Few people ever really get to know and love wolves. This fictitious novel centers on a little lost wolf pup, and later on in the story a white wolf, which is later named White Wolf. The adventure begins with the pup being found, cared for, and loved by his rescuer. The love the little wolf pup brings to his rescuer's life and others he meets and rescues from danger is tremendous. The wolf pup eventually grows into a full-grown wolf, and he and White Wolf have offspring, and that's when the adventure really begins. The readers of this book will learn that animals can and do love. And they will fall in love with Chain and White Wolf as they read about their magnificent adventures.
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Is it possible that "wolves are people too"? Jack McCain is a thirty-something undercover policeman who finds a wolf pup and names him Chain. This book, divided into three parts, is about their adventures together over several years. In Part 1, Jack and Chain discover the body of a drug dealer who turns out to be the ex-husband of Jack's girlfriend Wendy. Not too far away, Chain rescues a relatively newborn infant in a barn. Later, the two find a girl named Penelope living nearby in an old shack who says that when she was passing through the area, she was kidnapped by a policeman, was raped, and became pregnant, but after she delivered the policeman told her the baby had died. It so happens that the policeman-rapist turns out to be one of Jack's co-workers. Unfortunately, Wendy secretly has leukemia and dies. Part 1 ends with Jack marrying Penelope and adopting her little girl. Shortly afterwards, Chain meets a female which Jack names White Wolf and the two have a litter of pups. Chain goes off into the wild but brings one of his pups for Jack to raise. Jack names the pup Little Chain. Part 2 begins a few years later. Chain and White Wolf discover a man prowling around in the woods behind Jack's house with $25,000. Not long after, Little Chain finds a four-year-old boy named Mack wandering around in the woods. Later they learn that the boy's father, who is a homeless alcoholic and mentally unstable following the death of his wife, was going to sell the boy to the man with the $25,000 because the man's little boy had drowned. The father signs away his rights to Mack, and the boy is adopted by Jack and Penelope. All during this time, there are various news reports of a gray and a white wolf which perform different heroic deeds of saving people. In Part 3, an evil drug-dealing hunter is trespassing on Jack's land and shoots Big Chain. White Wolf, joined later by Big Chain who is not too badly injured, chases the hunter to where he has imprisoned his wife, children, and mother-in-law, and saves the prisoners. There are other characters, such as Jack's housekeeper Mattie and his boss Mr. Conners, along with a number of sub-plots, but the main emphasis is on the relationship of Jack and his wolves. Sometimes I found the action a little hard to follow, but for the most part it was a pleasant tale. While there is nothing graphic or salacious, this is not a book for small children, especially with the part about the rape and a few other more mature situations. Also, I personally did not like the way that Wendy, who was a nurse, committed suicide with medicinal drugs because of her leukemia, but people will have differing views on that subject. However, Jack is most certainly a model character who has a good heart, believes in marriage "till death do us part," and always strives to do that which is right, whether on his job or with his family. As to language, there are a few common euphemisms, some childhood slang terms for bowel movements, and one instance of "Oh my God" as an exclamation. Otherwise, it is a book that older teens and adults who like animal stories should enjoy.
I love this author's books. She has an amazing talent for describing her characters and bringing them to life. The plot will keep you turning the pages and will leave you wanting to read more. As with Malinda Mitchell's other books -- the readers will not be disappointed. I also highly recommend Helper, The Store Down The Road, and Was He Real Or Only A Dream?