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The Pack [Paperback]

Jason Starr
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26 April 2012

Let the hunt begin . . .

When Simon Burns is fired from his job without warning, he takes on the role of stay-at-home dad for his three-year-old son. But his reluctance pushes his already strained marriage to the limit. In the nestled playgrounds of the Upper West Side, Simon harbors a simmering rage at his boss's betrayal.

Things take a turn when he meets a tight-knit trio of dads at the playground. They are different from other men Simon has met, stronger and more confident, more at ease with the darker side of life- and soon Simon is lured into their mix. But after a guys' night out gets frighteningly out of hand, Simon feels himself sliding into a new nightmarish reality.

As he experiences disturbing changes in his body and his perceptions, he starts to suspect that when the guys welcomed him to their "pack", they were talking about much more than male bonding . . .

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (26 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241956692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241956694
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 715,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jason Starr, author of Cold Caller, Nothing Personal, Fake I.D., Hard Feelings and Tough Luck was born in Brooklyn in 1966 and still lives in New York City. After completing a degree in economics at Binghampton University, Starr has concentrated on his classic noir crime fiction, which has been compared to the work of James Cain and Jim Thompson.

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Jason Starr is hypnotically good (Lee Child )

The ultimate page turner (Michael Connelly )

Manhattan receives a lustrous varnish of black, black humor in this sly urban fantasy thriller...Starr once again shows a real gift for satiric humor and capturing the contemporary New York scene (Publishers Weekly )

About the Author

Jason Starr was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He is the award-winning author of a number of acclaimed crime novels which have been international bestsellers. He now lives in Manhattan and is currently writing The Craving, the sequel to The Pack. Find out more at

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and a novel twist on the werewolf 12 April 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Jason Starr is a new author on my radar although I know that he's written other books, something about the blurb for this one just grabbed me. Within this book is a story of self-discovery as the titles lead character Simon, learns to deal with the hardships that life throws at him when he loses his job. Its quirky, its amusing and what the author does really well for me, is bring the lead character to life in a personable way that made me want to spend time with him.

Add to this solid character interaction between the cast, some wonderful dialogue and personal relationship troubles that readers can relate to thrown in with a dash of the fantastical. All in a solid read and when you add good pace and decent prose into the mix, makes this a book that was a pure joy to read. Great stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pack of Nonsense 21 Nov 2013
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I cannot recall anything about this book to recommend it.

Sacked, stay at home dad turns into something that is supernatural and is part of a pack. No prize for guessing the right answer.

The story line was mostly nonexistent, none of the characters was suitably developed and most of the story was taken up with how werewolves are quite sexually aroused and can run fast.

The story line lumbered on like this for near enough the first 200 pages then a hundred pages of not much at all then an abrupt end with no real resolution.

I cannot understand the blurb on the back cover, part of which states, "black, black humor" as there was nothing in the book that was remotely humorous. As for the praise by other writers such as Lee Childs, Jeffery Deaver and Michael Connelly I just wonder if they read the same book as me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amercian Werewolves in New York City 5 April 2013
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As a fan of the horror genre in general & in particular werewolves I read Starr's novel with interest & whilst I enjoyed it, I can't say I'd go back for more to either the Author or any forthcoming sequel.

It's a rather simple yet effective plot whereby a young husband & father has his "humdrum" life turned upside down when he falls in with a group of fathers who turn out to have a darker side & soon becomes a werewolf himself. The Author's biggest achievement is the manner in which he captures how something as fantastical as becoming a werewolf would effect a regular guy & the impact on his life. I found myself truly sympathising with the lead character in this respect & Starr genuinely hits many nerves in terms of things spiralling out of control with a marriage & fatherhood. This part of the book worked very, very well.

What didn't work quite as well for me was the rather stereotypical nature of everything else. The back cover sells a contemporary NYC with Manhattan apparently receiving a lustrous varnish of black humour - I can honestly confirm that my mouth didn't even begin to form a smile let alone a laugh & whilst this is no bad thing, do not be fooled into thinking Starr's writing is anything other than simply rooted in "crime". The book is indeed set in NYC however anyone could throw in a few meetings in Battery Park & jogging trips to & from Central Park. Again, not a huge criticism but it's very much NYC by Numbers.

Overall this was a decent read but it did plod at times & as stated previously felt very much like an average American crime writer turning his hand to the horror genre with good, but not great results.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A howl! 13 Jan 2013
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Well written, interesting storyline, with twists and turns that also keeps you turning the pages. Backdrop is a alternative-Twilight world but without the vampires, and with feral characters laced with carnal escapades and violence.
Not typical for my reading list, but enthralling enough to keep me hooked to the last page.
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So many books have been converted into movies and most have been bad. However every so often, a book slips under the radar that people don't know about or don't realise it's potential as a major motion picture. The pack is just one such book that should be considered for a new film. Don't not mistake this for the the films in 1977 or the film from 2011, because this is not a novel of those films. Books turned into movies don't always work, I felt that this was a rare gem because while i read it, i envisioned it as a movie. As it played out, I found it a tense thriller/horror During the book, it was apparent that this story was directed at the dad's o the world, wanting to prove a safe and secure enviroment for their kids. During the book, you the reader are gien a lott of moralistic judgements about what's riht and what's wrong. How far would you go to protect your loved ones? If you felt that you weren't getting justice for an infraction that was caused, what would you do to get that deserved justice? What would be your course of action to rectify that wrong? Would you fight or flee? Would that decision of action cost you and your family dearly? Could it even threaten your own life? These were questions that i found myself thinking about as i read this. Being a father myself, it felt like a familiar brand of irony and territory. it's a book with a moral to be heeded, be careful who you trust and be very careful who you become friends with, it could cause your downfall.

The pack is about a Dad who has a fall out with his boss and is unjustly fired from his job. While waited to pick his son up from the school playground, he meets a group of fathers with a sinister agenda who want to help him but at a very great cost.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
The Pack is entertaining and is very easy to read. The basic plot quickly becomes somewhat predictable but what made this book for me was actually not the main character or any of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Big Bad Bill
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but didn't make me want to read the next book.
The story was ok but I didn't feel connected to the 2 main characters. The werewolves were a little easier to get into but it isn't going to be on my 'series to read' list.
Published 6 months ago by N. E. Beetison
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice plot twists
Very enjoyable. Simon loses his job and then meets a group of men who looks after their kids and take them to a nearby park. Read more
Published 7 months ago by L. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pack
A werewolf tale for grown ups, The Pack tells how Simon Burns life takes an astonishing turn when first he loses his job and has to settle for being a stay at home dad. Read more
Published 10 months ago by book fan
3.0 out of 5 stars FAILING TO LIVE UP TO HOPES
In Manhattan a life in freefall - Simon Burns suddenly sacked, his marriage on the slide, three year old son Jeremy prone to tantrums. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. D. L. Rees
1.0 out of 5 stars Dread full
As I neared the end of the book my fear grew. Please don't let there be a sequel. Please. Alas, my fear was well founded.
Published 19 months ago by SteveMc
5.0 out of 5 stars 21st C werewolves with a traditional gothic background
This is an interesting book. It is about a pack of werewolves in New York. However it is a nice twist on a 19th C gothic novel brought to the 21st C. Read more
Published 23 months ago by ratscat13
4.0 out of 5 stars Urban howl
Jason Starr has written a werewolf novel that, if it doesn't make you `howl' with laughter, will make you smile, because it is soaked in some delicious dark humour. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Adam
4.0 out of 5 stars A yummy Mummy for Men! plus werewolves!
There are loads of novels out there dealing with new mother trying to establish a lifestyle that they enjoy/manage post baby. Read more
Published 23 months ago by artemisrhi
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