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Hitwolf Paperback – July 4, 2014
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Enter John Slate, former mercenary and current construction worker, who happens to be in the same dive bar with Monzo and Pegg, the wizard who controls werewolves with an amulet. A biker gang comes in and starts a fight, and Monzo is so impressed with Slate's fighting skills that he kidnaps him and turns him into a werewolf to add to his arsenal.
The mob wars escalate with the addition of werewolves, needless to say. Slate is a little too smart to be held captive for long though.
Although this is not the type of book I would normally pick up, I can truly say that I read it from cover to cover in practically one sitting. There is a lot of gory violence, but since it is fantasy it didn't really bother me as it might in another genre. The characters are interesting and well-developed, and the story moves along at a rapid pace with a cool ending. This book will not disappoint!
Slate reminded me of Jack Reacher, only I liked Slate better, another reason to go with five stars. Reacher got on my nerves pretty quickly as he seemed too prone to gratuitous violence just for the shock value. The violence in Hitwolf seemed more justified and was at times even more fantastical and brutal, but was just more fun. And yes, I will admit to being a little squeamish and skipping over gruesome details occasionally. Overall, a most enjoyable dose of pulp with a creatively dark premise.
Imagine this... a group of Mobsters, an ex- military man, and a wizard all meet up. Nothing good can come of that, right?
As the title implies, the Mob is looking for a new killer... so they make one. A werewolf, theoretically, would be the perfect hitman, what with superhuman strength, night eyesight, etc. But that's only IF you can control the wolf...
I can't even explain how awesome this is! It's the story I never knew I wanted to read!