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Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Briggs
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (532 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Now Briggs begins an extraordinary new series set in Mercy Thompson’s world—but with rules of its own.


Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack…and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member—and as his mate.

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“Patricia Briggs is amazing…Her Alpha and Omega novels are fantastic. In fact, they’ve contributed greatly to new works in the paranormal romance field featuring werewolves.”—Fresh Fiction

“The story line, characters, world…everything is so unbelievably well developed…The Alpha and Omega series has a wonderful quality of emotion-driven stories.”—Bitten Books

“Magnificent!...If you’re looking for a fantasy/paranormal series that will knock your socks off with nonstop action, character development, and romance, then the Alpha and Omega series is it…Patricia Briggs is pure bliss!”—The Romance Readers Connection

“The key to this super Alpha and Omega urban fantasy series is Patricia Briggs’s uncanny world-building skills that cleverly interweave a full culture into the plot.”—*Midwest Book Review

“A great start to [a] new werewolf series. Ms. Briggs is a fantastic storyteller…The action is filled with dangerous surprises, and the romance will find a way into your heart.”—Darque Reviews

“Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite urban fantasists as she makes her alternative world filled with werewolves, witches, and spirits (oh my) seem genuine.”—Genre Go Round Reviews

About the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs lives in Washington State with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses.

Todd Herman is a cartoonist/storyboard artist/designer based in Portland Oregon, whose graphic novel credits include The Fog and Cut for Dark Horse Comics, Galveston and Fall of Cthulhu: Nemesis for Boom! Studios, and The Warriors: Jailbreak for Dynamite Entertainment, as well as a three year stint storyboarding the Eddie Murphy stop action animated television series The PJs.

Writer David Lawrence has worked in comics since the 1980s, when he created the fondly remembered indie classic Ex-Mutants and several spin-offs. In recent years he served as Managing Editor at Dabel Brother’s publishing. Lawrence has worked with a number of bestselling novelists, including Jim Butcher, Karen Marie Moning and George R.R. Martin.

Raised in Peoria, Illinois, and currently a resident of Chicago, Jenny Frison has been working as an illustrator in the comic book industry since 2008. A two-time Harvey Award Nominee for best cover artist, Frison has created covers for DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Image, Top Cow, IDW, and Dynamite. She loves comics, puppies, horror movies, and toast…but not necessarily in that order.

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  • File Size: 876 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Ace Mass-market Ed edition (July 29, 2008)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0011UCPLU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,442 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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284 of 292 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Start to a New Series August 4, 2008
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Though it is not absolutely necessary, readers should definitely start with Briggs' short story in the On the Prowl anthology. She introduces Anna and Charles, and the events in "Cry Wolf" begin immediately following that story. Patricia Briggs really hit her stride with the Mercy Thompson series. Great urban fantasy with a smart, resilient heroine. So, I was surprised to find I enjoy her new "Alpha and Omega" series just as much. It is set in the same world as Mercy; she is mentioned and characters from her books make an appearance. Mercy is a great heroine, but she is somewhat an outsider looking in on (and getting dragged into) paranormal affairs. Anna is a were, and knee deep in werewolf society.

In the short story, Anna was changed against her will and has been beaten down and brutalized by her pack ever since. When a local young man turns up dead, Anna recognizes him as one killed by her pack. She drums up the courage to call Bran, the Marrok and leader of all alpha werewolves. I was intrigued by this character when he was introduced in the Mercy books and was happy to see more of him. Bran sends his son and enforcer, Charles. When Charles meets Anna, he recognizes what she is - a rare and precious Omega wolf with the ability to calm wolves and keep their violence in check. Anna returns to Montana with Charles to join The Marrock's pack. Charles is needed almost immediately to investigate a possible rogue were killing people in the mountains. But, the problem is much more than a rogue - dark magic is targeting the pack. And only Anna and Charles stand in the way.

I think I enjoyed this book so much because we got a deeper look into how Briggs' has formed her werewolf society.
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful
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In Cry Wolf we finally get to see more of the members of the werewolf pack who fostered coyote-shifting Mercy Thompson during her youth. I had been intrigued by several of the characters from the brief glimpses in the early Mercy books and I've been eagerly awaiting more of Charles and Anna since I read their short story in the On the Prowl anthology.

If like me you've read these too, you'll have a head start reading Cry Wolf because we've already had glimpses of Bran the Marrok (alpha to the alpha's) of North America, and his sons, Samuel, who only has a bit part here since he's headed off to invade Mercy's home, and Charles, who is a werewolf but also has magic from his shaman mother. And you'll have already met Anna and know that, while she is not another Mercy incarnation, she is an extremely interesting combination of vulnerability and strength and has a rare power coveted by wolf packs everywhere. But if you're unfamiliar with the Mercy books or the short don't despair, Briggs does a perfectly fine job of bringing in all the significant bits into this story so you won't be totally lost and confused if you just start here, just be patient -it's all here if you keep reading.

The story starts out with Bran retrieving Anna and a wounded Charles from Chicago and give us a brief glimpse of Anna's former pack just to let us know what she's escaping.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cry Wolf July 29, 2008
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This is a continuation of the novella involving Anna and Charles. Anna is not kick a** like Mercy so the mood of the story is quite different then the Mercy Thompson stories. Having said that it is still a wonderful new series starter. I honestly hope that Briggs will continue this story-line as well as she has with Mercy's.

Anna is moving in with Charles and learning what having a real pack is like. The mating bond just isn't connecting between her and Charles though because of what her old pack leader did to her. (rape and abuse) Since she's an Omega (basically a werewolf who transcends the dominant/submissive code as well as having the ability to soothe the inner wolf on others) the abuse hit her harder. There's also a rouge wolf on the loose and a sinister witch from a pack member's past.

The plot is a little slower in the beginning but picks up right away after that. The tone of the book is more subdued and nervous but that's perfect for Anna's story. This is definitely not a knock off of Mercy's books. Anna is strong in her own right and readers everywhere are wondering when her next adventure will be taking place.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New series from the author of 'Moon Called' August 3, 2008
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'Moon Called', 'Blood Bound' and 'Iron Kissed', the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, are excellent books. 'Cry Wolf' is a book in a different series but with many characters the same. At the beginning of the story the hero and heroine have already met each other and discovered that they are 'mated' - these events took place in the short story in the anthology 'On The Prowl'. Although I've read that story it was some time ago and I couldn't remember all that much about it, I think it would have been helpful for it to have been printed at the beginning of this book to set the scene.

However part of Patricia Briggs' writing skill is that her books work as standalone novels, even when part of a series. It doesn't take too long before the reader learns about the life of Anna Latham who was Changed to a werewolf three years ago and kept under the thumb of the evil Alpha Leo. She was rescued eventually by Charles Cornick, brother of Samuel who appears in the Mercy Thompson series and son of Bran, the Marrok or top werewolf of North America. Charles is taking her back to their home in Montana and as they arrive Anna starts to wonder what her place will be in this world, what skills she has and whether she can fit in.

Charles is his father's enforcer, hired muscle to deal with problem werewolves, and he's worried that gentle Anna who has been badly treated by werewolves might struggle with this. However before they have any real time to settle in Charles is sent out into the Cabinet mountains in Montana to investigate reports of a vicious werewolf attack, and Anna comes with him.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Gobbled up the Mercy Thompson books...
I then went on to pick up Cry Wolf, the first in the spin-off Alpha and Omega series, and was surprised at how awkwardly it opens. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Cedarlila
5.0 out of 5 stars Good storyline.
As always, Patricia Briggs delivers. Good storyline.
Published 6 days ago by Bonnie Brugone
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it immensely
I enjoyed it immensely! It was a very thrilling and exciting story to read. Patricia Briggs has done it again with Cry Wolf as a surprising, wondrous series of an Alpha Omega... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Julie C. Andrade
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed!
Great page turner read by Patricia Briggs! Going to read the rest of the series! Loved the characters and their story.
Published 8 days ago by Christine Kaitlyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Wolves
A lot of intriguing aspects of this series. The male characters overpower the female heroine but many subplots that promise good sequels. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Trustworthy prequel helps but definitely doable without. Had read the companion series so the history of the wolves makes sense. I really enjoyed it
Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but no sparks
I love the author's Mercy Thompson series and flew through it. So I was really surprised to find that Cry Wolf wasn't able to hold my attention very well. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Amy Slager
5.0 out of 5 stars love this book.
If you are a fan of the mercy Thompson novels you will love this spin off. Patrica Briggs is a great writer and has done a great job with these books. Read more
Published 29 days ago by GD
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series!
Published 1 month ago by John T. Hays
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome book! Couldn't put it down once I started reading it.
Published 1 month ago by Marti
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Patricia Briggs is the author of the New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series. She lives in Washington state with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses.

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Hope Bran gets his own book
OMG yes! I've been hoping bran would get his own book someday. I haven't read cry wolf yet, its coming tomorrow in the mail!! Anyways i have this secret crush on Bran! how weird is that? and I wish that there will be a book about Samuel and him finding a true mate of his own. Plus I hope Bran... Read More
Jul 31, 2008 by Nicola |  See all 32 posts
Suggestions for similar books please.
Have you read the Psy -Changling series by Nalini Singh -wonderful.Start with Slave to Sensation
or the Paladin series by Alexis Morgan -good.Start with Dark Protector.
or the Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison-absolutely wonderful.Start with Dead Witch Walking.
or The Others series by... Read More
Aug 29, 2008 by val |  See all 18 posts
Missing Part
The short story is the first (On the Prowl Alpha & Omega). J. Steck, Cry Wolf (Alpha and Omega, Book 1) is the book your missing, a separate book from the short story where Anna's character was introduced. It was pretty good if you liked P. Briggs Mercy... Read More
Feb 5, 2011 by Khristine Stain |  See all 3 posts
I Love Briggs' Books But...
Did you check out the short story that introduces these two characters. I think it is in the anthology On the Prowl. I think it will alleviate some of your concerns.
May 27, 2008 by pacifictigerfan |  See all 38 posts
Excerpt???? Please???
Yes. It's the first book of a series about the protagonists of "Alpha and Omega" from On the Prowl. It picks up right where that story leaves off (though you certainly don't have to read the novella before you tackle Cry Wolf). A fair bit of it takes place in the Cabinet Wilderness... Read More
Apr 2, 2008 by Michael Briggs |  See all 8 posts
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