"Jason Dark - Ghost Hunter: Volume 3: Ghosts Templar" Book Review
Written by Guido Henkel
2010, 61 Pages, Fiction
Book released on February 9th, 2010
Our favorite supernatural detective is at it again. This time he's been called to the country to solve the mystery of the Ghosts Templar. This small town is being terrorized by the spirits of knights that have been dead for thousands of years. Before they were killed, the knights put a curse on the area, swearing to one day return and kill all of their ancestors. Now they've been called forth and nothing can stop them until they get revenge. Nothing that is, except for Jason Dark and his trusty sidekick Siu Lin.
This is the third volume in the Jason Dark series and it follows the formula of the previous books. Dark is called in to investigate some supernatural weirdness and then solves everything in around 60 pages. Unfortunately, this is starting to get old. I alluded to it in my review of the second volume, but it's even more blatant here. There's no danger or threat to the main character. Jason Dark is really good at what he does. He's so good that there's not even the faintest possibility that he'll get hurt or killed. He arrives on the scene and figures everything out within a day and then he's done. While I understand the need for urgency as the book is meant to be a fast read, it makes for a boring story as there is little to no conflict.
I'm not going to get into details on the ending, but suffice it to say that when Dark battles the ghosts, it is more unfair and uninteresting than if Mike Tyson fought Stephen Hawking. Sure it might be cool to watch at first but it would quickly get boring and actually a little sad.
I've written all this as a fan of this series. I like what author Guido Henkel is setting out to do. He's made an easily accessible gothic horror series that anyone can pick up and read whenever they want. After going through the first three volumes though, it's starting to look like Henkel is more of an idea man, getting the story in there but without really fleshing out the details. It's got to be hard to make your perfect creation vulnerable, but even Batman has been broken and Jason Dark is no Batman.
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