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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
I was handed a copy of this book by a friend who insisted I read it.

I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. With all we've seen and read for eons about werewolves, this author has managed a completely new twist on the subject. He also brings a fresh writing style that draws you in and makes it hard to put down.

You really feel close to the protagonist, as he is basically an everyman trying to avenge his family and find the secret about werewolves while dealing with big egos that don't respect him until its too late.

If you like suspense/adventures/thrillers, or thought you've read or know everything about werewolves and werewolf hunters, you haven't unless you've read Autumn Moon.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2007
I must admit that when I was told that I needed to read this book, I was more than hesitant. I am a huge fan of the horror genre, but it seems that lately the air around it has gone stale with mediocrity. I have gone back and reread several of the classics, but had not picked up a piece of new fiction in a long time when this book came my way. With this work, hopefully his first of many, Mr. Easton has breathed new life into this decaying genre. His genius, like any great storyteller, lies in his ability to combine the products of his imagination with real places and events. The protagonist is a tragic and seemingly hopeless soul whose guilt and anguish not only fuel him but are ultimately used as weapons against him. Sylvester's greatest struggle is internal, to not become that thing that he most despises in order to defeat it. This is a main theme which runs throughout our human history as well as our greatest works of fiction. The protagonist's willingness to do whatever it takes to battle "The Beast" turns him into one. We witness his rises and falls on one very entertaining yet disturbing roller coaster ride of his various relationships and hunts. Emotional and riveting. Hopefully Mr. Easton will continue to provide us with excellent reading material.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2005
I am an avid reader of many genres, and this is the best book about werewolves that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. This novel draws you in immediately with its crisp dialogue, dramatic twists and turns, and its realistic take on these supposedly mythological creatures. It makes you believe evil manifests itself in many forms, and werewolves could plausibly be one of these forms. The characters are well crafted and multidimensional, and you find yourself truly caring about what happens to them. The protagonist seems hard as nails, but he's definitely walked the boulevard of broken dreams and had more than his fair share of heart and soul ache. Will Logan ever find peace and solace instead of rage and grief? Can he ever forgive himself for the things he's had to do to survive? I can't wait for the sequel to find out what happens next.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The blurbs and book description did not do this novel justice. This story by Brian P. Easton was one of the best pieces of fiction, in any genre, that I have ever read. Easton has an incredible writing style that shows remarkable attention to detail, as well as an exceptional portrayal of the werewolf theme. While I did not consider this a work of horror as much as a thriller, it still triggered night terrors for three nights in a row...not something that happens very often. Even my husband said that I was constantly yelling about "werewolves" during the night -- which is slightly surprising, considering that werewolves are not necessarily the core of this novel (and I have never had a fear of werewolves).

At first, I wasn't sure if this was about a man who hunted werewolves, or a werewolf that hunted, but after a few chapters, I was convinced that the real struggle was not between a man and monsters, but a man and his emotional turmoil, specifically dealing with hatred and grief that has been built up over his lifetime. Sylvester James, who was born in 1950 and changes his name several times throughout the book to suit his purposes, finds himself on a path with the Beast after his father is rendered to pieces in front of him in the Canadian Rockies when he is only 13. A family friend, Michael Winterfox, uses Cheyenne traditions to prepare Sylvester for his chosen lifelong vendetta.

Sylvester's purpose in life was to avenge his father's death, but there were many years between each werewolf encounter, and the events in those years were just as gripping as his actual battles with various werewolves. From a tour in Vietnam to stint as a convict to a government agent, Sylvester's life is a constant gauntlet of pain, both emotionally and physically. However, the chapter with Harwintowne was my absolute favorite; the fight scenes were startlingly vicious, and I couldn't tear my eyes from the pages. Eventually, Sylvester discovers a pattern in the events of his life that lead him to the Wolf he was looking for in the beginning.

I've never heard of Easton before this novel, but I am definitely looking forward to reading the sequel Heart of Scars (Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter Book 2).
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2011
I bought this with high expectations based on all the great reviews. Personally, I found this book to be too boring to finish. It started off promising, but went on and on with little werewolf encounters. I was hoping for more werewolves, not insight into the Vietnam war and life in prison. Maybe if this were my first werewolf book, I would have been more impressed. I forced myself to get as far as half way, but stopped. I did skip to the end just to see how it all turned out. I hate to be one of the few people that doesn't like this, but it's my personal opinion. Very disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2011
Evil takes on many forms and for the main character, Sylvester Logan James, in Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter by Brian P. Easton, that evil comes in the form of a werewolf and the haunting memory of watching his father die at the vicious claws of the beast. The prose used by Easton to tell our main character's tale wraps around you like those claws and holds on tight forcing you to live through the terrifying and touching life of Sylvester. The life of our protagonist was most definitely not an easy one and the author used his talent to piece together his life in such vivid detail that I felt the pain, sorrow, anger, fear and love that continually pushed Sylvester to do what he felt must be done in order to avenge his father's death. Yes, even at his lowest points where Sylvester is preparing or has already done some inexplicable things I still cared about him and what would happen to him should he continue down this path of destruction.

Another important character in Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter is Michael Winterfox, a Cheyenne mystic. Michael takes over care of Sylvester upon the death of his father and trains Sylvester to be a warrior. To hunt the beast that took his family from him. Michael is a kind and wise man, full of knowledge that has been passed to him and he does all he can to instill these traits into Sylvester as he prepares to seek his revenge.

Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter takes us to many locations. A POW camp in Vietnam, the Louisiana bayous and the mountainous regions and forests of Canada, just to name a few. The details put into the locations, along with the depth and description of the characters our hunter comes in contact with add an element to the story that makes it nearly tangible. The action is thrilling. It's dangerous. It's bloody....and I loved it! There are no punches pulled in this book. Easton tells it like it is. The description of the hunt and kills are descriptive and gory. It's not gory purely for the sake of being gory, but it is definitely a visual picture that is painted.

I will say that there were a few points in the second half of the book where things got a little slow, but then they picked up again, so that's all I'll say about that.

To say I loved this book is an understatement, Brian Easton tells a story that is a must read for anyone who enjoys tales of werewolves and for anyone interested in trying out a new genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2011
There is no reason in the world for me to like Brian Easton's Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter. It's disjointed and episodic. The main character is none too sympathetic. It pulls its werewolf mythology from a host of differing traditions and adds a generous dollop of Original Nations mysticism. But somehow the novel transcended the sum of its parts to pique my interest as the werewolf hunter of the title grew from frightened young boy to apprentice in First Nations rituals to soldier to loving husband and father to prisoner to mercenary to ... well, you get the idea. Easton puts Sylvenster Logan James through his paces.

There are characters and story lines that seem to remain dangling (for instance, the White Cong he encounters briefly as a prisoner of the North Vietnamese), but since this is only the first of what is expected to be a trilogy I'll hold off on judgement until I read the other books. Likewise, some of the plotlines come out of left field and seem to belong to an entirely different book, like James' years in a Canadian prison. It almost seems as though Easton took ideas from a variety of different sources and plopped werewolves down in them to set the werewolf hunter into motion.

And our werewolf hunter is far from heroic. He tortures people in increasingly gruesome ways. He becomes willing to sacrifice humans for the sake of killing werewolves. He transforms into a human monster even as he hunts the non-human kind. It's a testament to Easton's skill as a writer that we can still empathize with James even as his hatred burns holes in his soul.

By the end of the book we discover it hasn't been about the destructive power of werewolves as much as the destructive power of hate. Easton has pulled a trick on us. The Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter is less about werewolves than about redemption ... but the meditation on redemption sure has some scary werewolves scattered along the way!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The werewolf. Simply put a monster of legend that has been, for the most part, ignored in modern horror. Vampires are all the rage in current pop culture leaving a void where the lycanthrope should be right along side them. Brain P. Easton remedies the lack of werewolves in new dark fiction with a vengeance in his amazing new novel `Autobiography of a Werewolf'.
The story starts with the main character, Sylvester Logan James, describing his childhood with his woodsman French-Canadian father. We learn Sylvester lost his mother during his birth and during a winter trip to see an old family friend, Michael Winterfox, loses his dad to a werewolf attack. Winterfox trains our young hero in the ways of the Reydosnin Warriors; an ancient and all but extinct line of ultra bad ass Native American warriors. Winterfox reveals he has hunted werewolves, or the Beast as he calls them, and young Sylvester's rage commands him to do the same. So begins a lifetime of revenge and heart ache for our hero.
Winterfox trains Sylvester from the age thirteen to the age eighteen. The old man passes on knowledge of battle, the forest, the spirit world, and most importantly the Beast. Once of age young Sylvester strikes out for Vietnam as an outlet for his fathomless rage. Once the action starts here it never wanes. The story develops surprisingly solid amidst great action scene after great action scene.
I must take a minute here to tell you the action sequences in `Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter' are Grade A Hollywood film quality. Each is fast paced, well described and would leave Chuck Norris with aches and pains. Even though Sylvester hunts the Beast his entire life not every battle is with his clawed fanged and furry arch nemeses. Oh, no, in fact a fight scene from Sylvester's time in prison (a long story you'll have to read for yourself to believe) is one of the best written and paced through out the book. When our hero does engage the Beast the violence is brutal, vivid, and satisfying.
For those monster fiends like me, you will love this book. During his training, Sylvester learns of the several known kinds of werewolves. There is Noble Wolven were full blooded direct descendants of the original six beast princes. These wolves could change at will and were nearly the most powerful of their kind. A second breed is known as High Wolven. Most of these were powerful and respected but not full blooded. Then there is the baddest of the bunch, the Darkest Wolven. These monsters were raging unstoppable behemoths that never took human form. As Sylvester learns there are many different kinds that even Michael Winterfox didn't know about. He travels from Canada to Vietnam to the United States and back. Before he can get used to Canada he is off to Russia. Kicking werewolf ass along the way. Sylvester finds clues to finding beasts through a highly honed instinct and his superior tracking skills. He picks up on a trail, always in original and interesting ways, and follows it to the beasts waiting at the other end. Once he finds the wolf he exterminates with extreme prejudice, always in original and interesting ways as well.
I can't get over how great the action here is but in order to be thorough I also have to tell you how deep and engrossing the seamless story is and how naturally it flows. Mr. Easton peppers his brutal battle scenes with an ever-developing plot that grabs you with the strength of the beast's claw. There are a range of emotions here that is uncommon for such an action packed book. The details in Sylvester's travels lead me to believe either Mr. Easton researches the way Sylvester tracks or he really has been slaying werewolves for the past forty-some-odd years.
I not only recommend Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter, I say if you are a werewolf fan you can't live without it. This novel should be required reading on the subject of Lycans from now until the end of the world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2010
Brian P. Eastton's book " Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter " Is everything i have come to excpect from a Permuted Press book and so much more. This story is light years away from just being a horror book, it's wild and structured all at the same time! Brians ability to write is amazingly simple in form yet so full of horific detail and fire, it is crushingly gripping from start to finish. It took only a few pages of this wonderfully fervent tomb to get me hooked and even after the last page was turned my mind is still raceing with it's ferociousness and hart crushing detail. The Hero of this wicked tail is so well writen that your almost talking to him and not reading an authors words. The emotional rolercoster that Brian P. Easton manages to put his reader through is a punishing ride, yet evily wonderfull at the same time. I recomend this book will all the vehemence i can muster. In a time when it seems that our monters of the past have been watered down, fluffed and powdered......Easton puts the teath....claws.....and terror back into our nightmares......and i for one thank him!!!!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2012
I'm a voracious reader: historical fiction, sic-fi, fantasy . . . I savor them all as long as the author can craft a good story with well-developed characters. However, with most books, you enjoy the author's strengths and tolerate his weaknesses.

Mr. Easton has crafted a story, told in the first person, that stacks up with any author I've read, regardless of the genre. I've said in other reviews that my primary criterion in judging a book is that the story be "tight." The plot, the characters, the setting must all weave together without any gaps. Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter stands tall in this regard. There was not one scene where I felt I had to wade through it just to get on with the story.

I just finished this novel about 15 minutes ago, and have already downloaded the sequel.

For those of you who disregard this book as not being your genre, don't! Action, thriller, historical fiction, drama, sic-fi, fantasy - readers of all of these will enjoy this well-crafted story.
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