The Wolf's Hour Hardcover – Oct 2010
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About the Author
One of the founders of the Horror Writers Association, Robert R. McCammon (b. 1952) is one of the country’s most accomplished authors of modern horror and historical fiction. Raised by his grandparents in Birmingham, Alabama, McCammon published his first novel, the Revelations-inspired Baal, when he was only twenty-six. His writings continued in a supernatural vein throughout the 1980s, producing such bestselling titles as Swan Song, The Wolf’s Hour, and Stinger. In 1991 Boy’s Life won the World Fantasy Award for best novel. After his next novel, Gone South, McCammon took a break from writing to spend more time with his family. He did not publish another novel until 2002’s Speaks the Nightbird. Since then he has followed “fixer” Matthew Corbett in two sequels, The Queen of Bedlam and Mister Slaughter. His newest novel is The Five. McCammon and his family continue to live in Birmingham.
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The Wolf's Hour
by Robert R. McCammon
Pocket Books, 1989
Mass Market Paperback
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.Read more ›
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!
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 Nazisï¿½ 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 Hitlerï¿½s 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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
II I IWould not recommend to anyone because there is no real plot, just one piece of rubbish after another. Always a easy escape.Published 15 months ago by Douglas McLellan
Imagine being a secret agent in world war II who happens to be a werewolf, the advantages are on your side, you would think. Read morePublished on April 2 2009 by rocknrolla
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 morePublished on Jan. 19 2004 by JC
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 morePublished on Jan. 7 2004 by ian richmond
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 morePublished on Dec 14 2003
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 morePublished on Nov. 29 2003 by E. King
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 morePublished on Sept. 5 2003 by Reader/author
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