HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Hunt: A Science Fiction Novel or A Science Fiction Mystery
Author: Tom Willison
Publisher: AuthorHouse, 2013
Related website: http://www.authorhouse.com (publisher)
Language level: 5
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Adults only!
Rating: * 1 Star (VERY POOR)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Willison, Tom. The Hunt: A Science Fiction Novel or A Science Fiction Mystery (published in 2013 by AuthorHouse, 1663 Liberty Dr., Bloomington, IN 47403). It is 2000, and Steve Gordon is a naturalist at Williams Creek State Park in Indiana. Gerald Pence is the CEO of Pence Technology Corp. of Indianapolis, IN, who is reportedly working on a secret, special aircraft, the Altair. Daryl Atkins is the CEO of Porter Aviation Corp. in Chicago, IL, which is trying to buy Pence’s firm. Pence has called a meeting of his board at Williams Creek during deer hunting season to discuss the sale, but Pence turns up missing; there are blood in his room and a bullet hole in the window, so it is assumed that he has been kidnapped or worse. Then, Atkins and Pence’s wife Darlene also disappear. The local sheriff’s office, the Indiana State Police, and even the FBI all become involved, but Steve thinks that he has some ideas about solving the case.
What is going on? Where are Pence, his wife, and Atkins? And who stands to gain the most from any illegal activity? The Hunt is said to be part fact and part fiction. Inspiration for the novel occurred at the Brown County State Park in Indiana during an actual deer hunt, but it then it took author Tom Willison seven years to develop his idea into an exciting and fast-paced story about the development of a state-of-the-art aircraft, whose plans are sought after by duplicitous individuals willing to go to any means to obtain them, with kidnapping, murder, and a surprise ending as part of the plot. Unfortunately, this book is NOT for young people. There are several references to drinking alcohol, even to being “soused,” and to smoking tobacco. Extra-marital affairs are both implied and overt, including mention that one such couple “slept together” several times.
Also, the language involves cursing, with the “d” and “h” words sprinkled liberally throughout the dialogue; profanity, with “God” and “Jesus” frequently used as exclamations; and even some various forms of outright vulgarity, e.g., the “s” word and similar things. If an adult is willing to overlook these items and enjoys “mature” mystery novels with a great deal of intrigue and a hint of science fiction, as well as lots of twists and turns in which it is sometimes difficult to tell the good guys from the bad guys, he or she may like this book. When I saw it for sale in the Brown County State Park gift shop, the premise sounded fascinating, and I must admit that it kept my interest, but had I known the nature of the action, I probably would never have picked it up, and I really cannot recommend it to others.