by Wayne Smith
This is an original take on a werewolf story. It's told partly from the pov of a German Shepherd dog who belongs to a typicaltm American family. The father is a lawyer, the mother appears to be a housewife and there are three children. They all love their dog and he loves them and instinctively protects them, referring to them as "The Pack".
Sometimes he protects too well and gets in trouble with Dad. It's interesting looking at things through his eyes. The author seems to know a lot about dogs and his perspectives come over as fairly realistic. The first few chapters of this would make a nice, wholesome dog story if it weren't for the intimate moments between Mom and Dad getting a bit too graphic for very young readers.
When Thor senses an unknown danger coming and starts to catch the scent of an unidentified wild animal in places and on belongings associated with a relative of The Pack, we see his confusion as he tries to work out where the threat is coming from and how to protect his family.
Some dramatic werewolf action happens in the last quarter that had me breathless. It was very well done! Though a couple of challenges to belief (besides, you know, werewolf) kept it from quite reaching that fourth star.
Still, a worthwhile story and watching the change in consciousness in one transition to werewolf was more than intriguing.
This started out good, which is why it got the two stars.
This was a great idea and concept, which was poorly executed in the end. There were characters that were likeable enough that their deaths were dramatic and upsetting. The dolphins... It was just gratuitous animal death for the sake of it. That pissed me off to no end. So I finished listening just to see if everyone deserving got their comeuppance and of course not. The asshole big game hunters got theirs and the douchey ex died horribly. But the asshole who was responsible for the dolphins, he lived.
And the Doctor we liked and thought was the conservationist was actually an asshole who wanted to wipe the mermaids, who were actually sirens, off the face of the earth. The ending was unsatisfying and I'm so disappointed that it started off good and interesting and ended so badly! I mean it was like WWE Creative got a hold of this story and spun their magic. And anyone who is familiar with WWE in recent years knows they start off a storyline great but it always ends in disappointment.
Ugh I'm so angry I'm definitely returning and getting my Audible credit back.
MY RATING⇢ 2.5 STARS | GRADE D+