This one surprised me... The Pack: Winter Kill (Volume 1) by Mike Oliveri. While at a conference last month, a friend of mine (who is also a friend of the author) gave me a copy of Winter Kill to read. While I tend to like the occasional supernatural thriller, I must confess that the werewolf genre isn't one I'm automatically drawn towards. But the book isn't that big, and my friend told me it was pretty good. He wasn't kidding... I started Winter Kill one evening as I went to bed and finished it on my bus ride home from work the next day.
The story isn't overly complicated or drawn out. The action starts within the first couple of chapters and continues at a constant pace throughout. Oliveri also doesn't waste many words on being overly melodramatic or over-describing a scene. All the characters have a role to play, and what appears on the page is necessary to keep the story moving. And the ending, while hinted at somewhat throughout the story, has a twist that I wasn't completely ready for. Had I not read the last line of the back cover before starting, I don't think I would have seen it coming at all.
There's obviously plenty of room to fill in the backstory of how the characters got to be the way they were, and I'm willing to give Oliveri room to leave some things unclear here, knowing that there are other installments to come. In fact, in this case it makes me a little more excited for the next episode to appear, as I really do want to see where he lets this series go. In any case, I think I've found a new author that I'll look forward to reading.
And no, I bear him no malice over the fact that he named one of the bad guys "Duff", and that Duff meets with a gruesome end. I'll just assume my friend put him up to it. :)
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Thomas Duff, aka "Duffbert", is a long-time member of the Lotus community. He's primarily focused on the development side of the Notes/Domino environment, currently working for a large insurance … more
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For generations, the northern Minnesota mountain region has been a haven for peaceful hikes and breath-taking scenery. But when tourists suddenly turn up dead, FBI special agents Angela Wallace and Brian Shilling are called in to investigate, only to discover that the murders are part of a deadlier, supernatural mystery. In the series fiction debut, THE PACK: WINTER KILL, Bram Stoker Award winning author, Mike Oliveri gives us the first salvo in a crime, supernatural thriller that reimagines the werewolf mythos in a way you'll never see coming.