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4.0 out of 5 stars Three Werewolf Tales, 10 Nov 2014
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M. Dowden (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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I have had this trilogy sitting on my kindle for quite some time as I downloaded it when it was on promo back in early 2012, but at long last I have now got round to reading it. Unfortunately the author of these three books and many others passed away late last year aged 83. I think most people will be aware of the Howling movies rather than the books, so I really need to stress that what you read here is not going to be like the films. Though the first two books were written in the late Seventies, 1978 and 1979 were the respective publishing years, the third book was not published until 1985.

Book I

Newly-weds Roy and Karyn Beatty live in a condo in L.A. but when Karyn is viciously raped the couple move further away as Karyn tries to rebuild her confidence and start to recover from the trauma. Moving to a house on the outskirts of the small isolated place of Drago could just be what is needed, with its solitude, and the woods as a backdrop, and the small number of people around. And at first things do seem to be very nice in this idyllic setting that is until Karyn starts hearing howling at night. When her dog goes missing and then she finds its remains though no one in the village of Drago will admit that there are wolves in the area. At best she is told that the killing may have been done by a stray coyote. But as Karyn starts to look into the subject of wolves, and meets and befriends a former nun, Inez, the spectre of werewolves raises its ugly head. But do such things really exist?

As Karyn is about to find out, her life is in much greater danger than it ever was in L.A. Trying to find out what is happening and searching deeper into the matter is stirring up things that people would rather not have known. This is a quite chilling read that should more than hold your attention.

Book II

It is three years since the events in Drago and Karyn has now re-married and has a stepson, and is living in Seattle. Still traumatised by what happened to her Karyn is rebuilding her life, but things are going to slowly deteriorate as the past catches up with her. With her first husband still alive and with Marcia his lover in tow Marcia wants revenge on Karyn. Surviving being shot by a silver bullet Marcia is no longer able to change into the sleek wolf she once was, and as far as she is concerned it is all Karyn’s fault. As the couple start their campaign of vengeance against Karyn she knows that she has to leave her new family to fight the beasts. As she travels back to L.A. and then on into Mexico Karyn is looking for Chris, Roy’s one time friend and the man who helped her get out of Drago.

From the holiday resort where Chris is staying, will Chris and Karyn this time be able to survive as Roy and Marcia carry on with their plans of revenge? With a thrilling finale in the mountains, who will be the victors? Like the first book this is an enjoyable read that should hold your attention and give you a bit of a thrilling time.

Book III

And so the trilogy comes to an end with a story that although is enjoyable to read do goes awry with connections to the two preceding books. This story takes place after the burning of the village of Drago in the first novel. Unfortunately none of the original characters are mentioned here, and despite it supposedly being the same village as in the first novel you will notice that it is not the same description. There are a lot of problems as such with continuity, and so you are thrown slightly with this tale.

When a youth, Malcolm is found in the area of Drago Dr Holly Lang becomes interested in him, as does Sheriff Gavin Ramsey. As Ramsey and Lang become romantically involved and try to help Malcolm, others try to thwart their plans. With a doctor interested in Malcolm for his own purposes the youth is used for experiments until he can escape, going on a journey of his own and trying to make sense of what he is. All the time though, Malcolm is being followed by his father and other werewolves. With a thrilling finale this is a good enough read, it just doesn’t really fit in with the other two books as regards continuity.

There is an active table of contents here so you can go to any of the books you wish. There are some typos here and there, but nothing too drastic to spoil your entertainment. There are in places also where an indent appears for a new chapter, you find that it does on occasion appear on the next line or so. Although this doesn’t affect your reading of this, it is a bit messy looking at times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome return of old friends..., 9 Dec 2012
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I originally read the three Howling books back in the 1980s, and they were very good reads.

I'm pleased to say that the transfer from book format to Kindle has worked very well, and it's good to have these old friends back once more.

The formatting is very good with only the odd spelling mistake throughout the omnibus, and this is certainly not a fault to mark down with a star. Published books have always had spelling mistakes in them and considering that all three volumes here had to be manually transmitted in their entirety from written text, it's quite an achievement.

The first book will always live in werewolf culture as a classic, with the second volume having quite a few good scenes in it, and alot to live up to (for the most part it succeeds). The third volume "Echoes", has a slightly different take on the werewolves of Drago timeline and story, than the previous two books, but is none the lesser for that, because it had a good and compelling story throughout, and the werewolf scenes are well remembered.

Really enjoyed reading these books again :)

I hope someone has the idea to make the The Omen Pentology as an omnibus edition to Kindle, as this was also a very good series, which has been left out in the cold for far too long as an omnibus volume.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed revisiting these stories, 22 Sep 2014
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Bought as paperbacks way back in the late eighties, really enjoyed revisiting these stories. The Howling looks at a woman's getaway from the city after being raped in her own home but it is a case of out of the frying pan... Drago is not the idyllic getaway it seems as her marriage and wil to survive are tested to the limits. The Howling 2 is the return of some familiar figures hell bent on revenge. 3 looks at a young boys struggle with his terrible powers and a womans will to protect him. Fantastic, creepy and terrifying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Howling Trilogy, 28 April 2013
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This book has had me gripped from start to end. A real page turner. Riddled with suspense and menace on almost every page. I loved all three stories, but my favourite was the first story. All the characters were so believable and I read and read, not wanting to put it down. In fact, it stopped me working and WRITING. P.A.Lewis Brown (author of The Whistling Ghost)
P.S. I had nightmares
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Nostalgia, 17 May 2013
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This is an excellent example of 1970/80's horror. The story lines are not sophisticated, but are highly enjoyable escapism. Lovely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 21 April 2012
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Couldn't put it down! I would def recommend to anyone that is into fantasy fiction and horror. And I got it for free!
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4.0 out of 5 stars werewolfs werewolfs werewolfs, 24 Jan 2014
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did i mention werewolfs?

great trilogy starts off with the story of a couple going on a retreat after an incident but then the howling starts...

second part is about revenge and the 3rd part the circle closes

loads of werewolfs did i mention that
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5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of bite!, 26 Jun 2013
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Really enjoyed this trilogy, The Howling film was a true classic werewolf movie in my opinion and reading this you can see where they got the premise from. well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 10 Aug 2013
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Read the first two books years ago and loved them enjoyed the howling three as much as the first two not very often I read books twice either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Howling stories, 25 Jan 2014
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I have read these before and thoroughly enjoyed them, have watched the films several times, love these books, pit they ended at 3
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