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Season of the Wolf [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey J. Mariotte
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Season of the Wolf is a violent thriller, but still has a realistic aspect to this supernatural tale. This tale is fast paced, frightening, but at the same time addictive in that you can't stop reading it." —Midwest Book Review

When Alex Converse, heir to a coal company fortune, visits Silver Gap, Colorado to make an environmentally themed documentary film, he's hoping to change some minds and to soothe his own troubled conscience. But there's more going on—in his mind, and in Silver Gap—than Alex knows. People are dying and women are disappearing. Some of the killers have fur, fangs, and claws—but some don’t. What is Alex’s connection to the missing women? Will anyone live long enough to find out? And what’s up with those wolves?

Season of the Wolf is a heart-stopping supernatural thriller about climate change, the human capacity for evil, and the epic struggle between a small town’s citizens and impossible creatures from the dawn of history.

"Season Of The Wolf will go a long way to further Jeff Mariotte’s reputation as one of today’s best writers of horror and dark fiction." —TT Zuma, Horror World


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From the Author

Season of the Wolf is a novel that's been in the works for more than a decade, in one form or another.

The overall concept came to me when I was editor-in-chief at a publishing company called IDW Publishing (famous for, among other things, publishing the original 30 Days of Night comic books, which became a very successful comic book line, two movies, and six novels).

The concept at that time was that a mysterious wolf pack, its habits necessarily changed by the effects of global warming on its usual habitat, was forced into conflict with a small mountain town in Colorado. In those days--and because it was a concept for a comic book--the wolves were werewolves.

My comic pitch never went anywhere (although some very cool art was done for it), but the idea never left me. When the opportunity came up last year for me to write it as a novel, I jumped at it. The concept has changed over the years--most significantly, the wolves are still something mysterious, but they are definitely not werewolves. But the gist of it--the conflict between the wolves and the small-town humans, forced together by circumstances beyond anyone's control--remains.

Thanks for looking at it, and if you give it a try, I think you'll find it suspenseful and more than a little scary. Please let me know what you think.

Product Details

  • File Size: 710 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Publisher: DarkFuse (January 31, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B8XPQT8
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,196 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tense, nonstop thriller with excellent characterization February 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed how the author wove a supernatural tale together with an issue of contemporary importance (climate change). It gave the novel both a sense of serious relevancy and great entertainment value. This technique provided layers for the reader to consider: climate change in general, what strange things could happen due to climate change and what that could mean to humans, topped off with a supernatural twist and a very tense and exciting plot.

The pace was relentless. I read much of it on the bus, and didn't want to get off at my stop and put the Kindle away! And he didn't skimp on characterization, either. These were well-rounded characters, not cutouts. They had flaws and depth, and you either rooted for them, or, in the case of certain characters, you wanted them to get caught. Badly.

I enjoyed this novel very much. Maybe a little too much. Made me scared to take out the trash in the dark last week. Kept hearing little sounds coming from the dark stand of trees I had to pass by. Yikes!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The greater evil.... February 18, 2013
Format:Paperback
I found this book to be a thought provoking, hybrid-genre novel of man and his impact on nature. On the surface a story of man verses wolves, it will quickly challenge readers to see where the greater capacity for evil really lies. Yes, the story is an engaging page-turner, but it was the ending that truly had me captivated and deciding upon a 4-star rating. Jeff Mariotte went in an unexpected direction with this, and I felt it really paid off.

I received this book as part of my membership in the DarkFuse book club, and have not been disappointed in any of their selections so far!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping tale February 16, 2013
By Stathis
Format:Kindle Edition
Gripping, like the jaws of the "predators" in this great story - a wake up call to our failings as a species on this Earth. The characters are developed masterfully creating a world that is ours to be "proud of". And the wolves in the story? Well you need to read the book to find out. Don't you?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Man vs. Nature February 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Bark beetles destroying the trees. Wolves fighting for living space. People living their lives and doing what humans have always done best.

That's what Jeff Marriotte portrays so very well in this amazing book with just the smallest touch crazed murderers and the supernatural. It also has a bit of romance.

A filmmaker comes to Colorado to make a documentary about the destruction of the trees due to the bark beetles. He is drawn into a 'villagers vs Frankenstein' scene regarding the wolves. It's very timely and any person who can appreciate the beauty of the land and its inhabitants will love this story.

And the ending rocks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Thrilling Supernatural Tale February 2, 2013
By Rebecca
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
When Alex Converse -- rich, aspiring film-maker -- arrives in Silver Gap, Colorado to make an environmentally themed documentary, he and his team get more than they bargain for when wolves start attacking; people are dying and women are disappearing.

Season of the Wolf tells the tale of Man versus Nature, and a town's struggle for survival when nature decides to fight back. Told through the many perspectives of the townsfolk readers are given a thoroughly fleshed-out picture of the events happening in Silver Gap, from murders and kidnapping to the epic struggle to reclaim their lives, their town and their forest from an impossible pack of wolves which have a hunger for human flesh.

I did have a bit of difficulty, and it was confusing at times to try and keep track of who's who, where they fit into the story due to the frequent POV changes. In spite of this, the story was interesting and engaging. Each character was dynamic and stood on their own, with realistic personalities and reacting in ways fitting to their situation.

Season of the Wolf is a very gory story, at times excessively so. It seemed to me that it rarely went more than a few pages without someone being brutally killed, or having a scene of grisly death and random body parts scattered haphazardly. This is something that I felt could have been toned down a few notches, but it is well-written, and does carries out consistently, setting an oppressive mood for the story -- one of bleak, dark dismay. However, it's both fast-paced and action packed; with shreds of light and moments of happiness which seem to illuminate the darkness. Season of the Wolf is full of twists that will surprise readers time and time again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I originally had this tagged as horror, but this story about a pack of wolves descending upon a small town in rural Colorado (where there are supposed to be no wolves, darn it! -- something that is drilled into the reader's head ad nauseum) was a pretty vanilla read. Almost no thrills, zero chills and a small amount of action. Nothing supernatural, although I thought there might be for a bit. On the plus side, the writing was good enough to keep me reading until the ending. Thought I read somewhere that this was the author's 50th book.

The rich main character, Alex Converse, has come to Silver Gap, Colorado to make a documentary about the negative impact of climate control. The small town reaction to him is a bit cliched and of course there is at least one person who warms up to him. I was thinking of him like an Al Gore type throughout the book and was glad that this never became a preachy read. Sometimes books with these types of topics can become annoying, but the author handled this part well. Until the last quarter of the book, the wolves seem more like an inconvenience than any real menace or terror, which bummed me out. I was hoping to be scared, or at least thrilled.

As you can probably tell, the story didn't excite this reader. Not recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The best kind of review. . .
. . .is when you've read it on your kindle and then buy a second copy in print for your husband because he prefers not to read kindle and you don't want him to miss it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Becky Masterman
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware the wolves!
This is the story of a town called Silver Gap. Silver Gap has developed a wolf problem. Wolves are unheard of in this part of America and it starts with the death of Mike Hackett. Read more
Published 19 months ago by wistfulskimmie - Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews Blog
2.0 out of 5 stars Almost, but not quite
Season of the Wolf by Jeffrey Mariotte really intrigued me with its environmental theme. I haven't seen horror really tackling the nightmarish changes humanity is bringing on by... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Books Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Thriller
This story was not at all what I expected. I was thinking werewolves, but it is much more than that. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Paul
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
I enjoyed this novel, but there were times where it bogged down a bit. I would have given it 4-stars had the ending not been so contrived. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Don Cranford
5.0 out of 5 stars Global Warming Gone Wild...
Jeff Mariotte's new novel concerns the effects of climate change on nature and the resulting clash between wolves and humans. Read more
Published 22 months ago by George R. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wolves man!
Jeff Mariotte's newest book is great! I wouldn't call this entry horror, although it does have a decent amount of gore; it's definitely a "supernatural thriller" and a good one at... Read more
Published 22 months ago by watson387
5.0 out of 5 stars Implacable Horror and Climate Change_Riveting
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"Season of the Wolf" is a terrifying horror novel with that very implacability that makes horror good:... Read more
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More About the Author

Jeffrey J. Mariotte is the multiple award-winning author of more than forty-five novels, including dark thriller EMPTY ROOMS, original supernatural thrillers SEASON OF THE WOLF, COLD BLACK HEARTS, RIVER RUNS RED and MISSING WHITE GIRL, horror epic THE SLAB, thriller THE DEVIL'S BAIT, and the Bram Stoker-Award nominated teen horror quartet DARK VENGEANCE, as well as books set in the universes of Supernatural, CSI, Star Trek, Spider-Man, Superman, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Conan the Barbarian, 30 Days of Night, and more. His occasional nonfiction includes the true crime book CRIMINAL MINDS: SERIAL KILLERS, SOCIOPATHS & OTHER DEVIANTS. Some of his short horror fiction has been collected in NINE FRIGHTS.

He is also the author of more comic books than he has time to count, including the horror graphic novels FADE TO BLACK and ZOMBIE COP, the original Western series DESPERADOES (some of which have been nominated for Stoker and International Horror Guild awards) and the bestselling PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL: BARACK OBAMA.

With writing partner Marsheila Rockwell, he has published an original fantasy novella called "A Soul in the Hand," in the NEVERLAND'S LIBRARY anthology and dark fantasy "John Barleycorn Must Die" in OUT OF TUNE. Much more is on the way.

He lives in Arizona's high desert. More information than you would ever want to know about him is at jeffmariotte.com, where you'll also find a link to his blog.

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