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Hunter Brown and the Secret of the Shadow (Codebearers Series #1)

Hunter Brown and the Secret of the Shadow (Codebearers Series #1)

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by Chris Miller

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Strange visions... hideous monsters... startling revelations... Hunter Brown never expected a summer like this, and it's only getting started! After one of his infamous pranks backfires, Hunter unexpectedly finds himself in possession of an ancient book and key. Little does he know the mysterious book is a gateway to Solandria, a supernatural realm held captive by


Strange visions... hideous monsters... startling revelations... Hunter Brown never expected a summer like this, and it's only getting started! After one of his infamous pranks backfires, Hunter unexpectedly finds himself in possession of an ancient book and key. Little does he know the mysterious book is a gateway to Solandria, a supernatural realm held captive by the Shadow. In Solandria, Hunter joins forces with the Codebearers, a band of highly trained warriors who form the Resistance to the Shadow. But before he can complete his training in the ways of the Code of Life, Hunter is sent on a mission far more dangerous than he ever bargained for. Now with his life in peril and the future of Solandria hanging in the balance, Hunter is headed for a showdown with the Shadow and a battle to save his soul from a fate worse than death! Is Hunter's knowledge of the Code deep enough to uncover the secret of the Shadow, or will the truth be more than he can bear? Hunter Brown and the Secret of the Shadow is the first installment in The Codebearers SeriesTM. The story incorporates an added layer of symbolism, inspired by John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, to communicate spiritual truths and themes to readers.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Laura Panter
When one of Hunter's notorious pranks backfires, he accidentally locks himself in a dumpster to avoid detection. Mistaking his rescuer for a school janitor, Hunter finds himself on a mission in town where possession of a magical book transports him into the mythical world of Solandria. Solandria is a parallel world held captive by the Shadow alliance, a supernatural force of evil that is swiftly gaining control of this alternate realm. When Hunter is catapulted into this strange world, he finds himself inducted into a band of renegades called the Codebearers, trained warriors who have formed a resistance bent on defeating Sceleris, master of the Shadow, and his minions. On an adventure far more dangerous than he ever imagined, Hunter discovers he alone can save Solandria, but at the cost of his own soul and the death of the life he thought he knew. In this first book of a projected new fantasy series, the Millers compose a brilliant concept of looking at life as a series of stories that end and begin again every time a new tale is written. Hunter is portrayed as the average teenager who is a mediocre student and a mischievous jokester, who is just starting to discover himself when his world his turned upside down. Several secondary characters could be better developed as so many are introduced or left unresolved that at times it is difficult for the reader to feel empathy or compassion toward the devastating ending. Fans of Harry Potter will enjoy getting to know Hunter and be curious about his next exploit. Reviewer: Laura Panter
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up

Hunter Brown and his two friends are running from bullies on the last day of high school and get locked in the Dumpster in which they have taken refuge. Their rescuer, a supposed janitor, sends the boys on an errand to a bookstore where they pick up a magic book. Thus starts the adventure where they tumble through a grave into a netherworld, float in a dark lake surrounded by dead bodies, and ultimately must fight for "The Author" of the book against the forces of evil. Aviad, whom some say is just a prophet and others say is the son of The Author, figures prominently. Characters named Faith and Hope are major players as well. The Christian and biblical parallels are obvious throughout, and there is one scene in which public schools are criticized for teaching science. However, the boys do use some of their math abilities to retrieve the key to their salvation, and the action and swordplay are a constant. There is a companion online video game, and this book reads very much like a script for one. The boys are in high school, but they behave like much younger children in many respects, and the illustrations mirror that young image.-Jake Pettit, Thompson Valley High School, Loveland, CO

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Warner Press Publishers
Publication date:
Codebearers Series, #1
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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Hunter Brown and the Secret of the Shadow 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book more then once and i never got tired of it i like the biblical backround on it. The sword are pretty great ,ive read the first 3 books and cant wait for the fourth one.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you your are in mysterious creatures and goblin .ect.
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Cson More than 1 year ago
This book is a blatant copycat of The Door Within from the plot and characters all the way down to the colored pages. And almost as good too [sarcasm alert!], except that the Miller Brothers can't write very well at all and the protagonist and all his beasties were so cliché it was kind of funny. But maybe I'm being a little too hard on it, because I did like a few things. Hunter's best friend Stretch was likeable and realistic is his own weird way. The allegories were very straight forward, but not too preachy. The authors kept the plot moving along nicely. And the ending was pretty satisfying and more than a little surprising. But all told, it's still a copycat. So unless you're a huge fan of the Kingdom Series or The Door Within Trilogy, you'll probably want to pass on this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son is enjoying this book and can't put it down. I'm sure he'll be rereading this book again.
Sarg93 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book just looking for a good book to read, but after reading it I must say that the Miller Brothers have EASILY made it to my list of top authors! If you enjoy the cleverness and action of Bryan Davis and Wayne Thomas Batson you will love this book!!! Also don't forget the sequel BECAUSE IT ROCKS!
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Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Hunter and his friends play the ultimate prank on the school bully. They hide in a dumpster to avoid his wrath but can't get out. After yelling for help for quite some time, someone finally comes to their aid. This "janitor" promises not to tell the school principal where he found the boys if they'll do him a favor. He hands Hunter a card with the address of a book shop and asks him to pick up an item and bring it back to the boys' bathroom. Feeling as if they have no choice, the boys complete the errand. But when they return to the bathroom with a fancy, old book and a key, the janitor is nowhere to be found. Hunter takes the things home and discovers that the book is magical. Before he can truly figure out what the book is for, he and his friend are whisked away to Solandria, a realm that is at war with the Shadow. There Hunter discovers that he must complete Codebearer training if he is to help defeat this Shadow and get home again. With dragons, trolls, giant birds and lizards, and weapons similar to light sabers, this book was truly fun for all ages. I thought the premise and allegory was very powerful. Hunter is a delightful and sarcastic character. The minor characters were also fun. This was the strength of the book, in my opinion. There were some unnecessary backflashes that jerked me out of the story at times and some writing craft issues that teens probably won't notice. There were also many punctuation issues. I was surprised to see such mistakes in a book from Warner Press. I read it to my seven-year-old son, and he loved it, especially the illustrations. The Miller brothers seem to be quite talented as artists and animators, and now story tellers.
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cuddlysharkcandy More than 1 year ago
This book is incredible, fascinating, and all around captivating. This book has everything a good book has including action, adventure, mystery and unforgettable lessons. I will read this book over and over again. It is a must have!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever!
momtogreatkids More than 1 year ago
My son was 8 when he got this wonderful book. He has read it over and really is looking forward to the next one in this series! A good book with good morals. A great gift idea or just a great read.
Ezra More than 1 year ago
I highly roccomend Hunter Brown For all children
RachelStarr More than 1 year ago
Hunter Brown is an average ninth grade boy: good at pranks, bad at first impressions, mediocre at life. Things have been harder to deal with since his father disappeared years ago, but Hunter makes do. Until, in a Neverending-Story-meets-the-Matrix moment, he opens an ancient book and learns that everything he ever knew about his world is wrong. Not only that, but everything he ever knew about himself is wrong. "Raising my arm to the mirror I wiped the steam away, expecting to see the usual bushy blond hair and oversized ears that reminded me of my father. What I saw instead made my stomach lurch and the blood drain from my face in horror. Something was wrong with my reflection." Hunter's terrifying visions collide with reality as he finds himself running from evil spirit-beings that are tracking him in his own hometown. The only way out is into the world of the book - Solandria, where the Codebearers fight an armed resistance against the Shadow. Where Hunter must learn the way of Via, Veritas, Vita - the Way of Truth and Life. Where he'll face the most powerful enemies and terrifying truths imaginable, and where he'll finally learn that "By his fear, a man declares his master." Hunter Brown and the Secret of the Shadow is a fantasy adventure, an allegory for tweens and teens that's likely to be read by even younger kids. With that in mind, I make my first caveat: this book is not Anne of Green Gables. It makes use of scary imagery from the start, as Hunter watches a giant red serpent swallow up his town in a vision, falls into an empty grave, and finds himself swimming (or more accurately, drowning) in a lake full of chained dead bodies. While the violence isn't especially graphic, sometimes it's gross. And there's definitely plenty of tension to go around. At the same time, the book's frightening images and villains also lend it its greatest strength: this is not a story that shies away from big questions. The truth is that Hunter is not a good guy. He is a sinner who will find out just how deeply his own nature is capable of betraying him and those he loves. As I got deeper into the book, I found myself squirming a little because, the more I identified with Hunter, the more I had to recognize that I'm not a good guy either. Hunter Brown deals with big issues. It lets us know that our world is in serious danger. It wrestles with questions of free will and Divine sovereignty. It reminds us of eternity. But the book isn't all serious lessons and scary images - there's a lot of George Lucas-style fun here, too. One of my favourite scenes involves iguas, giant lizard steeds that run up the trunks of redwood trees and leap from limb to limb while their riders, clipped into their saddles, hang on for dear life. Hunter is personable and often funny. While young readers are liable to enjoy this story, writers may find themselves throwing fits over certain technique and editing issues (such as the inexplicable spelling of "reins" as "reigns," done so ubiquitously that I second-guessed myself and checked the spelling to be sure it was wrong!). By the end of the first paragraph I was itching to grab a red pen (whateve
AGodLover More than 1 year ago
I love the Hunter Brown book. It isn't just a teen book, but for any reader who is interested in myths, legends, and all that good stuff. Once I got to about the 3rd page, I couldn't put it down. Don't get me wrong, I love fact, but even I have to admit that in this book is a place where you can escape from reality into your own perfect fantasy world. I am 14 but I recommend this to everyone I know, given the fact that they like books at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book explains spiritual warfare very well. It is based on Christian beliefs and just uses different names for things in the Bible.Things like the Author, which is God, and dispirits or shadows which are like demons. The book will make you compare your life to it and it will make you see how real spiritual warfare is and how blind we are as people. God is real, and if you don't believe it read the Bible, specifically John and Luke. Time is short and you better come to Christ fast. Any ways everyone should read this book. It's a thriller and adventurous.
manthasds More than 1 year ago
When I read Hunter Brown, the first thought that came to my head was how strange it was for a writer to succed in writeing a novel where the charactors relate to the reader. Most writers that try that nomaly only succed succed for the most part, but cant make the feelings athentic. I have a cousin who read Hunter Brown when she was the age of the charactor Hunter and completly related. The charactors in this book were definatly the best part. This was an amazing book and i would gladly read it again.
orangegatorade1 More than 1 year ago
This was just an amazing book to read. I read it three times now and I just can't get enough of it. I would recommend this book to anyone of any reading intrest.
98629 More than 1 year ago
this book is good i even got my mom to read it we were both interestid in it.
seth-nicebook More than 1 year ago
this is a must read book. MUST READ BOOK. its action packed and christian and so many other things. this truly is a great book.
Zachattack90245 More than 1 year ago
I thought It was the best book ever it was so hard to put the book down.After my
friends told me about this book i was on ti and i even bought the book! I thought this book was everything a book should have. Be sure to buy this book. SO DO IT! K ;) I love this book. G O B U Y T H I S B O O K. it realley shows how brave hunter brown is .it is one of the best books i have read.
Iluvhorses More than 1 year ago
What an exciting adventure! This story pulled me in till I felt like I was with Hunter every step of the way, feeling every hurt, joy, sorrow, and accomplishment. I felt like I learned with him as he learned more about the Author and how to follow Him. The imagery is wonderful when Hunter gives Aviad his most precious possession. I enjoyed this book and want to read it again and again, and I can't wait until book number 2!
Zachattack123 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I found it very thrilling and heart pounding. My family thought it was great. I recommend it to anybody above the age of 10
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book. It challenges us to be better Christians, and to strive to follow the Author of life. It is entertaining, with out a single boreing moment. The characters are well put together and it's easy to relate to most of them. There is enough humor to offset the excitment. I would highly recomend this book to all ages.