Cherry, Nebraska, population 312, is just off the highway between the sticks and the boonies. It’s where Dave Rhodes and his friends have lived all their lives. They own businesses, raise families, pay taxes, deal with odd neighbors, and, once or twice a month--just like their fathers before them--transform into wolves.
It’s not a bad life, but when one of the group members goes astray, it sets in motion a series of events that will threaten to destroy the delicate balance that has kept Dave and his clan off the radar. Between a son getting ready for his first transformation--called The Scratch--a wife with sordid secrets, a new sheriff who knows nothing of the creatures in his midst, and a mysterious man in a bow tie with a shady agenda, the middle of nowhere is about to get very dangerous.
~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~
I don't like most of the Shifters novels out there, but this one is different. I like that it was different. This felt like it came from the real-world with a supplement of paranormal elements…rather than coming from the paranormal world supplemented with real-world elements. If that makes sense…it's also very graphic, especially the shifting scenes.
Overall though, I felt like it lacked heart, or maybe it just needed a tad less testosterone…I'm not really sure. Also, there are a few plot inconsistencies where things didn't get fully explained. Other than that, while not as terrific as Fantasticland, Pack is still a mostly enjoyable listen. The dialogue was easily digestible and well done in Audio format, but it would have been even better with additional narrators. Oh yeah, there is also a shout-out to Metallica...gotta love that.
☆3.3☆STARS - GRADE=B-
~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~
The Feels~ 3/5
Theme or Tone~ 3.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.7/5
Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5
Ending~ 3.2/5 Cliffhanger~ hmmm…sort of…
Book Cover~ Love it!
Narration~ ☆4☆ for Peter Simonelli, he wasn't half bad…I just wasn't really into his exceptionally deep voice.
Setting~ Cherry, Nebraska
Source~ I Own Audible Audiobook
I used this for Shifters Square in Halloween Bingo 2018