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The Wolf's Hour Mass Market Paperback – August 15, 1990


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Originally published in 1989, this powerful novel fuses WWII espionage thriller and dark fantasy. Richly detailed, intricately plotted, fast-paced historical suspense is enhanced by McCammon's unique take on the werewolf myth. Russian-born British Secret Service operative and lycanthrope Michael Gallatin is a highly principled, deeply introspective, and internally tormented soul struggling to find himself amid the horror and chaos of 1944 Europe: "Not human. Not animal... .What am I, in the eye of God?" The limited edition hardcover reissue includes color illustrations from renowned artist Vincent Chong as well as a never-before-published companion novella, "The Room at the Bottom of the Stairs," which will raise interest in a planned collection of stories featuring Gallatin. McCammon's fans will cherish this lovingly produced reissue of a werewolf classic that deserves to be unearthed and rediscovered. (Nov.) (c)
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (August 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671731424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671731427
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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More About the Author

Robert McCammon is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen novels, including the award-winning BOY'S LIFE and SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD. There are more than four million copies of his books in print. His latest novel, THE RIVER OF SOULS, is the fifth book in the Matthew Corbett series. It is available now from Subterranean Press in both trade hardcover and Kindle formats.

His next novel, THE BORDER, is SF/horror. It will be published in May 2015 by Subterranean Press. Later in 2015: a limited edition of BLUE WORLD and trade paperback editions of BLUE WORLD, THEY THIRST, and THE HUNTER FROM THE WOODS, as well as I TRAVEL BY NIGHT 2: LAST TRAIN FROM PERDITION.

Visit his websites: www.robertmccammon.com and www.matthewcorbettsworld.com

Customer Reviews

I am looking forward to re- reading this book.
Beth Fricks
I would highly recommend it to anyone how likes a good action story and to top it all off it is an awesome twist on the traditional werewolf story.
Doug Mitchell
This is a great story with very good character development.
Ryan wight

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By DanD VINE VOICE on August 18, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Michael Gallatin is a British spy. Handsome, intelligent, cunning, seductive, he is everything James Bond could ever hope to be...except Gallatin is a werewolf.

Caught up in the troubles of WWII, desperately trying to uncover and stop a top-secret Nazi experiment, Gallatin meets a wide array of interesting and quirky characters, some of them friendly, some of them deadly. He must also come to grips with what he is, and face his own inner enemies...before time runs out.

Okay, so a werewolf solider in WWII doesn't sound like a great idea for a book; or, at least, not a good book. But Robert McCammon pulls it off--he has written a top-notch, gripping, emotional thriller that defies logic and critics' expectations. Indeed, it has such emotional power--especially in the flashback sequences of Gallatin's troubled childhood--that it even wrenched a few tears from me...and that's not an easy thing to do.

"The Wolf's Hour" is certainly one of my top-five favorite books of all time (and I've read a lot, people!). Robert McCammon has written some doozies in his time, but this one surpasses all of them. Gripping, thrilling, intoxicating...everything a good suspense novel should be. You want a war story? Romance? Horror novel? Action-adventure? This is it.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Ward on March 11, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
How many times can you say you've read a truly unique book. Because there are so many writers, especially in the horror genre, ideas seem to run out pretty quick, only to be repeated a few years later by another author. Well, at first sight, it might appear that Robert McCammon has just written about the same old idea of the Werewolf, that was created in the beginning of the last century. Thinking this, I was not prepared for such a unique story. I am awe struck even now. I dont believe that I have EVER read a book with such detailed action, and suspense. This is the perfect book for those boring, rainy, depressing days, when you need a little exitement in your life. My applause, once again, to Robert McCammon, for such a wonderful book.
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49 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Nathan on November 1, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Robert McCammon is a very versatile writer -- each of his books is very different stylistically and thematically, but so far the three I've read have all been very good. Out of those three (Swan Song, Gone South, and The Wolf's Hour), TWH definitely has the least literary merit, but it is great in other ways.
This book follows two plotlines, which alternate back and forth every few chapters. One takes place in Russia in the years immediately following the Revolution, and covers our hero's youth, and the other in 1944 Nazi-occupied Europe, which is where the main story takes place.
The 1944 segments read like "Indiana Jones meets James Bond, with a twist." Constant action, usually our hero against huge odds. He always wins, always gets the girl, and although he's a beast on the battlefield he's the suave ladies' man otherwise. Still, this is a fun, fast-paced romp through Nazi territory, with several really fun scenes and many completely unbelievable ones. The thing that I really disliked about these sections of the novel were the depictions of the Nazis. Every Nazi soldier was a stupid incompetant who deserved a terrible death, and each and every officer a blatantly sadistic, evil fellow. Every Ally, however, is smart, resourceful, good looking (except for the obligatory caricature characters), charming and friendly. That just didn't sit well with me. This main portion of the book was an action-fest, but it was the flashback segments that were really much more interesting.
The second story told here is that of pre-adolescent Mikhail Gallatinov, around 1920. After his family is brutally murdered following the Revolution, the kid is bitten by a werewolf.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on October 27, 2001
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A spy/werewolf in WWII helping the Allies defeat the Nazi war-machine? OK. I figured it was going to be a campy, childish horror story that I wouldn't be able to get through. Nevertheless, enjoying McCammon's writing style from his other novels, I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did because McCammon delivers and comes up with a well-thought-out plot with (dare I say) believable characters, non-stop action, and cliff-hanging suspense.
The Allied forces get word from one of their spies in Nazi-occupied France that he has top secret information which could be detrimental to their up-coming D-Day invasion. However, since he is being closley monitored by the Nazis he needs a personal courier to retrieve it. Michael Gallatin, a first-class British spy who unbeknownst to anyone is a werewolf, is coaxed into the assignment. What follows is an action-filled race against time as Gallatin is aided by other agents and underground networks to get this mysterious and vital info before the D-Day invasion only weeks away. And that's only one half of the book. The other half intertwines an interesting and insightful look at how he became a werewolf and his life before he was a spy.
This book comes across more like a superbly-written, edge-of-your-seat, spy story whose protagonist just happens to be a werewolf than it does a horror book. I realize that I've used a lot of those catch phrases such as "edge-of-your-seat" and "cliff-hanging suspense" that seem to get thrown around a lot these days on book blurbs. But when I find myself constantly being drawn back to a book to "just see what happens next" there's no other way I can describe it.
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