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Monday, November 25, 2013

Hunter’s Assessment Release Day Blitz

I don’t normally post reviews on this blog, but in honor of the release of a short story by author Karyn Pearson, here is my review of her story, “Hunter’s Assessment.” Congratulations on the release of your story, Karyn!


After years of training, they should have been ready for this. It was supposed to be a simple mission: eliminate the vampires and acquire the intel they’re guarding.

Shane Kantor figured that this hunter’s assessment would be like every other test the Hunter’s Society had thrown at him and his squad. But he was wrong. Now Shane might just lose everything: his life, his legacy, and worst of all, her.


Hunter’s Assessment  (Arcturian Bloodlines series)
by Karyn Pearson
Distinguished Press, 2013

"Hunter’s Assessment" is about a group of vampire hunters called the Hunter’s Society. The group is headed by Nadia Kantor, whose son, Shane, is trained to be a leader. The story begins when Shane is first initiated into the group at age 12 then later we see him in action when he is 16. Shane’s teammates, Troy and Sophie, work together as one but Shane has feelings for Sophie, which he knows he has to put on the back burner in order for his team to function competently.

I enjoyed reading this short story, though I wished there had been a little more background. What had Shane’s life been like before he joined the Society? What kind of a relationship did he have with his mother? And if Shane had a father, where was he? I also wanted to learn more about Sophie and felt she could have been fleshed out a little bit more. There were just a lot of unanswered questions and I hope they would be answered in future stories.

Sill, "Hunter’s Assessment" was an interesting quick read. For anyone interested in vampire stories, check out "Hunter’s Assessment."


Karyn Pearson is the author of Spark (Hellfire Trilogy #1) and full-time pet parent of her two dogs Nikki and Jamie. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and has explored dozens of cultures in her studies, but has imagined countless more. Karyn enjoys reading, playing action RPGs, and plotting the next adventure for her characters when she has a spare moment free of the dreaded and undefeated “puppy dog eyes attack.”

Her current projects include Inferno (Hellfire Trilogy #2) and the first novel of the upcoming vampire series, Arcturian Bloodlines. When she’s not writing, Karyn can be found playing with her puppies or Googling various dangerous topics for novel research that make her constantly question why federal agents haven’t yet knocked down her front door.

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