Saturday, July 2, 2011
The Pack by Jason Starr
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Simon Burns expected a substantial promotion; instead, he was unceremoniously fired. Unemployed, in a recessive economy, Simon reluctantly becomes a stay-at-home dad and daytime caregiver of the couple’s three-year-old son, Jeremy.
One day Simon and Jeremy are at an unfamiliar park – a slight change from their normal daily routine, when Simon encounters three other dads, also with sons about Jeremy’s age. The men are friendly, supportive, and their sons and Jeremy seem to hit it off, too. As the story unfolds, the friendships slowly deepen, as well. Simon appreciates the camaraderie, and his wounded ego, that took such a beating when he was fired, begins to recover. Then something weird happens, and Simon wakes to discover he has changed. His senses become more acute, and his stamina becomes unflagging; along with almost inexhaustible reserves of energy, he also has a persistent craving for red meat. Simon is perplexed by these changes, but his sex life also improves one-hundred-fold; he and his wife reap the benefits of a new-found desire and closeness. But the mutilations begin, Simon becomes a suspect, and his nightmare is only beginning.
This unique tale of urban werewolves, vengeance, friendship, and duty kept me flipping pages late into the night. I just could not put the book down. I became totally immersed in Simon’s struggles and caught up in the events as he lived them. The tale is unpredictable and unwraps flawlessly to the stunning conclusion. It is a completely satisfying read that appears to be setting up a strange and dangerous world, of which most people are unaware, as the backdrop for a new, amazing series.
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