House of Wolves
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House of Wolves

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by Matt Bronleewe

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A mysterious book with a dangerous secret.

An evil brotherhood out to conquer the world.

One man stands between them . . . with his family in the balance.

In the twelfth century, Henry the Lion collected the rarest relics in Christendom. And to protect his most precious acquisitions, he encoded the whereabouts in a gorgeous illuminated manuscript called


A mysterious book with a dangerous secret.

An evil brotherhood out to conquer the world.

One man stands between them . . . with his family in the balance.

In the twelfth century, Henry the Lion collected the rarest relics in Christendom. And to protect his most precious acquisitions, he encoded the whereabouts in a gorgeous illuminated manuscript called The Gospels of Henry the Lion.

The manuscript has been showing up and disappearing ever since. No one knows where the relic has been hidden . . . or its ultimate power.

Only one man holds the key to the mystery.

He's carrying it in his briefcase at his son's school for show-and-tell, and he thinks it's a fake. But he's about to find out just how real it is.

Because the wolves are rapidly closing in. And if August Adams can't decode the secret in time, the world's balance of power will forever be altered.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Betrayals, secret societies, the quest for an ancient artifact of great religious significance-all the familiar elements of countless Dan Brown imitations are on display with limited dramatic effect in Bronleewe's second thriller to feature New York City rare book dealer August Adams (after 2007's Illuminated). Out of the blue, August's estranged father sends August the legendary 12th-century Gospels of Henry the Lion, instantly placing the bookseller and those near and dear to him in the sights of a shadowy and vicious group known as the Black Vehm. Expository passages about lost treasure, secrets buried in the Antarctic ice and the Nazis' search for the Holy Lance alternate with scenes of shoot-outs, stabbings and bludgeonings. Readers may struggle to empathize with the cartoonish characters, like August's terrified young son, who, with agents of the Black Vehm in hot pursuit, worries he'll die before learning what his grandfather meant by the expression "spring chicken." (Aug.)

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Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date:
August Adams Adventure Series , #2
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5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Matt Bronleewe is the highly-acclaimed author of Illuminated. When not writing, Bronleewe is a record producer and songwriter. He and his wife have three children.

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House of Wolves 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
August Adams is back! The fast pace and shifts in perspective held my interest from beginning to end. Highly recommended!
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Megalith More than 1 year ago
The central character in House of Wolves, August Adams, is a dealer in rare books who unexpectedly receives a package from his estranged father: an ancient illuminated manuscript of The Gospels of Henry the Lion. August is immediately plunged into a deadly mystery that runs him afoul of The Black Vehm, an ancient brotherhood which seeks to get its hands on the book at all costs. Soon, August finds himself reunited with his father and ex-wife, and along with his son, must try to outwit the Black Vehm while solving a mystery that ties in a biblical relic with a Nazi plot. Echoes of Dan Brown resonate throughout this story. The illuminated book must be paired with another document, and the resulting message must then be decoded. August is average in almost all ways, except for his extraordinary memory and an uncanny ability to decipher codes. The ancient brotherhood is filled with conspiracies, competing factions, and even a sympathetic back-story for one of its killers. There are many things to like about this story. The action gets rolling right away and doesn't slow down. Bronleewe throws in a few satisfying twists, and also casts doubt about the motivations of multiple characters, adding to the suspense. He also does justice to the mystery element of the story, so that the plot is more than a series of escapes and near-misses along the way to the final showdown. On the negative side of the ledger is that August is not an engaging character. Toward the end of the book, I discovered that I was eager to reach the end of the story and learn how the mystery was solved, but I did not care if August and his annoying son survived. In terms of setting, Bronlewee short-changes the location of the story's climax. I would have enjoyed more description and a greater sense of wonder surrounding the final showdown. House of Wolves is nevertheless a solid thriller for those who enjoy biblical mysteries, and I look forward to Bronleewe's next effort.
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BeemanBoy87 More than 1 year ago
good plot and good characters. a must read if you like books with suspense and thrill. i would definitely recommend this book!
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
House of Wolves was amazing. I loved the fact that the author used fact and fables regarding Hitler's obsession with relics to come up with one dynamic tale. Only I wouldn't recommend getting attached to some of the characters as they tended to get picked off by the killers along the way. This novel sort of reminds me of Relentless by Robin Parrish or Germ by Robert Liparulo in that it is fast paced and there is a serious manhunt going on with many casualties and a lot of gruesome stuff done with knives. Oh, and things blowing up, lots of chasing scenes, and shooting guns, etc. Doesn't that just sound like an action packed story? It wasn't too gross for me, though, and I tend to be a wimp.

The quality of the author's writing and the plot was very well done. Bronleewe has a unique story telling style. For people who like "National Treasure" and "Indiana Jones" type stories, this is sure to please. I also loved how things turned out in the end for the main characters. For an action/thriller type novel, this ranks toward the top of my list. The twists and turns were believeable and well done. It held my attention and the plot details fascinated me. I don't know how the author kept track of all of that information and how he tied it together, but it seemed flawless. Great story! I can't wait for the next installment!
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Bronleewe's follow up novel to "Illuminated," the action-packed thriller "House of Wolves," does not fall short of expectation. I couldn't put this book down. August Adams is a highly likeable, intelligent protagonist who doesn't want for adventure and mystery. Protecting his family and solving an ancient mystery are just a day in the life of this more-than-average book seller. Bronleewe delivers a theme of redemption into the heart-pounding thriller, making this series as much about the individual characters and their struggles, as the overall battle of good versus evil. Bronleewe keeps you on the edge of your seat as you follow along with August on his search for answers and the key to saving the ones he loves most.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great follow-up to Bronleewe's first book, ILLUMINATED! Once again, he provides a novel that can't be put down! It's a page-turner that will leave you wanting more which he'll provide in August 2009 (there's an excerpt of his next book at the end of this one). Great book, great read, great stuff!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading ¿House of Wolves¿ was an enjoyable experience. Although this is the second in what is to be a five-book series, I had no trouble following the characters and never felt at a disadvantage for not having read ¿Illuminated,¿ the first book. ¿House of Wolves¿ kept me up at night, turning page after page until I finished the book. Matt Bronleewe skillfully combined tidbits of historical fact with intriguing fictional narrative involving believable characters and tied it all up with a satisfying finish. In terms of theme, Matt Bronleewe has deftly woven into a great story characters who struggle with forgiveness, responsibility, and restitution. This world we live in is not always an easy place and we all have to deal with these issues at one time or another. Matt Bronleewe gives us a good picture of the pain experienced by many estranged partners and shows by example one of the paths that may be taken to resolve said differences. I highly recommend ¿House of Wolves¿ for anyone looking to read a thrilling mystery with a solid Christian foundation. I look forward to the next edition in the August Adams Adventure Series by Matt Bronleewe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Matt Bronleewe does it again in this second book in the August Adams series. This one is even better than the first which was a good book. Adams is back to fight secret societies and find hidden secrets in a rare book. I know the action in the book takes place in a few days time but it is still interesting and it makes the book that much more enjoyable. The book reminds me of the movie National treasure. You can really tell how Bronleewe has grown since the first book and I cant wait to see what mysteries August Adams tackles next. A great read that I couldnt put down after starting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This August Adams Adventure is a step up from the first one and I cannot wait for more! This is a book that will do well in all markets, Christian or not. Non-stop action all the way through, with just a hint of romance. The adventurous journey that one takes with the Adams family through this book is one of a kind with the excitement levels of Indiana Jones and think International- National Treasure. I really liked this one, I would get into details, but really I do not want to give anything away, so all I can say is just read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bronleewe pulled out all the stops in the latest August Adams adventure. A quick read, this novel grabs you from the start and takes you on a twisting, turning thrill ride through secret societies, rare books, and even Antarctica!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'House of Wolves' arrived yesterday and I could not wait to get started reading it. After reading Matt Bronleewe's first novel, 'Illuminated', I was ready to pick up on August Adams next adventure.Matt did not disappoint. He has woven in great characters, twisting plots and 'secret societies' into another great page turning book. Matt is truly a great author and I look forward to many more adventures with August and his family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
August Adams¿s life is somewhat back to normal after his adventures involving the famed Gutenberg Bible. Normal soon flies out the window when a mysterious birthday gift arrives from his estranged father. The gift is a copy of The Gospels of Henry the Lion, a famous rare manuscript that is said to hold dark secrets. When a dangerous assassin from the Black Vehm shows up to take the book, August realizes that his copy is in fact the original. The Black Vehm has been searching for the book for centuries, and more importantly the secrets that are hidden within. Once again, August and his family are the only ones who can stop a secret society hell-bent on world dominance. Matt Bronleewe stormed his way onto the scene last year with his exciting debut, Illuminated. I¿ve been waiting anxiously for months now to see if his follow up could hold up to the first book. Not only does House of Wolves hold it¿s own, but it far surpasses my lofty expectations. Everything that made Illuminated so enjoyable is on full display here: secret societies, engaging mysteries, relentless action, dangerous locations, and gut wrenching tension. Bronleewe continues to grow as a writer, especially with the complex plotlines and character development that we find here. While this story is chocked full of historical facts, Bronlewee¿s engrossing style makes even the most mundane details exciting. I found myself continually flying through the pages with reckless abandon so I could get my hands on one more piece of the puzzle. The addition of some new characters is welcome and makes the story that much more enjoyable. House of Wolves is an absolute thrill ride and August Adams is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters. At the end we are left with the perfect amount of closure and a delicious taste of what is to come. August Adams is back next summer, and I cannot wait to be blown away again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is nice to pick up a book every once and a while and be unable to put it down. House of Wolves is one of these treasures. Think of Nicholas Cage's character and Indiana Jones combined and you have August Adams!! The next adventures of August Adam's continue at breakneck speed until the thrilling ending with a twist....ahh..but that would be telling. Buy the book to find out!!!