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Cry Wolf (Alpha and Omega, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – July 29, 2008
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“Fans of the vampire series by Charlaine Harris and Mary Jane Davidson will also enjoy Briggs' fantasy adventures.”—Booklist
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In the short story, Anna was changed against her will and has been beaten down and brutalized by her pack ever since. When a local young man turns up dead, Anna recognizes him as one killed by her pack. She drums up the courage to call Bran, the Marrok and leader of all alpha werewolves. I was intrigued by this character when he was introduced in the Mercy books and was happy to see more of him. Bran sends his son and enforcer, Charles. When Charles meets Anna, he recognizes what she is - a rare and precious Omega wolf with the ability to calm wolves and keep their violence in check. Anna returns to Montana with Charles to join The Marrock's pack. Charles is needed almost immediately to investigate a possible rogue were killing people in the mountains. But, the problem is much more than a rogue - dark magic is targeting the pack. And only Anna and Charles stand in the way.Read more ›
If like me you've read these too, you'll have a head start reading Cry Wolf because we've already had glimpses of Bran the Marrok (alpha to the alpha's) of North America, and his sons, Samuel, who only has a bit part here since he's headed off to invade Mercy's home, and Charles, who is a werewolf but also has magic from his shaman mother. And you'll have already met Anna and know that, while she is not another Mercy incarnation, she is an extremely interesting combination of vulnerability and strength and has a rare power coveted by wolf packs everywhere. But if you're unfamiliar with the Mercy books or the short don't despair, Briggs does a perfectly fine job of bringing in all the significant bits into this story so you won't be totally lost and confused if you just start here, just be patient -it's all here if you keep reading.
The story starts out with Bran retrieving Anna and a wounded Charles from Chicago and give us a brief glimpse of Anna's former pack just to let us know what she's escaping.Read more ›
Anna is moving in with Charles and learning what having a real pack is like. The mating bond just isn't connecting between her and Charles though because of what her old pack leader did to her. (rape and abuse) Since she's an Omega (basically a werewolf who transcends the dominant/submissive code as well as having the ability to soothe the inner wolf on others) the abuse hit her harder. There's also a rouge wolf on the loose and a sinister witch from a pack member's past.
The plot is a little slower in the beginning but picks up right away after that. The tone of the book is more subdued and nervous but that's perfect for Anna's story. This is definitely not a knock off of Mercy's books. Anna is strong in her own right and readers everywhere are wondering when her next adventure will be taking place.
I really loved the story from the On the Prowl anthology which was the basis of this novel, so I was eager to read this one. It's good, I liked it, but it didn't strike me as being as well-paced as most of Ms. Briggs' books--perhaps because the entire opening of the novel was sliced off and turned into a story for the anthology. This novel would have been better off if the marketing folks (or whoever) left that part with this and cut down some of the "talky talky" stuff and extended "What do you think he/she meant by that?" emotional analysis used to stretch this book out to novel length. The pacing in the last half is definitely better than in the first, and overall and enjoyable read. I'll read the next book in the series, probably, and hope the pacing issues improve.
For Mercy Thompson fans, there's also a little blurb at the end of this edition for the next Mercy book, Bone Crossed, which addresses some of the issues some people had with the ending of Iron Kissed.
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So far, I think I loved this even more than the Mercy world ones. Maybe it's just Charles? Either way I highly recommend. So badass 😍Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoyed the strong characters. Well developed story. Finished well. I enjoy strong adaptable women ! And men who can love them.Published 7 days ago by bobo garner
I loved the storyline and the strength of the characters. The story was void of unnecessary drama between the Alpha and Omega relationship.Published 8 days ago by NanaV
I love this story line more each time I read it. Looking forward to continue ready the story with the other books.Published 9 days ago by cls2609
Wonderful book and author if you like this book try the Mercy books they are great alsoPublished 17 days ago by Sherry Bowden
A wonderful offshoot of the Mercy Thompson books, the Alpha & Omega series features Mercy’s foster brother Charles, son of the Marrok, and his recently discovered mate, Anna. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Barbara Elness
You will fall in love with Charles almost immediately. You will love Anna. When Bran shows up you will laugh and fall for him as well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lisa (Lissa) Smith Reads