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Wounded (Wereling Trilogy)
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 25 June 2009
Sixteen-year-old Tom Anderson is a typical teen. Ticked off to be spending his summer vacation with his parents and younger brother, Tom storms out of their rented cabin in the Seattle forest, needing some time to himself. Next thing he knows, he's wading in a fast-moving river, with a bear between him and freedom. After being tossed unmercilessly down-river, Tom passes out--and awakes in a strange bed in a strange house.

Tom's now at the mercy of the Folan family--mom Marcie, a former nurse, dad Henry, an author, son Wesley, and strange daughter Kate. The family (minus Kate) informs Tom that he's now on an island, cut off from the mainland, with severe injuries sustained from his trip down the river. In terrible pain and totally weak, Tom spends what he believes is a week in the Folan home, recuperating from his wounds yet somehow feeling stranger as every day goes by.

Then a shocker from the strange but lovely Kate--Tom's been in the Folan home for a month, not a week, and Marcie, Henry, and Wesley aren't normal family members. They're werewolves, and they're doing everything within their power to change Tom into one to act as Kate's mate.

Suddenly, Tom is in fear for his life, and not from the raging river than wounded him. He realizes that Kate Folan may be his only chance for salvation from the beast that now resides within him, and the two set off in the dead of night after a deadly confrontation with Wesley to find a mystery man named Jicaque in New Orleans, who just might be able to cure Tom of the beast he's now living with.

WOUNDED is a great, fast-paced read! Touted as young adult book, probably because the hero is sixteen, this story will appeal to any lovers of the paranormal, especially those who enjoy werewolf stories. I've already ordered the final two books in the series, Prey #2 (The Wereling) and Resurrection #3 (The Wereling), and am looking forward to getting started on them.

Definitely a recommended read!

Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"
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on 9 March 2007
This is a book you can't put down without a fight (or at least, i couldn't anyway.) This is the story of a young 16 year old boy opening his eyes to a whole new world... which he's rather be better off dead.

and a 17 year old girl whose family line she's cursed since a fatal "accident" at her old home. What was this accident?

Buy it and read for yourself. This book is a real hooker with dark twists around every turn. You'd be hard pressed to get a better horror for a teen audience. (I'm 16 as it is and i still read it after 2 years after buying it.
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on 8 May 2008
In the first novel of the Wereling trilogy, Tom Anderson is trapped in a house with a strange family who want to keep him there until they get what they want. And what they want is a partner for their daughter Kate, so she can be turned into a werewolf.

Full of gripping and tense situations, Wounded is a great tense read written well by Stephen Cole.

With the unexpected situations and an unknown world lurking in the shadows, the secretive and descriptive writing will keep readers hooked from the very beginning as the central protagonist encounters the unbelievable.

Though it can take a while to get going and some of the characters are perhaps a bit over eccentric, it is a great read.

The plot is consistent with death defying situations, stunning changes and a somewhat clichéd but equally exciting tension between the two central characters Tom and Kate.

The novel conforms well to the fantasy genre with the use of werewolves and to the adventure thriller genre with fast paced situations involving the characters.

One thing about the use of werewolves is that Cole doesn't use as many clichés about the animals as many authors have tended to use which can only be a bonus with a different approach to the concept.

It's a good first instalment and the next two novels in the trilogy are equally intriguing and exciting so pick it up and have a read today!
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on 3 August 2011
im a really big fan of fantasy books and mythical creatures and mythology the books were really well written and layed out always leaved you wondering what the hell is gonna happen next. the rest of stephen cole's books are brilliant and ive been hooked on him when i bought Theives like Us from him and got it signed.
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