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Howl of the Wolf: Heirs to the Throne (Volume 1) Paperback – October 4, 2012
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About the Author
Diane Rapp became an entrepreneur when she started her own dog grooming salon in Santa Barbara, California. She spent the next thirty years as a small business owner; she sold real estate, started an office supply/copy center, and performed free-lance advertising design. During all those years Diane wrote stories as a cure for insomnia. She wrote short stories about dogs for a local German Shepherd Dog Club newsletter, and then expanded to full length novels. After Diane and her daughter Laura co-authored a travel guidebook entitled Cruising the Eastern Caribbean (four editions were published by Hunter Publishing) Laura gave Diane the idea of writing a mystery set on cruise ships in the Caribbean. Murder Caribbean-Style and Murder on a Ghost Ship are the first two novels of a High Seas Mystery series. The third novel Murder for Glacier Blue features a wedding cruise to Alaska is now released. Howl of the Wolf was the first book in Diane’s Heirs to the Throne science fiction series. It introduced the planet Drako, telepathic wolves, and the crew of the space ship that took sanctuary on a planet that banned technology. In the second book, The Havenshire Resistance, Krystal’s teenage daughters must learn to use inherited powers and join an army of Samurai women, telepathic wolves, and commoners to save the kingdom from the evil plans of Jarrack. Dragon Defense is the third novel in the series. Donovan’s group must train teenagers and encourage wild dragons to defend Drako from destruction by the Institute. Visit Diane’s website (quicksilvernovels.com) to learn more about the characters in her books. You may also find Diane’s posts at the QuickSilver Novels Facebook page or follow her on Twitter @DianeRapp.
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I have to admit, I didn't think I would like the book. I read the .05 The Alphas. Liked it and was curious. Then received this book. It was interesting. In this book, the "humans" are the primary subjects. The wolves are the secondary subjects. I liked the subject matter. It's not my normal genre.
This book covers the offspring of the wolves from The Alphas who are genetically more advanced with the 6th digit. They have also advanced mentally in a sense. They forge a bond with a new set of humans who are on the run from their corrupt government.
They land on a new planet. And on this new planet called Drako, the government there is different. Technology is banned. The land is ruled by kings. And it's just as corrupt in a sense because people will plot and kill just to rule. The wolves bond with the new humans and help against the evil that is hidden.
This was a decent read, with enough twists, turns and odd characters to keep it moving. I liked the psychic wolf pack, and the book finished with a few mysteries left to resolve in the next installment.
Diane Rapp spins a good tale with a fascinating cast of well-developed characters. Her use of the wolf pack as an external vantage point was clever, as was the occasional intervention of the wolves in the timeless struggle between the protagonist and the antagonist.
The conflicts that arise when a small group of technologically advanced people are integrated into a much larger, well-established feudal society provides an interesting stage upon which to play out the conflicts between good and evil. Skillfully interweaving the sentient wolves in a role supporting the triumph of right adds spice to an already tangy story.
The differences in the way the wolves and the humans passed on their cultural heritage to succeeding generations was engaging, as well. Seeing two radically different but apparently successful approaches to accruing and dispersing lessons learned from the past made the interactions between the wolves and the humans over a thousand years or so (and, for that matter, between the humans and the humans) all the more interesting.
The pacing of the story is excellent; I read it straight through without wanting to stop, and was disappointed when I came to the end. Fortunately for me, the story resumes in The Havenshire Resistance. I'm ready to read it, but first, I wanted to say, "Nice work, Ms. Rapp."
This tale takes place in the twenty fifth century on the planet Drako. It's a picturesque planet two moons, a bright and a dark, the latter providing night blooming flowers that perfume the air.
A society of telepathic wolves occupied the planet long before the humans arrived. They pass down wisdom from generation to generation. The peaceful integration lasted for lifetimes, with the highly intelligent wolves quietly observing the unique society. The primitive society is made up of colorful groups that include a royal kingdom, peasants and desert dwellers, to name a few. It's an outer space version of the wild west.
Things could change with the arrival of a handful of strangers. They gave up immortality. Will they regret that decision? The strangers represent all that the existing society hates.
Will they find allies in the wolves?
Can anyone stop the evil that is so powerful it can control minds & kill at will?
This book has plots within plots which flow smoothly, along with well developed characters and engaging dialogue.
The story will pull you in with the first page and has the bonus of a dynamite ending which allows for the series.
I gave it 5 stars because I am still talking about it.