- File Size: 1043 KB
- Print Length: 408 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 146636016X
- Publisher: Patrick Jones (January 11, 2012)
- Publication Date: January 11, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0077F0DFI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,377,367 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Wolf's Moon (The Linden Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Now, why did I give it 5 stars? The storyline and plot are intriguing and the writing style, the intensity the author has in his presentation, is incredible. (Even with the subliminal messaging, where author Patrick Jones' name randomly appears in the middle of sentences!) That still doesn't explain the 5, but I can not express enough how Mr. Jones' word choice, sentence structure and the charisma he infuses his main character with, are beguiling; keeping the reader interested to the end. The end, by the way, came a little quickly and left a little bit of a cliffhanger.
The characters are completely believable. They aren’t stereotypes at all. These people are complicated, fallible human beings who are familiar with pain of all kinds. Mr. Jones only gives us a few intriguing glimpses into the tempestuous background of the two main characters, Mark Landsdowne and Skruggs.
The plot keeps us guessing until the end. Here are just a few examples:
• What are the animals that are terrorizing the community?
• Why do they appear to be slightly different from indigenous breeds?
• Will someone be able to stop them? Who? How? When? Where?
I highly recommend this book to any fan of horror. Frankly, it’s at the top of the genre in both plotting and characterization.
The only reason I’m not giving this novel five stars is the ending. I found part of it somewhat contrived and there was a major loose end that I felt was glossed over and never resolved in a satisfying manner that I won’t go into because it would constitute a definite spoiler if I did. I will say that it was one of the reasons I kept turning the pages and was disappointed that my curiosity was not satisfied. Another thing of a strictly subjective nature for which I don’t fault the author is that with an underlying theme of genetic engineering, as a science fiction fan I would have enjoyed it a bit more if that angle had been further developed. The main character in this story, Mark Lansdowne, is not a scientist, however, but a badass “special ops” type so it follows that this didn’t occur. I’m only pointing this out in case you may be looking for a bit more on the science fiction side. So this is NOT about werewolves, is NOT science fiction but does constitute a good read regarding a horrific terror being unleashed on a small town.
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Chapter One continued to lure me even further, with each following chapter taking me up and down the tension rollercoaster, not permitting me to put the book down until I'd finished it.
If you like tense 'Creature Feature' stories, I can recommend this book.
There is a very old fashioned attitude towards male and female roles in this book. There were no strong female characters, the women were all gentle creatures concerned mostly with taking care of their men. The men were tough, action hero types. I like strong female characters so this was my main complaint with this book.
The story is interesting but it did seem to stop and start a bit, with romance filling the spaces between the action parts. The horror in this book is done very well, the wolves are scary and there are some very tense moments throughout. The characters are easy to care about in spite of my dislike of the way the women were portrayed.
Overall I'd say this is an interesting action horror novel. I would recommend to fans of action novels.
The ending is predictable from too early on in the story, but what really lets it down for me is the level of testosterone. It's very male-dominated with an outdated attitude towards women. Sadly, this attitude may still be prominent in some small back of the woods/rural towns as depicted in the book, and not just in Missouri. Hence, its appeal to some. If this had been written back in the 1970's/80's it would have fit the bill perfectly.
While the structure and grammar of the work are not too bad, there are still some noticeable errors. However, it's recently come to my attention that Jones did hire an editor, and a very expensive one at that. (from Createspace!) This is completely horrendous, inexcusable, and a grave injustice to this writer and his work.