Toward the end of WW2, the Nazi’s capture a werewolf with the objective to clone it into an invincible werewolf army. This book acknowledges the horrors of the holocaust and the craziness of the Nazi’s insane desire to achieve their notion of a supreme race; so there is real history in the essence of the Nazi portrayal. Throughout this endeavor, the Nazi’s recruit a reluctant doctor/priest to practice hypnosis on the captured werewolf in order to glean an understanding of the curse and it’s causes. Ultimately, the reader and the werewolf discover the trigger of the curse that occurs when a human being betrays its moral values and beliefs when confronted with the choice of doing the right thing in lieu of succumbing to a worldly death.In certain scenarios, the choice one makes could lead the unwitting human toward a path of evil and carnage, or to ultimate salvation.
When I understood the impact of the choice and the subsequent redemption available to overcome the curse.Remarkably, the author sees to it that the protagonists are interchangeable as the story progresses; eg: werewolf Vs other characters (never the Nazi’s though)!
John Lee is consistently wonderful in rendering a story and it's character’s to life in all genres of literature.
I am not a follower of the genre in horror fiction, however the historical elements of WW2, the interesting reviews on the book and other narrations by delivered by John Lee inspired me to follow up on this ultimately great listen.
This was the ideal marriage between an excellent literary debut coupled by a stellar narrative performance! I was immediately hooked on this book from start to finish and would often linger in my car after work because I did not want to abandon the listening experience! I loved the main heroin, Myfanwy Thomas and the author's ability to evolve her character which starts with her total amnesia then a gradual unfolding to re-invent and come to terms with her personality and the expections of her charater's roll in the story; meanwhile surviving in a dangerous and political world dominated by peers; mostly men with their own agendas. Ultimately she succeeds in eluding the efforts of someone or things who want to murder her while solving an imaginative plot. The Myfanwy character might be compared to the heroin Lisbeth Salander who stars in Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, however Myfanwy is much more likable, funny and believable!
I listened to The Rook narrated by Susan Duerden and thought the story in combination with Duerden's narrative was perfect ... this fresh and original material was delivered with great pace and fun and of course Duerden nailed all of the eclectic personalities in combination with the dynamics between the individual characters in the story!
I hope that in the NEAR future that we can expect more books from Daniel O'Malley paired with narations from Susan Duerden!
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