A gripping tale of hunting a wolf pack that has returned to their genetic origins, the Dire Wolf due to a misstep in breeding attack dogs. The reader feels the horror and suspense of the hunt. The tragedy of defeat and the exhilaration of success as the reader follow’s John Johnston through the wilds of Montana in pursuit of the wolf pack.
John Johnston, a Staff Sargent medic attached to a Special Forces “A” team. During a firefight in Afghanistan he is grievously wounded saving the life of his platoon leader. After a long recovery at Brooks Army medical center John is medically discharged and returns home to Montana. John’s brother Toby looses his dog during a camping trip with the Boy Scouts to a wolf pack. John begins to hunt the wolves only to find that he needs to get additional information about the wolves from an expert, a professor at the University of Montana. During the winter the wolves develop a liking for cattle and begin terrorizing the flathead, mission and swan river valleys. The Forest Service begins to hunt the wolves only to be thwarted by the extremes of the winter weather. The State of Montana hires a professional hunter to exterminate the wolves, but gets killed in the pursuit. A relationship develops between John and Beth, the University professor. They jointly begin to follow the wolves and document their findings. They discover that the wolves are poisonous with saliva that has hallucinogenic properties. After John and Beth’s marriage, Beth looses a hand during a camping trip to a wolf. While Beth is in the hospital, John teams with his old First Sargent and hunts the wolves across the Great Bear wilderness area.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book has an excellent premise and takes a lot of unexpected turns, so for those of you who enjoy a thrilling ride, this would be a good book to satisfy the desire for excitement.
There were quite a lot of things to like about this novel. First of all, the author took a subject that has a lot of depth (soldiers returning from war and trying to readjust to civilian life,) and added some interesting and frightening twists, making this book deeper and more thought provoking than most of the creature thrillers out there.
The setting was rich with details and the characters were well balanced and interesting. I enjoyed the way the author began the book in the past and then related the incidents that occurred then with the present.
I did find that sometimes this book was a little difficult to follow based on the writing style of the author. The sentence structure was awkward in some places, although that wasn’t a major hindrance to my ability to read and enjoy the story.
Overall I thought this was a good book and certainly entertaining. I would recommend it to those who enjoy action based thrillers.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley.