Book Review: The Last Werewolf

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

The blurb: One last full moon – then it will all be over. Jacob Marlowe has lost the will to live. For two hundred years he has wandered the world, enslaved by his lunatic appetites and tormented by the memory of his first and most monstrous crime. Now, the last of his kind, he knows he cannot go on. But as Jake counts down to suicide, a violent murder and an extraordinary meeting plunge him straight back into the desperate pursuit of life – and love. Sexy, smart, bloody and heartbreaking, The Last Werewolf takes literature by the throat.

My review: A flat jpeg of this book really won’t do, you need to see it in 3D as it’s a very striking cover. Matt black all over with gold foil moons and gold edged pages. A very collectable, beautiful book. But does that mean the story was any good?

I initially found this to be a bit of a struggle. It’s very coarse, as you would imagine Werewolves to be, heavy smokers, drinkers and whorers (is that a word) the main character to a female reader is quite hard to like, let alone to empathise with. However after the first few chapters I was hooked, Jacob Marlowe is insane, this is a completely surreal and fantastical book. I couldn’t put it down and the pace is extraordinary. These aren’t the Werewolves out of Twilight, they’re dark, animalistic (one would think this is an obvious trait but have you been watching the new Teen Wolf!) bloody, transformed, feral killing and humping machines!

The Last Werewolf includes all the fantasy elements you expect with some nice interpretations but reads like a spy thriller. Marlowe is up against WOCOP the the World Organisation for the Control of Occult Phenomenon who have been exterminating Werewolves for as long as there have been Werewolves. A thrilling cat and mouse game ensues. There were one or two parts of the book which weren’t tied up at the end, a mythical book about the origins of Werewolves seems to be forgotten in the rush to survive all the other disasters whilst drinking whisky and succumbing to all the everyday animal urges! And there are some surprising and wonderful twists. A dark, thrilling book. Well worth a read!

8 out of 10 stars! ********

Check out the website it’s brilliant: http://www.thelastwerewolf.org/

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