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The Pack (The Pack #1)

3.17 of 5 stars 3.17  ·  rating details  ·  511 ratings  ·  128 reviews
Simon Burns is unemployed and on the verge of divorce. And he's never felt better. Simon Burns' strained marriage gets pushed to the limit when he loses his job and reluctantly takes on the role of stay-at-home dad for his three-year-old son. Then he meets a tight-knit trio of other dads whose strength and confidence lure him into their mix. Now, after a crazy night out wi ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 26th 2012 by Berkley UK (first published January 1st 2005)
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Lou
If you happen to notice anyone become suddenly very active a fast runner and have a large appetite and delicacy for meat not well done you would not think twice about it. If his meat is served on a plate with nothing else, no vegetables, just one grand slab of bloody steak sitting on plate you should have some concern and then there is a noticeable hair growth and the lack of need of Viagra all hours going ons you better really be concerned. The persons hearing will greatly be increased, somethi ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Review in thirty words:

Are you a happily married man in his thirties suffering from a testosterone deficiency? Why not become a werewolf? It's great fun, except when it's not!

Entertaining read!

Reviewed for Bitten by Books. http://bittenbybooks.com.
ReadingDiva
~~** Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog Rating 3.5 of 5**~~

Review by Vicky: Normally when I write up a review I have a clear idea of how I feel about the book but with The Pack that isn’t the case. I know it may sound strange but even though I couldn’t put it down I’m still not sure that I really enjoyed it. I have mixed feelings as on some occasions I found I was questioning the sanity of the characters and at others I was really happy that things were working out for them.

When we first me
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Theresa
Simon Burns is your typical beta male. He goes to work but can't climb the corporate ladder because he lacks the requisite ambition and willingness to resort to cut-throat office politics, yet he still shocked when he is unexpectedly fired. A bad economy soon forces Simon into making an unconventional decision and he ends up as a stay-at-home dad to his three-year-old son Jeremy. It's a tough adjustment and when Simon runs into another group of dads at the playground he's relieved to find a grou ...more
MARILYN
The Pack by Jason Starr

This is Stepford Wives meets werewolves and not in a good way. This is a poorly written book with little character development and unlikable characters. The protagonist Simon is naive and self centered, his wife needs some bipolar meds and their 3 year old needs to be in permanent time out. This could have been a really good story in someone elses hands but we are treated to Simon running, eating meat and erections, none of which are interesting. We know nothing about the
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Roger
OK, I didn't realize this book was about werewolves until I was about halfway through, and if I had known that, I wouldn't have even started it. That said, it was an interesting plot, not entirely implausible (if you buy the werewolf thing!). But the characters are so unsympathetic it was hard to get engaged with any of them. The supposed "hero" Simon is a self-centered, pompous, effeminate wuss. His wife, Allison, is shallow, selfish and snooty. The kid, Jeremy, is hell on wheels who throws a f ...more
Josh
The Pack is an infusion of urban domesticated bliss turned on its head by raw and uninhabited pit bull violence. Conforming to his expected lofty standards, Starr's New York inhabitants are almost too human - even those that aren't, as the reader feels each trial and tribulation these characters face.

The place setting is classic Starr; modern New York, always the peripheral accomplice to protagonist and antagonist alike. The urban sprawl locales evoke a vivid imagery through scaled description
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Lainy
Time Taken To Read - 1.5 days

Blurb From Amazon

When Simon Burns is fired from his job without warning, he takes on the role of stay-at-home dad for his three-year-old son. But his reluctance pushes his already strained marriage to the limit. In the nestled playgrounds of the Upper West Side, Simon harbors a simmering rage at his boss's betrayal.

Things take a turn when he meets a tight-knit trio of dads at the playground. They are different from other men Simon has met, stronger and more confident
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Once Upon
Life was not going well for Simon Burns, marriage undergoing therapy, suddenly fired from his job and has no choice but to become a full time stay at home dad to his 3 year old son. After a rough beginning things start falling into a routine with his son, until he encounters a group of dads that seemed to be in his same position. After a get together with his new friends, he wakes up in the middle of the woods in New Jersey, with no clothes, can't remember how he got there and has the strangest ...more
Laurie
My Rating 4.5 Stars

Simon Burns expected a substantial promotion; instead, he was unceremoniously fired. Unemployed, in a recessive economy, Simon reluctantly becomes a stay-at-home dad and daytime caregiver of the couple’s three-year-old son, Jeremy.

One day Simon and Jeremy are at an unfamiliar park – a slight change from their normal daily routine, when Simon encounters three other dads, also with sons about Jeremy’s age. The men are friendly, supportive, and their sons and Jeremy seem to hit
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Ashley Dawn
Simon Burns’ life is just not going well at all. He exists from day to day, but he is shocked when his boss calls him into his office and fires him with no explanation. He has never been overly confident, not confrontational in the least, and his marriage is not on the best footing. Now, he is reeling emotionally from this latest blow and he finds himself a stay-at-home dad. Frustrated with life and how it is turning out, Simon spends his time taking care of his three-year-old son.
They get into
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(Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
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When Simon Burns loses his job, he loses more then his income. He finds himself thrust in the role of stay-at home dad for his three year old son which puts a strain on his already rocky marriage. Floundering to try and make sense of why he was fired for no reason, he begins to try and find some balance in his life. He meets a group of single dads at a park he takes his son to. Happy to find some comradely, he immediately joins their t
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Derrick
Jason Starr has been one of my favorite authors since I picked up Tough Luck and scrambled to read all his previous titles. I anticipate all his upcoming releases and was excited to hear he was delving into the horror genre. I am happy to say that I think the book is a big success. The story was entertaining and pulled me in from the beginning. By nature, I find books in anticipated series tend to end with a lot of strands of the story unresolved and this book leaves the door open nicely for a s ...more
Genevieve Heinrich
I got this book, wrapped, from the local library during their "Go on a Blind Date with a Book for Valentine's Day!" campaign. Which is to say, I probably wouldn't have picked it off the shelf by choice... so perhaps I'm not its target audience (although I am generally a fan of werewolf lore, and I thought those aspects of it were fairly well done). This was a compelling read, to be sure. I finished it, and quickly, which is more than I can say for many books lately. It was saddled with a lot of ...more
Natalie
Was enjoying this book until I got a sinking feeling that it was going to be about werewolves (trying to practice 'not judging a book by it's cover' had barely looked at the cover and obviously didn't notice the picture of wolves). I'm not finished it yet and only half-enjoying it. The terrible husband and parenting is very distracting. He is supposed to be a stay at home dad and never even loads the dishwasher or makes dinner. They're supposed to be saving money and he buys lunch every single d ...more
Angie
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Michelle
The Pack is a Novel of Fiction by Jason Starr from ACE.

Book Blurb:

Simon Burns is not the only man this has happened to. Fired from his job without warning, he takes on the role of stay-at-home dad for his three-year-old son, but his obvious reluctance pushes his already-strained marriage to the limit. And while making his way through the shady streets and nestled playgrounds of the Upper West Side, Simon harbors a simmering rage at his boss’s betrayal.

Things take a turn when he meets a tight-kni
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Joy
I have read a few books by Jason Starr, and will continue to read more. Some are better than others. Despite the fact that this one has a fantasy/werewolf theme (that is not my "thing"), this is one of his better novels. Starr always does a good job with the characterizations of his protagonists. They seem to always be flawed young men, who hit some kind of downward spiral when the stories begin. This one is no different.

Simon Burns thinks he is on the fast track in his advertising agency job,
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Jenn
Jul 13, 2011 Jenn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who is looking for something different
Recommended to Jenn by: first reader win
Shelves: first-reader-win
Hi Everyone,
This was a great one! A totally different take on the old ware-wolves pack expectations. I loved this one and I have actually been tired of reading the wolves romances. Believe me, while there is some romance, this is completely different.

A guy loses his job, seven years there and that sounds a lot like the business world today, his wife goes to work, and he is the stay-at-home dad. He thought he had a bad day, but that is just the first couple of pages, from there it is a rollercos
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Angela Raby
I love that Jason Starr has flipped the roles of the husband and wife and did something a bit more non-traditional in relationships. She is the one with the stable job and is more of an aggressive, confident person in her career. She is a matter-of-fact person but is pretty unrealistic when it comes to her marriage. I find myself very frustrated by her. There are many times in the book I kept saying that Simon should just leave her butt because she is unfair to him and can't seem to make her min ...more
Fitzgerald
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Dayna
What struck me about this novel is that although it’s an urban fantasy about werewolves, it doesn’t read like one for the most part. More like a psychological thriller. For those wanting to ease their way into the urban fantasy/paranormal world, this would be a great introduction. I love how Simon’s character develops throughout the book. How he copes with losing his job, becoming a stay-at-home-dad, trying to work through marital problems and then on top of all that, meets Michael and the gang ...more
Julie H.
The Pack is more suspense novel than horror story, despite the fact that it contains werewolves. When advertising account manager Simon Burns is unexpectedly fired, his already tenuous grasp on his finances, marriage, and self-confidence slips. His self-centered wife, Alison, vacillates between demanding that he become a stay-at-home dad so that they can save on childcare and being angry that he gets to spend days with their three-year-old son. The couple is in therapy, his wife's intense mood s ...more
Hannah (Jaedia)
To my knowledge, Jason Starr is primarily a crime-thriller author, so the initial press release for The Pack deeply intrigued me. An urban fantasy thriller without all of the will-they-won't-they romance of many, many other urban fantasies out there? And it's about werewolves? Sinister ones? Yes please! Thankfully I was not disappointed, despite not really knowing what to expect but I enjoyed reading it and I must agree with Lee Child: `Jason Starr is hypnotically good'. There were many times wh ...more
Mieneke
The Pack was a very enjoyable read, though I had a bit of a problem with the ending. The first bit read more like a contemporary fiction book than an urban fantasy novel, but the kind that comes after the 'boy meets girl'-part, the one that deals with 'we're in a relationship, now what do we do?' This was actually kind of pleasant and it read away at a great clip. I was quickly drawn into Simon's life and cares. The scenes with his son are adorable and at times very relatable, but then they woul ...more
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Reviewed by Rebecca for www.BookChickCity.com

THE PACK by Jason Starr is an interesting novel that cleverly intertwines the supernatural with realism, creating an intriguing plot that fits neatly into the crime genre as well as the paranormal.

Protagonist, Simon Burns, is unexpectedly fired from his job as an advertising executive, throwing his family life into disarray as they are now reliant upon the wages of his wife, Allison. His unemployment means that they can no longer afford a nanny for th
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Christa  Seeley
This review originally posted at Hooked on Books

At the beginning of this novel Simon has it all. A good job, loving wife, adorable kid, nice apartment. But then he suddenly loses his job and everything changes. He becomes a stay at home dad, money gets tight. There's a lot of adjustments to be made. The later werewolf craziness aside, I really liked this part. I really liked the way it stretched Simon as a character and the way he was forced to comfort certain negative aspects about himself. Goo
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Simon is a main charater in the book ,in the begining his luck was horrible. Here this poor guy had a wife and a son and the perfect job in NYC. Simon is this happy guy who loved his life and his job abd of course his family. One day Simon's luck began to take a turn for the worst. He goes to work like any other day and get's canned after dedicating so much, so long. Like so many of us do. Simon begans to go threw the notions of loosing his job . He trys not to becom
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Kirsty
The book is quite slow to start off with, and does take quite a bit of time to find momentum and flow. It picks up drastically in the middle, but then peters out to an unsatisfying fizzle at the end. The author clearly built up the tension and plot, only to back right off at the end and drag the story into a sequel.

The Pack is the most urban and realistic werewolf book I have read, and I found myself missing the normal things we expect from a shifter book. There is no howling at the moon, no hun
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Michael
Jul 21, 2012 Michael rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Simon Burns is married to his beautiful wife Allison, they have a wonderful three year old son, Jeremy together. Although they are devoted to taking care of this son, it is hard by them both working full time, causing the intimacy to deflate in their marriage. Hiring a baby sister to take care of Jeremy seemed like a good idea in the beginning but when he bonds more with the babysitter, then his parents, they reconsider the idea all together. Jeremy is on a verge of a promotion, when he gets tha ...more
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