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Way of the Wolf: The Vampire Earth, Book 1 | [E. E. Knight]

Way of the Wolf: The Vampire Earth, Book 1

Louisiana, 2065. A lot has changed in the 43rd year of the Kurian Order. Possessed of an unnatural and legendary hunger, the bloodthirsty Reapers have come to Earth to establish a New Order built on the harvesting of enslaved human souls. They rule the planet. They thrive on the scent of fear. And if it is night, as sure as darkness, they will come.

On this pitiless world, the indomitable spirit of mankind still breathes in Lieutenant David Valentine.

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Louisiana, 2065. A lot has changed in the 43rd year of the Kurian Order. Possessed of an unnatural and legendary hunger, the bloodthirsty Reapers have come to Earth to establish a New Order built on the harvesting of enslaved human souls. They rule the planet. They thrive on the scent of fear. And if it is night, as sure as darkness, they will come.

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.

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    Jay Pruitt Ruston, La 11-25-14
    Jay Pruitt Ruston, La 11-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not something I can get into."

    This series began with promise but the story never developed into something that I could spend a lot of time with. The narration was great but story very weak. Maybe it would get better with 2nd novel but I'm not game. Sorry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    breckoz 11-30-13
    breckoz 11-30-13 Member Since 2014

    Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction

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    "Enjoyable Enough"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Scott 08-02-13
    Carol Scott 08-02-13 Member Since 2014

    critterden

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    "slow start, good story"
    Would you try another book from E. E. Knight and/or Christian Rummel and E. E. Knight (Introduction) ?

    Yes, I would try another story. I'm trying the Dragon set now. and will get another of this set.


    Any additional comments?

    slow start but ramps up fast. I enjoyed the book. and will be getting the next one tomorrow

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gina Quiroz East Palo Alto, CA 03-23-13
    Gina Quiroz East Palo Alto, CA 03-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic Series! Lots of fun to read"

    This is a new series for me but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a bit difficult to understand the various groups at first but as the book goes on it is all explained and now I am hooked and want to see what happens to David and Molly.

    If you like vampires, aliens, and a great hero you won't be disappointed.

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    Janie 10-28-12
    Janie 10-28-12

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    "Super good read. Original."

    This is a really good book and (so far) a terrific series (I'm only on Book 4). The characters are believable, interesting and I love the fact that Valentine is also polite, despite being a very tough soldier. It's a nice juxtaposition, since tough guys often become rude guys.

    I guess my only "complaint" (and it's a very mild one) is that there really is not a lot of Vampire in this Vampire book.............. So far, we are hearing more about the humans that are in sympathy with the Vampires versus the vampires themselves.

    Still.............I'm really enjoying the series so far....... well worth the time and money.

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    Christa Decatur, Georgia, United States 05-10-12
    Christa Decatur, Georgia, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Join the resistance!"

    After a devastating invasion and the decimation of the population by alien-introduced deseases, most of Earth's population lives under the rule of the Kurians, who consider them cattle to be kept, managed and fed upon. Many humans under this system cooperate with their masters, seeking safety for themselves by betraying others. Most just try to keep their heads down and hope the 'reapers' don't come for them.

    But a few are fighting back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Brookfield, IL, United States 11-02-11
    Matthew Brookfield, IL, United States 11-02-11 Member Since 2010
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    "No plot"

    This book sounded great on the surface: A post-apocalyptic civilization battling the forces of evil. Sadly, it greatly disappointed.

    The book is pretty much devoid of any plot; it simply follows an emotionless character around on his mostly random, boring journey. The author must certainly be from the Midwest farming communities, because he spends so much time talking about livestock and horses. The dialog feels forced and not how real people would speak.

    I found the narration irritating, mostly because the narrator is not suited for this genre. He sounds too nice and "goodie", and takes away any creepiness or suspense this book might otherwise have.

    If you are looking for a modern vampire/horror type of series to get into, I highly suggest the Joe Pitt Casebooks over this series.

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    Jack Media, PA, USA 07-20-09
    Jack Media, PA, USA 07-20-09
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    "Way of the Wasted Credit"

    Who could've guessed that humanity's last hope against a world filled with Vampires could be so boring? I wish I could get my audible.com credit back for this one. I was looking for a new supernatural-related series to start on, so I gave this one a shot. I will not be getting book 2. Unremarkable characters that absolutely failed to make me care what happened to them; awkward, unrealistic dialogue from most characters; overly long and boring acres upon acres of description; forced and unnecessary exposition. I think there were more scenes of people having dinner together than there were action scenes. No, seriously. And even most of the 'action scenes' left a lot to be desired. That could be in part because of the less-than-stellar narrator, who sounds suspiciously like a narrator I've heard in a few PC video games. I joined audible.com to get audio books to help keep me interested and awake while at work. This book actually made me MORE sleepy, so had to I stop listening with about 2 hours to go in the story. That's pretty bad.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    R. Caviness St. Louis, MO United States 08-01-09
    R. Caviness St. Louis, MO United States 08-01-09 Member Since 2015
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    "terrible writing"

    the author uses too many adjectives. every gaze must be "weary," etc. i found it too distracting to listen to.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 04-25-13
    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2012

    A good way to get through the work day.

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    "Ended well, but was very hard to get into."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story wasn't written well enough to keep my interest. The story also did not build up very well. If i could change anything it would be to make the main character cooler. More impressive.


    Would you recommend Way of the Wolf to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, story was way too slow.


    What does Christian Rummel and E. E. Knight (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Christian Rummel saved this book. If it wasn't for the great narrator i would have stopped listening 30 minutes in.


    Could you see Way of the Wolf being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, if the story was changed.


    Any additional comments?

    The next books seem to be rated better so 'ive been debating getting the next book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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