- File Size: 771 KB
- Print Length: 256 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Crossroad Press; Macabre Ink First Digital edition (July 11, 2014)
- Publication Date: July 11, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LR0O8WI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,770 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anyway, this is a well written (for it's time) and entertaining story. I loved how it was told from the Police officers and the Wolfen's POV. It was eerie being inside their heads! It is also quite a gorey book but I've read worse! If you want a unique werewolf read and one that will keep your attention throughout, then this is one you should try.
Robert Fass was really good. He nailed the tenseness of certain situations and had me biting my nails waiting to see what happened!
One of the more innovative things Strieber does with his characters is that he has them realize they're being hunted--by creatures that aren't human no less--and take precautions. Instead of wandering around getting into danger like typical horror protagonists, they're proactive and their enemies are forced to react to them rather than the other way around. We end up with this giant cat-and-mouse game across 1970s New York City and it's cool.
Although there could be more showing and not telling (this was Strieber's first novel, so I'll be forgiving), it does paint a vivid picture of New York City in the 1970s, complete with a lot of the issues the police department was having (introducing female officers, cops taking payoffs from gambling rings) at the time.
Strieber's predatory antagonists are also really creative. Not only do they provide an inspiration for the myth of werewolves, but (not going into detail how), they provide an inspiration for the myth of vampires as well.
My main issue is that some characters end up in a love triangle partway through the book and, consequently, somebody has to die. Strieber reveals some stuff about the character once we get into this to make it more palatable, revelations that I didn't think were adequately foreshadowed.
Still, it's a great book and given the ending, it's a pity there wasn't a sequel. Enjoy!
The romantic feelings between Wilson and Becky never went anywhere, which was good because it was clumsy and not believable. Toss Becky's husband into the mix... for what I don't know. All of that was unnecessary. It detracted rather than added to the storyline.
Halfway through the book the werewolves attempt to set up Wilson and Becky in order to kill them. But something goes wrong. Becky and Wilson realize what's happening, jump on some motorbikes and race out of the city with several werewolves in hot pursuit. But none of the other cops on the scene notice. Out of anger and revenge, the werewolves who didn't give chase to the duo, exacted their revenge by ripping apart and killing a friend of theirs while he sat in his car. And once again the other cops failed to notice.
I mean, come on. It was at this point in the book where I simply and sadly lost interest. I skimmed from there. The ending was anti-climatic and predictable.
I am definitely not in the camp of those who like to see "sexy" shape-shifting werewolves, so the way that the creatures were treated in this book (as intelligent but still completely animal predators) was refreshing. They were appropriately fearsome, and were definitely worthy adversaries that made me wonder if they were going to take down our heroes or not.
The book provided moments of real suspense, and, being set in the decaying New York of the 1970's, delivered a mildly realistic explanation for how the Wolfen might have survived through the ages without being discovered.
The only real problem I had with the book were the main characters, whose relationship seemed to fluctuate a little too rapidly. Becky Neff, in particular, is given a good/no good husband who just sort of weighs the story down a little, and doesn't seem to provide any genuine emotional turmoil, which is what he seems to be there for. Personally, I just didn't have time for Dick Neff, and could have done without him completely.
This book was definitely a fun, rollercoaster ride that kept me entertained for three nights in a row. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is tired of the pretty boy, tortured soul werewolves of today, and wants to return to the old-fashioned monsters of the past.
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Something I go back to over and over again.
I wish there were a book like this for the DOLPHINS OF TAIJI JAPAN!!