What would you do if you found your town had been infested with vampires? For Chris and his brother Lucas, the answer was simple enough: you fight back. Gathering a small band of other people in their town who have been affected by the vampires, they begin a resistance. But after a year of fighting, they have only managed to kill a handful, while the vampire leader has turned five times that many.
Then two enigmatic strangers appear, changing the groups lives even further.
Fury and Havoc. They call themselves hunters, and want no part in this little band of heroes. Ordering them to lay low, the duo vow to rid their town of vampires. When Fury is injured, Chris aides these strangers, entwining his future with theirs.
Now that the vampires know the hunters are here, and that Chris and his friends have helped them, the group is in more danger than ever before. Lucas is torn between protecting his new family from the vampires, and protecting them from these seemingly inhuman beings who say they are there to help.
After all, what beings could be so powerful as to scare a vampire?
In a world saturated with vampire novels, we've heard and seen it all, right? Especially after the Twilight craze and all the 'Twilight inspired' books that have been out there over the last few years. It's all 'been done' before. But so has everything. In fact, I read somewhere that there are really only seven plots in existence. But there are over a million ways of telling those plots.
Now, I don't know how true that actually is, if there really are only seven plots, but it is true that most, if not all, stories or plotlines have been done before. It's how they are told that makes them all new and unique. Still, some might say that the modern day vampire genre has long wore out its welcome. I don't quite agree, as I say that it depends on who is doing the writing. And if the author can bring something new to the table, I am will to give it a shot.
"The Hunters" is a novel that does put a very interesting spin on the vampire genre. It is also one of those novels that has you hooked from the first sentence. The premise has a sort of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or even a 30 Days of Night kind of vibe, where hordes of vampires have completely taken over the town, disrupting lives and affecting the ways of life for the town residents. Residents, along with two of the main characters, brothers Chris and Lucas, start a resistance and begin fighting back, but of course, there is only so much humans can do against supernatural predators. Then two mysterious strangers come into the town, and Chris and Lucas are forced to help them. But what will be the cost?
As I said, "The Hunters" had me hooked from the very first sentence. Heidi Angell is a talented writer who really knows how to immerse the reader into a story. The characters are very well fleshed out and the plotline is fun, fast-paced, but not so much that you are feeling rushed through the story. I very much recommend giving this one a shot. :)