Wednesday, 25 April 2012

The Pack by Jason Starr (Urban Fantasy)

April 26th 2012, Berkley UK
368 pages, Paperback
Review copy

Themes: werewolves, New York life, unexpectedly unemployed, stay at home dad, life with a 3 year old, suspicion, police investigation, a wife's fear of being cheated on, close friendships, taking risks, lots of meat eating, fair amount of humour, moderately strong gore (infrequent), strong adult relations (frequent mentions & innuendo)

Summary from Penguin
Let the hunt begin . . .
When Simon Burns is fired from his job without warning, he takes on the role of stay-at-home dad for his three-year-old son. But his reluctance pushes his already strained marriage to the limit. In the nestled playgrounds of the Upper West Side, Simon harbors a simmering rage at his boss's betrayal.

Things take a turn when he meets a tight-knit trio of dads at the playground. They are different from other men Simon has met, stronger and more confident, more at ease with the darker side of life- and soon Simon is lured into their mix. But after a guys' night out gets frighteningly out of hand, Simon feels himself sliding into a new nightmarish reality.

As he experiences disturbing changes in his body and his perceptions, he starts to suspect that when the guys welcomed him to their "pack", they were talking about much more than male bonding . . .
Nayuleska's thoughts 
I warn you now you won't be a happy bunny by the way it ends - I want to read more now, not in however many months it is until book two. Its a shape shifter story that drew me in morr than I expected given the protag is a guy. There was quite a bit of strong adult content, but it wasn't out of place in the story and I skimmed a few paragraphs. This gets 9/10 from me for being captivating and having a character with a family.

You can find out more on Jason's website.

Suggested read

Another good urban fantasy read witb a father experiencing the supernatural is Sixty One Nails by Mike Shevdon

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