Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Henry Hunter and the Beast of Snagov by John Matthews

Henry Hunter and the Beast of Snagov (Henry Hunter #1)My name is Dolf, and life around Henry Hunter is an adventure. This time, we're traveling to Europe in search of the truth about Dracula and vampires. People around here don't want to talk much about it, but Henry won't give up. We found some papers saying Dracula and vampires actually existed, but the papers also said The Beast of Snagov was far worse. We've found Dracula's first castle and met his daughter. Bella is pretty terrifying, but she says even vampires fear the beast. Henry thinks we should locate the Beast of Snagov, but now he's disappeared. I'm afraid he's been kidnapped, and the only person who can help me is the daughter of Dracula!

This book tells a fun, short story of monster chasing. Hunter's character is amazingly calm in the most stressful situations. He is insatiably curious, and he's very knowledgeable about... everything. Hunter is free to explore strange things around the world, because his father is a billionaire and also travels the world for humanitarian causes. Dolf is Hunter's loyal sidekick and classmate, although he's pretty ordinary when compared with Hunter. The pair come across as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson with more supernatural adventure tossed in. Bella is a surprising character, because you wouldn't expect Dracula's daughter to become an ally. She has a life-altering effect on Hunter that actually helps them solve the mystery of the beast. However, it looks like the effect may be permanent! I think most readers will enjoy this book, as it provides adventure and mystery mixed in with a bit of humor.

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