Review: No Such Thing As Werewolves by Chris Fox

I got a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review from the agent of the author – thank you very much! That fact didn’t influence my opinion in any way

Synopsis:

A mysterious, black pyramid predating all known cultures appears without warning in Peru. Its discovery throws into question everything we know about the origins of mankind. Small wonder the Peruvian government spares no resources to examine such a strange occurrence. They hire the best specialists from the USA and the best mercenaries, working for the Mohn corporation, to guard them. In fact the corporation sent a squad right before the pyramid emerged from Earth. How did they know? No matter; inside the pyramid lies incredible technology, proof of a culture far more advanced than our own. Still something dark lurks within as well, eager to resume a war as old as mankind. When it is unleashed it heralds the end of our species’ reign.

A plague of werewolves spreads across the world. A sunspot larger than anything in recorded history begins to grow. Yet both pale in comparison to the true threat, the evil the werewolves were created to fight.

My impressions:

Ancient Egypt. Modern Peru. Pyramids. The US of A. Advanced technology. A hero which might be called a younger clone of Indiana Jones with an assorted bunch of sidekicks, male and female (but unwaveringly Caucasians). A threat to the whole humankind which has to be prevented at any cost. An evil, filthy rich corporation. I admit the concept was excellent and, from time to time, the writing wasn’t bad either. Still it took me three days to read this one because I kept hitting dry spots during which I completely lost my interest. There were too many threads and too many characters to follow around, sometimes with just slapdash connection to the main thread . At times I felt like I was reading a plot from an action video game with characters jumping from scene to scene, not a novel. I suppose it is not an asset when it comes to a book which main task is to make you forget about the whole world and keep your toes curled with tension until the very end.

After finishing it I had difficulties to say what prevailed, the pros or the cons – they were so well balanced. On the one hand I enjoyed the fact that Blair Smith, one of the main leads, was turned into a murderous monster against his own will. On the other hand I would like to see more of character development and less of different kinds of weapons, ammo and buildings that go ‘boom’ as soon as Blair enters or exits them.

I think this was overall a very daring experiment at blending more genres than perhaps can or should be blended: sci-fi, thriller, adventure, fantasy, urban fantasy, historical fantasy, paramilitary fiction, you name it. I had a distinct feeling that if only author limited that list to two-three positions the book would actually be a crisper, better read. Still, with several romance story arcs planted already at the very beginning, I suppose it would be a perfect scenario for a fantasy TV-series like Stargate or such. In fact such a series, if directed and starred properly, might actually be better than the book itself.

Finally that cliff-hanger ending – in my opinion it was a mean trick, calculated to make people buy the second part as soon as it is only available. Apart from that it was disappointing:  after all this hue and cry about ‘awaking the Mother’ the carnage she caused made me liking the whole premise even less.

Oh, one more remark: the title. It is too long and not ironic enough to work for me.

Final verdict:

An interesting take on an ever popular villain story with a powerful mix of archeology, ancient Egypt, advanced technologies and mythical beasts; supposedly, such a mix is bound to succeed. Still, while I was reading the book, it left me strangely cold and uninterested several times. The random patches of comic book-like narration and a ciffhanger at the end didn’t exactly make me happy either. Still I suppose plenty of people will just enjoy the ride.

Rating icon. A hairless cat is wearing a santa hat and a sour expression. On the hat reads: meh.

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5 Responses to Review: No Such Thing As Werewolves by Chris Fox

  1. carolerae20 says:

    Huh. Doesn’t sound too bad.

  2. heidenkind says:

    I love Stargate. I don’t think I’d have that patience for this in book form, though. It sounds like there’s enough going on in this one for a whole series!

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