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Way of the Wolf Audiobook

Way of the Wolf: The Vampire Earth, Book 1

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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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    David Sioux Falls, SD, United States 01-09-09
    David Sioux Falls, SD, United States 01-09-09 Listener Since 2003
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    "New Author for me"

    I enjoyed this book I was not familiar with the Author; however I thought the story line was interesting. I was not disappointed and I downloaded the next book in the series. I would recommend this book it bring a new approach to the vampire story line.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sheridan Ashland, OR, USA 03-02-10
    Sheridan Ashland, OR, USA 03-02-10 Member Since 2007
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    "EE Knight read by Christian Rummel - Awesome!"

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    breckoz 11-30-13
    breckoz 11-30-13 Member Since 2017

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Marstall Chantilly, VA USA 10-12-09
    Patrick Marstall Chantilly, VA USA 10-12-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Formulaic but Entertaining"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Marcus B Kenny Redbank Plains, QLD Australia 07-09-09
    Mr Marcus B Kenny Redbank Plains, QLD Australia 07-09-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Spellbinding"

    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?

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 01-06-11
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 01-06-11 Member Since 2015

    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)

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    "Not as cheesy as I had expected"

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Chad Ohio 06-07-15
    Joe Chad Ohio 06-07-15 Member Since 2016

    I am a lover of fantasy novels with exciting action, complex plots, and unforgettable characters.

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    "A Decent but Straightforward book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nahtan 09-23-11
    nahtan 09-23-11 Member Since 2017
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    "WOW what a story"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    donna Lake Orion, MI, United States 01-15-11
    donna Lake Orion, MI, United States 01-15-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Here kitty kitty"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 07-20-09
    Ryan 07-20-09 Member Since 2016
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    "where's the plot?"

    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.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    7/13/09
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    "Vampire Earth: Like Warhammer but better"

    I greatly enjoyed this novel, which surprised me. To explain, I don't normally like vampires and dislike fantasty fiction in general (excluding the works of Terry Pratchet), and as such I've always avoided novels that include vampires for such reasons - that and a dislike of bloody details that usually seem to fascinate these authors. This novel, however, manages to capture a world inhabited by vampire like monsters but not focused on these demons directly. Cast in the mould of the Warhammer novels, the book focuses on the military in a sci-fi setting, but manages to pull off a more engaging world than the far future of the warhammer universe (which I do like as well). It manages to efficiently explain the world the novel takes place in, and the descriptions of events and places is of a high quality. The novel has convinced me that the Vampire Earth series it worth trying out in its totally.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    SHEERNESS, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "One of the best series I've read"
    If you could sum up Way of the Wolf in three words, what would they be?

    Not about vampires


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Valentine of course, well in this one anyway. As the series progresses Ahn-Kha is mine and a lot of fans favourite but he doesn't appear in the 1st book.


    Have you listened to any of Christian Rummel and E. E. Knight (Introduction) ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Mr Knight is to be quite honest, a brilliant writer but a god damned boring talker and this doesn't change in any of the other books in the series, that said, it is nice to hear the writer giving a little insight into the story and giving you little teasers of what is to come.Christian Rummel on the other hand is a voice genius, at times you'll be sure there is more than one person reading, especially with the female voices and he also gets accents spot on, which is more prominent in the later books, when you get to Tale of the Thunderbolt you'll see what I mean.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No tears for me in any of the books so far, but I have laughed a few times, at lucky escapes and even more at the lucky Mr Valentine with the ladies, he does seem to have a bit of the James Bond going on, he has got lucky in every book so far, every time a different woman, lucky fella :)


    Any additional comments?

    When you see Vampire Earth, you immediately think, "not another vampire series", but this is not another vampire series at all. Yes there is an alien race, the Kurians, that kills humans to kind of "drink" their blood, but this is more about combat, camaraderie and doing the seemingly impossible just to survive than anything else and you won't find any love struck teenage girls going gooey over this type of blood sucker, of this you can be sure!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Valerie
    London, United Kingdom
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    "Fantastic!!!"

    Brilliant writing.....
    Luv it, Luv it, Luv it. I want more more more. Loads of action, I just could not put it down. I have just brought book 2.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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