Meet Jake. A bit on the elderly side (he turns 201 in March), but otherwise in the pink of health. The nonstop sex and exercise he’s still getting probably contribute to that, as does his diet: unusual amounts of flesh and blood (at least some from friends and relatives). Jake, of course, is a werewolf, and with the death of his colleague he has now become the only one of his kind. This depresses Jake to the point that he’s been contemplating suicide. Yet there are powerful forces who for very different reasons want - and have the power - to keep Jake alive.
Here is a powerful new version of the werewolf legend - mesmerizing and undeniably sexy, and with moments of violence so elegantly wrought they dazzle rather than repel. But perhaps its most remarkable achievement is to make the reader feel sympathy for a man who can only be described as a monster - and in doing so, remind us what it means to be human.
One of the most original, audacious, and terrifying novels in years.
From the Hardcover edition.
©2011 Robin Sachs (P)2011 Random House Audio
“A brilliantly original thriller, a love story, a witty treatise on male (and female) urges, even an existential musing on what it is to be human. Get one for yourself and one for the Twilight fan in your life.” (James Medd, The Word , UK)
“Space should be cleared for this violent, sexy thriller... The answer to Twilight that adults have been waiting for.” (Courtney Jones, Booklist)
“Yes, there are vampires here... But don’t give this book to Twilight groupies; the frank tone, dark wit, and elegant, sophisticated language will likely do them in... smart, original, and completely absorbing. Highly recommended.” (Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal)
Say something about yourself!
No pretty pony sparkles or virtuous animated corpses here! Rather, a 200 yr. old, sophisticated and philosophical lycanthrope, his glass of scotch, his cigarette, his journal, and the lunar cycle. Our man-wolf Jake matter of factly dismisses the ugly business of a werewolf's dietary needs, and insouciantly describes his sexual habits like National Geopgraphic doing Debbie Does Dallas. What you get is an adult, smart, hilarious, thriller that treats the old-guard monsters with the respect and fear they deserve! Raunchy? Absolutely! Goodness, I blushed... Then I watched my very distinguished Old English bulldog and realized that his narration of his persuit of a noble dog's life would probably read much like impulse-driven Jake's journal. I would accuse Sir Louie of being rudimentary--but never being crude or vulgar. Ethologically speaking, Jake is nonchalant--but he is no licentious lycanthrope! Great to read a very well written, clever "monster" book for adults, and the narration is an absolute treat.
Just A little bibliophile!
Five-star literature in all aspects...engaging, sophisticated concept, superb writing, spot-on narration which I found character and pitch-perfect throughout. It is quite visceral and carnal (and in more than only a sexual sense) so you just need to be aware that's what you're choosing. "Jake", the main character, is almost as if James Bond had a Lupine, high-functioning AA-dropout brother who possessed sharp intelligence and wry wit but hadn't been handed all the gadgets to aid in his conflicted quest for...survival? That's really all you need to know!
The Dragon Mother
Overall I really enjoyed the story of Jake, the werewolf. He takes you through his life as a werewolf and explains how he is just so tired of it all. You can almost feel sympathy for him. He has been around for about 200 years and ‘been there, done that’ is all he feels is left for him.
There are folks that know about werewolves and like to hunt them down. Jake and his human familiar live for as long as they can in one place, always on the lookout and ready to run if Jake is found by the hunters. Now after 200 years, he is tied of running and thinks it might just be better if he lets the hunters find him.
The men hunting Jake know he is the last werewolf and want to make the hunt something spectacular, so they don’t want Jake to just give up and let himself be captured. But how do you motivate a 200 year old werewolf?
The one big drawback for me was the descriptions of sex in this story. I listen to a lot of paranormal romance stories and have heard sex described in many ways, but I wasn’t ready for the short, crass descriptions of sex with Jake. Sure 200 years probably makes the act itself tedious and redundant, but still.
The Narration Review
Robin Sachs sounds a bit like Vincent Price. He had the perfect voice for Jake, who I pictured as an English aristocrat. I will look forward to hearing him again!
Sci Fi Reader
This is graphic and violent but incredibly written, british flavor. I just loved this book and the narration was fantastic.
If you love Twilight or the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse, this story is probably not for you. It is also quite a step beyond Monsterhunter International (which, BTW, I also loved).
However, this story, certainly gets your attention. It is dark, gory, and fatalistic. And the narator is amazing, once you get into it.
I loved it! 7 stars!
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to another one if/when it comes out. The narrator was fantastic.
I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.
I enjoyed this book. It is dark, but not because of the werewolf angle. The emotional landscape of the book make the werewolf a compelling character. I wanted to know what would happen to him. The story is interesting and takes turns I was not expecting. Definitely not just for fantasy fans.
Extraordinary story. The author builds on traditional werewolf legends to build an urbane and amusing tale. The story is complex, modern and amusing without breaking once from classic werewolf conventions. The performer is perfect for the tale. As the vampire craze was replaced — or complemented — by zombies, so werewolves may be the next wave.
I'll look forward Glen Duncan's next book.
The moment I heard the narrator begin, it was very easy to imagine this very articulate Brit actually being a beast that feasts on human flesh. Perfect intonation for the lead character.
Jake as the lead character is sublime in his seeming hatred of who he really is, yet needing so badly to feel the human touch of love. There is major juxtoposition here, and his dealing with this as an aging antagonist is cool to behold.
Well, this is gross. And, without giving to much away....let's just say Jake's love interest in this book shares the same 'condition' as him. As such, they 'feed' on the same food source. The first time they dine together is both treachery and love at the same time.
At certain times, the book can be extreme. Frankly, I think the description of the sex scenes were more graphic than the horror scenes.
The story personalizes the experience of being a monster and includes the complicated logistics of life lived outside traditional boundries of behavior. I found the some of the stroy to be a little over sexed in places.
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