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Supernatural thriller par excellence,
This review is from: The Last Werewolf (Hardcover)
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Part slick thriller a la Jason Bourne, part intelligent supernatural adventure, this is a novel to keep the pulse racing and the mind engaged. Jacob Marlowe is a werewolf - cultured, wealthy, successful, but for a short time every full moon, a vicious predatory killer. Author Glen Duncan wastes little time on moral imperatives; the 'wer' (human) part of Jacob feels remorse, even something approaching guilt at what he must do but accepts that he has no control over the wolf who slumbers inside him. As such the myth operates as a powerful metaphor for the warring elements within the human psyche and as in real life, Jacob's success - and survival - rests on how well he can integrate the needs of these opposing elements within, especially within the framework of a Bourne/Bond style narrative as his enemies close in around him, turning hunter into hunted.
Glen Duncan writes visceral, powerful prose, never shirking the need for vivid or violent descriptions, but never lapsing into prurience, although the books are certainly not suitable for children His werwolf is a fully realised adult being, wild and dangerous, and the passages in which he describes the gathering transformation which overtakes his protagonist approaches the level of the poetic. This doesn't hold up the story, however, and the book is as addictive a page-turner as many far trashier tomes.
I look forward to discovering more novels by Glen Duncan in the future.