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The Draculata Nest: A Red Wolf Novel Paperback – December 28, 2011
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The Draculata nest by John Hundley, is a fantastic addition to this much loved and well-read vampire/werewolf genre. Bound by a carefully constructed plot and met with consistent and interesting characters, I found myself enthralled in this hidden world of darkness. But the most surprising and yet enjoyable aspect of the novel was that it essentially follows the inner turmoil of an older protagonist - an interesting twist on what is otherwise usually dominated by young, irresistible, headstrong characters driven by teenage notions of love, revenge and need.
At 65 years of age, Clifford Crane is the unexpected hero of this story. Born into an ordinary life, he become a werewolf quite late in the game. Though he maintains his 35 year old body, his mind and his experiences have aged with him, setting him up to be a protagonist that is both wise and alluring.
Yes, Clifford is a werewolf, but his expectations of that role are confused and unexplained. His best friend is a vampire, and the only wolf he's ever known died before uniting him with a pack.
Soon he is thrust into a situation where natural instinct overwhelms common sense. A vampire from a visiting nest is killed by his hand in order to protect the young college student he secretly lusts after. As events spiral out of control, Clifford is forced to reconcile his origins, open his heart to a pack of wolves that could help him out of trouble, and question his desires for natural attraction and dangerous liaisons.
For me, the writing was free-flowing and well interspersed with necessary dialogue and only short references of important information. The characters were consistent and well written into their corresponding parts. I liked that the author moved the focus from character to character depending on the importance of their role at the time, and I enjoyed how enmeshed their plans became as the story wove its final scenes.
My only moment of discontent came from the lesbian scene. I wasn't sure of its relevance as it added no real depth to the story and only hastened to confuse two of the characters roles for me. Perhaps this was to draw a tighter bond between the two characters that I had already come to believe were firm friends, or perhaps it was to add an element of sexual excitement for the reader - it didn't do this for me. Despite this aspect, I found John Hundley's writing intriguing, descriptive and thoroughly enjoyable. You will see me picking up more of this author's books in the future.
I rate this book four out five fangs.
This book is primarily about Clifford Crane, a man who is 60 human years old but has only been a werewolf for 5 or 6, and the person who changed him has since passed away leaving him with very little knowledge of werewolves. Most of the information he does have comes from Kent a friend of 40 plus years he met in collage who is now a vampire and Kent's lover Roland who is quite high ranking in the local vampire nest. Clifford finds himself unexpectedly confronting a member of a "travelling" pack of vampires which means he is now centre of attention, well for the vampires anyway.
Now please don't read the above and assume that its vampires and werewolves and you have seen it all before which, in fairness, is what I thought before I read the book however, you are in for a pleasant surprise! I think the first thing that's good is Cliffords age, he thinks about what he is doing all the time and that gives the book a more mature feel, this is not a book about gung-ho kids steaming into any situation without thought! I like the relationship between Clifford and Kent, two men who have known each other for decades and are finding a way to continue their friendship despite now being totally different creatures. This book is well thought out and highly entertaining. There are a couple of parts I found superfluous such as Clifford's recovering drug habit which did not seem to impact the story but this is the first in the series so perhaps all will become clear in time.
I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
complimentary book given for a free review. juliesbookreview.blogspot.com
I think that anybody who reads this genre has read a book where young women fall for men who are really old because they're not human. It seems to fall into a double standard where Clifford is concerned though because he's the main character and he's not that comfortable with it himself, but I didn't see anything wrong with it.
The story was very good, though the ending happened very suddenly in my opinion. One thing I would love to see in person is Clifford putting on all that armor as a wolf.
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