||Sep 15 2001
In Blood of the Wolf a struggling photographer faces a nightmare from his past. During an assignment, the demon from his childhood returns. In 1980, James Dennett encountered a powerful being. Years later it returns. Only this time it had taken on the form of another life. That of his half brother.
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"Oi, what the fuck you think you're doing?"
Duncan turned to face a mid twenties skinny man, with a three day stubble and hand rolled cigarette dangling between chapped lips. The man's arms were covered with tattoos, his T- shirt torn and he wore dirty black jeans. He had sensed this man watching him a long time ago but then the man had left.
"Hey, I'm fucken talking to you."
The lycanthropes growled and twitched. Duncan patted their heads, "Easy now," he cooed.
"Yeah, that's right," The man advanced a couple of steps. "Keep them mutts controlled."
Duncan took a step closer. The man stopped."Whatcha think you're doing on my property, man?"
Duncan looked around. He was standing on the grass edge of a concrete driveway leading to another block of flats. He met the man's eyes and said slowly, "Are you looking for trouble?"
"No mate, you're fucking asking for it."
"I see. Would you like us to leave?" He spread his hands out at his sides, indicating the two animals.
"Yeah," the man said, his confidence rising, "Why don't you fuck off."
Duncan smiled, "Very well," he said and turned his back. He took a few steps forward and quietly he said to the lycanthropes, "Dinner."
The beasts rose on their hind legs, lips curled back. They felt the hunger, as Duncan did but the master didn't feed that night.
Life is Good.
reviewed by Stephanie Simpson-woods
When I think of the word “fear”, Richard Lee immediately comes to mind. In Blood of the Wolf, Richard doesn’t hold anything back. It had all of the elements I personally look for in a horror novel: It was fast paced, graphic and the plot was terrifyingly gripping.
Blood of the Wolf isn’t your typical werewolf tale. You know the story about the man bitten by the monster and soon turning into one. Who hasn’t? When I first started reading the book, it had that feel to it, but I was in for quite a surprise.
The story revolves around a man by the name of James Dennett, a photographer trying to pave his way into the mainstream, only to receive a hand full of rejections. He finally gets his big break when he receives a letter from a photography magazine requiring his services.
The job was simple enough: pick up the supplies he needed and head out to a beach near the caravan park in which he resided called Opera Sands. He would go at night to take photos of its evening landscape in hopes that his pictures would be chosen for the article. While he was shooting, his ears picked up the sound of innocent lovemaking in the darkness. As he took the pictures of the unknown couple, the muffled moans abruptly stopped and he found himself being attacked by some kind of deranged animal.
He eventually wakes up in a hospital, his body covered with huge, bloody gashes, the kind of wounds only a large, clawed animal could create. During his stay, James is visited by a doctor by the name of Carol Stevens who wants to help him remember that freakish night so the police could find the attacker, but she doesn’t like what he tells her, that the attacker wasn’t a person at all, but a Lycanthrope, or what most people would refer to as, a werewolf.
The twist that makes this story so unique is the fact that the werewolf isn’t a werewolf, but his long, lost half brother, Alan Sheriff who is out for the ultimate revenge and at one time a patient of Dr. Stevens. He believes he is being righteous by killing the few people in James’ life and waiting for that final moment when him and his brother are face to face so he can finish the blood trail he started.
You are probably wondering if there are any werewolves in this book. The answer is within another twist the book has to offer. Their Father, Duncan McDennett is a werewolf from a line of lycanthropes, who has kept tabs on the entire situation.
Blood of the Wolf is quite the tricky novel. You don’t know what to expect while you’re scanning the pages. The action in the book is finely detailed and the murders are extremely grotesque. The writer of fear, Richard Lee does an excellent job painting a vulgar picture of death and betrayal within the mind.
If you are like me and you like your horror as gruesome as it gets, check out http://www.xtramaxhard.us.vu/bookstore1.htm to pick up your copy of Blood of the Wolf. You won’t regret it, well, at least until you turn off the lights.
Reviewed by Bad Bob
Blood Of The Wolf
3.5 Daggers of Death.
Usually novels that are heavy on character development are not my cup of tea. Blood Of The Wolf is an exception for some very good reasons. This novel takes place in a setting that I'd never been to and was illustrated for me extremely well. New Zealand is shown to the reader from the point of view that the ordinary person visiting there would see. Also, the violent scenes were choreographed very well and spaced wide enough apart so that suspense was created because all the cues were inserted just right to have me waiting for the next explosion to happen. Last but not least is the bad guy. He was a twisted soul who you really did want to see dead before the end of the book.
Everything in Blood Of The Wolf was described meticulously. If I have one complaint it's just that sometimes too much analysis and description was given. It slowed the story a little. That said, the realistic descriptions of New Zealand made me feel like I'd been on holiday there. Of course I could do without the maniac after my blood part of the trip for my vacation.
In Blood Of The Wolf what is most important is how the character of James Dennett is shown to us and what changes he goes through during the ordeal he survives. And what an ordeal it is. Dennett doesn't know it but he has a half brother who is tracking him and is killing everyone he cares about. Of course James Dennett is last on the list of his brothers victims.
Blood Of The Wolf was an intense book. Alternately moody and introspective, this time we're shown the inner workings of the mind of a victim who decides to fight back. This novel has a complicated plot with more twists and turns than you'd expect in a book of this size. The suspense throughout Blood Of The Wolf was as thick as a London fog and the action scenes were realistically graphic. If you want a book that will hook you and keep you on edge then Blood Of The Wolf is a novel you shouldn't miss.
Ruth M Thompson CRITIC 07-27-2003
As I read this book I identified with the isolation of its main character James. His need to do what he did best and earn a living for it. However this need was played and preyed on by his enemy. I saw the depressing lifestyle he was forced to live in and perhaps a side of New Zealand I have never considered before. In the end I felt a bizarre sense of identification with his fate, almost an acceptance of it as being right, for him.
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