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The Pack

The Pack

3.7 20
by Jason Starr

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Simon Burns is unemployed and on the verge of divorce. And he’s never felt better.

Simon Burns' strained marriage gets pushed to the limit when he loses his job and reluctantly takes on the role of stay-at-home dad for his three-year-old son.

Then he meets a tight-knit trio of other dads whose strength and confidence lure him into


Simon Burns is unemployed and on the verge of divorce. And he’s never felt better.

Simon Burns' strained marriage gets pushed to the limit when he loses his job and reluctantly takes on the role of stay-at-home dad for his three-year-old son.

Then he meets a tight-knit trio of other dads whose strength and confidence lure him into their mix. Now, after a crazy night out with the guys, Simon has an insatiable appetite for life—for running through the woods of Central Park, making love to his wife, and downing meal after meal of rich, tender meat. 

It seems that when Michael welcomed him to “the pack,” he was talking about more than male bonding…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Manhattan receives a lustrous varnish of black, black humor in this sly urban fantasy thriller from crime author Starr (Panic Attack). When ad man Simon Burns suddenly gets the axe, his wife, Alison, looks on the bright side. Now Simon can become the perfect stay-at-home dad for their three-year-old son. Exploring playground options outside his Upper West Side neighborhood, Simon meets dads Charlie, Ramon, and the strangely sinister Michael, and their toddler sons in downtown Battery Park. Handsome Michael, with his Germanic accent and gothic HQ in a rundown Brooklyn brewery, is without doubt the leader of the pack—a pack with which Simon soon starts running to his peril. The quirky Alison has a wonderful way of suggesting one thing to Simon then going back on the idea, time after time. Meanwhile, desperate single Olivia Becker gets more than she bargained for after picking up Michael in a midtown bar. Starr once again shows a real gift for satiric humor and capturing the contemporary New York scene. (June)
Library Journal
Ex-advertising executive Simon is having trouble making the transition to being a stay-at-home dad when he meets a group of fathers and their sons at a park. He quickly becomes part of their clique until a night of dinner and drinks with the guys leads to Simon waking up naked and covered in blood. In the days to come he notices an increase in his speed and stamina, a ravenous appetite for meat, an amped up sensitivity to smells, and a high sexual appetite. He vows to stay away from these guys, but when faced with the unsettling physical changes, he must go to them for answers. As the book title implies, Simon has done more than make a few new friends; he has been selected to join their pack. VERDICT In this tightly written werewolf suspense thriller, crime writer Starr (The Chill) succeeds in keeping readers on the edge of their seats. The book brings werewolves to the streets of New York City and manages to seem completely believable. A great read; recommended for any paranormal suspense fan.—Amanda Scott, Cambridge Springs P.L., PA

Product Details

Penguin Publishing Group
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Jason Starr's Pack Series
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Jason Starr is the author of many previous novels and has won the Anthony Award and the Barry Award.

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The Pack 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Altwolf More than 1 year ago
Unsettling, odd, I don't know quite what to make of it. I devoured the book, so it obviously was entertaining. It seems to me that the book is inspired by the classic male "mid-life-crisis" where we no longer feel invincible, young, handsome, or successful. Starr does a good job of expressing those feelings in the main character and thus making the allure of the "pack" in the park seem natural and needed, rather than creepy. I found the increasing "doggy-ness" of the guys kind of funny: "hey!! I am sooo happy to see you!" Woof-woof! lol. Towards the end, the plot felt a bit rushed, with the main character making some fairly abrupt decisions that seemed more necessary for the plot than in-line with his character. Overall, I guess I liked it and will be interested in seeing what comes of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A different twist on werewolves....nicely done
harstan More than 1 year ago
In New York City, Simon Burns expects a promotion as a senior account executive when his boss Tom Harrison says he needs to talk to him. Thus he was unprepared to be fired as he saw no warning idiot lights. To make matters worse, Tom refuses to either speak any further to him nor explain why. Fuming over his boss' slight, at his family's Manhattan apartment, he informs his wife Alison who's not the least bit upset with his news. Instead she tells him to be a stay at home house-husband raising their toddler. Neither Simon nor Jeremy seem to fit in at the various playgrounds they go to except one in Battery Park. There he meets Michael the leader, Charlie the fireman and Roman; they have a tight pack but welcome Simon and Jeremy. One night Simon visits Michael's loft, but wakes up in Mendleham, New Jersey. He does not remember a thing after drinking beer at Michael's place, but feels stronger and has a much more powerful sense of smell. On the day he awakens on the other side of the Hudson, a wolf mauled Tom. Michael has the pack as his alibi Michael invites his friends to his loft for steak and suds. Michael's father explains to him what will happen if he goes, but he fears his friend is too strong for him. This is an unusual fascinating horror thriller starring a milquetoast who becomes a virile stud. Alison believes she knows what is going on, but her theory proves wrong as the sense of foreboding grows while the secrets of the pack are slowly provided to readers. Mindful of a younger Jack Nicholson's Will Randall in Wolf, Simon is easy to understand as a likable person who goes from outsider to insider when the joins the Battery Park Pack, but fears he may harm his beloved wife and son. Harriet Klausner
Kirinred More than 1 year ago
I FOUND IT!!!! I was NOT looking for a predictable, lovey dovey pre-teen plot that i've read on the so many up and coming backs of books. And I found it. What drew me in was the fact that Mr. Starr does actually write/say at the very beginning of his book that Simon and the others dads will actually become....no spoilers.... Mr. Starr gradually lets you piece it all together and you keep guessing yourself whether Simon is truly going mad, until Michael says it himself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sexy werewolf. More R rated than X. Good guy TRYING NOT TO BE TOO BAD?
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I walk in
Robineliza More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was awesome! Cant wait to read the next!
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AuthorAshleyDawn More than 1 year ago
Simon Burns' life is just not going well at all. He exists from day to day, but he is shocked when his boss calls him into his office and fires him with no explanation. He has never been overly confident, not confrontational in the least, and his marriage is not on the best footing. Now, he is reeling emotionally from this latest blow and he finds himself a stay-at-home dad. Frustrated with life and how it is turning out, Simon spends his time taking care of his three-year-old son. They get into a routine but one day, breaking the normal pattern, Simon takes his son to a different park. There, Simon meets a group of 'cool' dads and begins to hang out with them. These men are confident, strong and comfortable with themselves, something Simon has never been able to be. Then, one night of food and drinks with the guys changes his life forever! His former boss is found murdered and Simon has a strange sense that he had something to do with it. He begins to notice changes in himself, some for the good and some for the bad. He begins chasing clues and has to figure out exactly what is happening to him. A well crafted book that will keep you immersed in its pages throughout. There are plenty of plot twists and questions to keep you up well into the night. Reviewed by Ashley Wintters for Suspense Magazine
Angela Brown More than 1 year ago
Pretty good. Not the best writing...came off as flat in a number of areas. Didn't really draw me in at first, but luckily the overall idea and flow was good.
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UinBklyn More than 1 year ago
This plot was predictable and shallow. It only took the monsters as seriously as needed to move the plot, but no deeper. There's no compelling world-building. The characters range from bland to off-putting. And the women...they were so far from having realistic behavior and motivation, that I thought there would be a magical ghost-in-the-machine to explain them. Nope. They were intended as the real world elements. It was painful to finish. The ending sits there. This book made me realize the downside to ebooks: nothing to return for a refund.
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michaelg More than 1 year ago
I had hopes...even though the author helped the protagonist evolve, in the end there was still no growth. The story moved predictably and methodically. No suspense or surprise. It just seems that the publishers will grab any vampire or werewolf books these days, especially if they splash some sex around the chapters.