On this pitiless world, the indomitable spirit of mankind still breathes in Lieutenant David Valentine. Brought into the Wolves - an elite guerilla force sworn to win back Earth - Valentine leads his first command in the Kurian Zone. Driven by the losses of his past and the hope of a future, Valentine is in it to win. No matter how long it takes. No matter what doom awaits him beyond his wildest nightmares.
Bonus Audio: Includes an exclusive introduction by author E.E. Knight.
©2003 Eric E. Frisch; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
I so enjoy EE Knight's work. It's very visceral, very authentic, very human. Read by Christian Rummel, EE Knight's work comes to life and is thoroughly satisfying. Way of the Wolf is the first of 8, soon to be 9 (very hopefully) and sets the stage for a very rich, interesting story. At the risk of sounding a bit sexist, Vampire Earth may be a bit strong for some gals and youngsters (parental discretion...) EE Knight has a unique way of telling a story that has historically accurate tidbits strewn nicely through out along with geographical interest and human condition, all very certain, even painfully so in the sense of the deeper truths of mankind.
The book has a nifty sci-fi/vampire premise, and the author is good enough at describing action sequences to keep you wanting more. The characters are about as cardboard cut-out as you can get and character development approaches zero, but the inventive descriptions of the post-apocalyptic Earth are enough to keep it going. I liked it enough to give the second one a try; I'm hoping the author is capable of more character-building as the series continues.
Quite a wonderful series, I'm just finishing up the 7th (newest available, but book 8 should be coming soon) book now. I'm Anxiously looking for something new to replace this series, but I just know that I'll have trouble. The story line is great, the characters feel like friends, or perhaps comrades in arms, & the narration is simply wonderful. One of those voice actors that make you forget what gender they are when they are reading the part of a character who is another gender.
If I had one complaint about these books it's that they are too short. I actually bought the last book because I finished book 6 about 1/2 way through my billing cycle. I've never done that before in the 4 years I've been an audible member. I've also never reviewed a book on audible before, that should tell you something.
The introduction of each book by the Author is a nice touch too. I just wish he came back at the end of the book to talk about it some more, since there is no longer anything to spoil.
Before I go looking for a longer series, let me just indulge myself & make a comment for those who have listened to these books:
Blink, blink, bliiiink- that made me giggle :)
Edit: that'd be right the next book is out & it's only 10 hours. What to do? what to do?
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
Because this genre tends to be stereotyped and cheesy, I hadn't expected much - turns out I was pleasantly surprised.
I really like how this future was woven into our "real" existence - the story is linked to events that occurred milennia ago and is acceptably believable that events could occur this way.
Near the middle it got a tad bit "lecturey" on political subjects (war, racial politics, international politics, etc) but not nearly as bad as most apocalyptic stories which usually blame the apocalypse on [insert rival political party/government here]
For the most part, the story is told from the point of view of the main character (Valentine) but from time to time it seems to switch to an independent "narrator" who presents some history/explanation of the geography/politics/new world order... which is quite interesting, but it does change the tone of the story and eliminates some of the tension/suspense as to whether or not Valentine will make out okay.
There isn't a cliffhanger, but it's clear that this book is intended to be part of a longer series - one which I'll be reading because I want to find out how humans make out against the bad aliens!
The narration is very good.
I am a lover of fantasy novels with exciting action, complex plots, and unforgettable characters.
Let me start by saying that this book did a good job with the vampire trope. Knight turned it in a different direction and changed a few parts of the mythos. I liked this and thought it was rather refreshing, since I am not usually a fan of vampire novels. I also liked the military aspects of the novel, and I thought he did a good job with the action in the book. The problem was the fact that the novel was incredibly predictable with absolutely no plot twists. This is the type of novel you read to pass time on a car drive or something. NOT that it is a bad book, it is just very simplistic and entertaining, it doesn't make you think. The narrator did a good job and helped liven up the story a good bit. Overall, I enjoyed this read and I may buy the second book at some point in the future.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
I DON'T KNOW WHY, BUT
Lots of different elements in this book make for an interesting concept. A western with vampires and aliens. Knight says this is the second book he wrote and the first to get published. I wanted to like it as the competing subjects matters, seem interesting when you think about it. I also like that the story takes place in the Ozarks, where I live. My town is even mentioned as a border town. Unfortunately, it does read like a first attempt. The above phrase happens often, a character knows something is going to happen, but he can not explain why he knows. This is a novice way of getting around difficult situations. The world building, which should have been the best part of the book, was done through lecture. It was like sitting in a college class listening to a professor describe Vampire Earth 101. I don't want to be told, I want to be shown.
THEIR BRAINS ARE AT THE TAIL END, KIND OF LIKE THINNER HERE.
In different places we see glimpses of Knight's imagination. He has the ideas to put together a top notch novel or series, it is just a shame a publisher or editor did not force him to work harder and longer to come up with it. Hopefully, like many other writers have done, he will get better and better through experience. Sometimes getting published or popular early in your career can be the worst thing to happen in the long run. It could stifle his growth as a writer.
As far as the narrator, I don't know if it was him or just the way it was written, but at the end of each sentence where these long pauses. The result was to make the book sound like a child's letter. Hi, how are you. I am good.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
I though this was an okay listen, but I am not generally a fan of the vampire and monster genre of fantasy. The way of the Wolf is about a futuristic Earth that has been devastated by by an alien race known as our mythological vampires. They have learned to feed off humans for immortality and their cruelty has no ends. There are also good aliens that help our protagonist, Valentine, become imbued with wolf powers. Basically this is a story about humans fighting back.
I liked the main character. Valentine struggles from a tragic history and this tale is about him coming of age. We are given enough reasons to dislike the enemy alien vampires that rampage across Earth and the reader comes to identify a hero in the protagonist. I thought the author has some interesting ideas and was very creative with his post apocalyptic world of monsters.
I have a few criticisms. Some of the story felt a little hokey. Everything seems to go right for the main character as he seems to be in the right place at the right time. Allies also seem to pop up out of nowhere in critical times. The main characters morals are a little ambiguous to me. He certainly isn't above torture and killing at times. There is some profanity and there are many amoral characters. The author describes a world where women are raped, people are slaughtered and eaten alive. There is use of profanity and there is a sex scene that gets a little explicit. Maybe Twilight has shaded my view on vampire and werewolf literature, but it seems like authors always feel need to put some romance into their writings. So, unsurprisingly our protagonist becomes love sick and is driven to some irrational gallantry.
I wasn't expecting anything deep out of this novel, but I felt the author did an alright job overall. The narration was great, but I thought the introduction from EE Knight was unnecessary. I will probably pick up a sequel at some point down the line.
I am writing this for ALL the books (9 of them) I have very much liked these books. Some of the last ones are a little bit slower than the first ones but still a good listen. It is a very interesting story that has a way of being a possibility in our future and how ruthless, evil and greedy man kind can be. He has a very good way of showing both the good sides of the human race and the bad when faced with utter destruction. Along with the way we might behave when introduced to alien races that have been more or less planted here to fight us. I have been very happy with the way his characters evolve and build companionship. I however would not recommend these books to young listeners due to the sexual scenes are a little graffic for young readers. But other than that a very good story.
Well I was really hoping not to like this book, But no it was great and I will be getting the next one, and the next one ect... If you like SM Stirling, OS Card and alternate earth futures this is for you. Excellent narration that compliments the story. This book is worth your time, Credit or Cash. Enjoy
This book had a good premise but I had two problems with it. First, it did not have a plot. I listened to 8 hours and the guy was still just roaming around having random adventures with no overarching plot. Second, every charecter had either a redneck white trash southern accent or a 1800's western accent, even if they lived in 2065 Wisconsin. I could only listen to so many people say "howdy stranger" and "ain't that a fat chicken ya'll". My husband and I listened to this book on a long trip and I was never so glad to get home, we never did finish it.
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