"Wolf Hunt" by Jeff Strand : A Book Review

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Reviewed by GradyRichards

The book description on Amazon reads as follows:

Two thugs. One innocent woman. And one VICIOUS frickin' werewolf. Meet George and Lou, thugs for hire. The kind of intimidating-yet-friendly guys who will break your thumbs, but be polite about it.

Their latest assignment is to drive across Florida to deliver some precious cargo to a crime lord. The cargo: a man in a cage. Though Ivan seems perfectly human, they’re warned that he is, in fact, a bloodthirsty werewolf.

George and Lou don’t believe in the supernatural, but even if they did, it’s daytime and tonight isn’t the full moon. Their instructions are straightforward: Do not open the cage. Do not reach into the cage. Do not throw anything into the cage. And they don't.”

I was a little skeptical when I picked up Wolf Hunt by Jeff Strand. For one thing, it's the first book of his I've read and I'm always paranoid that the next author I discover will be so atrocious as to turn me off of reading forever. I'm a stubborn old man in a 28 year old body, and I'm set in my ways.

This wasn't the case with Strand, thankfully. Mixing humor with horror is a very delicate process. Step a millimeter in the wrong direction, and you can get caught in your own web like a spider returning home late from the pub. A scenario which has some horrific humor appeal all its own. Fortunately, Jeff Strand's prose was graceful enough to keep the story moving without a hiccup, and I was delightfully attached to the wise guys George and Lou from the start of the first chapter.

In an interesting turn of events, I'd say at least half of the book unfolded in dialog—mostly in chuckalicious banter that reminded me very much of The Big Lebowski. There was so much personality in the two main characters, that the dialog didn't even need tags for me to know which of the loveable henchmen was talking at any given time.

And to counterpoint these two great protagonists, the primary villain of this humorous horror was so easy to hate that I feel like I've known him and suffered his thousand injustices for years.

Add in a few switchbacks in the plot, a boat-load of shenanigans, and more laughs than shivers, Wolf Hunt is a great way to pass the time. It may not spawn any phobias in the recognizable future, but it will make you laugh, often, and it will prove that there are still a few worthy werewolf stories out there, swimming around in the right writer's head until they're ready to be told.

I wouldn't suggest my grandmother read this book—mostly because she's more of a romance nut—but I'd bet if she did, she'd get a few good laughs out of it herself.

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