Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Last Werewolf (The Last Werewolf #1)

By: Glen Duncan

Overview from Goodreads:

Then she opened her mouth to scream—and recognized me. It was what I’d been waiting for. She froze. She looked into my eyes. She said, “It’s you.”

Meet Jake. A bit on the elderly side (he turns 201 in March), but you’d never suspect it. Nonstop sex and exercise will do that for you—and a diet with lots of animal protein. Jake is a werewolf, and after the unfortunate and violent death of his one contemporary, he is now the last of his species. Although he is physically healthy, Jake is deeply distraught and lonely.
Jake’s depression has carried him to the point where he is actually contemplating suicide—even if it means terminating a legend thousands of years old. It would seem to be easy enough for him to end everything. But for very different reasons there are two dangerous groups pursuing him who will stop at nothing to keep him alive.
Here is a powerful, definitive new version of the werewolf legend—mesmerising and incredibly sexy. In Jake, Glen Duncan has given us a werewolf for the twenty-first century—a man whose deeds can only be described as monstrous but who is in some magical way deeply human.

My Thoughts
I somewhat backed into this book, as I first discovered Talulla Rising (The Last Werewolf #2) and thought I would read The Last Werewolf (Book #1) to understand the storyline better.

So, I read the first 20 - 30 pages of The Last Werewolf and think - hmmmmm - not to sure this is for me. I put the book down. I pick the book back up, read another 20-30 pages and think - gosh, I'm just not sure I'm going to want to finish this book. I put the book down. I pick the book back up.
I have to tell you, I am so glad I stayed with The Last Werewolf. It turned into such a good story. It is so intelligently written. Yes - an intelligently written book about a werewolf. The main character, Jake, is funny, smart and cynical - tired of his life and thinking he is the last werewolf on earth. But then he meets Talulla and everything changes for Jake.
This was the first I've read by Mr. Duncan and I am looking forward to the next book.

My Rating:  ****


  1. I missed your review of this, and now i am seriously curious.

    1. I do think you will like these books Kim.