The Hunter from the Woods

Narrated by: Simon Prebble
Series: Michael Gallatin, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (352 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Hunter from the Woods marks the much-anticipated return of Michael Gallatin, the lycanthropic hero of Robert McCammon’s 1989 classic, The Wolf’s Hour. These all-new, interlinked stories offer a full measure of McCammon’s trademark narrative excitement, and comprise a fascinating composite portrait of a unique fictional creation.

The volume opens with a pair of brief glimpses into Michael’s early life in Russia and his initial recruitment into the British Secret Service. It ends with a haunting vision of the werewolf at twilight. In between, McCammon gives us three stellar novellas depicting different phases of Michael’s long, brutal war against Nazi Germany. "Sea Chase" is a nautical tale about the hazards of transporting a defecting German scientist to a place of sanctuary in England. "The Wolf and the Eagle" is the account of an unlikely friendship between rival "men of action" and a harrowing portrayal of a lethal forced march through the North African desert. "The Room at the Bottom of the Stairs" tells of an impossible, ultimately tragic love affair set in the embattled city of Berlin during the latter stages of the war.

Erotic, visceral, and filled with moments of desolating horror and unexpected warmth, The Hunter from the Woods is a triumph of imaginative storytelling. Like the best of McCammon’s earlier work, it offers intelligent, world-class entertainment. In the process, it shines a welcome new light on one of the most uncommon heroes in contemporary fiction.

©2011 The McCammon Corporation (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Comingled short stories that tie up the loose ends

Not a fan of short stories but these were inter-related enough to keep you hooked. Tied up loose ends from the first book.

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Loved this book

Kept me on the edge of my seat. Great ride through history. Very entertaining, didn't want to get to work and have to stop listening.

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Collection of Short stories or edited chapters??

Most of the "short stories" seemed to be chapters or parts of chapters, edited out of original book, "The Wolf's Hour". Especially, the 1st and 2nd stories and the very last story (possibly the original epilogue to first wolf book???)!
Well written, yes.
Excellent narrator, yes!
Would I buy another collection of short stories from Robert McCammon, NO!

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Not his usual style

I generally love McCammon. Wolfs Hour was one of my favorite all time books along with Swan Song. I've read another half dozen of his books and have loved every one if them. This one, unfortunately, is no where near what Wolfs Hour was. it was hard to get into the characters. It just didn't pull me in like most of his books do. That being said, the writing style is absolutely superb... as usual. McCammons descriptive scenes were spot on with his usual style. but the story felt like an afterthought to me. almost making it up as he went. Or a compilation of short stories. This is not uncommon with his usual style, however it really didn't pull itself together in the end like his books usually do. I just couldn't get into this one though the main character is one of my all time favorite characters. This was somewhat underwhelming.

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Three Outstanding Novellas

The Hunter from the Woods is a McCammon marvel. This second installment in his outstanding lycanthrope series displays his talent as a master storyteller and writer.
The book contains three novellas: an action packed battle between a British merchant ship and undercover German battleship; two enemies, one a British spy and the other an ace German pilot, must struggle together and survive in a scorching Egyptian desert without water – against a very capable and deadly enemy; the invasion of Russia’s Red Army and impending devastation of Berlin will soon end Hitler’s war machine, but sparks of love, treachery, and death ignite and blaze brightly in Michael’s heart as both he and the city around him are blown to pieces.
Simon Prebble’s narration is simply superb.
If you’ve read this review then you will indeed enjoy this book.

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Well worth your time

This was the second time I had read/listened to this book. I enjoy almost everything Mr.McCammon writes. This book is one book that he could write a dozen more books but I don't think he wants to do as Jim Butcher or Michael Connelly have done with their characters. I think both authors would like to kill off their character if they could, they are so tired of the genre but their reading public refuses to let them go. Even so, I wish Mr. McCammon would write more about Michael Gallentine.
My only criticism comes regarding the last two stories in the book. I think that Michael was out of character in falling in love. The opposing character was not his type and he would have been much more accepting of his role than what was portrayed.
The last story ended as though he was tired or writing or tired of the story line. In either case it was a poor ending to an excellent book.
I still recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy and drama.
The narrator was excellent. He convinced me that he was Michael Gallentine and the peril he was in. He brought the story to life.

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Robert R. McCammon is my new found favourite

His writing is stellar and lyrical. I listened to Wolf's Hour and wanting more of McCammon's brilliant writing and Simon Pebble's eminent narration I bought this book. It fully lived up to my high expectations and rewarded me with 3 great stories that had me rooting for the hero and even shedding a small tear for some of the "evil!?" adversaries.
McCammon writes both great stories and great characters.

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Riveting Story

The story had me from start to finish. I felt the ending did Micheal honor.

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wonderful second book

loved the story, author has great writing skills, wonderful twist. wish there was a third book!!

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imaginative

great character and hero. realistic and unreal at the same time. great attention to detail makes the unbelievable believable.

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  • National Hunter
  • 04-17-18

Magnificent...

This story reminded me of The Pianist from another perspective...truly heart rending for a man who found and then lost the absolute love of his life - for anyone who has been lucky enough to feel the same love for another person, it's a magnificently told tale that resonates to the core..

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  • Jamie M.
  • 07-15-17

book review

Narrator is brilliant, good story, leaves you wanting more as it should. Definitely going to look up to see if there's any continuation

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  • JamesWalker)
  • 08-30-20

All great, the last story is stunning

All great, the last story is stunning, one of the best live stories ive read

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  • Ben
  • 06-17-16

Can't wait for the next instalment!!!!!!!!!!

Very good
some excellent insight into Michael, and the last 25 minutes were epic terrible and cruel to the reader.
A master class in leaving it hanging.

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 05-05-15

Great Short Stories

We learn more of Michael's life through tales at sea, in the desert and back at his adopted home, Wales.

The trip at sea was probably the best, having just watched "Black Sea", you could really appreciate how cramped, dangerous and tense everything was.