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The Wolf's Hour [Hardcover]

Robert McCammon , Vincent Chong
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October 2010
On the eve of D-Day, a British secret agent with unique powers goes behind Nazi lines.

Michael Gallatin is a British spy with a peculiar talent: the ability to transform himself into a wolf. Although his work in North Africa helped the Allies win the continent in the early days of World War II, he quit the service when a German spy shot his lover in her bed. Now, three years later, the army asks him to end his retirement and parachute into occupied Paris. A mysterious German plan called the Iron Fist threatens the D-Day invasion, and the Nazi in charge is the spy who betrayed Michael’s lover. The werewolf goes to France for king and country, hoping for a chance at bloody vengeance.

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"A master who keeps his audience spellbound with every sentence." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Robert McCammon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of nineteen novels, including the award-winning Boy’s Life and Speaks the Nightbird. There are more than four million copies of his books in print. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Howling Good Time Oct. 30 2012
By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It was fun to return to this novel twenty years after I first read it. In many ways McCammon is superior to Stephen King. Both authors can be a tad verbose and McCammon could have whittled The Wolf's Hour down. But in the end who is going to argue over a few extra pages when the subject is a Russian-born British spy who takes on Nazis as a werewolf. The interspersed flashbacks that explain how Michael Gallatin is able to take on wolf form add to the whole outing. The main plot itself drags a bit with the author seemingly wanting to do a travelogue of Europe. Yet, it is fun, campy with an old time serial movie feel. Specifically I have to commend McCammon for the riveting scene involving Gallatin and a Panzer (Mark II or III I guess). The reason I returned to this novel years later was to reacquaint myself before sinking my teeth into The Hunter from the Woods which is McCammon's follow-up published in 2011.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Wolf's Hour by Robert R. McCammon Oct. 29 2009
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Wolf's Hour

The Wolf's Hour
by Robert R. McCammon
Pocket Books, 1989
ISBN: 0-671-66485-9
603 pages
Mass Market Paperback
Historical Fiction/Horror

What can I say about Robert McCammon? A brilliant 1980's author who's storytelling is not easily classified (Mystery Walk, Gone South, The Wolf's Hour, Boy's Life), McCammon retired in the early 1990's, "citing variously depression, exhaustion from overwork, a desire to spend more time with his family, and frustration with publishers, who insisted he limit himself to writing genre horror fiction when he wanted to explore other literary forms." McCammon returned to the publishing world in 2002 with his intriguing historical novel Speaks the Nightbird.

The Wolf's Hour (1989), one of my favourite McCammon books is probably his strangest work to date. Two stories in one, The Wolf's Hour follows the exploits of intelligence agent extraordinaire Michael Gallatin as he frantically tries to foil a Nazi plot to emasculate the allied invasion of Europe in 1944, and it also chronicles the life of Mikhail Gallatinov, a boy who is saved from a Russian Death Squad in 1918 only to become a werewolf.

The two people are obviously the same, and what makes this story work is the amazing and heroic tale that takes an orphaned Russian and turns him into a British werewolf spy who is eventually able to answer the question "What is the lycanthrope in the eyes of God?"

The Wolf's Hour is a treat. Every character in the book is painted larger than life, and each scene stands out clearly in the mind as it comes to a close. I've often wondered why the book has never been put on film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TOP-KNOTCH WEREWOLF YARN... Nov. 26 2007
By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
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like werewolf stories, but when I first heard about this book, I thought that the plot sounded pretty far-fetched. Michael Gallatin is a sexy, handsome, debonair, and highly intelligent British spy, battling the Nazis. He is also a werewolf. Hmm, I thought, it just won't work. Well, I was wrong. This is a page turning, attention grabbing book that will simply not let the reader go, so engrossing and well-written a story does the author weave.

The author essentially tells two stories. One is the story of how Michael Gallatin became a werewolf and the man that would dare take on the Nazis. It is a powerful and sensitive telling of his formative years in Russia, weaving a mystical, magical tale. It is also a rip-roaring thriller of how Michael tangles with the Nazis to try and discover their super secret plot to destroy the Allies on D-day. Action packed and full of twists and turns, it is a hell of an adventure!

This is simply a superlative, well-written and suspenseful book that will take the reader by surprise. I simply could not put this book down! Bravo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! best werewolf story ever April 2 2009
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Imagine being a secret agent in world war II who happens to be a werewolf, the advantages are on your side, you would think.
Mikhail Gallatinov is a Russian born british spy who has an amazing past.
Hitler is on the cusp of victory in Europe, enters the werewolf with a different out come for the war, frequent flash backs to his adolescent years helping to create a Nemisis that the Germans could not forsee.
You get to see both sides of the hero's life, human.....animal.
The action keeps you reading to see what Robert McCammon has in store for you in the next chapter.
I recommend this book to any fan of military stories, James Bond, Underworld Movies, who want to enjoy a werewolf story with a unique imagination that they haven't come across before.
Final Words........this book should be handed over to HollyWood to create a character that could return in sequels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars High adventure set in nazi Germany Jan. 13 2004
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In the minds of many horror novel fans, Robert McCammon was the 80´¿s best genre writer not named Stephen King. The late 80´¿s and early 90´¿s were particularly impressive as he released a trio of amazing novels such as Swan Song, Stinger and The Wolf´¿s Hour. Mccammon has never written a sequel to one of his novels but if you ask most of his fans they would tell you that The Wolf´¿s Hour is the most likely to have one since the story ends before the end of the second world war therefore leaving Michael Gallatin with many other potential missions. Of course, McCammon has been retired from publishing for upwards of ten years(Speaks the Nightbird is not a comeback novel as it was written several years ago but only published recently) so it doesn´¿t look like there will ever be a sequel to The Wolf´¿s Hour which is sad news for anyone who enjoyed this novel as much as I did.
Michael Gallatin is a transplanted Russian who's a top agent for Britain during WWII. In 1942, he overtook Rommel in North Africa and foiled the Nazis´¿ plan to control the Suez Canal, a vital waterway that would ensure that Nazi Germany could choke off Allied shipping and continue their march east into the underbelly of Russia. Fast forward to 1944: the war still rages on and the Nazis are being forced toward Berlin by a vengeful Soviet tide but Western Europe is still in Hitler´¿s grip.
Gallatin, in seclusion since 1942, is called back for a vital mission: The first part of the mission has him being parachuted into Nazi-occupied France to retrieve vital information from an informant in Paris who is under tight security from the Gestapo.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lame
This book is pretty weak. It reads like a list of cliches taken from James Bond and every other cheapo action book you could imagine. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2004 by JC
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite of his books
i was introduced to Mr Mccammon's books over 10 years ago and have always found myself being drawn back to this one to read again and again , yes its fantasy yes its like James... Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2004 by ian richmond
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Another Great McCammon Book
Don't let the 600 pages intimidate you. This book will keep you turning the pages until the end, at which point you may be asking yourself why a sequel has not been written. Read more
Published on Dec 15 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive and different
I was'nt sure about this book when I saw the artwork. But after reading McCammon's SWAN SONG I thought I'd give it a try. I'm sure glad I did. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2003 by E. King
5.0 out of 5 stars Loads of fun
This is a classic werewolf tale (Harry Shannon pays it tribute in his exceptional new novel'Night of the Werewolf' by featuring a werewolf in the WW2 military in one section) and... Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2003 by Reader/author
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings out the WOLF in you!!!
Very entertaining indeed! This is a must read novel!
Robert McCammon takes you on a journey that you will never forget. The novel unveils two time periods. Read more
Published on July 21 2003 by James Moss
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite McCammon Book
You never forget your first love. This seems true for me and the first McCammon book I read, The Wolf's Hour. Read more
Published on July 2 2003 by R. Helms
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping entertainment!
Robert R. McCammon's best-selling novel follows Michael Gallatin, British spy and werewolf, on a mission to Nazi Germany to foil a plot against the Allies. Read more
Published on June 21 2003 by Bjorn H. Svendsen
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