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The House that Haunted Jack Built
The second installment in the Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter series.
The Cheyenne spirits have named him Heart of Scars.
The Beast has taken just about everything it can from Sylvester Logan James, and for twenty years he has waged his war with silver bullets and a perfect willingness to die. But fighting monsters poses danger beyond death.
Sylvester’s feud has made him a villainous hero whose only remaining virtue is the greater evil of his adversary. Like a wounded animal, he charges headlong toward his own destruction. He contends with not just the ancient werewolf Peter Stubbe, the cannibalistic demon Windigo, and secret cartels, but with his own newfound fear of damnation. Haunted by cryptic nightmares and insatiable guilt, Sylvester’s own resolve will not let him surrender to an easy death. And he may just find that his own demons are his closest allies.
A Different Book from the First---But No Less Fascinating
Easton's first book in this series, When the Autumn Moon Is Bright, told the story of how Sylvester Logan became an orphan and evolved into a fanatical werewolf hunter. This second book chronicles his descent into the bottom of a horrific well of his own hatred, where he transforms into a human monster even more fearsome--and no less depraved--than the beasts that he hunts. Although he becomes possessed by a Wendigo's spirit, the reader infers that Logan's psycho/physical deterioration and monstrous bloodlust are more the result of his own personal demons than the sole fault of the Wendigo.
This book introduces some really interesting new characters. This second work also has a different flavor than the first book; it reads more like a James Bond spy adventure, with some dabbling in arcane black magic. But Heart of Scars is no less convincingly well-written than Autumn Moon, and no less capable of suspending the reader's disbelief, despite its greater emphasis on the metaphysical angle. And I love how the author dissects human psychology without getting boringly clinical. The remarkable thing about the book is that the reader comes to feel genuine sympathy for Logan, even though he's not a very likable person much of the time.
Heart of Scars takes some shocking turns as it resolves the mystery about what really happened to Logan's parents and reveals the true cause of the deaths of Logan's wife and son. I won't give away the ending, other than to say it is surprising.
The devil is in the details
As with the first book in the series 'When the Autumn Moon is Bright', Mr. Easton's detailed descriptions of every time, place, and bloody action, bring this story to life page after page. Part horror, detective novel, and international political thriller, this second installment is written with the same intensity and eye for detail as the first. Taking up where the last one left off, we are taken on a journey from the protagonists home in Canada, to the Isle of Man, with many stops in between. J.D. Salinger indicated that one of the most important themes in literature is man's inhumanity to his fellow man. This theme is constantly rearing it's ugly head throughout the course of this novel. Working in conjunction with this theme is another equally as powerful, a man becoming that which he hates the most. Logan becomes more and more inhumane as he is slowly taken over by the ancient evil known as Wendigo. His inhumanity is not restricted to dealing with his enemies. Most notable is his lashing out at Michael Winterfox, the only true constant he has had in his life. By allowing the Wendigo to corrupt his soul, and by using it as a weapon, his inhumanity begins to rival that of his mortal enemy. Will Logan ultimately find redemption? I guess we will have to wait to find out. With this second novel, Mr. Easton shows us that he has staying power and keeps us wanting for more.
Waiting for book 3
One of the most descriptive tomes of brutality that I've come across. Sylvester James Logan might just be the hardest of the hard as far as anti-heroes goes. I couldn't wait to see how he would tackle a dreadful situation, even though I knew his actions might turn my stomach. Easton does a great job of surrounding you with horror and bringing you into the page as Logan delves deeper into the dark side of humanity. Logan keeps you in awe of his sheer will and brutality... And did I mention there were Werewolves. Easton amazes me with the ability to make the unbelievable sound just creepy enough to make you look over your shoulder... just to make sure. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
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