Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter by Brian P. Easton Posted on January 20, 2012 by Nana
Forget everything you have ever read about Werewolves because this novel will change your thinking 180 degrees. This is not your average Were novel. There are no hot guys, no packs of wondrous males to drool over, no fantastic over the top women who fall in love with them. Not at all. In this novel the Werewolves are big, mean, nasty critters you don’t want to meet in any form-human or lycan.
As in any biography this is written in the first person so Sylvester is telling us his story and what a story it is. He goes from 13 years old to mid-thirties so we see him come of age and come into the age of questioning his life. In that sense it is a coming of age novel. But in another sense it is a mystery/thriller of high caliber.
Sylvester wants revenge and in his search for it he travels from Canada to the U. S. where he enlists in the Marines under an assumed name to get experience fighting. Sent to Vietnam he hardens considerably and comes back to Canada ready to take on the Were’s on their home territory. But these Were’s won’t stay still and respect boundaries so he travels again to the U. S. following his prey to Colorado, Louisiana, North Carolina and points in-between. With trips back and forth across the 49th parallel. Although he sometimes gets help, mainly covertly from off-the-books government agencies, he himself becomes a kind of lone wolf. Always looking for the next kill and leaving both Werewolves and innocent bodies behind.
The tension builds constantly in this fast paced story. Just when you think he has finally found his nemeses the tension is ratcheted up again. With more twist and turns than a roller coaster and more characters with agenda’s of their own our hero must be constantly alert. Never resting but always moving restlessly and relentless forward in search of the answers he needs to find the meaning in what has become his confusing life.
I found this characters in this novel to be well written and full of personality. They are three dimensional and for the most part believable. Each of them moves the story forward in interesting ways.
If I had anything to criticise it would be the chapters on his tour of duty as a Marine and his time in Vietnam. There was some things just not believable. Finishing basic training as a Sargent is the first. Then in just a few pages he tried to put every bit of a decade’s happening into his one less than full tour in Vietnam. From Agent Orange to jungle cats taking Marines to capture by the Vietcong, torture and escape along with every bit of slang the vet’s came home with. I don’t know if Mr. Easton served in the conflict but to me it seems he talked to a lot of vet’s and tried to include every story he was told. This part needs a do over.
Even with my small criticism I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a fast paced story with great characters and interesting solutions to complex situations. It is a page turner and I couldn’t stop reading it.