First Hunt by Ima Erthwitch

First Hunt by Ima Erthwitch
Publisher: Wild Ozark, LLC
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (91 pgs)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Stargazer

The whole world went a little sideways after the global collapse. Aside from the general mayhem caused when TEOTWAWKI finally struck, there were other unexpected problems. The fabric of the universe ripped and portals to other dimensions sprang from the rifts. Treya signs on to be a bounty hunter with ARSA and has no idea what she’s gotten herself into. In a world where criminals are hunted three times each, bad karma builds fast. Sooner or later, the hunters become the hunted.

Set in the upper Buffalo River wilderness area in northwest Arkansas. Martial law is in effect and the government has secrets. Perhaps it is the knowledge gained by the ARSA team that leads to their demise more than the karma. Luckily, Treya’s mentor has outside connections to a rebel stronghold guarding a portal deep in the hollers of the Ozarks. Together they might all be able to escape the system.

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After the collapse of the United States and the military law and NATO takeover, Treya watches, helpless as solders take her parents away. She is given a special card and told she should apply for a job with the government as a bounty hunter, but why would she want to work for the same government that took her parents? When her life falls apart more than it had, Treya has to make a choice to either work for the government or starve. In this decision, Treya learns much more about what she holds inside than she has ever imagined.

The character development and between Treya and her mentor is an ongoing process, one which will leave the reader speechless at times. Initially, the gruff individual seems to care for nothing but getting the job done, even to the effect of failing to actually teach Treya as they go along. Yet, after several events, the reader begins to see a completely different side of both characters.

The events that the author describes and the reality that the characters live in is not too far from what could be. The shift from a life of choices to one of regulated military guard is one that is often feared and discussed. The reader will not only be able to understand where the author is coming from, but also understand the decisions that each of the characters make.

I really like the flow of the story. While the story sets up for follow-up sequels, the reader is not left with a bad taste in their mouth from an abrupt ending. In fact, the ending almost has a smooth transition into wanting to continue the journey without feeling forced or compelled.

I highly recommend picking up a copy of First Hunt! This is a Science Fiction story that is not too far out from what could truly be!


  1. Thank you for taking the time to read and review my story 🙂

  2. I recently read Madison Wood’s FIRST HUNT, I thought it was terrific. Madison Wood is one of the best story-tellers I have ever read, she is top-notch at creating suspense and interest in how the story is going to unfold. FIRST HUNT describes a dystopic totalitarian future scenario for America, somewhat along the lines of THE HUNGER GAMES, but I think Madison’s writing is more lively and mature than that author’s. Some other writers I’d compare her to include L. Ron Hubbard and his MISSION EARTH series for her mastery of suspenseful story-telling that keeps you eager to read more, and Jean Auel with her “Earth’s Children” series for her ability to work in details of the natural environment in which the story takes place, with the knowledge of the plants and landscape and weather of the Ozarks that she puts into her story. As a fiction writer I think Madison Wood deserves to be a lot more well-known than she is, if you’re looking for a good read in imaginative-but-not-implausible fiction, don’t miss this one!

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