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What did you love best about A Pack of Wolves II?
Lots and lots of action.
What did you like best about this story?
This is the same question as above. Still, I like the action best.
What does David Dietz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He brought emotion and furry wolfish voices to the story. I really enjoyed his performance.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
The aliens plan to dominate, but the wolves wish to remain free. The aliens are in trouble.
Any additional comments?
Note: This is Book 2 and I have not listened to Book 1 as I thought it would stand alone. It almost does. The plot is easy to grab on to, but the characters are introduced so quickly and little background is given that I lost track of who was who. So I recommend giving Book 1 a read/listen before venturing into this book.
OK, so we got aliens in mech suits stomping around our fair cities, rounding up humans for unknown uses. Then we have the werewolf pack lead by Zed Farr. His family and their friends are the only ones who can save humanity. There was at least 1 vampire in the mix and a sorcerer (though he might have also been a werewolf who just happens to be trained in the wizardly arts). Plenty of action and weapons make up the plot of this book. Oh, and death. Yes, there is death. In fact, I am not sure there will be a Book 3 in this series.
If I recall correctly, we started with Brian, who seems to have gone off on his own, lone wolfing it. He is gathered back into the family fold to battle the aliens. Zed, who takes on a southern USA hick accent (even though he is far older and can probably mimic any number of world-wide hicks), is the family’s leader. Then we had other players like Jennifer, Brooke, Nathan. But honestly, they were introduced so quickly with little to no background that I didn’t really get a sense of them. Also there is some rivalry between the Blood (trueborn werewolves) and the Turned (or was it Changed? – those that were bit and turned werewolf). One of the short stories gives a little more info on this, but largely it was pretty sketchy.
The action is fun, though the plot is very, very basic – kill the aliens before they kill you and eat you. While an alien or two have 2-4 lines late in the story, we never get any background on them and why they have invaded Earth and what their endgame is. Still, it was a fun lunch break listen. Honestly, it made me think of one of my PC games where I can just run around as a good(ish) guy and smash evil guys.
At the end of this novella, there were 2 short stories. I think they might have been better at the front to give the listener some background to a few of the characters. They were a nice addition to the audio version.
The Narration: David Dietz did a good job with maintaining distinct furry characters, blood suckers turning into mist, aliens in mech suits, and feminine voices. He made this book fun with his action voices – panicked, angry, sad, vengeful, etc.
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A Pack of wolves is the second book from a series by the same name, written by Eric S. Brown, and read by David Dietz
Published June 1st 2012 by Grand Mal Press, narrated by David Dietz. This story considered to be Action & Adventure, fantasy and magic, horror (not so much), paranormal (werewolves, and vampires, luckily they don’t sparkle here), and lastly science fiction.
So to summarize the story, the Aliens attack the earth (no one knows why specifically, but my guess that they were hungry). The humans defenses failed, our now fate rests on the shoulders of the paranormal creatures to rescue the earth.
There are also two small stories (novella) inside.
While I liked the general story I had problem with the little details, such as the pacing, which was quick, very few details, just pure fun and exciting action. The premise which was kind of basic (alien attacked, let’s go kill them). The characters were confusing I could only remember three or four names (like :Zack :the old crazy head of the werewolves family, the vampire guy, and the half magician half werewolf guy, I think I only memorized zack’s name) while the others were lost to me. I had problem keeping a straight face with this story because somehow I couldn’t stop myself from imagining the Alien’s shape (a triangle with tentacles..) it was hilarious rather than frightening. the events are very visual, kind of predictable, but fast paced.
The narrator David Dietz did a good job here, his performance made the stories more interesting, I liked how he used his voice in action scenes, he gave each character its own personality, by accent and changing the pitch of his voice.
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