On the day Sylvester Logan James was born, his mother died. His father was killed by a werewolf when the boy was just thirteen, leaving him an orphan. Taken in by Michael Winterfox, an old Cheyenne trapper and mystic, he is taught the ways of the Dog-Soldier sect, Reydosnin. The training is brutal at times but is meant to prepare him for the vendetta he's sworn against "The Beast" werewolves.
As Sylvester becomes a man his hatred for werewolves intensifies and his hunt for them takes him from the jungles of Indochina to the frozen wastes of Siberia. Yet, even as he carries his feud into the outlands of the occult he realizes he is waging a war he cannot win. More often than not, he seemed detached from everything. When he is not, you get to see the kind of man he could have been if only he didn't encounter the Beast as a boy.
The gentler parts, as much as they are rare, are heartbreaking. Another thing I liked in this story is how faith is dealt with. There isn't any mocking. Sylvester meets people of various religious practices and they fight the same evil the best way they can.
Sure, you'll get to see idiots too, but my point is this book doesn't mock the beliefs of ordinary people. This is a very dark book with a true anti-hero. Feb 02, Chad rated it really liked it. Another popcorn book that I enjoyed more than I ought to admit. My wife found it for me and I unwrapped it on Christmas morning. It was a thoughtful gift, given my inclination to Universal style monsters. I suppose I enjoy these kind of silly tales today because as a kid I spent many a Friday evening I'll not go so far to say "too many an evening" watching Irv Coppi and Virginia Marmaduke introduce the "Creature Feature" movie and then being delighted by the black and white images of creatures Another popcorn book that I enjoyed more than I ought to admit.
I suppose I enjoy these kind of silly tales today because as a kid I spent many a Friday evening I'll not go so far to say "too many an evening" watching Irv Coppi and Virginia Marmaduke introduce the "Creature Feature" movie and then being delighted by the black and white images of creatures for black lagoons and other diverse places. This book had a lot of grit, perhaps too much, and it felt like a series of short stories about the same character rather than a complete novel. Still, an interesting idea not badly done.
Kudos to the author for giving me an entertaining read. As I redraft this review, I've discovered a second volume by the same author and about the same character has been published. Sadly, I have heard that the next volume is even grittier and darker. Even though I like tales of werewolves, I'm much more of a Lon Cheney wolfman fan rather than an American Werewolf in London gore-fest kind of guy.
Because of that preference, I'll not be reading the second story. Dec 31, Krista rated it liked it. This book started out strong. The writing was solid, the voice appealing, and the character interesting. In the early chapters of the book I even raved to one of my reading club buddies about how much I was enjoying the storytelling. The werewolves were not only not running rampant all over the pages, they were almost non-existent in the early chapters.
It didn't matter, though. Not in the least. The first person narrative drew me in and kept me turning the pages. Yet, as the book progressed, I This book started out strong. Yet, as the book progressed, I found myself less and less enthralled. It was still a good story, but it was also one that seemed to lag and drag a bit when the tension should have been increasing.
I found the further on I read, the more easily I could walk away from the book. This is why I had to give it a three star rating: I could walk away. As this is the book chosen for our monthly book club alcohol drinking party, I figure I'll stop there just in case my fellow club members stumble across my review.
Must leave something left unsaid now so I can say it aloud later! Oct 07, Heather Faville rated it it was amazing. Easton, that evil comes in the form of a werewolf and the haunting memory of watching his father die at the vicious claws of the beast. The prose used by Easton to tell our main character's tale wraps around you like those claws and holds on tight forcing you to live through the terrifying and touching life of Sylvester. The life of our protagonist was most definitely not Evil takes on many forms and for the main character, Sylvester Logan James, in Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter by Brian P.
The life of our protagonist was most definitely not an easy one and the author used his talent to piece together his life in such vivid detail that I felt the pain, sorrow, anger, fear and love that continually pushed Sylvester to do what he felt must be done in order to avenge his father's death. Yes, even at his lowest points where Sylvester is preparing or has already done some inexplicable things I still cared about him and what would happen to him should he continue down this path of destruction.
Michael takes over care of Sylvester upon the death of his father and trains Sylvester to be a warrior. To hunt the beast that took his family from him. Michael is a kind and wise man, full of knowledge that has been passed to him and he does all he can to instill these traits into Sylvester as he prepares to seek his revenge. Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter takes us to many locations. The details put into the locations, along with the depth and description of the characters our hunter comes in contact with add an element to the story that makes it nearly tangible.
The action is thrilling. There are no punches pulled in this book. Easton tells it like it is. The description of the hunt and kills are descriptive and gory. It's not gory purely for the sake of being gory, but it is definitely a visual picture that is painted. I will say that there were a few points in the second half of the book where things got a little slow, but then they picked up again, so that's all I'll say about that. To say I loved this book is an understatement, Brian Easton tells a story that is a must read for anyone who enjoys tales of werewolves and for anyone interested in trying out a new genre.
View all 8 comments. Feb 10, Kim rated it it was ok Shelves: I wanted to like this book. A kid who witnesses his father being killed by a werewolf -action is a bit too quick and had to reread it again and again to figure out what happened in many parts- and then he gets specialized training to kill werewolves. I did enjoy, in parts, his early life about his training, in the war and in prison - even though the torture he endures is a bit overdone. Then every now and then he quickly kills a werewolf and on to something new and non-werewolf in hi 2.
Then every now and then he quickly kills a werewolf and on to something new and non-werewolf in his life. I thought that a bit odd for a book about werewolves.
Getting to the later part of book, our main character gets very dark and ends up beating up an innocent, and that is when I really wanted to put this book down. There really is no main mystery that pulls you through this book. Interesting characters we meet get quickly discarded, werewolves are dispensed with too easily, the main character is a sociopath and the action is not written well. Great for those who just want the facts with no frills or fuss.
I listed to this book through Audible and the reader could nail accents like a pro for many of the side characters so it must have been his choice to choose a plodding overreacted voice for the main character - I wanted to quit many times just because of that voice alone. Jan 09, Ahimsa rated it it was ok. Slyvester James, the protagonist, is a sociopath, which is an interesting if not particularly novel way to create an anti-hero.
But there's no indication that he's anything but a flawed hero. One women falls in love with him after a mere kiss. Another woman falls in love with him and promptly shows him how she cares by cleaning his house.
The only woman who isn't his lover is Slyvester James, the protagonist, is a sociopath, which is an interesting if not particularly novel way to create an anti-hero. The only woman who isn't his lover is a fat magical negress, who of course talks in patois.
The various parts of the plot are episodic, like the Hitman video game, and there is no connection between, say, Siberian Russia and New Orleans. There is no internal consistency. One guy gets shot as a human and starts to change into a wolf, triggering a survival instinct--in the same scene a wolf woman gets hit and changes back to human, directly contradicting the part about survival instinct.
Many parts had unclear action and I had to read and re-read to understand what was happening. The idea is interesting, and I like the setting of Northern Canada, the inclusion of shamanistic magic, and Michael Winterfox was an interesting character though the reveal at the end seemed rather unnecessary. But the predictable plot and poor characterization doom this book to boring and borderline offensive.
Nov 17, Cherei rated it it was amazing. I actually prefer thrillers over paranormal type novels.
But, this one had such an interesting synopsis that I decided to give it a try! The novel follows a young man from the time he's still a child.. The book follows his life through his time in Vietnam, to falling in love and getting married.. His business I actually prefer thrillers over paranormal type novels. His business of taking hunters into the backwoods to guide hunters to game animals. I don't want to give away spoilers in my review.. Just know that the novel follows a very well thought out plot. The characters are all well defined. The novel is rather long.. Sometimes you want a book to read and read..
The author's rich details bring so much to each paragraph. Nov 08, Greg rated it it was ok Shelves: Reading The Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter was like being witness to a train wreck I found myself skipping over chunks of the book, expecting plot developments that never came, and hoping the author would turn to a more honorable, positive tone, when all that happened was that he took the protagonist deeper and deeper into darkness.
I downloaded the ebook for free from Pixel of Ink. I don't think I'll read the sequel Nov 11, Chris Devlin rated it it was ok. More of a 2. At times I found it gripping but too often was I bored by repetitiveness. The first quarter of the book is what really pulled me in and made me persevere in finishing this book unfortunately it never regained it's early allure for me. A pretty decent variation on the Were-wolf genre but not without it's flaws.
It was free though so can't complain too much. Jun 14, Teresa B. I really loved this book. Its more of a epic thriller. It takes place over 20 years with everything from war to a seriel killer also takes place all over the world. The main charactor goes through hell. Nov 05, Grier Kantor rated it liked it. This book was free on Amazon and got really good reviews so I thought I'd give it a try. While it definitely kept my attention, it is downright silly in parts.
I guess I can't fault the book though since it is about werewolf hunting. Dec 01, R. Brewster rated it liked it. You know I am a sucker for a good werewolf story and this is a good werewolf story, at its heart.
It has some really well done world building, enough gruesome scenes to satisfy and a main character who both confounds you and endears himself to you. However while I did enjoy the story there were a few things that took me away. One of the biggest ones was the fact that scene separation was really jarring.
One sentence the big bad is being taken down and the very next one we are walking in the wood You know I am a sucker for a good werewolf story and this is a good werewolf story, at its heart. One sentence the big bad is being taken down and the very next one we are walking in the woods. No real transition and that happens with quite a few scenes. The second biggest disconnect came from our narrator.
While you do end up feeling for the guy and the psychological damage he is going through his narration becomes tedious.
A lot of "screw the world" moments over and over and over. I recommend giving it a try if you need a werewolf fix. Apr 24, C. Phipps rated it really liked it. It's series of linked short stories that tell the beginning and middle of a werewolf hunter's life. Notably, since there's a sequel entitled Heart of Scars , it doesn't tell the ending of a werewolf hunter's life. So it's a bit like the History of the World part 1, we're not exactly to the end of the story.
It's about a lot of werewolf hunts. I applaud the author for this as it made the book feel like I was getting more "bang for my buck" so to speak. The protagonist isn't just a guy who goes on one werewolf hunt, he's a veteran hunter and we get to see how he earned his credentials.
A few of the hunts are especially noteworthy, including one which took place in a Mexican village that really surprised me with its audacity. Likewise, I enjoyed a hunt involving a werewolf female that put a twist on the usual "sexy female monsters" you see in fiction. By the end of the book, I felt that the protagonist had a long and storied career with potential for future installments down the road. A warning for sensitive readers, Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter is a story about a man who fights monsters. Both internal and external.
The old Nietzsche quote is especially true as our hero, Sylvester, has to make countless moral compromises in order to fight the enemy.
He does not come out of it entirely intact. A major theme is that hatred is a damning and self-destructive emotion, which is brought out by the horrible consequences to his actions. The book is also not entirely politically correct, being about a man who grew up in the s and was a Vietnam war veteran on the decidedly Pro-War side. The use of the Vietnam War, I believe, is a parallel to the protagonist's werewolf hunting career in it takes him to dark places without ever really giving him sight of victory. If you're upset about a volunteer soldier from Canada being bitter about the Vietnam War not ending in a victory, this book may not be for you.
Really, I am grateful the author chose not to shy away from the damning effects of its hero's quest. Not only do people get hurt because of his actions, innocent people do die and they do so because of him.
Furthermore, it's questionable if he's entirely in the right to do so. Sylvester makes no attempt to determine if werewolves are evil to the core, he just takes it for a given and proceeds onward. Many times, it's driven home our hero is fighting for vengeance and his hatred is blind. It leads him to several rather anvilicious comparisons with other bigots, including the KKK. I admit, coming from the South, I appreciated the KKK being made to look like fools but the book also humanized them to a level I worry some readers will misinterpret. The author notes, explicitly, the KKK is a criminal organization which murders innocents and would kill our hero if they knew his heritage but I'm sure some will worry it's not portrayed evil enough.
Some other enjoyable qualities I found about the book is that the hero is Canadian, which is rare enough in fiction. I also enjoyed the attention to detail paid to Native American culture as well as New Orleans voodoo. There's a certain element of Hollywoodism to both, but they're both positive portrayals that I enjoyed. Our hero, amusingly, doesn't believe in Voodoo magic and it's ambiguous whether or not there's anything supernatural about it. One thing I definitely enjoyed was the "Magical Native American" trope so prevalant in Hollywood is removed.
Our hero is partially Cheyenne in his heritage but there is nothing magical about it, it's simply part of his background. Likewise, any training he gets from his full-blooded Cheyenne mentor is explicitly non-magical in nature. There's no hints that being partially Native American makes our hero any better a tracker or werewolf hunter. It's all due to training.
I know that's an awfully fine line to walk but I felt a difference between it and stories with similar protagonists. Readers are free to disagree with me on the subject, but I feel it's a deconstruction of the trope. Overall, I enjoyed the book. It's a hard, grizzled, and violent book which shows a sometimes unlikable protagonist on a never-ending quest to save the world from a seemingly endless foe.
The book doesn't shy away from Sylvester a. I look forward to reading the sequel. This book was dark, and I loved - almost every bit of it, especially the hunter aspect.
Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter has ratings and 50 reviews. Amber said : An excellent psychological portarit of one man's obsession with vengeance. Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter [Brian P. Easton, Basil Sands] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. It takes more than silver bullets to kill.
I felt it lacked direction sometimes, but seeing the character grow up as he hunts for revenge is entertaining. I hated how his revenge driven mind ruins any chance he has at a new life, which is incredibly vexing to say the least take the good life goddammit! By the end I was reading simply because I wanted the character to die, I hated the him by the end, really loathed him. But I can't give the book a wo This book was dark, and I loved - almost every bit of it, especially the hunter aspect.
But I can't give the book a worse rating for making me feel genuine hate. Its a good book, but I felt sad and empty going through that entire ordeal for Nov 27, Justin rated it really liked it. Brian Easton's Autobiography of a Werewolf Hunter follows the life of Sylvester James, who as a teenager is orphaned due to a werewolf attack.