Douglas R. Brown is a fantasy writer living in Pataskala, Ohio. He began writing as a cathartic way of dealing with the day-to-day stresses of life as a firefighter/paramedic in Columbus, Ohio. Now he focuses his writing on fantasy, where he can draw from his lifelong love of the genre. He has been married for fifteen years and has a son and two dogs. The Light of Epertase: Legends Reborn was released by Rhemalda Publishing on August 1, 2011. Book Two is scheduled for August, 2012 and Book Three in August 2013.
Douglas R. Brown is a fantasy and horror writer living in Pataskala, Ohio. He began writing as a cathartic way of dealing with the day-to-day stresses of life as a firefighter/paramedic for the Columbus Ohio Division of Fire. Now he focuses his writing on fantasy and horror where he can draw from his lifelong love of the genres. He has been married for 17 years and has a son and two dogs.
Bernard Henderson has a unique product to bring to market - he calls them wergs. The common person calls them werewolves - only, of course, these are just pets, docile, tame as any dog, and don't change to a human. Or so Henderson says. Christine works for the fire department as a medic and the4 wergs freak her out, so it is not a great surprise to her when, upon answering a call one day, they find a werg on the loose that attacks her and her partner, Billy. Billy disappears - Christine ends up in the hospital for scratches and lacerations, but fortunately the werg didn't bite her. Of course, as it turns out, the werg blood she got in her mouth was enough, and she finds herself ... changing. She learns something about the wergs that can bring down Henderson's WereHouse and shock the world - but will she survive long enough to tell anybody now that Henderson is on her trail?
This was a really freaky book - in a good way, might I hasten to add! Dealing with slavery, the humane treatment of pets - especially during training - and even cannibalism, there were definitely parts of the book that made me distinctly uncomfortable. Brown's talents are immense and he has a decidedly twisted turn of mind - I have absolutely loved each of his books that I have read so far. His characters are clear and unique, his plots move smoothly along, and it is nearly impossible to put down the book once you get started. This one is highly recommended for fans of horror, urban fantasy, werewolves and good writing! Available 1/26/12 - watch for it!
Tamed, by Douglas Brown, is vicious and brilliant in every aspect of the words - from the horrific, detailed scenes right down to its absorbing narrative - I did not put this book down until I was finished. What a breath of fresh air and such a new take on the boring old stories about werewolves! I thought they'd taken the subject as far as it could go, but Brown proved me wrong.
I have had the pleasure of reading Brown's work in the past and was very impressed with the depth of his imagination. Tamed, though a work of fiction, is alarming. Just like the equally terrifying book, Jurassic Park, I found myself wondering, with science and technology moving at such a tremendous rate, it would be all too easy to alter human DNA, creating a new species such as these. Brown proves himself a master of not only epic fantasy fiction, but modern fantasy fiction as well.
The fluidity of Brown's words, the humorous dialog and imaginative scenes make Tamed an engaging read. It is the perfect book to take along on a flight as you'll find yourself bound and salivating until you finish it. Just ignore the odd stares from the other passengers.
I started reading Tamed early one afternoon and did not stop until I finished it later that night. A big fan of Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft, I have read numerous attempts by authors over the years seeking to reach their level of individuality. In my opinion, Douglas Brown has achieved his own level of greatness with Tamed. A fast-paced thriller with a few surprises thrown in along the way, I could easily see it becoming a motion picture.
I couldn't put this book down. The prologue gives the reader a clue as to the monsterous Bernard Henderson's character and the lengths he'll go to to get what he wants. Paramedic partners Christine and Billy will both experience horrors at the hands of Henderson. Christine finds a friend in Aiden and the two will work hard to expose the secrets of the WereHouse, whose owner is none other than the greedy, despicable, arrogant Henderson. The chapter about the Expeditioner's dinner will blow you away!
I love the good characters and hate the bad ones. Mr. Brown again amazes me with his captivating storytelling, well-defined characters, and incredible imagination. What a completely new twist on the werewolf theme that touches on societal issues and taboos.
This book was a great read. I enjoyed the concept, writing style, and characters. It moves along quite well and has a few surprises for you. Just don't start it right before bed, or you may read right through the night. Great book. I have already started telling my friends about it.
Tamed by Douglas R. Brown is anything but tame. Being a sucker for werewolves, I had to read this one. And I had a great time. Serio-comic and delectable, if I had fangs I'd have gobbled it up. As it is, I read it in one sitting. Fun for fans of urban horror of all ages. I have one request, Douglas: More.
To the list of Pet Rocks, Ch-ch-ch-Chia Pets, and sassy chihuahuas that fit in Paris Hilton's handbags, add the latest gotta-have-it pet craze: werewolves! Oh sure these giant canines on two legs can look ferocious, but they've had all that aggressive nastiness conditioned out of them. Oh so WereHouse, the company behind the newest pet sensation claims.
It was about at this point early in Douglas Brown's Tamed that I expected Ian Malcolm, the quirky chaos theoretician from Jurassic Park, to make a cameo appearance to make ominous warnings about the folly of domesticating werewolves as pets. Alas, Dr. Malcolm didn't show up so I had to do without all the foreshadowing of the carnage to come.
Brown does action sequences very, very well and in Tamed he shows a deft hand at keeping the action going without either muddying it up or dragging it out. On the other hand, his dialogue could use some work, especial in the case of a budding romance in which the two characters exchange some real clunkers of lines. I could almost picture Brown as a child at a movie theater on Saturday afternoon, staring with rapt attention to the action scenes and then wondering off to the lobby during the "mushy" parts, but I digress.
(Yeah, I know. No one purchases a book featuring werewolves and expects to be swept off their feet by romance. But still, if I had a romantic partner says some of the things Brown has his characters say I think I would look at them and ask if they were on drugs.)
For me the biggest problem I had with Tamed was being unable to accept the premise. I just couldn't buy into the idea of people being excited about the idea of having a pet that's bigger than they are and comes with claws and sharp teeth ... regardless of how well it's been conditioned.Read more ›