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House of Wolves (An August Adams Adventure) Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 12, 2008

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Betrayals, secret societies, the quest for an ancient artifact of great religious significance—all the familiar elements of countless Dan Brown imitations are on display with limited dramatic effect in Bronleewe's second thriller to feature New York City rare book dealer August Adams (after 2007's Illuminated). Out of the blue, August's estranged father sends August the legendary 12th-century Gospels of Henry the Lion, instantly placing the bookseller and those near and dear to him in the sights of a shadowy and vicious group known as the Black Vehm. Expository passages about lost treasure, secrets buried in the Antarctic ice and the Nazis' search for the Holy Lance alternate with scenes of shoot-outs, stabbings and bludgeonings. Readers may struggle to empathize with the cartoonish characters, like August's terrified young son, who, with agents of the Black Vehm in hot pursuit, worries he'll die before learning what his grandfather meant by the expression spring chicken. (Aug.)
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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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595542507
  • ASIN: B003O86HP2
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,406,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If I hadn't had so much trouble with the font at the beginning of every chapter, I probably would have given this four stars. The story was good, but the crazy font face used at the start of chapters and then a script font used for portions of the book (that I simply could not resize to save myself) meant that I'm sure I missed something in the story. It also made reading the book rather disjointed.

I also found the use of the Nazi occult idea a bit dated and, quite frankly, over-used.
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Another great tale especially if you're only reading for pure entertainment value. I really enjoy the characters and Matt Bronleewe's writing style. I can only imagine him getting better and better with each book! (Purchased through a book store after thoroughly enjoying Book #1)
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HOUSE OF WOLVES is another intense adventure with August Adams. I love how each page begged me to keep reading further. Bronleewe delivers again with warring secret societies, age old mysteries, an insanely valuable book, and enough action and plot twists to make you read the entire book in one setting. Most mysterious perhaps is one of the locations- Antartica. All the history and mystery to be uncovered makes HOUSE OF WOLVES one "Chilling" Thrill Ride!
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This is a great read. I found Illuminated after doing a search online and picked it up after reading some other reviews that were positive. I was not disappointed at all. I couldn't wait for this one to arrive and I was not disappointed at all. The August Adams series is a great story line and sure to captivate everyone. I highly reccomend this book for anyone looking for a great thriller.
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After reading Illuminated, that I stumbled upon at a Christian book store, I just loved it and went on the web to find out more about Matt Bronleewe. I found out that you could sign up to win a signed copy from the author and I won. I just received this book House of Wolves yesterday and am reading it now. I am just loving it and would recommend any one to read it and Illuminated. Can't wait for more of Matt Bronleewe writing. He keeps you turning the pages and wanting more.
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Matt Bronleewe's second novel, House of Wolves, combines mystery, danger and intrigue in a fast-paced story with action on every page. Like other novels of this genre, the plot pulls from history and Bronleewe cleverly incorporates assorted facts, myths and legends into an entertaining story.

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.
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With House of Wolves (August Adams Mysteries, Book 2), Matt Bronleewe proves that, much like the bands he produces in his "real job," he is more than just a one hit wonder.

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.
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