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The Pack: Winter Kill by [Oliveri, Mike]
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The idea for this werewolf noir series started with a murder.

I walked out of a store on some crummy errand or another and I saw it plain as day. A young man falls down in the desert. A boot appears on the back of his neck, and the camera floats up a uniformed leg to a .45. Higher still and we see a grizzled sheriff staring down at the young man.


A young woman runs past him, screaming. A deputy chases her. The sheriff raises his pistol.


The camera follows the path of the bullet. It streaks past the deputy’s ear toward the woman. It slams into the back of her head. The screen goes dark, then the bullet and the camera reach daylight on the other side.

I sat in the car for a few minutes to write it all down in my notebook. It had been so vivid I could see the characters’ features, the sheriff’s boots, badge and uniform, the girl’s red, flower-print sundress flowing in the breeze. I didn’t care where it came from, what I wanted to figure out was what to do with it.

I sat down at the keyboard to write, and promptly realized I had no idea why the sheriff killed these kids. Was he an anti-hero or a villain? What did they do to deserve this? Even better, what happened next?

I had just finished an abortive attempt at a crime novel, so I had crime on the brain. I thought maybe the kid was a drug dealer and the antihero cop took him down. Or maybe the kids saw something they shouldn’t have. I kicked around a few more possibilities, but none of them really grabbed me or answered the question, “what next?”

So why not make it a supernatural thriller? Make the kid a monster of some kind, and now the sheriff has a reason to blow him away. Make him a werewolf, and now the sheriff has silver bullets. That’s when the “what next?” clicked into place: the rest of his pack comes looking for him. That turned into his brother, and from there the first comic book miniseries, "Werewolves: Call of the Wild," came to be. It would eventually be published by Moonstone Books.

When Nina (then only known as “Mom”) made a cameo in the first issue, I had a pretty good idea of the family’s backstory. Each of the family members had their own story to tell, and they fit together in a nice arc.

About that time, A.N. Ommus, Editorial Director at Evileye Books, started flirting with me. I initially discussed a different book with him, but as he shared his formula for world domination, it became clear that book just wasn’t big enough. Evileye wanted a series, and I wanted in on his plans, so I pitched him "The Pack."

Which brings us to this book.

"Winter Kill" is a new beginning for the Tyler family, the first book in a series. So what’s the story? Here’s the official description:

“For generations, the northern Minnesota mountain region has been a haven for peaceful hikes and breath-taking scenery. But when tourists suddenly turn up dead, FBI special agents Angela Wallace and Brian Shilling are called in to investigate, only to discover that the murders are part of a deadlier, supernatural mystery. In the series fiction debut, "Winter Kill," Bram Stoker Award winning author, Mike Oliveri gives us the first salvo in a crime, supernatural thriller that reimagines the werewolf mythos in a way you'll never see coming.”

Each book will feature a stand-alone story, but the events of each volume will be inter-connected. I have big plans for the characters and the series, and I hope you’ll continue to follow along as I keep asking the characters, “what next?”

Thanks for reading, and welcome to "The Pack."

Mike Oliveri


"Winter Kill is an action film made word. Sticky blood. Smart violence. Real characters. This is the kind of book I like to read." - Weston Ochse, author of "Empire of Salt"

Horror author, Brian Keene, says, "WINTER KILL is a MASTERFUL blend of crime, suspense and the supernatural

About the Author

Mike Oliveri is the author of the Bram Stoker Award-winning novel, "Deadliest of the Species". His horror fiction has appeared in critically acclaimed editions of "Brimstone Turnpike", "New Dark Voices" and "Dark Arts", among others. Oliveri has also written the comic book limited series, "Werewolves: Call of the Wild".

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 341 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Evileye Books; 1 edition (Oct. 28 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002V1I47W
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa53aa9d8) out of 5 stars A Tight, Fast, Fun Read Feb. 9 2010
By William M Miller - Published on
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This is my first experience with author Mike Oliveri and I'm quite impressed. His dialogue is some of the tightest, most crisp I've read in a long time, reminiscent of the great Tom Piccirilli. I had no knowledge of the background of these characters which apparently were part of a limited comic book series, but I had no trouble catching up with the new problems in their lives.

Oliveri writes with an incredible economy of words, and while this book is a bit short for a novel, I always prefer quality over quantity and his book has it in spades. The pacing, the realistic violence, and the palpable suspense had me hooked on every page. The $13 price tag for a paperback is bit much, however, but the thicker paper stock, book design, and story make it worth owning. There were a couple typos that should have been discovered during the editing stage, so hopefully Evileye will clean things like this up for the next installment.

I did find it a little confusing and maybe a bit misleading how the back cover claims the book "reimagines the werewolf mythos in a way you'll never see coming". This statement makes it seem as if the book is groundbreaking in some way, and while I totally enjoyed the story, anyone who has read a lot of werewolf material will know that this book certainly did not "reimagine" the mythos nor give you a twist that you can "never see coming". Those claims are a bit exaggerated. Don't get me wrong though, this is still one of the best reads of the year and I will gladly come back for another tale.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5eb8ec4) out of 5 stars Fast Paced Thriller...with teeth and claws! Jan. 8 2010
By Peter Andrew Leonard - Published on
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When a gun deal goes south in the northern wilds of Minnesota, what you get is a fast paced thrill ride by Mike Oliveri, where the twists and turns will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next.

This is the first of installment in what is sure to be an action packed series. If you like them lean and mean, then be sure to snag a copy. You'll be glad you did.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5eb8dc8) out of 5 stars Winter Thrill Jan. 11 2010
By Cullen Bunn - Published on
Format: Paperback
Mike Oliveri has crafted a tight, no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners thriller that works well as both a crime novel and a horror story. This is tough guy fiction with a lot of attitude. It's the perfect read for one of these cold nights. This is the first in a series, and I can't wait for the next installment.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4f6a0cc) out of 5 stars It's a good general crime story with a taste of warewolf March 11 2012
By Andrew Pollack - Published on
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Disclosure first: I read this after a recommendation from a friend (John) who is a friend of the author. My friend was in the dedication, though I don't know anyone else involved and have not seen anything else from this author. Nonetheless, this is an honest review.

This is what I'd call a "good airplane book". It's the kind of thing you'd like to find in an airport bookstore when you're not looking for any great work of art that needs focus and thinking to read. You're looking for something fun to pass a few hours. This is a great book for that.

I usually add an extra half star or so to any review I'm doing of a self published book and I've done that here. It's better than a three star book, but I'm not sure it's all the way to a four. Since it's self published and really inexpensive, it gets the benefit of the doubt. If this had come from a major publishing house, I may have given it three stars as average to good, but without the help an author gets from those big houses I think a little credit is due.

Plot: There are two plots, almost equal here. First is a pretty straightforward crime plot, of the sort you might see in a TV crime drama. There's not a lot of back story or depth, you don't know or care much about the criminals other than what they're doing during the story -- and that doesn't really matter. Second is a family who'd like to keep their lives somewhat off the radar of the federal authorities and just be left alone to run their lodge, and the obvious conflict with a lead federal agent who comes out to investigate the crime. There's not a lot of subtlety here, but it's solid enough to built a good little action story on. I will say that I really liked the way the matriarch in family handles the relationship with a sort of drunk witness. I don't want to give anything away, so only people who've read this book will get that reference, but what impressed me was that there was an easy way out that the author didn't take. It makes me think he may have a future in which his characters become more like real people.

Prose: The prose was more polished than I'd expected in a self published (or very small publisher) book like this and from an author without a great deal of experience. It wasn't a masterpiece, but for the most part the telling of the story didn't get in the way of the story and for a quick read like this that's more than good enough. The biggest mistake the author makes is in not going into enough detail when he describes the people and places. I think the author sees these scenes so clearly that he forgets that the reader doesn't. He's great at describing the actions people take, but you're on your own for figuring out what they really look like. There was one little subplot that some may find a little too detailed and may be inappropriate for some younger readers -- but honestly I thought it was refreshing that the author didn't shy away from it, and it means I know this series won't turn into a bad adolescent romance series like the dreaded sparkly vampire crap that's out there. The scene was also funny, in what could have been a long and dreary stretch of the book.

Characters: I won't say they're entirely two dimensional, because I got the impression that there's a lot more there. I think the author just needed to spend more time showing them to us. As I said, I think he forgets that we don't already know them.

That's my 20 cents worth. It should be interesting to see what else this author does.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa50491c8) out of 5 stars The Pack: Winter Kill - Graphic! July 17 2011
By Jennifer Morrell - Published on
Format: Paperback
Hi, I was lead to this by Jason Starr's "The Pack" which recommends this graphic novel. I love graphic novels and have been reading them for, well that would date me too much, a very long time.
This one does stand out as an original tale. Not only that but beautifully done. I have grown tired of the romance werewolf's tales, but this is not that! "Winter Kill" actually has given me hope that there are some writers out there who do not stick to the cookie cutter werewolf story. I have a renewed interest again in the werewolf stories.
If you are tired of all the romance ones, pick this up. It is different, exciting, and I loved it.