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That's why he fell for the leader of the pack.,
This review is from: The Pack (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)Apparently wolves like having lots of sex .Indeed reading The Pack you could be forgiven for thinking that wolves have more regular erections than Russell Bland and Simon Cowell combined- a truly hideous thought I will confess but bear with me here.
The reason I kick off this review in such a libidinous manner is that this lupine predilection for nookie is a constant feature of Jason Starr's The Pack , which , lets not beat about the bush here, is a novel about werewolves. Jackie Collins would struggle to shoehorn more sex into one of her overheated salacious upper class fantasy trash doorstops than is in The Pack.
And when there isn't seemingly endless reams of sweaty hairy sex there is lots of stuff about relationships whether they be the traditional male/female thing , big manly hug male bonding guff ( lots of calling each other bro here ) or even some female to female tortured musings on men . Very metro sexual , don't want to alienate the ladies from reading the book.
Basically when Simon Burns is unexpectedly fired from his job he becomes a full-time dad ,all which puts his already strained marriage under more pressure. But when he meets a trio of other dads at a playground he has taken his son to he gets dragged into becoming part of their group, lured by their easy-going confidence , charisma and friendship .As ever when something seems too good to be true it is and soon he finds out why these guys are like they are- and its not because they have been reading Men's Health and watching lots of day time telly.
Not , you would think what people reading a novel about werewolves would want. What about all the ripping and tearing ? The blood, the guts the howling ?The transformation and the mental anguish? There is some of that in this book but really not as much as you might expect. Curiously though I found The Pack strangely compelling .The author has a good ear for dialogue which stops all the domestic wrangling becoming too tedious or repetitive and he maintains a steady pace to the narrative until the last few chapters where all the proper visceral action takes place and everything picks up momentum.
Even when you know where the book is heading , and you would have to be a complete dunce not to intuit that these blokes are what they are , it is still fascinating seeing how Simon finds out .However there are one or two issues with the internal logic of the plot. There is no way a woman would behave like some of the women in this novel , and then you have a couple who discuss having to make financial sacrifices in order for Simon to justify being a stay at home dad still spending money like lottery winners.
Then there is the sex thing. Call me old fashioned but I do not recall Lon Chaney as the wolf man running round trying to hump everything that moves. Where has Jason Starr got this idea from ? There is way too much of it( the sex) in this book .He must watch too much daytime telly .