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Freaky! There is no way I want this book to happen in real life.
Freaky! There is no way I want this book to happen in real life.
I read this authors other 2 books in his series, the last one comes out soon. They were equally freaky. I think this author has Horror as a base of his writing. In a good way, I was mesmerized by the horror elements.
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Posted February 29, 2012
A Supernatural Book Well Worth Five Stars
It all started in 1993 when Bernard, a young, ambitious CEO, brought a team of mercenaries to a small village with only one goal in mind - bring back one male and kill everyone else.
Eighteen years later, Bernard's merciless massacre has made him a billionaire. The one male he brought back was all he needed to start a whole farm of werewolves, or wergs, that he could sell to the public as pets or guard dogs. The werepets are on commercials, discussed on late night shows, and in people's homes. They're more powerful than a dog, yet less beastly than a werewolf...well, at least when they've been trained and reprogrammed, and being trained doesn't always mean they'll remain domesticated.
The public has no idea that the wergs are humans.
Christine, a devoted paramedic for the fire station who originally wants no involvement with werepets whatsoever, soon finds out the hard way about all of the WereHouse's lies when she is attacked by a rogue werg on what she and her partner figured was just a routine EMS call. Though the werewolf didn't bite her, enough of its blood mixes with hers for her to feel all the tell-tale changes of transformation.
The day she transforms, her world changes. It's up to her and her new rogue hunter companion to put an end to Bernard's crimes and bring those crimes to the light, but Bernard is forever the survivor. The goal will be far from an easy one.
When I do book reviews, the stars don't really mean anything to me. I generally give all my reviews a 4-star because I generally like all the books I review. If I don't like the book, I'll give it a 3-star. Anyway, what I'm getting at is that I haven't clicked 5-stars in a while, but I knew I'd give this book 5-stars when I was about 50 pages from the end.
Tamed is a story that jumps between four interconnecting POVs. We get to see the rogue hunter lifestyle, the training and reprogramming lifestyle, the mastermind's lifestyle, and the lifestyle of a normal, hard-working woman who gets dragged into the conflict by chance. When POV switches are well-done, all the plots foreshadow and complement each other until, at the very end, they've all matched up and ended. These POV switches were masterfully done.
I despised, yet even felt sorry at points, for the characters that Douglas wanted the readers to despise. I cheered for the protagonists, my favorite being rogue hunter Aiden. He became one of my favorite characters soon after he was introduced. My second favorite character was Billy, Christine's humorous partner.
The whole story was wonderful throughout, but the climax and ending was awesome! I loved how the villain was taken care of. As much as I disliked Bernard, I had to give him kudos for being such a smart survivor. I'm tired of stupid villains. Sure, I want them to get what they deserve, but I love it when the protagonists have one hell of a job getting him down. Oh, speaking of protagonists having one hell of a job....
Douglas Brown was not afraid to harm his characters, both mentally and physically. I felt genuinely like the protagonists' adventure and journey was an arduous, deadly one and I respect them all the more for getting through such an ordeal.
In fact, I've come to respect Brown's skill as a storyteller altogether. I will definitely be reading his other books, that's for sure.
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Posted September 12, 2013
Thought the description was interesting. the book was hard at fi
Thought the description was interesting. the book was hard at first to get into but the idea intrigued me after reading children's books about the first dog, i have learned a number of things about anthropology and archaeology, and the idea of finding the first tamed animal by scientific discovery is hard to fathom. I know that the genetic information states that dogs are related to wolves, and only wolves, and that changes in physiological structures did not happen first while genetic information has provided an earlier diversion of canines from wolves. That makes it hard to believe that the development of werewolves into pets would be a good idea. This book has a dramatic and shocking way of telling this story. The almost savage slavery and brutality that was given to the characters of this story make it dramatic, and epic. This is a great new perspective of werewolves, and mans control of nature.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 9, 2013
Posted February 2, 2012
The Jurassic Park of Werewolf Stories!
A thrilling novel, TAMED by Douglas R. Brown had me at pet werewolves.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In the jungles of Costa Rica, the werewolf is a very real thing, and Bernard Henderson plans to cash in on this knowledge with his WereHouse, a place where werewolves are trained to be faithful pets. Yet when a werewolf pet goes rogue and attacks its owners as well two paramedics, it’s up to a team of hunters to stop them, until one learns the terrible knowledge of what a werewolf is really made of. They must race to bring the WereHouse down before they’re hunted too.
TAMED excites with its take on werewolves. These aren’t your young heartthrobs. No, they’ve become pets, can be vicious creatures, and are so much more. Brown’s style lends to a fast-paced, heart-stopping read with its staccato sentences that pack a punch. The characters are well-written and believable. As the secrets are exposed, the twists and turns will keep the reader guessing to the very end. The horror and real life collide with edge-of-your-seat tension. With its humor, a touch of romance, and lots of horror, TAMED is a suspenseful, fantastic read.
Douglas R. Brown’s TAMED does for werewolves what Michael Crichton’s JURASSIC PARK did for dinosaurs!
Posted January 22, 2012
WORTHY OF THE BIG SCREEN
WORTHY OF THE BIG SCREEN I started reading Tamed early one afternoon and did not stop until I finished it later that night. A big fan of Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft, I have read numerous attempts by authors over the years seeking to reach their level of individuality. In my opinion, Douglas Brown has achieved his own level of greatness with Tamed. A fast-paced thriller with a few surprises thrown in along the way, I could easily see it becoming a motion picture.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 17, 2012
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Highly recommended for fans of horror, werewolves &/or urban fantasy
Bernard Henderson has a unique product to bring to market – he calls them wergs. The common person calls them werewolves – only, of course, these are just pets, docile, tame as any dog, and don’t change to a human. Or so Henderson says. Christine works for the fire department as a medic and the4 wergs freak her out, so it is not a great surprise to her when, upon answering a call one day, they find a werg on the loose that attacks her and her partner, Billy. Billy disappears – Christine ends up in the hospital for scratches and lacerations, but fortunately the werg didn’t bite her. Of course, as it turns out, the werg blood she got in her mouth was enough, and she finds herself … changing. She learns something about the wergs that can bring down Henderson’s WereHouse and shock the world – but will she survive long enough to tell anybody now that Henderson is on her trail?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This was a really freaky book – in a good way, might I hasten to add! Dealing with slavery, the humane treatment of pets – especially during training – and even cannibalism, there were definitely parts of the book that made me distinctly uncomfortable. Brown’s talents are immense and he has a decidedly twisted turn of mind - I have absolutely loved each of his books that I have read so far. His characters are clear and unique, his plots move smoothly along, and it is nearly impossible to put down the book once you get started. This one is highly recommended for fans of horror, urban fantasy, werewolves and good writing! Available 1/26/12 – watch for it!
Posted January 17, 2012
Tamed, by Douglas Brown, is vicious and brilliant in every aspect of the words – from the horrific, detailed scenes right down to its absorbing narrative – I did not put this book down until I was finished. What a breath of fresh air and such a new take on the boring old stories about werewolves! I thought they’d taken the subject as far as it could go, but Brown proved me wrong. I have had the pleasure of reading Brown’s work in the past and was very impressed with the depth of his imagination. Tamed, though a work of fiction, is alarming. Just like the equally terrifying book, Jurassic Park, I found myself wondering, with science and technology moving at such a tremendous rate, it would be all too easy to alter human DNA, creating a new species such as these. Brown proves himself a master of not only epic fantasy fiction, but modern fantasy fiction as well. The fluidity of Brown’s words, the humorous dialog and imaginative scenes make Tamed an engaging read. It is the perfect book to take along on a flight as you’ll find yourself bound and salivating until you finish it. Just ignore the odd stares from the other passengers. - Ashley L. Knight author of FINS and FATHOMWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.