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Friday, January 29, 2016

Wolf's Blind by W.D. Gagliani [4.5 stars]




From the Description



 
Nothing’s more dangerous than a wounded wolf!
Injured by an explosion, homicide detective Nick Lupo should heal right up…because he’s a werewolf! But something keeps him from shifting into wolf form, making him unable to heal. New Mafia boss Joe Rabbioso is after Lupo, seeking his very brutal form of revenge, and he thinks he has Lupo on the ropes. Can loyal Jessie Hawkins and Lupo’s partner, DiSanto, find Lupo before the hunter? Nick has a lot to deal withbut only if he can manage to heal his wounded body first!





 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.



Wolf's Blind, the latest in the Nick Lupo series, reminds me once again that W.D. Gagliani knows what he's doing when it comes to exciting world building! The continuation of Frank Lupo's story as Nick discovers more about his father's past as a werewolf hunter gives this series a richer depth. I can't wait to learn more about Frank and his fascinating past!! The action scenes are so engrossing that I felt like I was running through the woods with Nick, fleeing an unseen foe. The relationships between the characters in this series is very realistic. Filled with the mistakes and miscommunications that make them all too human. If you haven't read the rest of the series I would suggest starting with book one, Wolf's Trap, to better enjoy the ongoing storylines woven throughout the series. I have been a fan of the Nick Lupo series ever since I laid my hands on the first one, now that I've finished book six I'm still salivating for more! A darkly enjoyable 4.5 star read.




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Praise for W.D. Gagliani

 

"W.D. Gagliani drags you to the edge of your seat and keeps you there with the sheer power of his writing, all the way to the book's chilling conclusion. It's a helluva ride." -Len Maynard (Maynard Sims), co-author of Mother of Demons, on Wolf's Blind

 

"Gagliani once more proves that werewolves are scary as hell." -Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of The Dragon Factory

 

"The best werewolf novel since The Howling!" -J. A. Konrath, author of Whiskey Sour, on Wolf's Trap

 

"W.D. Gagliani has done more than pump a little oxygen into the tired werewolf thriller. He's resurrected the entire genre and added a rush of nitrous oxide excitement." -Gene O'Neill, author of Dance of the Blue Lady

 

 


About the Author

 

 


W.D. Gagliani is the author of the horror/crime thriller WOLF'S TRAP (Samhain Publishing), a past Bram Stoker Award nominee, as well as WOLF'S GAMBIT (47North), WOLF'S BLUFF (47North), WOLF'S EDGE (Samhain), WOLF'S CUT (Samhain), and WOLF'S BLIND (Samhain, Nov 2015). Gagliani is also the author of the hard-noir thriller SAVAGE NIGHTS (Tarkus Press), the collection SHADOWPLAYS, the novella THE GREAT BELZONI AND THE GAIT OF ANUBIS, and the holiday-themed short stories "The Christmas Wolf," "The Christmas Zombie," "The Christmas Mummy," and "The Christmas Vampire," all available for the Kindle.

A collection of collaborations between David Benton and W.D. Gagliani, MYSTERIES & MAYHEM (Tarkus Press), is available for Kindle and all other formats. Five collaborative short stories are included, as well as one solo short story from each author, and a guest short story.

Gagliani is also the author of various short stories published in anthologies such as ROBERT BLOCH'S PSYCHOS, UNDEAD TALES, MORE MONSTERS FROM MEMPHIS, WICKED KARNIVAL HALLOWEEN HORROR, THE BLACK SPIRAL, THE MIDNIGHTERS CLUB, THE ASYLUM 2, THE X-FILES: TRUST NO ONE, SNAFU: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MILITARY HORROR, SNAFU: WOLVES AT THE DOOR, ZIPPERED FLESH 2, MASTERS OF UNREALITY, DARK PASSIONS: HOT BLOOD 13, and MALPRACTICE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF BEDSIDE TERROR (the last seven with David Benton), and more.

He has also written book reviews, articles, and interviews that have been published in places such as THE MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, CHIZINE, CEMETERY DANCE, HORRORWORLD, PAPERBACK PARADE, CINEMA RETRO, HELLNOTES, FLESH & BLOOD, BOOKPAGE, BOOKLOVERS, THE SCREAM FACTORY, HORROR MAGAZINE, SF CHRONICLE, BARE BONES, and others. Also published in the Writers Digest book ON WRITING HORROR (edited by Mort Castle), THEY BITE! (edited by Jonathan Maberry and David Kramer), ZOMBIE WRITING! (Rymfire Books), and in the Edgar Award-nominated THRILLERS: THE 100 MUST READS (edited by David Morrell & Hank Wagner), published by Oceanside for the International Thriller Writers. In October 2011, THE WRITER magazine published his article on writing werewolf epics.

His interests include old and new progressive rock, synthesizers, weapons, history (and alternate history, secret history, and steampunk), military history, movies, book reviewing, and plain old reading and writing. He is an Active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and the International Thriller Writers (ITW). He lives and writes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Find him at
http://www.wdgagliani.com/ or on Facebook and Twitter.