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The Wolf's Hour

(Michael Gallatin #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  10,957 ratings  ·  587 reviews
D-Day is threatened, but one man could rip the heart of the Nazis -- with his bare claws....

He is Michael Gallatin, master spy, lover -- and werewolf. Able to change shape with lightning speed, to kill silently or with savage, snarling fury, he proved his talents against Rommel in Africa. Now he faces his most delicate, dangerous mission: to unravel the secret Nazi plan kn
Mass Market Paperback, 603 pages
Published August 15th 1990 by Pocket Books (first published October 12th 1989)
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Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Straight epic WWII historical adventure filled with heroism and sacrifice... or a sexed-up epic werewolf story from childhood through adulthood.

What do YOU prefer?

Fortunately, YOU don't have to make a choice! It's all here!

And guess what? This is all a huge tome with a very long and very adventuresome escapade revolving WWII from resistance fighters, going deep into enemy German territory, Russia, and back to England. It's a pretty wild ride and a ton happens. If you like your stories long and
Jonathan Janz
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’ve only read two McCammon books so far (SWAN SONG and THE WOLF’S HOUR), but I’ve come to a conclusion.

Robert McCammon doesn’t write novels. He writes masterpieces.

I expected that of SWAN SONG, since many folks place it up there with (and, in some minds, above) one of my favorite novels, Stephen King’s THE STAND. After reading SWAN SONG, I felt the praise was warranted. It’s a towering classic of our genre.

What I didn’t expect was for THE WOLF’S HOUR to rival the majesty of SWAN SONG.

Dan Schwent
Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, 2012
Michael Gallatin is a master spy during World War II. He also happens to be a werewolf. He comes out of retirement for one last mission: to stop a secret Nazi operation called Iron Fist. Can Michael stop Iron Fist and retain his humanity?

The Wolf's Hour is what would happen if Captain America was a werewolf instead of a super-hero. Yes, I remember the atrocious CapWolf storyline from the 1990's. That doesn't count since it didn't happen during World War II.

Wolf's Hour tells two parallel stories:
Wolf, Yes...Werewolf, No!

A story of war, of love and duty, of hate and violence, of sacrifice and revenge. But not many werewolves.

Fortunately, it doesn’t matter.
Dave Edmunds

"It's the curse of man to have a mind and not have the sense to use it."

Another Robert McCammon book and another five stars. I'm almost at the point now where I'd award his books five stars before reading the first page. McCammon is that good. If you like horror, suspense or just good quality fiction, then you absolutely must give this author a try. Why not start with this one?

The Wolf's Hour is especially good, even for McCammon. I'd give it six stars if I could. It follows World War Two Br
Em Lost In Books
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
After reading the blurb of this book I am not sure what was I expecting from this book. I have not read a lot of World War and spy books, the only plus point of this book to me was that the lead of the book was a werewolf. I have read McCammon’s Boy’s Life which is one of my all time favorites, and I wanted to read more books by him so I picked this, a decision I am never going to regret.

Wolf’s Hour tells us the story of Michael Galletine, a British spy, during the World War II. He has all the
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-said, paperwhite
Whenever I pick up a McCammon novel what I know for sure is that I will be entertained. My introduction to his writing was through Swan Song oh so many years ago and I can remember thinking more than once as I read it, that I needed to see what else this guy had written.

This was a reread for me. Many years have passed since the first time and once again Mr. McCammon took control and just told me a fantastic story. And that friends is what it’s all about.

The story moves back and forth in time be
 Danielle The Book Huntress
What if one of the Allies' greatest spies during WWII was a werewolf?

The Wolf's Hour is the story of Michael Gallatin, born Mikhail Gallatinov. His journey is sprawling and meaty, full of intense moments, both emotional and physical. Although I am not sure this technically counts as an epic, it feels very epic to me. Because there is so much to see about how Michael goes from being a privileged eight-year-old during the bloody Russian Revolution to a thirty-four year old British Secret Service
Joe Valdez
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
British agent Michael Gallatin parachutes into occupied France on a mission deemed critical to the imminent Allied invasion of Europe in June 1944. He's assisted by a secret only three others on earth are privy to: Michael Gallatin is a werewolf. Resistance fighters, Gestapo agents and civilians caught in their web each sense something unique about Gallatin, and as the story moves back in time to Russia, we see how an adolescent Mikhail Gallatinov came to acquire his unique abilities ...

If you d
Charles  van Buren
The devil is in the details.

"Even a man who is pure in heart,
And says his prayers by night,
May become a wolf when the wolfsbane blooms,
And the autumn moon is full and bright."
Curt Siodmak

Forget all of that. This is not a classic werewolf story. For one thing the werewolf is not a monster. Instead, he is the hero of the piece, working for British intelligence against the Nazis in WWII. For another, there is nothing supernatural about this werewolf. Bullets, blades, car and airplane crashes, explo
Dan Corey
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A werewolf secret agent taking on Nazis.

Do you really need to hear anymore?

Read this book.
Cody | CodysBookshelf
I really wanted to hate this novel. It’s such a silly concept: a British werewolf spy fighting Nazis? Give me some crackers with that cheese! The fact that this book receives almost universal praise, often getting cited as one of Robert McCammon’s best works, seemed a shame to me. What could this book possibly offer to rival with Boy’s Life or Swan Song?

What makes The Wolf’s Hour work is McCammon’s fine writing. He knows how to grab the reader and not let go, and this is one of his longer storie
Apr 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is probably my favorite of all the McCammon books. How can you go wrong with a werewolf master spy fighting against the Nazis? You can't.
Its just pure pulp fun. Some may consider it trash but they're just not enlightened.
Jun 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Trashy, genre-crossing mess about a Russian refugee werewolf fighting Nazis and having sex. I read this when I was in my early teens and thought it was pretty pervy, but I'm sure it would seem mild compared to lots of later "paranormal" novels. ...more
If Jason Bourne and rabid Lassie had a love child on the set of The Dirty Dozen directed by John Woo, this is what you’d get.

Nazi’s make me fucking sick. I can’t believe that this kind of shit went down not all that long ago. Anytime a Nazi piece of shit gets killed I can’t help but want to stand up and cheer and there was no shortage of it in this one. Good. Fuckers.

Oh yeah, and there were werewolves in here too. A little spy thriller/ espionagey (yes, that is a word) for me, but I believe it
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
I could go even to [9/10] for the sheer amount of entertainment I got out the Michael Gallatin adventures and the skilled control of McCammon over the plot and the pacing of the narrative.
There are a lot of things done good in this high octane thriller and few to criticize. In true Indiana Jones style the hero goes from one rollercoater ride to another, from the sand dunes of El Alamein to the rooftop of the Paris Opera and from the rushing train on the Berlin outskirts to a desolate rocky islan
Another great action-packed thriller from McCammon. Absolutely loved the character of Michael Gallatin! Great stuff.
Wayne Barrett
Werewolves, sex, spies, assassins, nazis... man this book had it all.

This was not so much a scary book as it was an action packed thriller. McCammon does provide some gruesome scenes along the way, so scary or not, this is still a horror novel fit for a good pre-Halloween read.

Along the way we are given some back-story glimpses of our protagonists life and his transformation into a lycanthrope, but the bulk of the story deals with him in human form as an undercover agent endeavoring to aid the
Christina Dodd
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fabulously entertaining, an exotic blend of paranormal, war thriller and romance. Defies category. Highly recommend.
Srividya Vijapure
We are all familiar with the old adage, Time and Tide wait for none, and this truly applies to me. I am that grasshopper that starts working at the last minute; be it studying for exams or completing tasks or even reading books. Procrastination is something that is like second skin to me and I have to admit that I am not proud of it. Only true procrastinators will understand the futility of advising us with dire consequences. It is as I said part and parcel of our lives. Why am I taking about pr ...more
Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
“Werewolf superspy” if I was pitching this book to a movie studio exec these two words would be the first thing I blurt out. In essence that is all this novel is, but a high concept alone does not make for a readable book. Back in the 80s, Robert R. McCammon was one of my favorite authors of horror fiction. He wrote the excellent supernatural post-apocalyptic Swan Song, a lengthy novel similar to, yet very different from, Stephen King’s epic The Stand. As I recall when I finished Swan Song I ...more
Dustin Manning
Oct 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is still to date one of my all time favorite novels. McCammon has written some great tales but this is one I can (and have) read over and over and over again. 007 meet the Wolf man; actually no... 007 IS the Wolf man. McCammon takes you back and forth between WWII espionage, personal vendetta, 007 spy action and werewolf Russian heritage. As much as i would love to read a sequel I don't want the fun of the original to be squandered. If you want a great werewolf novel or just an interesting ...more
Jan 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
The fact that this book even exists is so great, I can barely even contain myself. My friend M. Sweeney Lawless passed it on to me when I was working on a screenplay based on my werewolf blog, and I fell in love, mainly with the huge balls it took the author to write this book.

From the Back Jacket: "He is Michael Gallatin, master spy, lover-and werewolf. Able to change shape with the lightning speed, to kill silently with savage, snarling fury, he proved his talents against Rommel in Africa. An
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read. It had a bit of everything and it is well written to boot. And it works. All of it. Yes even the werewolf part. Well done. I want more. I love the being in the present and then the flashbacks. They were some of my favorite chapters. Yes. Chapters of flashbacks. A complete second story. I am sure there are amazing reviews out there about this book. All I can say is that I can recommend it to anyone. Why is there not more??
Oct 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
It takes a pretty good writer to pull this off:
Write an espionage tale about a British spy who is in a race against time to determine what secret the Germans have in mind to thwart the Allied Invasion of Europe. Now throw in the fact that he's a werewolf without making the whole thing sound stupid.

Yeah, it sounds really stupid, and the front cover of my paperback does nothing to dispel that.
But it really works! Of course, it helps if you're the type of reader who can suspend disbelief and just s
Rob Schumann
Jan 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I'll be reviewing more of Robert McCammon's books, but this is one of my favorites. Of course I can't get my wife to read it since she still judges the book by its cover and says, "I don't want to read a book with a werewolf on the cover howling at the moon." *sigh*

That being said, they really should change the cover art for this book, because it is NOT a cheezy werewolf novel at all. It's a fantastic journey thru the life of a man who indeed gets bitten by a wolf and then is taken into the pack
11811 (Eleven)
I was expecting this to be the best werewolf novel I would ever read because McCammon is such a fantastic writer but I was disappointed. The werewolf portions of the story were excellent and worthy of five stars but over half of the book was more of a spy novel and that's just not my thing. It may have been well done but I don't care for the James Bond stuff. Our protagonist was a little too perfect. I like my heroes flawed. Fatally so if possible.

This was still a good read; just not what I was
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A Russian werewolf becomes a British spy during WWII.
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
Reviewer’s Note: This is a three and a half star book on the Hugh-Scale. It is possible that, at some level, I am seeking vengeance on McCammon because this book isn’t as good as “Swan Song.” Then again, not many books are. I rated Swan Song as a 5 and, in my opinion there is something special in that book. There are special parts of Wolf’s Hour, though I think, overall those parts do not add up to a higher rating. At any rate, 3.5 is a good score from me, and, there are certainly parts of this ...more
Oct 12, 2011 rated it liked it
The Good

Michael Gallatin is a werewolf who works for the allies during World War II. The top brass asks him to head deep behind enemy lines to make contact with a double agent so that he can retrieve information that will reveal Hitler's Super Secret Plan to overcome the grim economic consequences of running a military state and actually win the Second World War. Why does it all fall to this dapper, lycanthropic individual? Because he's the man for the job, dammit!

The Not-so-good

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Robert Rick McCammon was a full-time horror writer for many years. Among his many popular novels were the classics Boy's Life and Swan Song. After taking a hiatus for his family, he returned to writing with an interest in historical fiction.

His newest novel, The King of Shadows, is the eighth book in the Matthew Corbett series. It will be published in ebook and audiobook formats in June 2022, and

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