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House of Wolves (An August Adams Adventure) Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 12, 2008
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About the Author
Matt Bronleewe is the highly-acclaimed author of Illuminated. When not writing, Bronleewe is a record producer and songwriter. He and his wife have three children.
Top Customer Reviews
I also found the use of the Nazi occult idea a bit dated and, quite frankly, over-used.
The cast of characters carries over from his first novel, Illuminated. August Adam is a rare-book dealer and one such book, The Gospels of Henry the Lion, is at the center of the action in House of Wolves. August is in possession of the rare book but he is not the only one who wants it. And others pursuing it stop at nothing in their attempt to get it.
August's father, son, and ex-wife get involved early in the story and even without having read the first novel of the series, it was easy to pick up on the relationships between these people. They are not without problems but their interpersonal issues do not detract from the story line. They find ways to work together and survive.
The evil characters are drawn from a secret society, the Black Vehm, a vigilante society formed in the thirteenth century to protect themselves from marauders in the lawless territory between the Rhine and the Weser rivers in Westphalia, Germany. It became a merciless and violent society and was eventually outlawed. It supposedly came to an end when the Nazis fell in the Third Reich. Bronleewe brings them to life in modern day activity where their goal is to obtain ancient relics and rare artifacts and he reveals they are planning to take over the world by implementing a grand scheme.
Lukas, a member of this secret society, gives an interesting account of how he became a member. "Lukas had always wanted to belong to a secret society.Read more ›
When I first picked up Illuminated (August Adams Mysteries, Book 1), I have to admit I was a little trepidatious. While I love Matt's music industry work, writing a good novel is something else entirely. But my fears were misplaced as Bronleewe hit one out of the park, keeping not only my interest, but gripping me so I couldn't set the book down.
With August Adams' second adventure, Bronleewe not only misses the sophomore slump, but actually raises his own bar in storytelling and action. House of Wolves has all of the high octane thrills and worries of the first novel, but even more action, suspense and stakes.
Once again, the Adams family finds itself in the midst of a book-related need-to-be-solved mystery. In this case, the Illuminated book in question is The Gospels of Henry the Lion and the secret society is a branch of the Holy Vehm, the Black Vehm. And once again, truth is far stranger than fiction.
People marvel about the DaVinci Code and what it could possibly mean, despite the fact that much of its "historical basis" has been proven to be nothing more than fanciful fiction, some of it decades old. Far more interesting, I find, is the truly historical basis for Bronleewe's Illuminated manuscripts and secret societies - and the fact that he even leaves some of the more unbelieveable aspects of his research out of the novels.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The central character in House of Wolves, August Adams, is a dealer in rare books who unexpectedly receives a package from his estranged father: an ancient illuminated manuscript... Read morePublished on June 23, 2009 by Megalith
This second book from Matt Bronleewe is just as good as his first "Illuminated" if not better! Both read like a movie. I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on June 9, 2009 by Karin R. Vilanova
I was worried about a sophomore slump, but this book is even better than the first August Adams book. Read morePublished on February 27, 2009 by Warren Kelly
I loved the fact that the author used fact and fables regarding Hitler's obsession with relics to come up with one dynamic tale. Read morePublished on January 1, 2009 by Michelle Sutton
I started this book one night before bedtime and read well into the night. The next night I did the same. Read morePublished on October 16, 2008 by Bruce A. Hendrich
I thought this was a great adventure book that reminded me of Indiana Jones. I really enjoyed the plot twists and the engaging characters. Read morePublished on October 3, 2008 by Tara of Tara's View of the World
Be prepared to enter August Adams' world of non-stop action, heartfelt adventure filled with intrigue, suspense, humor and love. And, not necessarily in that order. Read morePublished on September 14, 2008 by Nora A. Stlaurent