No Such Thing As Werewolves (Deathless #1) by Chris Fox
My rating: 6 out of 10 stars
A pyramid predating all known cultures appears without warning. Its discovery throws into question everything we know about the origins of mankind.
Inside lies incredible technology, proof of a culture far more advanced than our own. Something dark lurks within, 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.
When I had finished this book my impression was one of “meh”. The book took off quite well. Actually it took off very well. It was really nice reading with a good mix of suspension, surprises, research into the mysterious pyramid and monster action. I really liked the first parts of the book.
However, then it gradually went downhill into the all too usual “Big Bad Corporation screwing things up” kind of story. Some of the actions of people involved, both on the good side and the bad side are downright stupid. They mess with things that should have made them rethink their view of reality yet we are served another shot everything that moves and unfortunately a lot of irreplaceable things that do not move as well while arrogantly not listening to anyone but yourself without much regard for the consequences type of story. Naturally our heroes have to fight a loosing battle against stupidity, including their own, and the result is somewhat predictable.
Oh, and I think the author should not go too much into actual science or technical details. A super mecha-suit that recharges itself by simply being in contact with the human body for example. Yeah right. Enormous hidden power reserves we humans must have. It would have been better to just invent some experimental battery or something. I know this is a fantasy book but…
Having said that, this book is a fresh and interesting take on Werewolfes as well as what looks like Zombies. The Werewolfes are far from the stupid beast that they are often portrayed as and they do have some remarkable capabilities apart from the usual tear everything up capacity and magical healing. It is quite well written both in terms of characters and action and the core of the story is not bad. I did like a lot of the characters as well, not only the good ones. I just which that it had been playing out a little less like a Hollywood TV-show.
I guess I will read the next one as well though since I do not like to leave a series without completing it (it is very rare that I have done so) and I would like to know what happens next.