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The Pack (The Pack #1)

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  617 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews
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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
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 26th 2012 by Berkley UK (first published January 1st 2005)
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Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 (Back to the Books)
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.
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.0 Stars
First of all, the premise of this book is absolutely ridiculous. Anyone considering picking up this one should calibrate their expectation accordingly. All that being said, this was really entertaining read.

In terms of genre, this book should really be categorized as contemporary with elements of romance and urban fantasy. Anyone expecting a horror novel will be terribly disappointed. Sexy? Yes. Scary? No.

The writing and characters were honestly quite average, but something about the s
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-stars, june-2011, kindle
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
ReadingDiva Book Reviews
~~** 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
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
(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
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
Ashley Dawn
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Once Upon a Twilight
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
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2012
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
Reviewed for Book Chick City

‘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 lo
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
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La rutinaria vida de Simon Burns está a punto de cambiar. De ser, más o menos, más animal que de costumbre.
Luego de ser despedido del empleo que creía tan seguro, Simon se ve obligado a adaptarse a una vida donde es un papá amo de casa. Su mujer trabaja, tiene que despedir a la niñera de su pequeño (y berrinchudo) Jeremy, y un día en el parque se encuentra con un extraño pero fraternal grupo de hombres, todos con hijos y perfiles parecidos al suyo, pero que irradian un brillo especial. Estos h
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
Lady Book Voodoo & Hoodoo Review
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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
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
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
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
V Family Fun
I was lucky enough to win this book from a giveaway on Feeling Fictional.

I really like the cover, it has a dark and dangerous feel to it. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the book itself and whilst reading I had mixed feelings about it – there were some parts that I enjoyed very much but others that just didn’t hold my interest enough.

When Simon lost his job and began looking after his son Jeremy it set off a chain of events that changed his life forever. I enjoyed reading about his first day a
Jesus Ibarra
Feb 01, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jason Starr presents what happens to a normal guy, Simon Burns, who gets lured into a “pack” by three other stay at home dads who are more than they seem to be. Simon’s life isn’t going that great. He gets fired, he is having marital problems, and is adjusting to becoming a stay at home dad. And after being drawn into a wild night, he blacks out and wakes up in the woods naked. After that night, Simon notices extreme changes. Simon is suddenly stronger, faster, acute senses, and overall more ani ...more
Apr 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book through Good Reads – First Read’s.

Simon Burns is anything but a man’s man. Besides having a shaky marriage (and who said that women are the one’s who are never in the mood?), he is an account manager for an advertising agency, and is in the running for a promotion to senior account’s manager. He doesn’t like sports (actually doesn’t even ‘get the concept’ about sports/team playing) and is probably one of the most least competitive people ever. Called to meet with the boss in the
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
I hate not finishing a book but occasionally I come across one that I can't bring myself to continue reading and I'm afraid this was one of them. It's probably more down to personal taste than a problem with the book but I found I was getting bored by the day to day detail of Simon's life.

Simon has just been fired from his job and become a stay at home dad to his young son Jeremy so he has some big adjustments to make as he gets used to a very different routine. It was a bit strange that his wif
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