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. Volume XII Number 17 . . . . April 28, 2006
Hunting the Hunter, book six in Gordon Korman’s thrilling “On the Run series,” represents the climactic conclusion to an incredible adventure for 15-year-old Aiden and his 11-year-old sister, Meg, as they attempt to uncover evidence exonerating their parents falsely imprisoned for treason.
The novel opens with Aiden’s posing as a farmhand and Meg’s hiding out in the barn of a stubborn and all too stereotypical farmer named Zephraim Turnbull. The farm is guarded by a 300 pound pig, Bernard, who charges into the action on more than one occasion.
In attempts to lure their archenemy, Hairless Frank, into the open, the siblings take out an ad in the local newspaper. It reads: “UNCLE FRANK—We have to stop fighting before somebody gets hurt. Let’s meet and come to an agreement.” Taking the bait, Hairless Joe, a.k.a. Hairless Frank, a.k.a., Frank Lindenauer, a.k.a., Terence J. McKenzie, is drawn into the open, and the roller coaster ride of final events is set into motion. There are several twists and tangles in the plot before the siblings finally face-off against the dangerous assassin, ex-CIA agent and betrayer of their parents.
Through his craft, Korman once again sweeps his readers into the dangerous and thrilling world of fugitives Aiden and Meg Falconer. The dialogue is snappy, the characters credible and the action riveting, so much so that one barely has time to consider the plausibility of the events. As book six in the series, Hunting the Hunter contains a fair bit of back-story. Although one may choose to read this novel as a stand-alone, it would certainly detract from the greater enjoyment of the series as a whole.
Marina Cohen has a Master’s Degree in literature from the University of Toronto and has been teaching in the York Region District School Board for 10 years.
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