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Tamed Paperback – January 26, 2012
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About the Author
Douglas R. Brown is a fantasy writer living in Pataskala, Ohio. He began writing as a cathartic way of dealing with the day-to-day stresses of life as a firefighter/paramedic in Columbus, Ohio. Now he focuses his writing on fantasy, where he can draw from his lifelong love of the genre. He has been married for fifteen years and has a son and two dogs. The Light of Epertase: Legends Reborn was released by Rhemalda Publishing on August 1, 2011. Book Two is scheduled for August, 2012 and Book Three in August 2013.
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Christine is a medic for the fire department and has never liked the Wergs. They terrify her. On a routine EMS call she goes to a house with her partner Billy and finds a gruesome sight. The owners of the house were killed by their Werg. Its still there and Christine is mauled by the animal. Some of the animals blood finds its way into her. As her life changes she meets Alex, a rogue werg hunter, and finds out explosive secrets about The Werehouse.
OK so the first few lines of the blurb really pulled me in " Werewolves are real.
And they make excellent pets."
Tamed was not what I expected. It was gorey, bloody, action packed and brought something new to the werewolf genre. The Werehouse is brutal in its taming of the werewolves and promises that the wergs wont harm, but like all "animals" there are an odd few rogues. When Christine turns she is the only female werg thats not controlled by Bernard Henderson (the owner and founder of The Werehouse) Any male werg goes crazy around her and the rogue hunters are trying to kill her. Her life is turned upside down but she has to expose The Werehouse for what it is.
Douglas Brown definitely doesn't shy away from the darker side of things and its not for the faint of heart or the squeamish. I really enjoyed Tamed and loved that it was dark and a kinda disturbing werewolf book!!! If you like dark and thrilling tales then this is for you.
The book is non stop excitement. Constant plot development, no tireless, boring fillers to wade through in order to get to the good stuff! The story never dragged and had very engaging characters and was different and refreshing to see a strong, female lead character. Mr. Brown delivers the story in a down to earth, matter-of-fact type of manner. He tells the story in a way, that if there were werewolves in real life, and with our materialistic society, this story could be a plausible scenario.
Some of the negative reviews also made me not want to read the book, but I'm glad I ignored them. The book is not an epic novel and was never marketed as such. One of the reviewers even complained that what the werewolves eat wasn't interesting enough? If you want a book that takes you by the hand and describes every little pebble and every little black hair on the werewolf's brow....or if you want your werewolf to eat unicorns and leprechauns, then maybe this book won't be for you. If you want a very fun, fast paced, interesting story that breathes life into an outdated, antique creature, and makes something new and exciting for a new generation, then give it a try. Even if you don't want to, do it anyway, it may surprise you, like it did myself. I could definitely see this on the big screen and hope this happens in the near future!
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///THE BEAST dove onto its prey and then THE BEAST howled in victory. THE BEAST then pinned him down and sniffed his prey's face, then THE BEAST bit into his neck.///
That is a big no-no to me and can take away from the overall sensation that any given chapter is designed to bring to the reader(s). It's a constant reminder that it's just a book and not an experience. The other nitpick, if I were to even bother with such a trivial matter, would be the cost to own a werewolf. $250,000 is a ton of loot. Columbus is full of big businesses. There's a ton of people who don't, despite living/working there, have a ton of loot to their name. How are scores of normal people affording them?? Well, the answer is one I had to give myself: Payment plans. Yep. Monthly fees that aren't mentioned in the book at all. Again, I don't care too much about the price nitpick, so don't let that ruin anything for anyone who's reading this. Instead, go get a copy and check it out for yourself.
It's an action book-lain and simple. It's essentially one of the author's FIRST books. As such, the bar for "par" needs to be overlooked or slacked in areas, if entertainment is to have any value, and I gladly say that toward ANY book, experienced author or not. Tamed is indeed a 'different take' on the werewolf concept and offers just that.