Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters: The Varcolac's Diary

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Monsters are real. They have always been here, even when we choose not to see them.
Now, for the residents of Hunter's Grove, the choice is no longer theirs. As a power-hungry varcolac tries to break through the magic holding him back and lead his army of monsters to vengeance against human-kind, there are five who unknowingly possess the power to finish what centuries of humans before them have been unable to do. Charlie Sullivan and his band of new friends will be tested as ...
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Overview

Monsters are real. They have always been here, even when we choose not to see them.
Now, for the residents of Hunter's Grove, the choice is no longer theirs. As a power-hungry varcolac tries to break through the magic holding him back and lead his army of monsters to vengeance against human-kind, there are five who unknowingly possess the power to finish what centuries of humans before them have been unable to do. Charlie Sullivan and his band of new friends will be tested as they attempt to strengthen the magic that can lock the monsters and their evil prince away for good-even if the cost is their lives.
This is the story of five unlikely friends who uncover the sinister past buried under their sleepy hometown of Hunter's Grove. This is a story about looking past differences, overcoming fears, and rediscovering what is truly important in this life. This is the story of Charlie Sullivan and the Monster Hunters of Hunter's Grove.
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http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/charlie-sullivan-and-the-monster-hunters-d-c-mcgannon/1112550339?ean=9780985408824 - Solomon J. Inkwell
D.C. and Michael pack a wealth of wonder and fantasy into this young adult adventure. Incoporating some of the most fascinating legends…I found myself being drawn to the depth of the characters and enjoyed watching their bonds grow as they explored the gifts hidden deep within them as well as the evil that hunts for them.

I recommend this story for anyone who loves folklore and monstrous fun! From vampires to dragons, from witches to eerie ferrymen, this tale has it all.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985408824
  • Publisher: Wyvern's Peak Publishing & Entertainment, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 264
  • Age range: 8 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

D.C. McGannon officially wrote his first book in 4th grade. It was about a dog named Snoopy. It was inspired by Charles Schultz. Thankfully he was in 4th grade, or he might have ended up in jail. He got a grade for it, passed 4th grade, and has written “legal” works from that point on. D.C. believes every human should have access to passionate teachers, clean drinking water, and sustainable sources of food. His greatest joy in life is being a husband to Holly, and a father to Michael and Nathaniel. This is D.C.’s first novel and he drinks cof-fee with joy.

C. Michael McGannon has been creating characters, writing stories, and chasing dragons for as long as anyone can remember. After win-ning an award for writing in grade school, he decided the best medi-um to put all his creativity into was the written word. He’s been writing ever since. C. Michael believes that the true power of a story lies in its ability to both entertain and enlighten. He thinks walking barefoot is grand. This is C. Michael’s first novel.
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  • Posted March 5, 2013

    The book starts out with intrigue and a dab of mystery.  People

    The book starts out with intrigue and a dab of mystery.  People are going missing in their little town.  Nobody knows why or what connects them.  Nobody knows who could be next.  Nobody knows when it will stop.




    The book takes you along, mixing the everyday with the extraordinary.  It gives a different spin on a very old story, that of the hero.  I'm not sure if it's the book, or if I've just become accustomed to reading these types of stories.  All stories are formulaic to a certain extent.  I guess I've come to feel these types of stories are even more formulaic than most.  There is the big bad (the Dark Prince), the leader (Charlie Sullivan), the teacher (Loch), the fellowship (the other four kids), the dark realm (Otherworld).  There is discovery, then training, then conquering evil.  I want to see some element I don't expect, something new, something different.  I was especially drawn at the beginning of the book, but my interest waned near the middle, drudging through the training without much to keep me engaged.




    The authors could have done a better job of capitalizing on the emotions in a scene, especially when dealing with teenagers that frequently feel things more urgently than adults.  I never felt the urgency, the fear, that a big bad should instill.  The Ancients are mentioned, but it isn't until they've already decided to risk their lives and are in the Otherworld, that they really understand how dangerous the Ancients are, or the Dark Prince for that matter.  That sense of danger and urgency is never stressed early on.  It kind of had an "Oh, the Dark Prince is bad and we must stop him."  Telling rather than showing.  I felt like the authors were pulling the cart ahead of the horses.




    That beings said, the best analogy I can make for reading this book would be like walking up a mild incline (beginning of the book), then suddenly coming across a hundred foot cliff you must climb (middle).  Then, when at the top, the rest of the journey is like a water slide (end).  The authors made me work for it, but it got better once I got to the top of that cliff.  I enjoyed the battle scenes.  They  did a good job with the tension in the battles, maintaining the momentum.  And I liked the ending, even if it wasn't altogether happy.




    Was it a bad book?  No.  I think it could have been a great book, but it missed that, largely because it took me days to get through the middle.  On the upside, I got more editing done than usual.




    Source: Gifted by Author
    eReader: Stanza for iPad
    File type: ePub

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2014

    WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: When I saw "Charlie Sullivan and The

    WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: When I saw "Charlie Sullivan and The Monster Hunters", the first thing that popped into mind was series like "Harry Potter" and "Percy Jackson". What we actually get is something a bit closer to "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" meets "The X-Men". A group of kids from Hunter's Grove find themselves inexplicably connected and drawn into an ancient conflict that seems to threaten their quiet, little town, but ultimately proves to threaten the entire world (and more?). As the kids get taken under the wing of the mysterious Loch, they each learn to embrace their "gifts", special powers that allow them to more readily combat the evil in the shadows.

    WHAT WORKS: The second half of the book is very well done, leading to a horrible Catch-22 for the heroes. The peeks at a much larger world and mythos left me very excited to continue the series.

    WHAT DOESN'T WORK: It does take the book about halfway through to really hit its stride.

    CONCLUSION: I have a feeling that this series is going to wind up as a cult classic at minimum, and folks are going to look back at this as the weakest installment. Not because it's bad, but because it's CLEARLY setting up everything else (kinda like Season 1 of Buffy, before it hit its amazing strides in Seasons 2 and 3). Set-up is necessary, but isn't always the best story in a series. I believe that is the case here, as well. I purchased both books in paperback at a convention, and certainly do not regret it, but I would recommend that anyone looking for a fun read with a supernatural/low powered superhero vibe to to at least picks up the ebook version. I'm counting on this series being a "hipster moment" for me: I was a fan before it was "cool".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Awesome book

    This is totally my kind of book. Creepy mansion and awesome magic? Check. Strange creatures? Yep. Interesting characters? Indubitably. This. Book. Is. Awesome. So jeez, why are you still reading this? Go read the book!!!

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