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The Wolf's Hour Paperback – 1989
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From Publishers Weekly
Originally published in 1989, this powerful novel fuses WWII espionage thriller and dark fantasy. Richly detailed, intricately plotted, fast-paced historical suspense is enhanced by McCammon's unique take on the werewolf myth. Russian-born British Secret Service operative and lycanthrope Michael Gallatin is a highly principled, deeply introspective, and internally tormented soul struggling to find himself amid the horror and chaos of 1944 Europe: "Not human. Not animal... .What am I, in the eye of God?" The limited edition hardcover reissue includes color illustrations from renowned artist Vincent Chong as well as a never-before-published companion novella, "The Room at the Bottom of the Stairs," which will raise interest in a planned collection of stories featuring Gallatin. McCammon's fans will cherish this lovingly produced reissue of a werewolf classic that deserves to be unearthed and rediscovered. (Nov.) (c)
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"A master who keeps his audience spellbound with every sentence." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Regarding McCammon's writing style, I don't know what you'd call it, but I say this about it: it's straightforward, simple, uncomplicated yet thorough and detailed enough to describe the scenes of where things are happening so that you see it and the feelings of the people involved in what's happening to feel it! He does not waste words nor adds them needlessly. His writing draws you into the story so that you become a part of it. The writing does not get in the way of the story, it's as if the writing is nothing more than a door that opens into a world, a story that you see and feel what's going on - you almost forget the words and live the story. Maybe that's the key to any great author/story-teller - for you just to experience it. McCammon does just that!
To me, I could enjoy a book if the plot is terrific and the characters weak. Conversely, I could also enjoy a book with great characters and a weak plot. When both things are present, a great plot and terrific characters, there is always something special that happens; namely, a total immersion in the book.
This is what occurs here. From the opening scenes to the conclusion, you never become bored. The plotting is so intricate that it is almost like reading more than one book with the same characters.
If you want to read a terrific twist on a werewolf story with a lead character, Michael Galatin, and an adventure that will keep you reading far into the night, this is the book for you. Gripping, hair-raising and characters to hate and to cheer for.
Pick it up, open it, and be prepared to enter the world of the werewolf.