I took a chance on this book and lost. Just a ridiculous narrative of violence and unconnected scenarios devoid of any semblance of plot or character development. No suspense. No flow of one scene to another. Just raw violence without a hint that the author had any goal other than to write a book.
My genre is romance but very occasionally a book comes along that pulls me from my romance filled comfort zone and this was one of those books. I can’t even tell you exactly what it was about the cover and the blurb that drew me in but it did.
Honestly this book wasn’t exactly what I expected and that’s not a criticism at all, it was more.
I want to say it’s a slow build but that’s not exactly true it starts in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania where Professor Norman Wiseman is holed up. It’s safe to say his life has definitely taken a turn for the worst. Until recently he’d been Professor of Emerging Diseases but after making an unbelievable discovery (that a virus was responsible for transmitting the wolf genes from one host to another) his confidential paper had been leaked to the Press who dubbed him Professor Wolfman or Doctor Werewolf. Now he’s in Romania with what were three students.
It moves at a steady pace the author doesn’t rush, he builds the story along with the characters. We get to know and understand them a little and at times they felt so real and I found myself completely hooked. I never knew which character he would kill or contaminate next which I found both interesting and annoying at the same time. Talking of characters there’s some incredible and interesting ones here and I’m struggling to let them go, I really wish the next book was available.
I’m so glad I requested this, I did pause for a while unsure if it would be too violent or bloody for me but it wasn’t. It was also great to read a book set in Britain, a rarity for me these days.
I’ve no idea how many books are in this series but I’m hooked and in for the long haul.
I voluntarily read a review copy kindly provided by NetGalley and Landmark Media.
With the popularity of George Romero movies, The Walking Dead, and any of the many other zombie movies out recently, Steve Morris has shown us the true coming of the Apocalypse. With Lycanthropic, Morris has created a new series, of which Wolf Blood is the first installment, in which the werewolf is the true harbinger of the End Times. . . Professor Norman Wiseman has discovered that werewolves do exist, but his warning to the world falls on a disbelieving scientific community. He is discredited, but his students not only believe but eagerly become the creatures. In their human state, they do what they can to create more of their kind. This does not bode well for the rest of humanity, to say the least. . . Morris has created a new series, just released on January 1st, that is spellbinding in its telling. These characters, both antagonists and protagonists, are very well-crafted, and the story itself is a masterpiece, intertwining several smaller storylines into one fantastic tale. The pace of the action is gripping, with a sense of impending doom that will not let the reader put the book down until the end. . . My only regret reading this novel is that I will have to wait so long until the second book, Wolf Moon, is released. Steve Morris has won over a new fan, and I'm sure the rest of the series will continue to leave his mark on the horror genre.
It's pretty ballsy to compare this to the Walking Dead series. Those books and comics are so far ahead of this one. Not to say that this is a bad book; it's not. There are way too many characters to keep up with and because of that, there is no real fleshing them out. I never really felt invested in any of them nor cared what happened to them. This is a decent read though and I'll definitely read the next one.
Please be aware that is a cliffhanger of sorts. The next in this series is to be published.
Dr. Wiseman is in trouble. He is the author of a breakthrough treatise on lycanthropy – the changes exhibited in people who complete the transformation from human to wolf. He was laughed out of the scientific community. Even his friends abandoned him. He retreated to the Carpathian Mountains with three research assistants. Slowly, the students became infected with the disease.
Some moths later in London, the three students embark upon an orgy of murder and mayhem in the streets of London. Human by day, wolf during the full moon, the students, Leanna, Adam and Samuel run amok. As they bite people. About half of their victims – those that don’t die outright – become wolves themselves.
An unusual team is loosely formed: Liz who is a police officer, Chris who is a computer genius but has to work as an IT guy at the high school because he “has no people skills”; Vijay, Drake and Rosie are high school students. The killings seem to be centered around the kids’ high school.
People are being killed and are disappearing. People are going berserk. Chris calls is the werewolf apocalypse. This is the story of the battle between our brave heroes and the werewolves for control of London. This book has action and bloodletting. All of our intrepid heroes meet their Armageddon’s in the final showdown of the book.
This book is fairly well written and plotted. It is written in a simplistic manner – not to say simple-minded, but easy to read. The tension begins immediately with the problems of Professor Wiseman. It continues throughout the story. I liked Liz a great deal. The rest of our cast of heroes, with the exception of Vijay, well, not so much. They were transparent and shallow. It was an interesting theory and a reasonably enjoyable read. It was a good way in which to waste a day.
I want to thank NetGalley and Landmark Media for forwarding a copy of this book to me to read.
It was very tempting to give this book the full 5 stars. It could be worthy of it just because of the new trail it blazes in Apocalyptic tales. Blood Moon is twenty stars above any EMP story and completely avoids the well-used zombie catastrophes. Congratulations on the writing, editing, character development. Fantastic Job.
The book starts off a bit slow, but quickly picks up. The mixing of lore and genetics makes for a different plot line compared to most werewolf novels. Looking forward to the second book in the series.