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Werewolf Paperback – April 18, 2011
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I actually love a good werewolf story and this one is first rate. I enjoy seeing Werewolves in roles as super hero's. I have more than enough imagination to fill in the plot holes and continuity problems rampant in this book. The characters are well developed. The werewolf lore in this book is somewhat different but not so strange as to violate the basic literal and folklore werewolf cannons too much.
I ended up caring about the good guys and hating the bad guys. The plot is not always predictable. The plot has twists and turns that are unexpected and satisfying upon conclusion. With an Amazon.com name AUTISTIC WEREWOLF you can see I am not exactly unbiased but if you love a good werewolf book this is it. For a few dollars you aren't going to get Stephen King but for the price you get your monies worth in the first book of the three book Werewolf series.
I enjoyed this first book so much I immediately purchased the last two books in this Werewolf series. I have purchased many things from Amazon.com but I am really enjoying this Kindle. I have always had a great love of reading but I'm old now and diabetes has set in. I can no longer see well enough to read printed books. My kindle lights up. My kindle can make the font big and readable. The appropriately named Kindle has reKindled my love of reading. I have been buying werewolf kindle books by the score and will continue to do so. This was another of my best Werewolf Book finds.
The story opens up with Landon Murphy, a werewolf whose skill is in tracking down kidnapped children. And woe behold the kidnappers. Landon believes in vigilante justice, not the courts of law. When he comes across two more newly-turned werewolves, he recruits them into the service of humanity, taking them to where the leaders of the werewolf-vampire organization teach and train new werewolves and vampires.
Landon is perhaps the most fleshed-out of the book's many characters. He is troubled with some dark secrets in his past, and his motivations for working for the good are entirely believable. In some ways he could be considered the cliché bad-good guy, but I think the author pulls this off.
Other characters were perhaps not so well developed, though. Jamie, one of the young werewolves under his care, is rather one-dimensional and not very believable. His actions did not make too much sense to me. His reactions to love and lust did not seem too real, but his actions as the story progressed were more of a problem to me. And without giving away too much, I didn't really get to motivation of one of the story's two antagonists. As the author chose to write his novel in an omniscient third-person narrative mode, I think it is incumbent upon him to give the reader all the details which motivate and develop the story's characters.
There were a few problems with details in the book. One small example was that two characters had a short lead on two others in aircraft, where one plane was halfway across the Atlantic while the other was still over Spain, both heading to Boston. Yet that plane in the lead was able to fly to Louisville first, land, the passengers were able take care of something, then get back in the air and fly to Boson where they were able do some nefarious deed before the second plane could even get there.
Another minor thing which bothered me while reading was the continual reference to specific songs and the artists who sang them. This seemed to be the author's favorite tool in his writing toolbox, but to me, at least, it became distracting. I got the same feeling when in an arboretum, so many Southern Hemisphere plants were listed one after the other that is became almost a rote memorization of a horticultural primer.
The author certainly thought out his version of werewolves and vampires. His reasoning behind their cooperation was interesting and logical. He also explained quite a bit of the "science" in back of both. As the author of the book, he has carte blanche to create his own view of werewolves. But in my opinion, and this is only opinion as we are dealing with mythological creatures, after all, I think he might have missed the mark a bit. One running theme with most werewolves and vampires is that they cannot get drunk due to their bodies' ability to heal. In Werewolf, while the quickest way to heal is to transform between human to were or were to human (actually, a very nice and unique touch which has ramifications later on in the book), each form also heals quickly, albeit not instantaneously. So I would think the inability to get drunk would still hold true.
One more bothersome thing, though, was the werewolves reliance on claws and for slashing. First, the term "claw" was used for both the actual claws and for the entire paw. But more of an issue was that these werewolves grew out their claws to puncture, stab, and slash their targets, even to the extent that their jaws became secondary weapons. Wolves do not do this, and in my opinion, a werewolf should not be so different from a wolf that entirely new behaviours are exhibited, even when the werewolves are the half-man/half-wolf rendition. I have to stress, though, that this is just a personal opinion. The author can create any type of werewolf he pleases. I am just writing that this bothered me.
On the other hand, as I wrote before, I really liked the need to transform between were and man in order to instantaneously heal. I had never read that in another werewolf story before, and it made for some very entertaining fight sequences. Another good point was that the aspect of being nude after changing from werewolf to human was perhaps better handled in this book than in most. To me, that indicates that the author really thought out the "logistics," so-to-speak, of actually being a werewolf.
At the core of Werewolf was a good story of a vigilante werewolf in pursuit of child kidnappers and serial killers. The introduction of the Werewolf/Vampire Senate was interesting and good background. I do think, however, that the author should have stuck with this and developed it more. I feel there might have been too much else thrown into the storyline, and things like teenage werewolf/vampire love could have easily been left out, making this a tauter, more focused novel.
I would love to read more of Landon's adventures, with a focus on fighting crime as a werewolf. I believe the author could give that a very interesting treatment.
I also believe that a lot of young people may identify with
Some of the characters and think about the things happening
in their own life.