Review: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter by Josh Gates

Published October 11th, 2011
Gallery Books
288 pages (Paperback)

Truth is stranger than legend . . . and your journey into both begins here. World adventurer and international monster hunter Josh Gates has careened through nearly 100 countries, investigating frightening myths, chilling cryptozoological legends, and terrifying paranormal phenomena. Now, he invites fans to get a behind-the-scenes look at these breathtaking expeditions.

Follow Gates from the inception of the groundbreaking hit show (at the summit of Kilimanjaro) to his hair-raising encounters with dangerous creatures in the most treacherous locations on earth. Among his many adventures, he unearths the flesh-crawling reality of the Mongolian Death Worm, challenges an ancient curse by spending the night in King Tut's tomb, descends into a centuries-old mine to search for an alien entity in subterranean darkness, pursues ghosts in the radioactive shadow of Chernobyl, and explores sightings of Bigfoot from the leech-infested rain forests of Malaysia to the dizzying heights of the Himalayas.

Part journey into the unexplained, part hilarious travelogue, part fascinating look at the making of a reality-based TV show--and featuring never-before-published photographs-- this "Destination Truth "companion takes readers on the supernatural expedition of a lifetime. (From Goodreads)

I know this book isn't quite what I usually talk about, but I wanted to share it with you guys.

If you enjoy travel or reading about creatures that may or may not exist, I recommend Memoirs of a Monster Hunter fully.  Based off his adventures while travelling the world, Josh Gates writes a hilarious and inspiring piece about seeing the world and living life to the fullest.

You don't need to have watched the show to appreciate the book.  Josh Gates natural comedic ability comes across in his writing perfectly, but so does his passion.  His love for travel and adventure is apparent and inflicts a serious case of wanderlust. If you have seen every episode of Destination Truth, like me, Gates recounts some of their wildest adventures (think the events of their Romanian Forest investigation), sharing adventures that were left on the editing room floor.  He also shares more about his travels outside the show, with all the spontaneity and craziness we know and love. Memoirs of a Monster Hunter is a cult favourite of mine.  It's not wildly popular, but I fully believe it should be.  As I've said, his sense of humour and passion is woven into a beautifully written book that will leave you digging out you passport and preparing for adventure.

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