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Wolf Mark Hardcover – September 15, 2011
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A loner teen finds himself caught up in a paranormal paramilitary threat but he has both untapped personal resources and some unlikely allies to help him out. Ever since his mother died, his father-a sometime Special Ops-type agent who happens to be of Native American descent-has been worse than useless. Lucas just concentrates on doing well in school and mooning over the beautiful daughter of one of the Pakistani scientists working at the new Romanian-owned top-secret facility in town. He goes out of his way to avoid the Sunglass Mafia, a bunch of unusually pale Russian students. But when his father is kidnapped and gives him a coded message by telephone, Lucas discovers that his heritage is more complicated and powerful than he had thought. . . . [T]he scenes with the Sunglass Mafia both defy stereotypes and manage to be very funny, and when the action kicks in, it does so in overdrive. A solid entry into the paranormal market, with an appealingly different hero. --Publisher's Weekly
Drawing on Native American traditions and his own lively imagination, Bruchac has written a genre-blending novel that combines horror, science fiction, and adventure into a satisfying whole. The fast pace will hold readers attention to the end, which yes leaves the door open to the possibility of a sequel. --Booklist
A loner teen finds himself caught up in a paranormal paramilitary threat but he has both untapped personal resources and some unlikely allies to help him out.
Ever since his mother died, his father a sometime Special Ops type agent who happens to be of Native American descent has been worse than useless. Lucas just concentrates on doing well in school and mooning over the beautiful daughter of one of the Pakistani scientists working at the new Romanian-owned top-secret facility in town. He goes out of his way to avoid the Sunglass Mafia, a bunch of unusually pale Russian students. But when his father is kidnapped and gives him a coded message by telephone, Lucas discovers that his heritage is more complicated and powerful than he had thought. . . . [T]he scenes with the Sunglass Mafia both defy stereotypes and manage to be very funny, and when the action kicks in, it does so in overdrive.
A solid entry into the paranormal market, with an appealingly different hero. --Kirkus Reviews
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Given the title and cover, it's no spoiler to say that Luke is a werewolf. Like Bruchac, the author, he's also an Abenaki Indian. Between the Indian werewolves and a cool take on vampires, I suspect that Twilight was one of the inspirations for this novel. It's not a parody, but there are a few winks in that direction. Luke, a bad-ass literature geek with a political bent and a mind crammed full of information, was reminiscent of a Cory Doctorow character, but with the saving grace of being much less smug. I liked him.
The mix of action, new riffs on old myths, and wisecracks would probably appeal a lot to Percy Jackson fans. It appealed a lot to me.
First 50 Pages: Wolf Mark is an exciting, fast-paced novel that is written in quick, short chapters with each chapter ending on a cliffhanger. I wish I had better prepared myself before diving head-first into this book. The story is written in first-person perspective and I wasn't prepared for that. First-person perspective isn't my favorite writing style in the whole world and I typically try to avoid it as much as possible. However, that is just a personal preference and it doesn't reflect on the book itself or the author. I know many other people love this style of writing, so I'll leave it up to you to see if you enjoy it or not. I will say that I felt like this novel could have used a bit more editing because some of the internal dialog felt awkward and it didn't help move the plot forward. Other then that slight hiccup, I was compelled to continue reading and finished the whole book in less then a day.Read more ›
Luke is a great main character. He has plenty of knowledge about black ops, as does his father, that really adds to the book. He is a bit of an enigma in the beginning, forcing the reader to look deeper. At times, he can be impulsive, though he appears cautious by nature. The reader will enjoy following his thoughts and actions through the book. The secondary characters are just as intriguing, the reader will get to meet quite a few "characters."
The events are fast-paced, some high-energy. The plot was intriguing, could have been developed a little further. The story itself was good enough to hold this readers attention. This book is good for young readers through teens.
*complimentary review copy provided, this does not affect my opinion in any way*
Luke just wants to be brave enough to ask Meena to take a ride on his motorcycle, his second love, the Norton Commando. Luke thought he could finally have a normal boys, teenage life, but all that changes for Luke when his father gets kidnapped by Maxico. Then Luke finds himself teaming up with the Sunglass Mafia, as Luke calls them. They are a gang of seven Russians that goes to school with him at RHS. These Russian teenagers have a little secret of their own, and talk about the unlikeliest gang of teenagers that Luke could team up with to help him rescue his dad while being a werewolf skinwalker. Well . . . this would be the group.
This is where I really started to enjoy Luke's character and the storyline. Before this, it's mainly Luke's thoughts you're reading, and I do have to say, I like more interacting with characters and hearing their voice in books. And boy does it pick up here with the Russian's vampires. I love Luke's relationship with the Russian's vampires, especially three of them: Yuri, Vlad and the tough, sexy Marina, who definitely has the hots for wolfboy Luke. But Luke's heart belongs to Meena, pining for his daydream date with Meena on the back of his motorcycle.
Wolf Mark is a Fantastic novel full of action, an awesome storyline, and teenage boys' first love. I fell in love Luke and definitely got my testosterone fix in this novel. I recommend Wolf Mark as a must read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read the first page and hated it. Good thing it was cheap on my Kindle. VERY disappointed since the author usually writes really good books!Published 5 months ago by Patricia M. Mott
Wolf Mark by Joseph Bruchac, is a good book, but by my point of view it's too long and predictable. The title of the book is a spoiler. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Red Raider Readers
I have not read this book, but my 13-year-old son could not put it down. To give you an idea of his tastes, just prior to reading Wolf Mark, he read Christopher Paolini's... Read morePublished on May 4, 2014 by Marta Cappa
Well done unusual treatment of "werewolf" genre. I get tired of the same old assumptions about how werewolves act. Excellent.Published on February 15, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I received a copy of this galley, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
Somehow this book got lost in the Netgalley pile (and the review was lost in the pile of written but... Read more
Luke, the teenage male protagonist of Wolf Mark, is an American Indian of the Abenaki tribe. His mother died some years ago, and he lives in a dilapidated trailer with his... Read morePublished on July 26, 2012 by Kate McMurry
He had to pick a book for summer read for school, and begrudgingly chose this. However, once he got into it he loved it and couldn't put it down.Published on July 23, 2012 by jenn328