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Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2018
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.
Think American Werewolf in London minus the American but redone with a 21st century twist! There's no waiting for the action to start, from the beginning you're into the story line and it quickly escalates from there. The story line starts with a Scientist with a wild idea, who has escaped to the Carpathian Mountains to do research, about werewolves of all things. While we don't get a lot of back story on the research, a bit comes out during the story, the rest of the characters do keep the story moving. The students have become infected and turned on their professor. They return as werewolves to London to start the Werewolf Apocalypse with Leanne as the leader of the pack, highly intelligent and ready to take over the world one bite at a time. It is a first in a series and there are multiple lines that intertwine and follow parallel to the main line, including a headmaster who devours instead of disciplines, the police force dealing with the dismembered bodies, a high priced call girl/thief and a group of very different kids who become unlikely friends. I'll be over here on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book in the series! I did receive a copy of this book for free from the author on a librarything giveaway in exchange for an honest review
Horror fans are in for a treat! These werewolves are cunning and unstoppable at spreading the lycanthropy disease. I was very excited to read this. This author pulls out all the stops so there's lots of gore and action to be had among these pages. Loved this from the moment I started reading. This is the first book in the series, so yes, it does end on a cliffhanger, but now I can't wait for book two.
We start off with Professor Norman Wiseman who is studying the lycanthropy disease in Romania when unfortunate mishaps occur. Then the rest of this takes place in London where the werewolf apocalypse spreads like the plague. This switches around to the different characters this book centers around. Amazing details give this authenticity. You're in for a wild ride.
This would make a fantastic wolf movie. The set up with a scientist having empirical evidence and the exponential increase in a genetic change over a period of time was fascinating. I liked following all the different characters that had very different stories, but were all followed on New Years Eve. There were a few too many foreshadowing statements at the end of the chapters. One foreshadow is good and maybe two is plenty. I love the cliffhanger ending and look forward to the next in the series. Excellent YA or Adult fiction.