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Way of the Wolf (The Vampire Earth, Book 1) (original 2003; edition 2003)

by E.E. Knight

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Title:Way of the Wolf (The Vampire Earth, Book 1)
Authors:E.E. Knight
Info:Roc (2003), Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
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The first in an interesting, post apocalyptic series. The earth has been invaded & the story unfolds from the POV of Valentine, a soldier in the resistance. Exactly what invaded & how is left a bit open. We know they are the Kurians, but not what they look like or exactly what their abilities are. Other creatures came with them & our civilization was devastated with much of mankind becoming slaves & food.

Half the interest of the series is that there aren't many certainties. Odd creatures, a broken civilization plus infighting among the conquerors all make for a rather confusing mix for our hero to sort out. Not only are there a lot of moral gray areas, but it's difficult to tell the good guys from the bad guys a lot of times. The resistance is a piecemeal affair, several major organizations plus a lot of folks that just want to live free. Some of the new arrivals are good guys, interested in helping mankind, while others aren't interested in them at all.

Each book adds to Valentine's, thus our, knowledge of the world. It's a hard one & he faces some very tough choices. He's not a super hero, but a pretty tough guy in a very hard situation doing the best he can.

Overall, I'd rate the series with 3.5 stars. The first couple of books were excellent, a couple are just OK & a few were pretty awesome.

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  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
This was an excellent read, but I read it when it first came out a decade ago or so. Since then I've kept up with the series & enjoyed it, but it was very nice to go back to it in audio format. Excellent reader & Knight does his own little foreword - very short, sweet, & to the point.

This is the beginning of a journey in a really neat, very realistic world. The 'vampires' & other monsters are not the normal UF or PNR fare at all, but more of an SF take on it. Our civilization has been shattered & the way people are coping is awesome. No super heroes, although there are plenty of heroic & despicable deeds, but the people are very real. There are no angels, but devils abound while most are somewhere in between. They're regular people in hard situations doing the best they can. Sometimes they don't measure up or die trying.

There is a strong military thread in the book, some light romance, & plenty of adventure. For all the wonderful detail, it's a fairly quick read. I can't recommend this series highly enough in both written & audio format. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
Liked the world-building in this one, and the take on vampires.

Less thrilled with how most of the female characters who do get some screen time show a rather distressing pattern of all ending up endangered and/or dying horribly as hero motivational fuel. ( )
  Jarandel | Feb 24, 2014 |
Louis L'Amour would be proud. This is the best western I've read in a long time. Please note that the post-apocalyptic, alien, vampire tale enclosed is masquerading as a western, but it is a delightfully satisfying western at its core. ( )
  revslick | Jun 5, 2013 |
The confusing action sequences and mismatched narrative fails what is otherwise an intriguing and interesting story. ( )
  KatKennedy | Mar 28, 2012 |
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Have you ever dealt with people who have lost everything in just an hour? In the morning you leave the house where your wife, your children, your parents live. You return and you find a smoking pit. Then something happens to you -- to a certain extent you stop being human. You do not need any glory, money anymore; revenge becomes your only joy. And because you no longer cling to life, death avoids you, the bullets fly pasat, You become a wolf.
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Northern Louisiana, March, the forty-third year of the Kurian Order: The green expanse once known as the Kisatchie Forest slowly digests the works of man.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451459393, Mass Market Paperback)

Louisiana, 2065. A lot has changed in the 43rd year of the Kurian Order. Possessed of an unnatural hunger, the bloodthirsty Reapers have come to Earth to establish a New Order built on the harvesting of human souls. They rule the planet. And if it is night, as sure as darkness, they will come.

But on this pitiless world, the indomitable spirit of man still breathes in Lieutenant David Valentine. And his mission is to win back Earth...

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Louisiana, 2065. A lot has changed in the 43rd year of the Kurian Order. Possessed of an unnatural hunger, the bloodthirsty Reapers have come to Earth to establish a New Order built on the harvesting of human souls. They rule the planet. And if it is night, as sure as darkness, they will come. But on this pitiless world, the indomitable spirit of man still breathes in Lieutenant David Valentine. And his mission is to win back Earth...… (more)

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