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The Wolf's Moon is an adventure thriller set in the heart of the Ozark Mountains of Missouri. This action-packed thriller tracks a mysterious beast, stalking the innocent people in the town of Maple Hills. The main character, Mark Lansdowne, relentlessly tracks the beast as it stalks the town, only to find out that it has been extinct for literally thousands of years. MarkThe Wolf's Moon is an adventure thriller set in the heart of the Ozark Mountains of Missouri. This action-packed thriller tracks a mysterious beast, stalking the innocent people in the town of Maple Hills. The main character, Mark Lansdowne, relentlessly tracks the beast as it stalks the town, only to find out that it has been extinct for literally thousands of years. Mark Lansdowne's past provides an element of mystery in itself, enabling him to hunt as does the beast. A subtle romantic theme is woven throughout the adventure as Mark Lansdowne pursues the beast at his own peril....

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ISBN : 13493763
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Number of Pages : 409 Pages
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The Wolf's Moon Reviews

  • Benjamin
    2019-02-17 06:53

    I tried to like this book, I definitely was into the premise. I think if it were written differently, it could have been very engaging. The story seemed very forced, it seemed like the author was specifically trying to include specific literary techniques, instead of just letting it flow naturally. Also, the plot seemed to stagger a lot, too much time was spent reminiscing. I can appreciate the character's feelings for his late wife, but that isn't the subject of the story. Too much time was spent telling the reader how great the main character was, but the character spent most of his time smoking and drinking coffee. Show, don't tell. I felt character development could have used some work, most did not seem believable, and spent too much time fawning over the main character. I don't know about the women in this story, but most that I've known wouldn't be picked up by a comment about her butt. In general, women in this book were objectified. The were good looking, cleaned and cooked, and needed protected. Not exactly an image most women these days would find flattering. Lastly, I found the book to be fairly anti-climatic, maybe with better story structure and plot development, it would have been more exciting. Still, I feel the way it finished could have used something more.I am only one reader, and from other reviews, it seems other people loved this book. Nonetheless, I feel that points I have listed are definitely areas for improvement.

  • Sherry Fundin
    2019-02-18 05:53

    These Dire Wolves really did exist four thousand years ago. They are double the size of the grey wolf. Their bones were found in the La Brea Tar Pit in Los Angeles. Why did they become extinct? Who knows?Mark Lansdowne saw a sign saying Granny Barton’s Antiques. He was curious and stopped. He was just browsing when he spotted an old book and was drawn to it. He purchased it for five dollars and left.He was reading the book, when the dogs, he had three named after the Three Stooges, growled and the hair on their backs rose . He went out, but saw only a pair of red eyes and smelled a scent of rotting meat. The red eyes drifted back into the forest as if they were never there.As he sat drinking a cup of tea, he heard a scream. It could be anything, a wild animal. He decided he couldn’t do anything in the dark, so he’d check it out in the morning.In the morning, Lansdowne checked around his pond and found something had come to eat or drink. Just the one with huge paws, but no nail prints. The dogs were with him, and these prints did not look anything like theirs. And then there was the awful smell , which he and the dogs followed.His dogs all had something that distinguished them from each other. Larry was the biggest, Moe heard the best and Curly was the smeller in the group. Curly returned with a bone. It could only be human, it contained a screw. It was Janey Malone, the waitress at Barkers.In Maple Hills, Missouri, it is such a small community that everyone knew everyone else. Barkers was the local gathering place. Farmers were talking about missing cows and deer hunters were seeing no deer.Dave and Janey didn’t show up for work at Barkers. Now Myron Cox was missing, with just a trail of blood . Lansdowne called the sheriff. Sheriff Ralph Benson showed up. Morrison, a deputy was at the Cox home, investigating his disappearance, while Benson was at Lansdowne’s. Benson received a call from Morrison saying Christine McKay, from the Department of Conservation, had found Dave Morris, dead.Benson joined up with Skruggs, Lansdowne’s lifelong friend, and Lansdowne to follow the smell to the cave. The woods were silent, no sound of squirrels or birds. The smell was stronger than before and he spotted a paw print that hadn’t been there earlier.Months ago two girls had turned up missing from their rafting trip. He found a tennis shoe belonging to one of them. As they left the cave, Lansdowne said one of them had to stay in the area. He told them he would stay and protect what was left of Janey. grey wolf Pictures, Images and PhotosLansdowne had climbed a tree with a view of the cave entrance. As the creature approached, Lansdowne came down from the tree to track it. The creature felt something was wrong and turned around. It had laid a trap for Lansdowne. Now Lansdowne became the hunted.The bite caused excruciating pain, but he was still able to kill the beast. He felt he was going to die.When he came to, his pal, Skruggs, was there. He must have been at death’s door, because his wife, Glenna, had come to him telling him he must get better and move on. Mark seemed to be healing very quickly, he was hungry and anxious to go home.As the sheriff and Lansdowne talked, Amy came in. She always cut his hair. She kissed his cheek and told “Mike” how glad she was he wasn’t dead. She looked to see if Benson caught what she had said.The sheriff thought there were seven missing, but Lansdowne figured nine, maybe eleven. Too many in too short a time for it be done by one animal.The carcass of the wolf had been taken in for examination. It was an extra-large wolf, even though there had never been any wolves in the Ozarks. It couldn’t be identified in any database. Where had it come from? Are there more?4 STARS – Would Highly Recommend To OthersI won this book in a Goodreads First Read Giveaway. The author was gracious enough to autograph the book for me. Thank you. This is Patrick’s Jones debut novel and I feel he knocked it out of the ballpark. I can hardly wait to see what he comes up with next.I thought it was going to be just another werewolf book, by the cover and title, but was very pleasantly surprised. The blurb made me a little more curious, but didn’t do the book justice.It is about wolves that had gone extinct 4,000 years ago. I love creature books. It is so realistic and I can see how it could be true. With all the scientific advances of today, why couldn’t someone recreate a wolf? Jurassic wolves, what’s not to love?The writing was excellent and the characters were well developed. I fell in love with Lansdowne and his “puppies”. He has an awesome best friend in Skruggs, now all he needs is a love interest, or does he already have one and not realize it? He thinks he hasn’t moved on from his wife’s death, but has this experience made him realize life is too short, you must live it, not just exist.There is more than one mystery, and it seems Mark Lansdowne is not what he appears to be. This is a series and I am eagerly awaiting the next book, whether it is about how Mark came to be in Maple Hills, or about the wolves, I don’t care. I feel it can only get better. Soooooooo, write faster Mr. Jones. lolThe Wolf's Moon Patrick Jones

  • Rayah
    2019-02-03 02:42

    I got this book free from Goodreads, and it is signed by the author. To start with the positives, I think Mr. Jones has some promise as a writer, here, and I have no doubt he takes pride in his work. He obviously loves his home area in the Ozarks, and the cover photograph (taken by Sandra Jones) is beautiful. He took the time to sign the book and send out copies for review. Most of the dialogue in the book is very natural and believable. There's a good story here, but I don't think the good story gets told. It would be more compelling if Landsdowne and Skruggs were going up against the unnamed powers behind the scenes instead of just the wolves themselves. Instead of telling us on just about every page how strong and manly the manly men are, have them show us this by their actions. And all the women are beautiful, flighty chatterboxes, who are happy as long as they are making the men happy. They stand by their men and do what they're told. The author seems to have an interesting backstory for our hero and his best friend, but for some reason, he doesn't seem to want us to know anything about it. Some hints are thrown our way now and then, but not enough.According to the dedication page, the author's wife edited the book. The book would benefit a lot from a professional editor - and one that doesn't have to live with him after telling him to cut three pages of needless description. One that might tell him to go back and rewrite the second half of the book, making the bad guys the bad guys, and the wolves just innocent victims of nature, science, and fate.This book truly is a good effort, and I appreciate the work that went into producing it. It just doesn't quite live up to the promise of the premise.

  • J. Kahele
    2019-02-09 00:37

    How can you tell that a book is going to be worth reading by the blurb:The Wolf's Moon is an adventure thriller set in the heart of the Ozark Mountains of Missouri. This action-packed thriller tracks a mysterious beast, stalking the innocent people in the town of Maple Hills. The main character, Mark Lansdowne, relentlessly tracks the beast as it stalks the town, only to find out that it has been extinct for literally thousands of years. Mark Lansdowne's past provides an element of mystery in itself, enabling him to hunt as does the beast. A subtle romantic theme is woven throughout the adventure as Mark Lansdowne pursues the beast at his own peril.It is to the point. Not long and drawn out.Mark Lansdowne, also known as Mike Linden, resides in a small Ozark town of Maple Hills, with his three dogs. When people begin to start dying, Mark becomes suspicious as the marks left on the dead are that of a large animal, primarily a wolf. But how is that possible, when wolves don’t exist in Maple Hills? Well that is a very good question.This tale was masterfully woven, it had everything you would expect in a supernatural tale and more…It was full of mystery, suspense, not your normal suspense, but the kind that has you sitting on the edge of your seat biting your nails, fearing what will happen next.It also had a great big twist. That of course, I’m not going to reveal, but it definitely made me change the pages quicker.

  • Lawrence BoarerPitchford
    2019-01-29 00:00

    A chilling adventure that leads the reader on a hunt for a terrifying killer. Patrick Jones weaves a web of intrigue and terror when a small town is best upon by an unseen killer. As it turns out, there is more to this tale than just murder, but ethical questions that must have answers. When you turn out the lights and hear a scratching at the door, you may reflect ton this book.

  • Brandon
    2019-02-18 07:39

    Patrick Jones has create a world where a retired marine and his best friend live in a small town away from it all. Mark Lansdowne recently lost his wife and lives alone with his three dogs (named Larry, Curly, and Moe). Mark’s best (and only) friend Warren Skruggs must hunt down bioengineered dire wolves, who became extinct [by the book's definition] over four thousand years ago. When Mark is almost killed by his first encounter with the giant wolves, he hears his late wife’s voice tell him he must kill all the beasts.Mark, also sporadically named Mike Linden, was almost killed in an Ops assignment when in the marines. He and two of his teammates only survived due to the rescue team led by Warren Skruggs. Ironically, this was the only mission where Skruggs was not a part of. After leaving the Marines, Warren filed his papers to also be retired and Mike Linden became Mark Lansdowne to protect his identity. Skruggs refused to change his identity but the men still had “friends in high places”, as I found throughout the book.Jones’ description of characters were in depth and allowed me to picture them quite clearly. The only downfall I saw was that the character development of the women in the book always referred to them as being model like. The book is very masculine in every factor, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it is something to be aware of.The ability to see Mark and Warren walking through the woods in their camo was amazing. It was as if I was walking beside them, noticing the small things they had noticed. The sensations you feel in this book really put things in perspective.Though I didn’t know this when I started reading the book, the end of the book suggests there could be other stories in the future that involve Mike Linden, though it doesn’t say much about them.My Rating: 8.0 / 10.0Review Notes: I found the book a little harder to get into as Jones was placing the setting and characters. Around the fourth chapter I was entrapped in the story. I did find it strange that every woman in the book (outside of his late wife) was described as if she were a model. The scenery around the women in the book seemed a bit unrealistic, which distracted me from the book for a moment. With placing the book at an 8.0, I feel I would continue reading any of Jones’ books as the talent of his writing has me hooked.The Kindle version of the book, which is what I read, contains a few errors where the title and the author’s name is intermittently within a paragraph. It made me do a double/triple check as I had not encountered that before.

  • Marcha Fox
    2019-02-08 06:51

    First of all I was happy to discover that this was NOT a story about werewolves. Rather it’s about someone unleashing a genetically engineered wolf species that has been extinct for thousands of years upon the unsuspecting residents of a small Missouri town. The author did an excellent job of several things I look for in a good book. The imagery was vivid and made you feel as if you were there, the characters were convincing and easy to visualize plus I could even hear them in my head in some cases, dialog was smooth, there was an appropriate emotional element, plenty of action and lots of suspense. It was well-written including the use of an omniscient viewpoint with only a few errors typical of a full-length novel. I will admit that I’m quite picky about such things and most people probably wouldn’t even notice that the couch in the protagonist’s living room went from blue to green in the course of a few pages. It was a good read that I enjoyed. It kept me wondering what would happen next and I felt as if I knew the main characters. The only reason I’m not giving this novel five stars is the ending. I found part of it somewhat contrived and there was a major loose end that I felt was glossed over and never resolved in a satisfying manner that I won’t go into because it would constitute a definite spoiler if I did. I will say that it was one of the reasons I kept turning the pages and was disappointed that my curiosity was not satisfied. Another thing of a strictly subjective nature for which I don’t fault the author is that with an underlying theme of genetic engineering, as a science fiction fan I would have enjoyed it a bit more if that angle had been further developed. The main character in this story, Mark Lansdowne, is not a scientist, however, but a badass “special ops” type so it follows that this didn’t occur. I’m only pointing this out in case you may be looking for a bit more on the science fiction side. So this is NOT about werewolves, is NOT science fiction but does constitute a good read regarding a horrific terror being unleashed on a small town.

  • Rick Soper
    2019-02-07 23:58

    This was a great book. Yes there were some parts of Jones writing style that drove me up the wall, very specifically that he was constantly changing points of view without any breaks to signify that he was doing it, so it was sometime hard to figure out who's point of view you were reading. BUT, and I meant to capitalize that BUT, past the stylistic problems the underlying story was cool, and the character of Mark Lansdowne was just plain great. There are a few characters that stick out in a lot of the books I read, Jack Reacher in the Lee Child Books, Agent Pendergast in the Preston & Child books, and Repairman Jack in the F. Paul Wilson books all of whom have a sense of justice, mystery, and a chivalrous attitude towards protecting and defending women. Mark Lansdowne belongs in that category he has a mysterious past, he has a sense of absolute justice, and he would die to protect the women he's near, add to that fact that he's a dog lover and you have a hero that you can connect with, and care about. I read a lot of books and where things fall apart is when you can't connect with the protagonist, but Lansdowne strikes that cord, he gets under your skin for the right reasons, and you find yourself laughing with him, crying with him, and cheering for him to win. Yes there are some technical problems with the book, don't think that I as a reader and fellow writer didn't see those there, but I looked past them because I really like Lansdowne and I thought the book was a great read, so take my advice, pick up this books and enjoy it, because if your anything like me you'll enjoy it immensely and find yourself ready and waiting for the next book to hurry up and get out.

  • Charles Ray
    2019-02-13 03:44

    Part techno-thriller, part horror, and all entertaining, that’s the only way to describe Patrick Jones’ novel Wolf’s Moon. Mark Lansdowne, aka Mike Linden, lives with his three dogs in the small Ozark town of Maple Hills that’s not supposed to have wild wolves. But, when people start dying, with clear evidence that they’ve been attacked and eaten by some large carnivore, Mark finds himself thrown into the middle of a mystery that could lead to his death. But, Mark is not your normal victim; in fact, he’s not a victim at all. With all the cunning and viciousness of the creatures who are preying on the citizens of his town, he takes the attacks personally, when a woman he happens to think highly of is killed.With the help of his friend Warren Skruggs, Mark sets out to eliminate the threat. Using the skills he’s obtained from a past that he keeps hidden from his neighbors, he turns the hunters – packs of Dire Wolves that are thought to be extinct – into the hunted. Jones has crafted a tale that will keep you on the edge of your chair, and make you nervous about going out at night. I can promise you, after reading this story, you’ll get chills up and down your spine the next time you hear a howl in the middle of the night.Wolf’s Moon is a tightly crafted suspense thriller with all the right elements, handled in just the right manner.

  • Sharon Michael
    2019-02-15 05:38

    I enjoyed this thriller very much, would like to read more with these characters. Interesting premise and fast paced with good writing skills and character development. The body count was high and fairly graphic, but not overly so.It did, of course, require significant suspension of belief but the main characters were interesting and in most ways well developed. The small town feeling seemed realistic and the scenes in the woods were evocative.My biggest issue was that the romantic interestseemed added as a kind of 'afterthought' ... it never felt either necessary or a comfortable situation based on the presentation of the main character's personality. The author handled older/secondary female characters well and the male characters very well. The two supposed romantic possibilities seemed out of synch with the rest of the book and somewhat 'stock adventure/thriller female' ... not as much personality as sex symbol.Will be interesting to see where this series goes from this very interesting beginning.

  • Sharon Stevenson
    2019-01-29 07:50

    'The Wolf's Moon' is the story of Mark Lansdowne and his battle against the vicious wolves who start to attack the residents of his town.There is a very old fashioned attitude towards male and female roles in this book. There were no strong female characters, the women were all gentle creatures concerned mostly with taking care of their men. The men were tough, action hero types. I like strong female characters so this was my main complaint with this book.The story is interesting but it did seem to stop and start a bit, with romance filling the spaces between the action parts. The horror in this book is done very well, the wolves are scary and there are some very tense moments throughout. The characters are easy to care about in spite of my dislike of the way the women were portrayed.Overall I'd say this is an interesting action horror novel. I would recommend to fans of action novels.

  • Chris The Story Reading Ape
    2019-01-29 23:46

    The Prologue drew me in with little snippets about various characters, leading up to a spine tingling scene setting.Chapter One continued to lure me even further, with each following chapter taking me up and down the tension rollercoaster, not permitting me to put the book down until I'd finished it.If you like tense 'Creature Feature' stories, I can recommend this book.See my review also at:http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-revie...http://www.amazon.com/Wolfs-Moon-Lind...http://www.amazon.ca/product-reviews/...http://www.amazon.com.au/product-revi...

  • Robert Parker
    2019-02-17 06:36

    Wow. Can I end with that?This is one of those rare books that will leave me unable to start another for a day or two as I relive it. Very intriguing story in a "Ghost & The Darkness" kinda way... unlike the average werewolf/vampire/monster novel, this is more terrifying in that it has a higher chance of actually happening. The fantastic character dialog left me cheering or chuckling on many occasions. My only minor nitpick is how a character could be referred by first name, last name or full name... all within a single page, over and over; just slightly confusing, introduce a full name and then stick to one :)

  • Tim Petersik
    2019-01-31 03:43

    As a former resident of Missouri, I appreciated the attention to places and settings in this thriller. There are really three mysteries here: a) what's REALLY hunting down rural folk and feeding on them? b) Who wanted to restore an extinct species s of wolf and release them in rural Missouri? c) Who really are these homespun guys who have spook-type weaponry to re-extinguish the wolves with? Two of those questions get answered in this love story-horror-thriller-mystery. Just the right yuck factor for my taste.

  • Nancy Steinle gummel
    2019-02-05 02:41

    The book The Wolf's Moon is the first book I have read by Patrick Jones. This is a very impressive tale. I enjoyed it immensely. The story was very believable. It builds up the main character Mark (aka Mike Linden) gradually introducing the other players. There seems to be problems with wolves, very large wolves, in an area that hadn't seen a wolf in decades. People begin to disappear. The authorities deny the wolf problem and put the blame on feral dogs. Some secrets are just not to be kept.

  • Tammy
    2019-01-29 04:52

    This was an amazing book, the characters were real and you could identify with them through the whole book. Mr. Jones keep you turning pages to see what turn he had in store for you next and I must admit that some where not what I had expected. Well written and I look forward to seeing more from Patrick Jones in the future. He has found a devoted reader!

  • P.S. Winn
    2019-02-01 00:54

    Full of suspense, adventure and a touch of romance, this is a great read that takes you into a supernatural experience and doesn't let you go until the last page. I enjoyed the author's writing style right along with the story.I felt the characters were believable as they face something none of us would care to,

  • Peggy
    2019-02-15 03:57

    I got this as a free book from a link on Facebook but would have gladly paid full price. I was captivated right from the beginning. I Loved the characters and the friendships that were formed. I can't wait to read the next adventure for Mark. I have become a devoted fan. Thank you Patrick Jones :-)

  • Rebamom7
    2019-02-04 01:30

    First of at least three, and I enjoyed it very much. Different in the werewolf genre and a lot of wonderful character developments. Even minor characters were developed well. Sometimes I get minor characters mixed up because there isn't any real defining thing about them, but that isn't true here.

  • Angela
    2019-02-03 02:45

    Loved the story! The characters were engaging, and the suspense was kept high throughout. Combining elements of a number of action-related genre's, Mr. Jones has given us a very entertaining read. Definitely can't put it down once you start....

  • Jan O'Kane
    2019-02-18 04:59

    Thank You Patrick!This was a GREAT READ! I started reading on Friday afternoon, had I started earlier I would have finished it in one setting. Definitely a page turner. I look forward to more of Mike Linder's adventures.Jan O'[email protected]

  • Shell Shearer Swinscoe
    2019-02-12 03:56

    fantastic read, so not what I thought it was going to be! best thing it was a free download!

  • Prabh Kaur
    2019-01-21 01:33

    so many twists in this book, i couldn't put in down until i read the last page. i loved it!!!

  • Karen
    2019-01-20 02:50

    Thriller even though you know what it is Can't put down

  • Irene
    2019-02-20 06:43

    Really enjoyed this novel it was a bit different from what I usually read and I'll be looking for more from this author. Made locking up the chicken coop at night a little more exciting...

  • Mary Drummond
    2019-01-29 05:39

    Enjoyed this story. Probably meant more to me since I live in the area that the book was written. Everytime my dog sniffs the air I think of the wolf.

  • Theresa
    2019-02-11 00:46

    Well written. Story moved at a good pace. I really enjoyed it.

  • Lisa
    2019-02-19 07:31

    This is a 3.5. I really like the YA books by Patrick Jones as do many, many teens and adults. When I put this on my to-read list, I didn't realize it is a book for adults and is self-published. That means it really needed an editor so the interesting and inventive story could shine through. Because the premise was good, the book kept me up late so I get to the resolution. I don't know that all readers would be as patient with it, though; I am a fan, which means I read it with a generous mindset. I wanted to see it through despite awkward innuendo and comments, poor diction that was probably caused by spell check not catching mistyped words, and too many characters as well as inconsistency in referring to them, alternating use of first and last names, which muddied it up a bit and took away from the flow as I tried to figure out who was who. I hope a publisher picks this one up, becuase it's good unedited; with an editor, it will be fantastic!

  • John W. Howell
    2019-02-02 04:00

    This is the first book in what will become the Linden Cornicles which will be an ongoing story of Mike Linden a former black ops member and obvious good guy. This story opens with Mark Lansdowne (the undercover identity of Linden) living a solitary, retired and much-saddened life with the passing of his loving wife Glenna a year ago. Mark’s only real friend Skruggs is the only one keeping a check on Mark’s well-being. As two friends are want to do they share simple pleasures of a good drink and smoke. The story would be complete with the exploration of what it really means to be a friend, but Mr. Jones puts in an exciting and compelling plot that at times keeps the heart beating and the reader turning the pages.The plot has a unique aspect in that the reader never finds out who is ultimately responsible for unleashing a killer community upon an unsuspecting town. We do, however, have a plot that moves quickly to a very satisfying conclusion. We have scientists, cops and the townspeople who are all drawn with an authenticity of those who could live next door to anyone. The fact that the responsibility for what appears to be an experiment with ancient DNA is not specifically spelled out is not a problem since the problem itself is solved. What is really cool the solution comes with explosions and unique ammunition that could only be secured through former membership in a secret fighting group. Enter Skruggs and Lansdowne who know their way around complex weaponry and hand to hand fighting techniques.The story is well drawn and avoids some clichés in the plot. For example, there is a potential for a new love interest for Mark, but if his character is to be believed he just wouldn’t be comfortable being disloyal to his now deceased wife. True to form, Mr. Jones provides the opportunity but then remains true to the character and develops a happy ending for the young woman. I would recommend this story to lovers of action and thriller fiction. It has a timeliness about it that makes the reader want the next book to come out right away.

  • Eric Neill
    2019-01-30 00:44

    As rare as antiquities may be history...Is the discovery of a knowledgeable author crafting a world class novel that is both faithful to the setting and accurate in even minute details of the geographical and climatology effects on the situation and characters of the storyline.I admit being biased by a long military career and living almost all my life in Missouri while visiting most of the rivers for canoeing and trails for hiking. I cannot claim to be a hunter, but accept its appeal to others. I have traveled the U.S. extensively, and much of Europe, and there are no other places I have found to match the Ozark mountains for interesting characters for authors to develop in their works.This books balances the story development with believable main and incidental real people and the emotional/intellectual descriptive narrative that keeps the suspense and interest levels climbing while weaving events and interactions into a suspenseful book that will keep the batteries drained on your Kindle as you will not want to recharge until finished.The best part is no werewolves or zombies were hurt in the making of this book as not every recent book requires them to create fear. A great author does the creating, not the overworked evil of the month club drivel.