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Hellboy: The Ice Wolves [Kindle Edition]

Mark Chadbourn , Various
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In Cancun, Mexico, police investigate a slaughter at a wedding ceremony. In Dublin, Ireland, the clientele of a backstreet pub are found dead. In Kyoto, Japan, the bullet train pulls into the station with blood-spattered windows. It is the time of the Black Sun. Across the world, the wolves are calling to each other. Locked in bodies that had no idea they were there, they rise from the depths of the unconscious and turn towards America . . .
For Hellboy, it's a race against time to prevent a devastating wave of primal savagery washing across the land. And so he is drawn to Boston's Beacon Hill and the Grant Mansion, believed to be the most haunted house in New England, where the truth may lie buried.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (5 Aug. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A7H2CTI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #402,032 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A two-time winner of the prestigious British Fantasy Award, Mark has published his epic, imaginative novels in many countries around the world. He grew up in the mining community of the English Midlands, and was the first person in his family to go to university. After studying Economic History at Leeds, he became a successful journalist, writing for several of the UK's renowned national newspapers as well as contributing to magazines and TV.

When his first short story won Fear magazine's Best New Author award, he was snapped up by an agent and subsequently published his first novel, Underground, a supernatural thriller set in the coalfields of his youth. Quitting journalism to become a full-time author, he has written stories which have transcended genre boundaries, but is perhaps best known in the fantasy field.

Mark has also forged a parallel career as a screenwriter with many hours of produced work for British television. He is a senior writer for BBC Drama, and is also developing new shows for the UK and US.

An expert on British folklore and mythology, he has held several varied and colourful jobs, including independent record company boss, band manager, production line worker, engineer's 'mate', and media consultant.

Having travelled extensively around the world, he has now settled in a rambling house in the middle of a forest not far from where he was born.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action packed ghost story 29 Oct. 2009
By disrep
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was my first Hellboy novel. I've never read any Hellboy comics or seen the film so didn't know what to expect.

Werewolves are gathering from all over the world in Boston. They already hold one powerful artifact, the Heart of Winter and are searching for another, the Kiss of Winter. With the two they can come into their own and humanity will be at their mercy.

It falls to Hellboy, and two photojournalists Brad and Lisa, to find the missing artifact which has been hidden in the most haunted house in America, owned by Brad's estranged father.

It really didn't matter that I knew nothing of Hellboy's history. He's the tough secret agent with the big gun and even bigger fist. Brad and Lisa have their own stories to tell and the relationship between Brad and his father is explored and explained.

There are plenty of scares and it's a proper supernatural ghost story with wisecracks throughout. I thought it was a total blast, a fast paced entertaining action read. It does have a deeper level if you want to scratch the surface; about wasted lives and inner horrors or just enjoy the fun that is Hellboy. You really don't need to be in to comics to like this, just ghosts, werewolves and action heroes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great novel in the Hellboy universe 18 Jan. 2014
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This is my first time reading Mark Chadbourn but I will be purchasing his fantasy novels straight away. This was a great read; fast paced, action packed, and stuffed full of all the cool supernatural shenanigans we come to expect in a Hellboy adventure. The characters are well drawn and Mark's prose pulls you into the tale. My only complaint - and it's a minor one - is the lack of a great villain. Carnival, the big bad here, isn't developed as well as he could have been. But that's the only quibble to be found in Hellboy: The Ice Wolves. Highly recommended!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hellboy Enters Chadbourn Country 29 April 2010
Format:Paperback
Hellboy has waged war against diverse antagonists, including Nazis and the witch Baba Yaga, over the years. In Mark Chadbourn's turn at the intellectual property created by Mike Mignola in 1993, Hellboy is pitted against an army of werewolves on the snow-covered streets and hills of Boston.

Because of Guillermo del Toro, Hellboy is almost a household meme; everybody thinks they know Hellboy, although they actually usually know only del Toro's version, as embodied by Ron Perlman.

Chadbourn's Hellboy seems different to me and the novel's setting is pure Chadbourn: haunted houses, ancient races, archetypal creatures, running amok in the major cities of the world. In The Ice Wolves, the eponymous wolves are more the incarnation of the dark, primal instincts of man, released into the modern world through the operation of two occult devices created by a shaman to save his tribe from ravaging wolves in a pre-historical world of Eastern Europe. Through magic, the wolves are absorbed by man and their murderous instincts internalized to lie dormant until their release during the Time of the Black Sun.

The novel begins with Kate Corrigan at the folklore department of New York University, awaiting Hellboy. Through her research, she has determined that certain periods of history have witnessed epidemics of lycanthropy and that these occurrences involve a prophecy of the coming of the Time of the Black Sun. She and a colleague have discerned a pattern of movement and mayhem that indicates that there is a modern epidemic and that the wolves are converging upon the United States.

Hellboy's arrival coincides with the appearance of the wolves in the United States and the death of Kate's colleague, Daniel.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Aw crap... 17 May 2010
By Jacob King - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Ice Wolves is a lame attempt at a haunted house mystery blended with Chadbourn's usual mystical end of the world mumbo jumbo. The addition of Hellboy might have made this second hand garbage palatable had the author managed to tap into any of the attributes that make the Big Red One great but he doesn't. As well as disrespecting the chronology of the graphic novels Chadbourn's characterization of Hellboy as sensitive, intelligent and somewhat talkitive are so against type that the reader is forced to the conclusion that this is not Hellboy at all but some cheap English knock-off.

The human characters in this book are Brad and Lisa. Brad (like seriously, Brad, in a haunted house, has this guy not seen Rocky Horror) and Lisa are both photojournalists fresh from Iraq (or central casting). When we first meet Brad he is refusing to leave his appartment on the ground that he saw some bad stuff over there. The thing is Brad's dad comes from working class Boston Irish stock and he doesn't approve of Brads cissified career as a war journalist and wishes his son had a more manly job like an engineer (seriously). This upsets Brad but it will upset the reader even more when they realise Brad's working class Boston Irish father is actually a multimillionaire recluse living in a haunted mansion. Lisa is a girl; she's tough, hot, asexual and she screams a lot. Try and imagine a barbie doll without the personality.

What allows this book to sink below the usual level attained by superhero tie-in novels is the poor quality of the writing. Chadbourn is overfound of the double adjective and nothing is ever "said" in the book if could be otherwise "noted", "whispered" or "added unconvincingly" etc.

If you want a good action adventure I reccommend Matthew Rielly's Ice Station Or if you must buy a Hellboy tie-in get Lobster Johnson: The Satan Factory (Lonster Johnson)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot line and a little more involvement from Hellboy ... 15 Sept. 2014
By Ashley Hackney - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting plot line and a little more involvement from Hellboy the investigator than most books which mostly feature him as a brawler.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mark Chadbourn Shines in Lovecraftian Pastiche 27 April 2010
By Keith W. Harvey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Hellboy has waged war against diverse antagonists, including Nazis and the witch Baba Yaga, over the years. In Mark Chadbourn's turn at the intellectual property created by Mike Mignola in 1993, Hellboy is pitted against an army of werewolves on the snow-covered streets and hills of Boston.

Because of Guillermo del Toro, Hellboy is almost a household meme; everybody thinks they know Hellboy, although they actually usually know only del Toro's version, as embodied by Ron Perlman.

Chadbourn's Hellboy seems different to me and the novel's setting is pure Chadbourn: haunted houses, ancient races, archetypal creatures, running amok in the major cities of the world. In The Ice Wolves, the eponymous wolves are more the incarnation of the dark, primal instincts of man, released into the modern world through the operation of two occult devices created by a shaman to save his tribe from ravaging wolves in a pre-historical world of Eastern Europe. Through magic, the wolves are absorbed by man and their murderous instincts internalized to lie dormant until their release during the Time of the Black Sun.

The novel begins with Kate Corrigan at the folklore department of New York University, awaiting Hellboy. Through her research, she has determined that certain periods of history have witnessed epidemics of lycanthropy and that these occurrences involve a prophecy of the coming of the Time of the Black Sun. She and a colleague have discerned a pattern of movement and mayhem that indicates that there is a modern epidemic and that the wolves are converging upon the United States.

Hellboy's arrival coincides with the appearance of the wolves in the United States and the death of Kate's colleague, Daniel. Daniel's last act is to materialize to Kate and Hellboy and warn them that the wolves have activated the Heart of Winter and are headed to Boston to retrieve the second relic, the Kiss of Winter, in order to initiate the Time of the Black Sun. Daniel informs them that the Kiss of Winter is hidden in the Grant Mansion in Boston, a house rumored to be the most haunted house in New England.

With the introduction of the Grant House, Chadbourn leads us into H. P. Lovecraft territory. He also delves into several sub-plots: the story of Brad Lynch and his estranged father, now owner of the Grant Mansion; the story of the Grants and the origin story of the Kiss of Winter; the birth of the lycans and their involvement with and search for the two relics; a haunted house story; time shifting and time travel; and a pastiche of Gothic elements that align the novel with the works of Poe, H.P Lovecraft, and Henry James.

Chadbourn handles each narrative level competently; however, sadly, I did not find the parental tales particularly interesting, although they are integral to the plot and must be developed in order to resolve the conflict. Nevertheless, Chadbourn shines when dealing with mythic and archetypal elements and action.

Ultimately, the two stars of the novel are Hellboy and the haunted house and these two characters are worth the journey through the work. Chadbourn writes a smooth crystalline prose and he knows how to tell a story. The Gothic aspects of the novel are true to the genre and the pastiche of Lovecraftian elements is convincing.

I was particularly intrigued by Chadbourn's recreations of the past and the origin of the wolves and the two relics: the Kiss of Winter and the Heart of Winter.

The novel is a fast read, loyal to the genre and its hero--Hellboy.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced action ghost story 29 Oct. 2009
By disrep - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This was my first Hellboy novel. I've never read any Hellboy comics or seen the film so didn't know what to expect.

Werewolves are gathering from all over the world in Boston. They already hold one powerful artifact, the Heart of Winter and are searching for another, the Kiss of Winter. With the two they can come into their own and humanity will be at their mercy.

It falls to Hellboy, and two photojournalists Brad and Lisa, to find the missing artifact which has been hidden in the most haunted house in America, owned by Brad's estranged father.

It really didn't matter that I knew nothing of Hellboy's history. He's the tough secret agent with the big gun and even bigger fist. Brad and Lisa have their own stories to tell and the relationship between Brad and his father is explored and explained.

There are plenty of scares and it's a proper supernatural ghost story with wisecracks throughout. I thought it was a total blast, a fast paced entertaining action read. It does have a deeper level if you want to scratch the surface; about wasted lives and inner horrors or just enjoy the fun that is Hellboy. You really don't need to be in to comics to like this, just ghosts, werewolves and action heroes.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wolves, Ghosts and Demons...What more could you ask for? 22 Dec. 2010
By Mike - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the latest of the Hellboy novels, and it does not disappoint. Hellboy is his usual gruff self, but is shown to display concern for the side characters on many occasions.

Much like the Golden Army movie, creatures of all sorts pop out of nowhere, making this an engaging and interesting read. The idea of being stuck in a house may seem like a plot that will go nowhere fast (at least in novel format), but the time travel spices things up a bit. Through this we learn not only the background of what's going on, but the main antagonists' origins and goals as well. The whole book is a struggle for survival, and it seems impossible for even Hellboy to survive.

The book's only weak point is the human characters; I found them just "eh" and seemed rather contrived to me. Plus when they try to give them a past, none of them are fully developed, and there is one plot point that is never resolved. Thankfully, it's really minor in the grand scheme of things, and you can get along with it.

I highly recommend this to Hellboy fans; it's creepy, action-packed, and has a crazy imagination going for it. So, pick it up!
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