Today I am doing a requested review of Wherewolves by John Vamvas and Olga Montes.
Blurb: Using a fun, explosive style, full of new slang and fresh dialogue, WHEREWOLVES is the story of a group of high school seniors, most “military brats”, who are headed for an army-type survival weekend.
The underdogs, Jeffrey and Doris, do not want to go as they fear for their safety among the disdain and cruelty of the popular students. Sergeant Tim O’Sullivan, their teacher, as well as their dysfunctional parents pressure them into going, but it is an unforgivable act by their peers that propels the pair to go. Likewise, Elie, a student resented because of his Arab roots, is even more determined to prove himself this weekend. In the background, a news report cautions of a wanted couple with alleged super-human strength supposedly brought on by a new drug on the streets.
In the woods, the students hike, hunt, camp, and soon act in unity as the forest brings them closer together. But does it? O’Sullivan leaves them alone for the night. The students bond, chant, tell campfire tales, and quickly lose their fears and inhibitions. HOO-AH! Though sexual tensions are high, it soon turns to violence and everything quickly turns sour.
When the kids start disappearing one after the other, the remaining begin to unwittingly “act like the natives” carving spears, ready to face whatever is out there. What has gotten into them?
Amid the blood-curdling growls and the gruesome deaths, the story’s underlying layers are revealed. We see how misconceptions, prejudice, greed, fear, and hatred bring out the worst and best in us.
What is out there? Can it really be werewolves?
My Review: I personally loved this book. You start out with a bunch of Army brats that have all had life altering experiences through loosing a parent in the military or some such as that. The group is typical of high school. You have your jocks your geeks your pretty girls and the plain. Think Breakfast Club only expanded. The dialogue between the kids is very believable and not stiff at all. You feel like you are right there with them. They are all in a special course that is suppose to help them overcome their troubles. This class is taught by an ex-military guy who is suppose to be a hero. You soon figure out there is more going on beneath the surface of this guy. On a weekend camping trip the class is to use survival techniques learned in class. Soon they are all in a fight for survival. They are used a weird science experiment by the twisted teacher and his brother. Not wanting to spoil the plot let me just say that there is plenty of action in this book to keep anyone happy. The ending was a little disappointing without some issues being resolved. I give this book 4 stars.