Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Wolf's Hour

The Wolf's Hour by Robert McCammon

Vampires have received a lot of attention in popular media over the last few years. Zombies aren't doing too bad for themselves either. Werewolves, on the other hand, haven't been getting nearly as much time in the limelight.With The Wolf's Hour, Robert McCammon gives them some much deserved attention.

Michael Gallitin is particularly well suited for his work for the British government as a spy during World War II. He's a lycanthrop, a man who has the ability to transform into a wolf. When he was a young boy he was bitten by another lycanthrop and he survived the transformation process his body was subjected to. Now his unique set of skills is put to good use for the Allied forces as they prepare for D-Day.

This was a great book. Many people might dismiss it as simply a horror book about werewolves, but it's much more than that. McCammon has done a great job of taking the idea of a werewolf and building on it. These  lycanthrops are not beholden to the cycles of the moon. They are able to change into a wolf at will and do so completely as opposed to the versions seen in movies. The best features of McCammon's creations are the human-like cognitive abilities that are maintained when they're wolves, as well as the wolf-like instincts and sensory abilities maintained when they're human.

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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