The Wolves of Paris

The Wolves of Paris

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by Michael Wallace
     
 

It's the winter of 1450 and Paris is in a panic. A pack of ravenous wolves is loose in the city, feasting on human flesh. Lorenzo Boccaccio is summoned by a Dominican inquisitor who claims that Lorenzo's business agent is tied to the sorcery behind the wolf attacks. He demands that Lorenzo and his brother Marco help him root out the evil.

Rivals in business and love

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Overview

It's the winter of 1450 and Paris is in a panic. A pack of ravenous wolves is loose in the city, feasting on human flesh. Lorenzo Boccaccio is summoned by a Dominican inquisitor who claims that Lorenzo's business agent is tied to the sorcery behind the wolf attacks. He demands that Lorenzo and his brother Marco help him root out the evil.

Rivals in business and love, the brothers make for a reluctant partnership. Even so, they are confident the wolves are a natural phenomenon, not men or demons traveling in wolf form.

But events soon prove that the monks and peasants are right. These are no ordinary wolves. And if they are not defeated, the city's filthy alleys will be awash in blood.

Editorial Reviews

SFFWorld, SciFi, Fantasy and Horror - N.E. White
"A dashing tale of suspense, religion, and intrigue."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781493737376
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
11/11/2013
Pages:
358
Sales rank:
995,405
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range:
1 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Wallace was born in California and raised in a small religious community in Utah, eventually heading east to live in Rhode Island and Vermont. An experienced world traveler, he has trekked through the Andes, ventured into the Sahara on a camel, and traveled through Thailand by elephant. In addition to working as a literary agent and innkeeper, he previously worked as a software engineer for a Department of Defense contractor, programming simulators for nuclear submarines. He is the author of more than a dozen novels.

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The Wolves of Paris 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
eagle3tx More than 1 year ago
Entertaining take on the werewolf genre. Likeable characters, Florentine brothers in Paris on family business, plus a strong, independent heroine love-interest. Mix in Dominican blackfriars, claims of sorcery, possession and transformation, a few brutally ravaged bodies, and the squalor of mid-15thC Paris; and you find a tale with intrigue, adventure, realistic personal peril and a satisfying ending. Certainly not profound literature, but entertaining enough to be well worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book, The Wolves of Paris, grabs you and doesn't let go... ¿A voracious reader, and one who has enjoyed other Michael Wallace books, I ¿was excited to read his ¿¿The Wolves of Paris. I didn't particularly like the beginning but I soon found myself becoming more and more absorbed and staying up way too late, hungering to finish at least the next chapter... To me, wanting to know what happens next and not falling asleep while reading late at night is one of the hallmarks of a good book. I did manage to tear myself away, three hours after I should have gone to sleep, but even then had to force my mind to stop puzzling over the story.  The next day,I kept thinking about it during lulls in my work day and couldn't wait to devour the remaining pages. I wasn't disappointed.  The depth and  detail describing this black period of history were fascinating. I still have the urge to research myself to see what was true  and what was imagination.  The tale seamlessly blended fact and fiction into an intriguing and realistic tale, revealing glimpses of life shortly after the Black plague, hints of the horrors of the Inquisition, riveting moments of rivalry and brotherhood, and the fear  and terror of wolves tearing through the country side and stalking city streets, along with surprisingly poignant moments of romance and bravery. I mentioned that I didn't really like the very beginning of the novel.  Yet, thinking back on it, after persevering just a little longer until I couldn't put the book down, I have concluded that the start of the story had merit, too. In a way, it reminded me of pictures by 15th century painter ¿Bruegel, depicting the boisterous and brutal activities of everyday people as they lived and died during the Middle Ages. I didn't really like those paintings ¿ either¿, seen over thirty years ago in museum¿s¿ in Europe, but the images have somehow stayed in my head and  Michael Wallace's descriptions in his first few chapters, and periodically through the book, bring back those images of the ¿M¿iddle ¿A¿ges and enhance his successful and engrossing tale of the Wolves in Paris.  If my review made you curious, look up Breugal and the Middle Ages, and  look at a painting or two, but whatever you do, I recommend that you read this book, it'll grab you and won't let you go until the last page is read...and ¿even after you are done reading it, you will find yourself wanting to go back and tear into portions of it again.
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
I’d previously read Michael Wallace’s book The Righteous, a thriller set in a bizarre place where people had strange religious beliefs (a Utah polygamist community). It turns out that The Wolves of Paris shares these same qualities. The wolves (actually werewolves) intensify the bizarre setting. I found much to like in this story. The stakes for the characters were high (many life or death decisions and situations). The historical setting was one I hadn’t experienced through fiction before, and I found quite interesting. I especially found the power held by the church and the arbitrariness of what might cause someone to find themselves at odds with them during the Inquisition was frightening to consider. An intense read much different than anything I’ve read before. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Well written and kept me hooked from the beginning. Looking forward to read more from Michael Wallace
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It is 1405 and brothers Lorenzo and Marco are visiting their families home in Paris. But they discover that a pack of wolves are terrorizing the city and the surrounding area, killing peasants, travelers, even children. But they aren't just wolves, they are Loup Garou, werewolves. The brothers must fight these demon beasts to save Paris. An excellent historical thriller with a page turning ending. I highly recommend this book. Michael is one of the best independent authors I've seen in recent years. Check him out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a huge Michael Wallace fan, I was thrilled to see another book and jumped right on in. I have to admit that I was only slightly concerned because of the time period and location of the story. The author's talent and knowledge, however, provides the reader the ability to get totally absorbed, cheering on he characters, and anticipating what is coming with the turn of each page. Wallace's descriptions are spot on, successfully creating the scenes in wonderful details, not to mention causing me to do a double take of unfamiliar shadows after I turned the lights off. Even if the reader is not a fan of wolves and monsters, which I am not, this is a must read. The Wolves of Paris is not a typical werewolf versus hero tale. It is written with class, respecting the time period and country, and giving life to colorful characters with true to life emotions, behavior, situations and traditions. There is just a matter of those pesky wolves......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an avid Michael Wallace fan, mostly of his 'Righteous' series; however as I am lucky to be part of his 'in-group',  I got the chance to read this novel before it was released and it was well worth it. It began a little slow, however, the  pace picked up rapidly as the story progressed. This novel is similar to his writing style in the 'Dark Citadel' series  in that it stays true to the time period both in settings and in prose. Though I am not a fan of werewolf novels, this one definitely hooked me from about the 3rd chapter and I must say I didn't want to stop reading as I was dying to  find out how the transformation to the 'loup-garou' began. Highly recommend this novel and I wish to see more of the Boccaccio brothers and Lady D'Isle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Wolves of Paris is not your usual werewolf story.  The characters are interesting, with distinctive personalities.  While the book is written in Michael Wallace's direct, no-nonsense style, I was still riveted and connected to the book and didn't want to put it down. Thankfully, the author doesn't mire us in detailed description of the clothing worn by women in every scene. There's just enough historical detail to make it feel real. A great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not giving an intentional anonymous review here. There seems to be an issue with the process. Anway, I have read  The Wolves of Paris and  really really enjoyed it. Notice two reallys there. That's how much I liked it. Fast pace, fun, exciting, and a bit violent, who couldn't like it. The first paragraph or two is a bit slow but don't worry, it  picks up tremendously. Great book Michael,... your fan Dwayne...
mjschmitz31 More than 1 year ago
I discovered Michael Wallace in the summer of 2012 when one of his Righteous Series books became free on Amazon. I immediately became hooked and bought and read the rest of the series (exactly as Amazon and Michael Wallace planned). These books are all fantastic and I highly recommend them but I am here to review Wolves of Paris. This is by far my favorite of all of the Michael Wallace books I have read. It has much more violence and supernatural content than his other, more suspenseful books but I think that adds something and made me enjoy it more. I have read many books about werewolves since I am a huge fan of the horror genre and this is one of my favorites. I really like the main characters, the Boccaccio brothers and their romantic counterpart, Lucrezia. I was very interested in their personal story along with all of the background werewolf activity. The supporting characters were also very enjoyable such as the prior and a nobleman from France, Nemours. I found the time period fascinating and the Inquisition itself is almost scarier than the werewolves. If you have never read anything by Michael Wallace, this is a great book to start with since it is not part of a series but is a stand alone novel. It is easy and fun to read. Then after you finish this one, I would highly recommend you go out and get some more of his books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stories about vampires and werewolves have been around for centuries but Michael Wallace manages to bring a fresh take to the old tale. The story seems far afield from his other work but that doesn't hamper Wallace's ability to take us back centuries to weave a tale of sorcery and deceit. The year is 1450 and the location is France. Two Italian brothers from a wealthy merchant family in Florence, travel to Paris to find a man of their employ who has disappeared. They find a city terrorized, not only by supernatural creatures, but also by Dominican priests mired in the work of the Inquisition. One brother, Lorenzo, has already been “put to the question,” and resents his brother, Marco, for accusing him of heresy and turning him into the priests who tortured him. The brothers also resent each other because they are both in love with the same woman; the beautiful and now widowed, Lady Lucrezia d’Lisle. Werewolves, or Loup-garou, terrorize the countryside. Where did they come from? Why do they seem to follow Lucrezia wherever she goes? And more importantly, how do the brothers protect the woman they love and get rid of the demonic creatures? Sure, it’s all a bit familiar, but the characters are brought vividly to life, the settings are dark and suspenseful and you care about these people, especially the brothers who struggle to come to terms with how they feel about each other and how to settle their rivalry over the woman. Wallace is just good at taking us along. It’s very different from what we’ve seen from him in the past. He says he enjoyed writing this book and it shows.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Michael Wallace's new book, The Wolves of Paris. His writing is clear and evocative, and we are drawn into this tale of plague, fear, poverty and death at an ever increasing pace. Two brothers, rivals in business and love, are forced into the fight against evil in the form of werewolves by the Inquisition, which sees witchcraft and Satan in the infestation. Plague is decimating the populace of Paris at the same time as the supernaturals and their common representatives, wolves, are gaining mysterious entry through the heavily fortified walls to the heart of Paris. Enter a highly placed and desirable widow, known to the brothers and the Inquisition, who wants to help combat the spread of the werewolves, having reason to believe she has some responsibility for the rise of the werewolves. The stories wrap around each other and lead to a fine crescendo. I recommend this book as an ever more engrossing read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THE WOLVES OF PARIS During Europe’s darker period, when Inquisitions, heresy, and the witch hunting craze swept through the lands between 1000 CE and 1700 CE creating a hysteria amongst peasants and the noble class alike emerges a story wrapped around an event recorded in historical annals. Paris, though surrounded by walls, was invaded by a pack of wolves driven by hunger and able to find easy prey amongst the populace of the city. From this emerges a tale of the times portraying the event with further focus on the witchery and the fervor of religious power. While embellished with the fictitious necessities for keeping readers riveted to the story, it paints an accurate scene of the terrors and hardships of the time. Through the bloodshed and horror emerges a story of loyalty and love. While focus is on the wolf pack the side excursions into the personalities and the intermingling of sorcery seemingly out of Transylvania provide a captivating read along with insight to historical facts. A novel for reading fans of history, romance, mystery, fiction and the occult.
ArthurDeckerBristolCT More than 1 year ago
 I really like Michael Wallace's style of writing, and I think this is his best one yet. It is evident he  put in some time with the research on this one. He keeps going in areas you don't expect, and I always look forward to his new releases. I feel he is close to both Stephen Coonts, and yes even Stephen King in his early days. Keep watching...and reading, this guy is good.
Opus-1965 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It has horror, love, suspense, monks and wolves. I only put it down to sleep and to go to work. Very well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed this book. The first I've read from Michael Wallace and I look forward to reading more.
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