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The Craving (The Pack) [Kindle Edition]

Jason Starr
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description


Manhattan thrives on desire—the longing for a better apartment…a higher-paying job…fame. Simon Burns ought to know, since he nearly lost it all.…

Just when he thought he’d hit rock bottom, Simon found a group of friends, daytime dads like himself. But there was something “off” about Michael, Charlie, and Ramon, and Simon found himself slowly changing into the kind of man he’d given up trying to be a long time ago—and rediscovering the most primal of hungers. There were nights he made constant love to his wife, nights he roamed the city streets, nights he doesn’t even remember. And it’s one of those blackouts that’s going to come back to haunt him.

For Simon isn’t the man he once was. In fact, he’s not really a man at all anymore. He’s a member of the pack. And once you’re in, it’s impossible to get out....

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“Jason Starr is hypnotically good.”—Lee Child

“A prodigious talent.”—Laura Lippman

About the Author

Jason Starr is the international bestselling author of "the pack" series of novels, which includes The Pack and the The Craving. He is also the the author of a dozen crime novels, published in many languages. He has won the prestigious Anthony Award two times, has been a finalist for the Anthony two times, and has won the Barry Award. He also writes screenplays and comics for D.C. and Marvel. He lives in New York City.

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  • File Size: 497 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Reprint edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0072O03NG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #749,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
No one is writing books like Jason Starr. His shelf of stand-alone urban noir thrillers, comprised of titles such as LIGHTS OUT and NOTHING PERSONAL, and the eerily prescient PANIC ATTACK, almost beg for repeat readings.

In 2011, Starr took his superior craftsmanship into somewhat of a different direction with THE PACK. The first in a series, it concerned a gentleman named Simon Burns, a thirty-something Manhattanite who practically overnight goes from an up-and-coming adman to a stay-at-home dad. Burns meets a group of similarly situated fathers one afternoon in Battery Park, and after a guys' night out is initiated into their world of werewolves. The book works not only in the straight horror genre but also as a dark metaphor, the perfect antidote for those who don't find supernatural creatures to be cute, cuddly, or sexy. THE CRAVING is Starr's follow-up, broadening Burns' universe while bringing him even deeper into the new world.

One of the considerable strengths of Starr's work is his uncanny ability to explore the nooks and crannies of human foibles while never losing track of the trademark qualities of genre fiction. This is especially true in THE CRAVING. As it opens, Burns is having an increasing amount of difficulty functioning around people, particularly his family. He hugs his child too tightly; his wife notices that his eyes are darker; and he is unable to deal with sexual arousal for fear that he will literally tear his wife apart.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book June 13, 2012
The book is decent, but I have to say I am disappointed in it. I think the disappointment lies in the change of direction that Starr has taken in his writing. His first 6 books are great noir reads that make you laugh out loud and bite your nails at the same time. The next three novels seem to be mainstream orientated and show a shift in his style. The Pack series is good, not great, but really veer away from the type of books that made him a "must read author" in my eyes.

This book picks up weeks after the ending of The Pack and spends a little time before picking up speed. I think the book is good, but average and unmemorable, which are words I never would have used to describe Starr's previous works. I have read on his website that his next book is a standalone crime novel and I hope that shows Starr going back to the style that has brought him so many fans and great reviews.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A muddled attempt September 2, 2012
The Craving, the second book in the series that began with the Pack, has little to offer in the mythos of the modern day werewolf. The main character who wrestles with the changes that are happening to him seems lost in journey to the wolf and comes off as just whiny and annoying. His wife as well. All the characters take a step back in this second novel and their development seems stunted. With the lack of character driven moments in this novel the background thrills and or mystery also did not have much to offer. All in all, a poor and muddled offering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Human's taste better June 27, 2012
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Book 2 did pick up and carry on the tale. Yes book one was rehased but that helped refresh what happened and explained some of the deaths in book to. Eddie was fleshed out more as a character. We end up with a sane female wolf and are suprised by the way things happened and look forward to seeing how everyone deal with what has happened.
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More About the Author

JASON STARR is the international bestselling author of many novels, including THE PACK and THE CRAVING now available from Penguin. Starr's other novels are COLD CALLER, NOTHING PERSONAL, FAKE I.D., HARD FEELINGS, TOUGH LUCK, TWISTED CITY, LIGHTS OUT, THE FOLLOWER and PANIC ATTACK. He has won the Anthony Award twice, as well as the Barry Award, and his books are published in more than a dozen languages. He has also co-written three novels with Ken Bruen--BUST, SLIDE, and THE MAX--and edited BLOODLINES, an anthology of horse racing stories for Vintage Books. He has written comics and graphic novels for Vertigo (THEe CHILL), DC (Batman, Doc Savage, Sand, The Avenger, and Marvel (The Punisher, Wolverine). He is currenrly the writer of the ongoing comics series Wolverine Max. He lives in Manhattan.

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