When a chance encounter between a squad of Hitler's elite SS troops and a band of gypsies ends in slaughter, the Nazis take a man named Janos Kaldy into custody for the killings. When they find that Kaldy is a werewolf, the Nazis bring in a beautiful young chemist and an aging doctor turned minister to aid in a daring, crazy plan. As the Dr. attempts to regress Kaldy through hypnotism to the root of his curse, the Nazis strive to isolate the enzyme that can turn an army of their troops into an unstoppable killing machine. Steeped in history and drenched in ancient religions and spiritual mystery, Lycanthropos is the original novel that was eventually rewritten into the novel Mark of the Werewolf. One of the most unique werewolf stories ever told.
©2011 Jeffrey Sackett (P)2012 David N. Wilson
I???m not a huge monster fan. I don???t dig too many Vampire, Werewolf, or Frankenstein stories; and cannot stand (nor do I get) Zombies. But this story is worth the read/listen. I listened to this while working my night schedule in my service business and the atmosphere of the story had me glancing occasionally at the moon and wondering, ???What if?????? That is the mark of a good author.
The author has written a story populated by rich and believable characters, set in a period of history that continues to fascinate us and allows the story to remain relatively timeless, regardless of when it???s read.
The writing is tight with a solid plot twist that is very well executed at just the right time in the story. Well done!
A great listen. Very difficult at times. Some of story is set in concentration camps where medical experiments are carried out. This is very harrowing, so be prepared, especially I would imagine, if any of your family members experienced this time first-hand. The overall story though is excellent, well-thought out and beautifully read.
One of my best listens in over 5 years and with nearly 500 audiobooks under my belt. Cant wait for more from this talented and imaginative author and pls, whoever, keep the same narrator!
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.
A business professional with a voracious reading habit. My favorites are crime dramas and sci-fi/fantasy, but the occasional romance or history read is great too.
Yes, it is an original story, not the same werewolf tales of old. An excellent tale of Lycanthropy.
There are not very many original takes on the fantasy demons (lycans, vampires, etc.) but if one book comes to mind it would be Interview with a Vampire. A hero fighting the demon within.
NO, but I look forward to it!
I would not suggest it. It is very long and can be confusing in places. Taking a break and coming back gives the reader time to process the information taken in.
An excellent read. I recommend it for those who want a fresh take on werewolves.
Enjoyed this although some scenes difficult to listen to, I am a history buff but find some things best left in the past. Loved the twist at the end.
Adding past history to the basis of the characters made it very interesting.
The events that happen coincide within a good time line of WWII.
I've not listened to John's performances before. I thought he did a good job in developing each character. I'll have to read his other book about the werewolves in America and see how it compares to the original story.
A history of the werewolves
This was a good listen and flowed well. It kept me interested in the story, The ending with a good lesson is always a good way to end a book
"good pulp fiction!"
3 out of 5 counts as a good book for me!
Fairly decent WW2 horror fiction, enough of a plot in there and quite atmospheric in terms of Eastern Europe in the 1940s.
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