional myth to encourage the reader to perhaps find out more about the English monarchy without being overbearing.
It’s clear that it has been independently/self-published by a few typographical errors, but as Ebooks are not as tied to the final version as much as paperbacks this can be easily fixed. Otherwise I found it well-written and difficult to put down (even as an older reader) and especially as I approached the closing chapters.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on Aug. 20, 2011 :
Jack Hunter: Secret of the King has a lot going for it! The characters are likeable, and the situations are interesting. This book reminded me of some of my favorite movies as a kid - it was a good read! I liked the action and suspense, though muddling through the British English was a little hard for me since I'm American. Isn't it crazy how English doesn't always translate from one region to another?
As for the bad, there were a lot of examples of poor grammar and run-on sentences with WAYYY too many commas. Seriously way too many - some sentences felt like they had the hiccups! ;)
However, issues aside, I was still really glad I got the chance to read this book! I liked the extra touch with the chapter titles... if you read the book, you'll see what I mean. If the errors were fixed, it would easily earn five stars. As it is right now, I gave it four stars on Goodreads.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
E. R. Rose
on Aug. 16, 2011 :
Do you remember the school holidays? Endless days with possible adventures for you and your friends? Did you ever dream about finding hidden treasure? This is a story about Jack Hunter, a 12 year old boy, and the amazing adventure he has with his friends during their school holidays. Without giving the plot away, Jack's grandad tells him about some treasure he found when he was a boy - but he never had a chance to take the treasure away. Now it's up to Jack and his friends to find the treasure following a trail of clues. Of course, there are villians who are after the treasure too and they want to make sure they find it first.
The writing is fast paced, descriptions are excellent and the characters are well rounded and believeable. The ending is satisfying. Most importantly, the hero, Jack, is likeable and you really want him to win. I've seen on the aothor's website that further stories are planned for Jack. Great news!
This story is ideal for children and also those of us who can just remember the magic of the Summer holidays.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)