As the Wolf Loves Winter

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In the old days wolves roamed remote, mysterious Hemlock County, Pennsylvania. Then the great hemlocks, the virgin forests, and at last the very earth itself were raped and left to die.

Now these deserted hills are being haunted by new atrocities, seemingly linked to a bonanza of natural gas. What beast or man is leaving frozen, mangled bodies in the woods? Three unlikely heroes will set out to find the answer: W.T. "Racks" Halvorsen, retired oilfield worker and ex-hunter; Becky...

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Overview

In the old days wolves roamed remote, mysterious Hemlock County, Pennsylvania. Then the great hemlocks, the virgin forests, and at last the very earth itself were raped and left to die.

Now these deserted hills are being haunted by new atrocities, seemingly linked to a bonanza of natural gas. What beast or man is leaving frozen, mangled bodies in the woods? Three unlikely heroes will set out to find the answer: W.T. "Racks" Halvorsen, retired oilfield worker and ex-hunter; Becky Benning, twelve-year-old who knows only she can save her dying brother . . . with magic; and Leah Friedman, a New York physician who suspects the truth behind the killings. Their search is eerily shadowed by that of the Silver Wolf, whose reintroduced pack, deep in the Wilderness, is threatened once more by mankind's ferocity. "A grim, moving thriller" -- Kirkus Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews
A grim, moving thriller from the prolific Poyer (The Only Thing to Fear, 1995, etc.), who here returns to the aptly named Hemlock County.

Hemlock, in a forgotten corner of Pennsylvania, is sinking back into wilderness after a century of rapacious exploitation. The coal, oil, and gas deposits that once fueled the economy are gone, leaving poisoned landscapes and a dwindling, embittered population. Among them is W.T. "Racks" Halvorsen, a legendary hunter. In Poyer's earlier Hemlock County novel, Winter in the Heart (1993), the elderly Halvorsen figured as one of a group who turned to violence to stop a local businessman from illegally dumping quantities of toxic waste in the county. This time out, Halvorsen is on his own as he deals with an equally lethal conspiracy. Walking in the woods, he comes upon two men methodically beating a third to death. They flee with the body, but Halvorsen, angered by what he has seen, looking for anything that will dissolve some of the grief he still feels for his wife's death three years ago, tries to track them down. His search leads him into the heart of a supposedly uninhabited wilderness area, where he finds a kidnapped girl and an ambitious plot to steal quantities of natural gas. Rescuing the girl, he flees deeper into the wilderness to elude the killers. Poyer hits his stride with Halvorsen's ingenious and convincing use of wilderness skills to outwit his pursuers in a long midwinter duel that's tense, vivid, and believable. Both Halvorsen and the resilient girl he has rescued are complex, convincing figures. And the outcome is satisfying without seeming either forced or melodramatic.

A subtle, highly original blend of eco-thriller and novel of character. Halvorsen, bitter, almost overcome by age and regret, very much a man of an earlier time, lingers in the mind.

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"Counterpointed to the sustained suspense in this wholly involving thriller are numerous well-evoked scenes of wolf packs watching and circling the human protagonists. Wolves are often considered vicious predators, but in this scenario it's the humans who are truly feral and dangerous. A magnificent wintry climax involving the wolves, Halvorsen, and a brave 12-year-old girl won't be forgotten soon by anyone who appreciates superb storytelling and characterization."
George Hebert
"David Poyer's latest is about wolves...But there are also powerful sub-dramas - echoing issues we read about every day - swirling all over the snowy Allegheny Plateau, where wolves and scandal and tragegy converge in the winter of Poyer's tale...He writes with just as sure a touch about the Pennsylvania petroleum industry as he did, say, about the working divers of the offshore Gulf rigs in his earlier Louisiana Blue."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937997403
  • Publisher: Northampton House
  • Publication date: 1/25/2014
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 954,671
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID POYER grew up in the hills of Western Pennsylvania. Millions of copies of his thirty-plus books are in print, and his novels have been translated into Japanese, Dutch, and Italian. His most enduring body of work, however, may be his Hemlock County series, set in a Faulknerian Western Pennsylvania. They are The Dead of Winter, Winter in the Heart, As the Wolf Loves Winter, and Thunder on the Mountain. Poyer teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2003

    Great read

    The forests come alive with Poyers narrative. His use of images in the shadows of the natural world gives the reader the feeling he is there in the moonlit woods along side the protagonist.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Wolves of the shining stars: power den

    Any wolf with powers may create a den here, to the last result.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Shy

    Name. Shy -*- age. ? -*- Gender. Female -*- Look. A white wolf with black ws and green eyes. -*- mate. Fire -*- crush. Fire -*- pups. Blessing, misery, and worry. -*-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Saphira

    Go to moonwolf third result

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Skys description

    NAME Sky FUR/EYES reddish brown fur with green eyes. PERSONALITY find out yourself. TRAITS good at swimming and is a very fast runner despite her small underaverage size POSITION Female Beta MATE Spard PUP(S) Autumn: dark brown fur with pretty amber eyes. ~Sky

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Luna and co. descriptions

    Name~ Luna. Gender~ Female. Rank~ Femal Alpha. Mate~ Memory. Crush~ Memory. Pups~ She's: Sky, Diniera, Sakura, Moonlight, and Neka. Male's: Mault, Fire (adopted), Kolo, and Trodden. Pelt/edye color: Pure whhite with streaks of silver in her tail, with deep saphire blue eyes. Traits: Great hunter, good swimmer and good climber because she was born in the mountains. Personality: Is usually a nice wolf but she can get angry if something goes on that is bad. She is loveing, careing, great with pups. History: Born and raised in the mountains, her mother died giveing birth so another she wolf became her second milk giver. When she was old enough she came down into the forest and started the MacMoon pack. Family: Mate is Memory, see pups above, and Roen is like a brother to me.

    Name~ Diniera. Gender~ She wolf. Rank~ Pack wolf. Mate~ Sorrow. Crush~ Sorrow. Pups~ Is expectibg but that will chang and she will have pups. Pelt/Eye color~ Very small golden she wolf with light blue eyes. Traits~ Great swimmer, good hunter and fisher. Personalit~ A little shy at first but when she warms up to you she is very sweet and careing. She will defend her pack, pups and mate. History~ Born and raised by Luna, she grew up and helped Luna re-start the MacMoon pack. Then she found her mate Sorrow. Family~ Mother is Luna, Father is Memory and even though he is her stepfather she still trusts him, Sister's are: Sky, Sakura, Moonlight, and Neka. Brother's are: Mault, Fire, Kolo and Trodden. Roen is like and uncle to her.

    Name~ Sakura. Gender~ She wolf. Rank~ Pack wolf. Mate~ Smoke. Crush~ Smoke. Pups~ None yet but wants some one day. Pelt/eye color~ Sleek pitch black she wolf with silver eyes flecked with dark blue. Traits~ Is very stelthy and silent so she is a good hunter. Likes to swimm and run. Personality~ Very upbeat, takes alot to make her sad or angry, nice and careing. History~ Was born and raised in the MacMoon pack, she grew up and became mates with Smoke. Family~ Mother is Luna, Father is Memory, Sister's are: Sky, Diniera, Moonlight, and Neka. Brother's are: Mault, Fire, Kolo, and Trodden.

    Name~ Neka. Gender~ She wolf. Rank~ Pack wolf. Mate~ Non. Crush~ non. Pups~ non. Pelt/eye color~ White/silver she wolf with blue eyes flecked with silver. Personality~ Very nice and careing, likes everybody. Traits~ Good hunter, swimmer and fisher. History~ Born and raised in the MacMoon pack. Family~ Mother is Luna, Father is Memory, Sister's are: Sky, Diniera, Sakura, and Moonlight. Brother's are: Mault, Fire, Kolo, and Trodden.

    Name~ Blessing. Gender~ She wolf. Rank~ Pup but will grow up to be a pack wolf. Mate~ Non, is to young. Crush~ non. Pups~ non, is to young to have any. Pelt/eye color~ white, black and tan she wolf with brillant blue eyes. Personality~ Happy all the time, playfull, careing. History~ Born in the MacMoon pack. Family~ Mother is Shy, Father is Fire, dosen't have any sisters, Brother's: Worry and Misery.

    Name~ Kyla. Gender~ She wolf. Rank~ Is still a very young pup, but will grow up to be a pack wolf. Mate~ non, is to young to have one. Crush~ Non. Pups~ non, is to young to have any. Pelt/eye color~ Amber colored she wolf with bllack spots, crystal blue eyes. Personality~ Happy, nice, careing. History~ Was born in the MacMoon pack. She hasen't done much yet. Family~ Mother is Saphira, dosen't know who her father is. Sister is Artic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Artic and Mault

    Names- Mault
    Description- creamy brown tom with creamy dark brown paws and green eyes
    Crush/Mate- Hylia
    Pups- none, yet
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    Name- Artic
    Description- white she with black splotches and green eyes
    Crush- Bonk
    Mate- none, yet
    Pups- none, yet

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    Nursery

    Nursery

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