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Alpha and Omega: Cry Wolf: Volume One [Hardcover]

Patricia Briggs , Todd Herman
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Oct. 2 2012 Alpha And Omega (Book 1)
Includes bonus material and a never-before-published version of issue #1!

Patricia Briggs, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mercy Thompson novels, “always enchants her readers" (Lynn Viehl). Now her Alpha and Omega series—set in a world of shifting shapes, loyalties, and passions—comes vividly to life in this collection of four comic books based on Cry Wolf, the first book in the series.

Anna never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack…and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’s learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer—and son—of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life.

Charles insists that not only is Anna his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf. And it is Anna’s inner strength and calming presence that will prove invaluable as she and Charles go on the hunt in search of a rogue werewolf—a creature bound in magic so dark that it could threaten all the pack…

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PRAISE FOR THE ALPHA AND OMEGA NOVELS

“A TERRIFIC SAGA.”*


“Patricia Briggs is amazing…Her Alpha and Omega novels are fantastic. In fact, they’ve contributed greatly to new works in the paranormal romance field featuring werewolves.”—Fresh Fiction

“The story line, characters, world…everything is so unbelievably well developed…The Alpha and Omega series has a wonderful quality of emotion-driven stories.”—Bitten Books

“Magnificent!...If you’re looking for a fantasy/paranormal series that will knock your socks off with nonstop action, character development, and romance, then the Alpha and Omega series is it…Patricia Briggs is pure bliss!”—The Romance Readers Connection

“The key to this super Alpha and Omega urban fantasy series is Patricia Briggs’s uncanny world-building skills that cleverly interweave a full culture into the plot.”—*Midwest Book Review

“A great start to [a] new werewolf series. Ms. Briggs is a fantastic storyteller…The action is filled with dangerous surprises, and the romance will find a way into your heart.”—Darque Reviews

“Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite urban fantasists as she makes her alternative world filled with werewolves, witches, and spirits (oh my) seem genuine.”—Genre Go Round Reviews

About the Author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs lives in Washington State with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses.

Todd Herman is a cartoonist/storyboard artist/designer based in Portland Oregon, whose graphic novel credits include The Fog and Cut for Dark Horse Comics, Galveston and Fall of Cthulhu: Nemesis for Boom! Studios, and The Warriors: Jailbreak for Dynamite Entertainment, as well as a three year stint storyboarding the Eddie Murphy stop action animated television series The PJs.

Writer David Lawrence has worked in comics since the 1980s, when he created the fondly remembered indie classic Ex-Mutants and several spin-offs. In recent years he served as Managing Editor at Dabel Brother’s publishing. Lawrence has worked with a number of bestselling novelists, including Jim Butcher, Karen Marie Moning and George R.R. Martin.

Raised in Peoria, Illinois, and currently a resident of Chicago, Jenny Frison has been working as an illustrator in the comic book industry since 2008. A two-time Harvey Award Nominee for best cover artist, Frison has created covers for DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Image, Top Cow, IDW, and Dynamite. She loves comics, puppies, horror movies, and toast…but not necessarily in that order.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! Aug. 28 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you're going to pick up this book, one suggestion is to read Patricia's Mercy Thompson series first starting with Moon Called and you'll be introduced to the characters first. There is a short story in the Novella, "On The Prowl" featuring Patricia Briggs, Karen Chance, Sunny, etc. and the short story that sets off Cry Wolf is there so you need to read it first so you're not lost like I was when I started Cry Wolf! :-)

This was a fantastic book! All I can say is GET IT...you won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a 'Fabled' Attempt at Entertainment Nov. 30 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Charles Cornick has been a werewolf for a very long time and he has never needed anyone or anything other than his family and his pack. His life, until this point, has been about being the enforcer for the Marrok, leader of the North American werewolves. As a powerful alpha he has never had a problem completing any of the jobs the Marrok, who also happens to be his father, has assigned him. At least until Anna.

Anna Latham is one of the rarest of werewolves, an Omega. She is neither dominant nor submissive but rides the line between both, able to soothe both man and beast. She was turned against her will at the order of the Chicago pack Alpha and for three years she endured a version of her own personal hell. When the Marrok began to suspect something was wrong in Chicago he sent Charles to investigate. Charles cleaned up the mess and brought Anna home as his mate, but not without a price.

Back home in Montana, humans are dying by apparent werewolf attacks and the Marrok needs his top enforcer on the case. But Charles is still recovering from injuries received in Chicago and he isn't ready to let his new mate out of his sight. And Anna is still adapting to life in a healthy pack and learning what it means to have a mate and be an Omega. Yet, they are the only ones who can stop the threat to the pack. They must rely on each other, trust each other and discover their new path in life together.

Patricia Briggs's new Alpha and Omega series, set in the same world as her Mercy Thompson series, promises to be an enjoyable and entertaining addition. Cry Wolf is another example of the strong characters and enticing story lines we have come to expect from Ms. Briggs.

The story is an original and fast-paced adventure while simultaneously exploring an exciting romance. The insight into the Cornick family will be a big hit with fans and newcomers alike. Don't miss out on the first book in this new and extraordinary series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Darlene TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book picks up from right where the prequel, Alpha and Omega: A Companion Novella to Cry Wolf, leaves off. If you haven't read that one, stop now and go and read it. If you don't you are missing an integral part of the story! As the story begins, Anna has chosen to go with Charles and Bran (the "Marrok") to Montana and join the Aspen Creek pack. The relationship between Charles and Anna develops further, and we are introduced to more members of the pack, in particular: Samuel (Charles' brother), Asil (aka the Moor, one of the oldest werewolves aside from the Marrok, born around 8th century A.D.), Sage Carhardt, Colin Taggart, and Leah (Bran's wife). We also learn of Bran's plan to "out" the werewolves to the public.

In Aspen Creek, werewolves are not a secret: Either someone is one or married to one or knows one, and their existence is common knowledge amongst the residents. There are some government agencies that are also aware of their existence, and wolves are being blackmailed and/or used. Bran feels that the only way to put a stop to this is to stop living in secrecy.

When word gets around that people are being attacked by supposed grizzlies in the Cabinet Wilderness in Northwest Montana, Bran assumes that either a rogue werewolf is out of control or some wolf wants to make trouble for Bran and foil his plans to bring werewolves out to the public. He sends Charles and Anna into the mountains wearing human-scented clothing as a ruse to try to draw out the wolves.

Asil, also known as the Moor, has quite a reputation for being one of the baddest wolves around. He was married to an Omega, who was tortured and killed by a Black Witch named Mariposa. Asil has been hunted by Mariposa for centuries and, when she turns up in Aspen Creek, no one is safe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good Spinoff! Dec 10 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having read this book twice now I am really impressed wit Patricia Briggs in creating meaningful, deep and entertaining characters and settings in a spin off novel. I have not seen many writers accomplish this but Briggs has come out swinging with great stand-alone series that is connected to the Mercy Thompson Series but is its own entity entirely. To those who are a fan of this genre this is a must read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful study! March 14 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a great story of how Charles brings Anna back to his pack and she becomes his mate. She needs to learn how to trust her new mate and have faith in herself and her value to the pack as an Omega wolf. Really enjoyable story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable urban fantasy/romance Oct. 8 2008
By H. Deng
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I couldn't put it down. Really loved the characters and I hope there will be more to come. But I would agree, you should pick up the anthology On the Prowl first. She does her best to try to explain things, but having read the short story really helps.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Should be 3 1/2 stars... Aug. 7 2008
By ocelott
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you're going to be picking up Cry Wolf, I highly recommend you beg, borrow, or buy a copy of the On The Prowl anthology to read first. It's not strictly necessary, and the novel will stand without the prequel, but Alpha and Omega will give you a deeper understanding of both Anna and Charles and the relationship between them.

I really like Anna and Charles. They're interesting and complex characters, and their struggle to get to know each other fully knowing they're supposed to be together is fun to read. I actually would have liked to read more of that, to see more of the complications Anna's recent history causes for them. It's touched on, but resolved rather quickly considering how skittish Anna is when they meet. She has an interesting workaround, which gives her extra strength and allows her to deal with things more easily than she usually would, but it comes with a disadvantage that I'm not sure was fully explored.

The action here isn't as fast and furious as in the Mercy series, because the focus here is on Anna, Charles, and the slow trust building between them. It's almost more paranormal romance than urban fantasy, but there's enough mystery and magic here to satisfy the butt-kick quotient. Briggs has an interesting magic system, and it's fun to see a new part of the world she's created.

The story is told in third person, from a variety of perspectives, which really stands out in the urban fantasy subgenre. It works nicely, letting us get to know some of the secondary characters a little better and filling us in on several motivations without having to do a Bond-esque infodump conversation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good book by Patricia Briggs
I enjoyed all the action, entanglement between the werewolves and the witch. Then seeing the difficulty and fortitude to have good conquer evil.
Published 2 months ago by cherylcraft@accesswave.ca
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book and series
This book is the first in this series and it is as good as the Mercy series. You will recognize some of the characters because they are in some of the Mercy books. Read more
Published 20 months ago by D. Paine
2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to the standards of her written books
I didn't really enjoy this as it was basically a cartoon... Not what I expected at all. Stick to her written books.
Published 21 months ago by Schmiddeee
5.0 out of 5 stars Cry Wolf
The first full length Alpha and Omega story. Patricia Briggs does a fantastic job keeping the series going. Read more
Published 23 months ago by HamHam Petunia
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Charles and Anna
This story is set in the same world as the Mercy series but it is based around Charles, the Marrok's son, and his mating with Anna an abused Omega from another pack. Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2010 by Rory Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
Very good book. I like the world of Patricia Briggs, she is a very good author.
Published on April 20 2009 by Pamela Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Cry Wolf
I have read almost all of Patrica Briggs novels and really enjoyed them all. But this book was so AWSOME it brought tears to my eyes at the end. Read more
Published on April 17 2009 by S. Lucas
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