When Alex Converse, heir to a coal company fortune, visits Silver Gap, Colorado to make an environmentally themed documentary film, he's hoping to change some minds and to soothe his own troubled conscience. But there's more going on-in his mind, and in Silver Gap-than Alex knows. People are dying and women are disappearing. Some of the killers have fur, fangs, and claws-but some don't. What is Alex's connection to the missing women? Will anyone live long enough to find out? And what's up with those wolves?
Season of the Wolf is a heart-stopping supernatural thriller about climate change, the human capacity for evil, and the epic struggle between a small town's citizens and impossible creatures from the dawn of history.
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Season of the Wolf tells the tale of Man versus Nature, and a town’s struggle for survival when nature decides to fight back. Told through the many perspectives of the townsfolk, readers are given a thoroughly fleshed-out picture of the events happening in Silver Gap, from murders and kidnapping, to the epic struggle to reclaim their lives, their town and their forest from an impossible pack of wolves which have a hunger for human flesh. I did have a bit of difficulty, and it was confusing at times to try and keep track of who’s who, where they fit into the story due to the frequent POV changes. In spite of this, the story was interesting and engaging. Each character was dynamic and stood on their own, with realistic personalities and reacting in ways fitting to their situation. Season of the Wolf is a very gory story, at times excessively so. It seemed to me that it rarely went more than a few pages without someone being brutally killed, or having a scene of grisly death and random body parts scattered haphazardly. This is something that I felt could have been toned down a few notches, but it is well-written, and does carries out consistently, setting an oppressive mood for the story — one of bleak, dark dismay. However, it’s both fast-paced and action packed; with shreds of light and moments of happiness which seem to illuminate the darkness. Season of the Wolf is full of twists that will surprise readers time and time again. With his rich use of description, Mariotte has created a story which will grab the attention of readers and will have them hooked until the very last page; hoping for the survival of characters that they will come to love, even when the odds are against them. One thing I loved about Season of the Wolf, is well… the wolves. I’ve always loved wolves, and it’s sad that they’re hunted to the level that they’re no longer found in many of their native habitats. Global climate change, hunting, and the spread of urbanization has eradicated so many different species not just of wolves, but we’ve brought the population of wolves and other wildlife to levels of near-extinction. They’re all vital parts to ecosystems around the world, and not to mention, they are beautiful creatures, and they have every right to this world as we do. As a whole, we’ve become very good at destroying the habitats and lives of animals that we thought to be in the way of our own growth as a species. A message I feel that Mariotte gets across in Season of the Wolf and one that I agree with, is that we need to find a balance, and work for the preservation of life here on Earth. It’s the only planet we have, and we have to share it with each other, and with nature for our continued survival. (Mariotte shares this sentiment about wolves and says so much more elegantly than I do in his blog post, Save the Wolves.) Season of the Wolf is a quick read, but it’s one that imparts an important message about the delicate balance between our actions and nature. Mariotte turns the tables, and shows us what it’s like to be among the hunted, not one of the hunters — having our safe havens invaded and taken away, friends and family killed and shown no mercy. It’s a great read, and while it doesn’t fit into my usual genre, I believe that any reader, whether they enjoy mystery, thrillers, fantasy or just fiction in general will find something in Season of the Wolf that will draw them in. Originally posted on The Arched Doorway
Review of Season of the Wolf by Jeffrey J Mariotte 5 stars “Season of the Wolf” is a terrifying horror novel with that very implacability that makes horror good: the no-escape possible, Juggernaut quality of the Predator. In this case, the predator is very unexpected, and is constantly denied—the “it can’t happen here” mindset is firmly in place, both among the residents of this tiny Rocky Mountain community, and among the authorities—the State Department of Game, the Governor, and so forth. The basic premise is a visit by a crew of independent filmmakers (one of whom is heir to a coal-mining fortune) to discover, and record, aspects of climate change as seen in the scenic backdrop of the Rockies. They do encounter climate change, all right, and in a fashion that is similar to the trepidations of Neanderthal man, faced with implacable animal predators. If you enjoy your horror in the kind that grabs you by the throat and spine, and never lets go; if you enjoy “I told you so” in your fiction, if you enjoy well-developed chatracters and a non-stop plot--run, don’t walk to read “Season of the Wolf.”
A wealthy man with a conscience, Alex Converse heads to a small town to make a documentary on global warming and its effects on the environment. What he discovers are dark secrets kept by the citizens of Silver Gap, CO., legends that may be real, murders and missing women. Are they all victims of a wolf attack? If so, there is something very 'wrong' about these wolves and the answers are nothing short of shocking! The cast of characters are varied and colorful, some are completely unlikeable. Alex is trying to ease his conscience over the origination of his vast wealth while enlightening the world to the changes in the environment. He and his film crew get caught up in the drama of the missing people and put their own safety in peril. With the help of a gutsy and beautiful guide in the town, Alex uncovers horror, history and incredible revelations about survival of the fittest. Each character brought something to the story. Even the setting added validity to what was discovered. By the end of the book, with its twists and turns, Alex not only grows as a person, but finds love the meaning of happiness, putting to rest many of his personal demons. Although a little dark at times, the story is well-told! Outdoorsmen and hunters-beware! This ARC edition was given to me for an honest review by Netgalley and DarkFuse.