Wednesday, July 13, 2011

"This is a sophisticated, philosophical, sexy, violent and completely entrancing book" according to Jackie

The Last Werewolf
Then she opened her mouth to scream—and recognised me. It was what I’d been waiting for. She froze. She looked into my eyes. She said, “It’s you.”
Meet Jake. A bit on the elderly side (he turns 201 in March), but you’d never suspect it. Nonstop sex and exercise will do that for you—and a diet with lots of animal protein. Jake is a werewolf, and after the unfortunate and violent death of his one contemporary, he is now the last of his species. Although he is physically healthy, Jake is deeply distraught and lonely.

Jake’s depression has carried him to the point where he is actually contemplating suicide—even if it means terminating a legend thousands of years old. It would seem to be easy enough for him to end everything. But for very different reasons there are two dangerous groups pursuing him who will stop at nothing to keep him alive.

Here is a powerful, definitive new version of the werewolf legend—mesmerising and incredibly sexy. In Jake, Glen Duncan has given us a werewolf for the twenty-first century—a man whose deeds can only be described as monstrous but who is in some magical way deeply human.

One of the most original, audacious, and terrifying novels in years.

Jackie says:
"This is a sophisticated, philosophical, sexy, violent and completely entrancing book.  The story is told by Jake Marlowe, a 201 year old werewolf who is just tired of living, though he really has another 200 years in him.  When he finds out that he is, indeed, the last werewolf in existence, he decides he'll make it easy for the hunters who have been chasing him all of his life.  The first half of the book involve the deep thoughts of a man at the end of his life, his joys, his regrets, etc.  It would be dull if Glen Duncan wasn't an amazingly talented writer with the ability to make sentences into masterpieces--this is seriously some of the best writing I've ever encountered.  But the second half--it's non-stop action, violence and intrigue that will keep any reader at the edge of their seat late into the night (with the doors locked and the shades pulled--there's a lot to fear in the dark of Duncan's world).  This is a bloody novel, and it is not for the faint of heart.  But for those of us who love smart horror with a philosophical twist, it's darn near perfect."

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