Glen Duncan delivers a powerful, sexy new version of the werewolf legend, a riveting and monstrous thriller--with a profoundly human heart.
Jake Marlowe is the last werewolf. Now just over 200 years old, Jake has an insatiable appreciation for good scotch, books, and the pleasures of the flesh, with a voracious libido and a hunger for meat that drives him crazy each full moon. Although he is physically healthy, Jake has slipped into a deep existential crisis, considering taking his own life and ending a legend that has lived for thousands of years. But there are two dangerous groups--one new, one ancient--with reasons of their own for wanting Jake very much alive.
At the start of British author Duncan's fine supernatural thriller, centuries-old lycanthrope Jake Marlowe learns he has become the last known werewolf on earth. Soon Jake is on the run from not only WOCOP, an antioccult agency that wants to hunt him down for sport, but also vampires, who have discovered that a werewolf bite can desensitize them to the ravages of sun exposure. After escaping horrible torments at the hands of both parties, Jake is shocked to discover that he may not be the last wolf standing, and that it's crucial he survive to propagate his species. Duncan (A Day and a Night and a Day) keeps the pages turning with hairbreadth escapes that have Jake globe-trotting for dear life from Europe to the U.S., but the true allure of his tale is the poetic and evocative prose by which Jake relates his transformations, kills, and thoughts. Savvy and exceptionally literate, this is one smart modern werewolf tale. 100,000 first printing.
This book will challenge an American reader's literacy, peak his interest in the fantastical and leave him wanting to discover more.
The last werewolf by glen duncan
This almost reads like a classic romance novel, or a traditional spy novel, or an erotic thriller.
Deeply evocotive phrasing
Excessively descriptive wording for nature and strong feelings. Deep feelings
A long, busy life, even for a werewolfe.
An extra long life, is winding down. Ready for it to wind down, too. Eventually, all lives wrap up this way. World weary.
Murder and life. Life and murder. Compulsion for both. Tired of the killing, and the wandering, in a world without love. Then finding love.
Guilty feelings, but talking about feelings has never gotten anyone, anywhere. Especially, a 160 yr old Werewolf who ate his pregnant wife on his first kill. So, when he is targeted as the last werewolf, and is set up to be hunted down, this werewolf, has had enough of life. He seems almost ready to be killed, and to be done with it.
The beauty of chronic ambivalence, until he finds something worth living for. Someone.
This book is great.
- Robert Cain
The Last Werewolf
Ugh - save your money! So hard to get through. Overwritten and dense. I was mildly interested to see how it would turn out, so skipped to the last chapter rather contine struggling through it. The parenthetical statements on their own would add up to a novella.