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Bad Wolf (Bad Wolf Chronicles #1)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  196 ratings  ·  43 reviews
" consumed watching a horror movie" --IngaKS

"Very intense" -- Karen West

Detective Lara Mendes’s hard work finally pays off when she gets the chance to join the homicide detail. There’s only one catch; she has to partner up with a cop no one wants to work with.

John Gallagher is a veteran homicide detective who loves stomping bad guys and hates partners. When
Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published by Tim McGregor (first published April 29th 2011)
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Mar 01, 2014 Pamellia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Wearwolves and their offspring
Recommended to Pamellia by: friend
Shelves: 2014
Good story for one book, March 1, 2014

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This review is from: Bad Wolf (Bad Wolf Chronicles: Book 1) (Kindle Edition)

This book was recommended to me sometime ago. Because of a horror group read I finally got around to reading it.

This was a good story. The characters were realistic and likeable. The author may have gotten hung up on a few phrases, but that was OK, most of the time. The story had just enough gore to let you know this was an evil creature, but not so much th
The was a fun and interesting read. It started off kind of slow as it set up the story with the character's backgrounds and personalities but once it got going, it was a fun ride. However, I found some places in the book to be choppy with some sentence fragments, especially in the beginning. There were also several typos and other errors that might not be noticed by most (for instance, Barn Swallows do not hop). It snapped me out of the story a bit but I was anxious to dive right back in. Recomm ...more
I love a well-written, action-packed werewolf yarn. I hope there is a sequel.

Now that I have the sequel Pale Wolf queued up on the Kindle, decided to re-read BW.

I loved it even more the second time around. Just as action packed as a good Maberry yarn without any of the annoying tics found in the Pine Deep trilogy. No corny dialogue, no overtly macho bullshit, just some great story-telling, awesome characterization and some big bad wolves.

I highly recommend Bad Wolf.
Brainycat's 5 "B"s:
blood: 4
boobs: 0
bombs: 1
bondage: 0
blasphemy: 2
Bechdel Test: FAIL
Deggan's Rule: FAIL
Gay Bechdel Test: FAIL

This was a decently written, very quick read. I haven't read a lot of police procedurals, so I don't know how it rates in that respect. I usually read stories about PIs and their ilk; it felt to me like being able to call upon the resources of a major metropolitan police force was like having Mary Sue on speed dial. This is probably normal for the genre, however.

The book
My review:

I read Bad Wolf almost two months ago and haven’t managed to write a review yet. Reason behind it is very simple – I needed some time to get this book settled in my mind. It has haunted me (in a good way) for some time and now I am ready to put my thoughts down.

Tim McGregor’s Bad Wolf was a very good book in its genre. It was dark and visually scented and it left a spooky feeling with you while reading it. Reading Bad Wolf was like watching a movie, it gave me very clear images in the
Amy_Read to My Heart's Content
I really really enjoyed this book! It had so much action in it!
This is a nice turn on cop thriller book and I insist anyone to read it. Even if you are not a fan of paranormal romance this book is exciting just for the mystery that it creates trying to find out who is killing these people. And I just fell in love with John Gallagher. He is a gritty character, who at first glance, seems to be a jerk; but eventually you get to know him and find he is much more complex.

I really hope Mr. McGregor wi
Tracy Hensley
I got the first in the series free through Amazon and was hooked! I true summer horror story with my favorite of all monsters, the werewolf! Of course this is not wonder given my love of lupines. I loved journeying from Oregon, to New Mexico into British Columbia and I genuinely liked the characters, especially Amy in the two books, she really stepped up.
I have two complaints. One is how specific breeds were handled in the first book had to do with continuing stereotypes of dog. The pack of dog
Heather Faville
Technically 4 1/2 stars for this reviewer.

First off, Bad Wolf, is set in the Portland, Oregon area, so it was neat to hear about local street and landmarks and know where certain scenes are taking place. I really enjoyed the story that Tim McGregor created. It is a werewolf story, but it's not a "creature feature" the primary focus is on the characters of Mendes and Gallagher, both of whom I really enjoyed learning about. The author did an excellent job creating interesting backstories for his p
If you've ever seen a feral dog, you'll know they aren't something you want to mess with. Well, try a pack of them. Yeah, not pleasant. In Tim McGregor's debut novel, a string of deaths lead police to believe there's a pack of dogs responsible. And as detectives, John Gallagher and Lara Mendes, investigate they realize the pack is being led by a man. A crazy man, because he thinks he's a werewolf.

Now, I'm not a reader who gravitates towards detective novels, just one of those genres I don't care
Doug Lamoreux
A pack of feral dogs leave a half-eaten female corpse in their wake. Evidence points to murder and investigations reveal hints of the supernatural. Are detectives Mendes and Gallagher (good cop, bad cop, at least at first) on the trail of a psychotic killer and his vicious pets? Or is it possible that werewolves actually exist?

There is a lot to like about Bad Wolf; a crime drama and a horror story. It takes a while to draw the reader in, with opening chapters heavier on police procedure than on
This review is from: Bad Wolf (Kindle Edition)
I'm not really a fan of cop drama (with the exception of Catherine Coulter's FBI series) but I fell right into the crazieness surrounding Gallagher and Mendes. There has been a murder of a very gruesome quality: she's been ripped apart and partially eaten by dogs. Very bog dogs. But something is not right. Dogs don't normally hunt to eat humans but wolves do. The police are trying hard to solve an unsolvable case and with the eveident pointing to a
B.L. Hewitt

Tim McGregor’s Bad Wolf, takes us back to the days of throat ripping werewolves. No more Jacob Black, this story is aptly named. McGregor gives us the Lon Chaney curse of the werewolf, but in a more fiendish and feral way. The cursed Wolf, Ivan Prall, abandoned, abused, and then finally bitten by his caretaker Ronald Kovacs, Prall believes by killing Kovacs he will lift the curse from itself. Prall and his angry pack of feral strays sets out to rip apart every one of the people that brought this
Barbara Mason
A refreshingly different read on the full moon wolf.

My only complaint was that the book was not longer. The editing was fairly well done, the characters were easy to connect with and identify with.

Two good looking a rogue and the other strictly by the book become unlikely partners as they hunt a large dog and it's pack that are killing people and eating them. From one chapter to the next, you just want to keep reading. There's a lot of gore, but the storyline does not falter. The actio
Sharon Michael
I'd give it 3 1/2 or 4 stars for the plot/characters and overall read. I read it, found it entertaining, thought it was one of the more interesting 'takes' on a werewolf plot. I'd give it one star for the cliffhanger ending, which I HATE and refuse to read if I know about it in advance.

So, if you like cop stories and werewolves and can deal with cliffhanger endings, it's as good as anything I've read along those lines.

If you dislike cliffhanger endings, find another book.
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Sheila Wilkins
I downloaded this as a Kindle freebie and didn't have very high expectations. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the wearwolf aspect is just background and that it's actualluy a very good book. The story follows rooky homicide detective and her mentor (think Harry Bosch). I won't spoil the fun by going into too much detail.

I will be purchasing the sequal to this book! Cannot wait to read it.
I received a complimentary copy for review. I found Bad wolf to be a well written story, with likeable and well developed characters. I would describe it as a police procedural with a twist. The twist being a bit of supernatural horror in the form of a werewolf that should appeal to fans of both crime thrillers and horror stories alike.
I really enjoyed this police drama that revolved around a serial killer who just happened to be a werewolf. The characters were great and the plot never stalled. I look forward to more from author Tim McGregor. He wove an interesting story that can be picked from where it left off with an anticipated sequel.
Really enjoyed this werewolf horror/crime mystery mash-up.
Cathi Smith
I bought the book based on the reviews and because it was free for a limited time in ebook format. What I did not expect was to absolutely forget time, become so involved in the book and at 3:00 am having to refrain from going on amazon to write a review telling everyone that they HAVE to buy the book! Refraining wasn't to difficult though, because I would have had to stop reading to write it! Thank goodness I didn't have to work the next day because I could not stop until I finished the book. D ...more
When a body is found eaten by a pack of feral dogs, homicide detectives Gallagher and Mendes find themselves on the trail of a man who believes he is a werewolf. Is he just insane? Or could there be some truth to his crazed ramblings?

An interesting concept for a novel that sits mostly within the crime genre. I found it took me a long time to get into the story and felt it could have used some serious editing, especially in the first half. Overall an easy and fairly entertaining read, though mayb
Nancy Steinle gummel
Bad Wolf by Tim McGregor is a book about loners. A lone killer assisted by a pack of wild dogs, a lone detective and a lone would be detective. After his former partner is hospitalized, Det. Gallagher is partnered with Lara Mendes a transfer from the sex crime unit. Working solo Mendes tracks down the killer of Elizabeth Riley. During the investigation she is attacked and bitten landing unconscious in the hospital. She wakes up several days later with Gallaghers daughter in the room. She gets as ...more
Screenwriter turned novelist, Tim McGregor has written an intense story that is both a criminal suspense story and a horror story. You take your pick. Newby homicide detective is partnered with John Gallagher and their first case together is that of the boy of a young woman that was variously turned apart by feral dogs. To make matters worse, these dogs are led by one crazy guy dude who thinks he is a werewolf or is it?

Descriptive and detailed, the story begins slow but picks up towards the midd
This is the first book by Tim McGregor that I have read. I do not feel that his writing style is for me. The story was slow starting & although I was intrigued by the 2 main characters I found myself a little bored. This is very unusual for me especially with a book about werewolves, detectives & a little bit of mystery. I had to force myself to keep reading at the 70% mark but it was a slow go. I felt a little lost & confused a lot of the time. The wording in the book at times I fou ...more
Karin Corneau
I must admit that I did enjoy this book. It was a little slow to get going but once it picked up I found it really hard to put down. It was very different from the usual werewolves stories that I read. The only parts I didn't like were a few scenes involving the dogs and that's only because I am a huge animal lover and just couldn't stomach what was going on with them. Having had to skip most of those scenes though, I really did enjoy it and will definately check out the rest of the trilogy when ...more
Tim McGregor's Bad Wolf is the first part of his Bad Wolf Chronicles, but works very well as a stand-alone novel. Set in Portland, Oregon, the story follows Homicide Detectives Lara Mendes and John Gallagher as they try to track down an apparent serial killer who uses dogs to bring down his victims.

The story takes a few very satisfying turns, showing that the author did not want to merely tell the most stereotypical story from a new perspective, but had some new ideas to add to the mix. There's
I liked the authors take on werewolves. The characters were well written and the romance angle subtle and slow. The main storyline was a paranormal murder mystery filled with action. But, it was original and creative. Not the same old formula. Again, loved the characters - they were given substance and filled out with enough information that you were traveling with someone you knew rather than a vague stranger. All in all a pretty good book
This is a good book with a lot of action. Not a standard werewolf fare but its very entertaining. You can tell Tim was setting you up for a sequel. ie, hinting at more werewolf packs up north and the like. However, as well told as this story was, I look forward to the next tale.
Good book.
Trudi Jorda
The writing and story were very good-- a bit graphic for me--- I am a chicken heart-- but I was very disapointed that this was a cliff hanger---- I may come back for book 2 but who knows. If you choose to read this-- be aware that you must have book 2! :)
This was a pretty good supernatural thriller...and it did a real nice thing at the end where it got you caring about these characters, kind of wrapped things up, but gave you a nice twist to hook you in and want to know what happens in the sequel.
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“Gallagher lunged through the opening, snatched a mittful of hair and collar and hauled the fat bastard through the cage. Gallagher meant to drag him clear through to the floor but the pawnbroker got stuck in the metal window. Herrera screamed and kicked his feet. “He used to be the bad cop,” Lara said. “Now he's just bad.” 0 likes
“I dunno anything about these people.” He separated a key, tried it. “How soon can I clear her shit outta here?” “You know she's dead, right?” The guy shrugged. “And now I got an empty unit that needs to be rented.” Gallagher crowded the man, stepping on his flip-flops. “How about I plaster that door with police tape until you fucking die?” 0 likes
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