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The Wolf's Moon

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  177 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Alternative cover edition of ISBN #9781466360167

In “The Wolf’s Moon”, author Patrick Jones creates a spellbinding tale of an ancient animal that haunts the foothill towns of Missouri’s Ozark Mountains. An unknown group of scientists has genetically engineered a Dire Wolf into the present day. Allegedly extinct, the ferocious beast preys upon the innocent people of Maple Hi
Paperback, 3rd Edition, 408 pages
Published January 11th 2012 by Createspace
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Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-books
I tried to like this book, I definitely was into the premise. I think if it were written differently, it could have been very engaging.
The story seemed very forced, it seemed like the author was specifically trying to include specific literary techniques, instead of just letting it flow naturally. Also, the plot seemed to stagger a lot, too much time was spent reminiscing. I can appreciate the character's feelings for his late wife, but that isn't the subject of the story. Too much time was spe
Sherry Fundin
These Dire Wolves really did exist four thousand years ago. They are double the size of the grey wolf. Their bones were found in the La Brea Tar Pit in Los Angeles. Why did they become extinct? Who knows?

Mark Lansdowne saw a sign saying Granny Barton’s Antiques. He was curious and stopped. He was just browsing when he spotted an old book and was drawn to it. He purchased it for five dollars and left.

He was reading the book, when the dogs, he had three named after the Three Stooges, growled and t
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I got this book free from Goodreads, and it is signed by the author. To start with the positives, I think Mr. Jones has some promise as a writer, here, and I have no doubt he takes pride in his work. He obviously loves his home area in the Ozarks, and the cover photograph (taken by Sandra Jones) is beautiful. He took the time to sign the book and send out copies for review. Most of the dialogue in the book is very natural and believable.

There's a good story here, but I don't think the good stor
J. Kahele
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
How can you tell that a book is going to be worth reading by the blurb:
The Wolf's Moon is an adventure thriller set in the heart of the Ozark Mountains of Missouri. This action-packed thriller tracks a mysterious beast, stalking the innocent people in the town of Maple Hills. The main character, Mark Lansdowne, relentlessly tracks the beast as it stalks the town, only to find out that it has been extinct for literally thousands of years. Mark Lansdowne's past provides an element of mystery in it
Lawrence BoarerPitchford
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
A chilling adventure that leads the reader on a hunt for a terrifying killer. Patrick Jones weaves a web of intrigue and terror when a small town is best upon by an unseen killer. As it turns out, there is more to this tale than just murder, but ethical questions that must have answers.

When you turn out the lights and hear a scratching at the door, you may reflect ton this book.
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Marcha Fox
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Suspense and thriller fans
First of all I was happy to discover that this was NOT a story about werewolves. Rather it’s about someone unleashing a genetically engineered wolf species that has been extinct for thousands of years upon the unsuspecting residents of a small Missouri town. The author did an excellent job of several things I look for in a good book. The imagery was vivid and made you feel as if you were there, the characters were convincing and easy to visualize plus I could even hear them in my head in some ca ...more
Rick Soper
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book. Yes there were some parts of Jones writing style that drove me up the wall, very specifically that he was constantly changing points of view without any breaks to signify that he was doing it, so it was sometime hard to figure out who's point of view you were reading. BUT, and I meant to capitalize that BUT, past the stylistic problems the underlying story was cool, and the character of Mark Lansdowne was just plain great. There are a few characters that stick out in a lot ...more
Charles Ray
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Part techno-thriller, part horror, and all entertaining, that’s the only way to describe Patrick Jones’ novel Wolf’s Moon. Mark Lansdowne, aka Mike Linden, lives with his three dogs in the small Ozark town of Maple Hills that’s not supposed to have wild wolves. But, when people start dying, with clear evidence that they’ve been attacked and eaten by some large carnivore, Mark finds himself thrown into the middle of a mystery that could lead to his death. But, Mark is not your normal victim; in f ...more
Sharon Michael
Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this thriller very much, would like to read more with these characters. Interesting premise and fast paced with good writing skills and character development. The body count was high and fairly graphic, but not overly so.

It did, of course, require significant suspension of belief but the main characters were interesting and in most ways well developed. The small town feeling seemed realistic and the scenes in the woods were evocative.

My biggest issue was that the romantic interest
Sharon Stevenson
Mar 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-freebie
'The Wolf's Moon' is the story of Mark Lansdowne and his battle against the vicious wolves who start to attack the residents of his town.

There is a very old fashioned attitude towards male and female roles in this book. There were no strong female characters, the women were all gentle creatures concerned mostly with taking care of their men. The men were tough, action hero types. I like strong female characters so this was my main complaint with this book.

The story is interesting but it did seem
Chris The Story Reading Ape
The Prologue drew me in with little snippets about various characters, leading up to a spine tingling scene setting.
Chapter One continued to lure me even further, with each following chapter taking me up and down the tension rollercoaster, not permitting me to put the book down until I'd finished it.
If you like tense 'Creature Feature' stories, I can recommend this book.

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Robert Parker
Sep 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Can I end with that?

This is one of those rare books that will leave me unable to start another for a day or two as I relive it. Very intriguing story in a "Ghost & The Darkness" kinda way... unlike the average werewolf/vampire/monster novel, this is more terrifying in that it has a higher chance of actually happening. The fantastic character dialog left me cheering or chuckling on many occasions. My only minor nitpick is how a character could be referred by first name, last name or full nam
Tim Petersik
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a former resident of Missouri, I appreciated the attention to places and settings in this thriller. There are really three mysteries here: a) what's REALLY hunting down rural folk and feeding on them? b) Who wanted to restore an extinct species s of wolf and release them in rural Missouri? c) Who really are these homespun guys who have spook-type weaponry to re-extinguish the wolves with? Two of those questions get answered in this love story-horror-thriller-mystery. Just the right yuck facto ...more
Nancy Steinle gummel
The book The Wolf's Moon is the first book I have read by Patrick Jones. This is a very impressive tale. I enjoyed it immensely. The story was very believable. It builds up the main character Mark (aka Mike Linden) gradually introducing the other players. There seems to be problems with wolves, very large wolves, in an area that hadn't seen a wolf in decades. People begin to disappear. The authorities deny the wolf problem and put the blame on feral dogs. Some secrets are just not to be kept. ...more
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing book, the characters were real and you could identify with them through the whole book. Mr. Jones keep you turning pages to see what turn he had in store for you next and I must admit that some where not what I had expected. Well written and I look forward to seeing more from Patrick Jones in the future. He has found a devoted reader!
P.S. Winn
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Full of suspense, adventure and a touch of romance, this is a great read that takes you into a supernatural experience and doesn't let you go until the last page. I enjoyed the author's writing style right along with the story.I felt the characters were believable as they face something none of us would care to, ...more
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this as a free book from a link on Facebook but would have gladly paid full price. I was captivated right from the beginning. I Loved the characters and the friendships that were formed. I can't wait to read the next adventure for Mark. I have become a devoted fan. Thank you Patrick Jones :-) ...more
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-edition
Loved the story! The characters were engaging, and the suspense was kept high throughout. Combining elements of a number of action-related genre's, Mr. Jones has given us a very entertaining read. Definitely can't put it down once you start....
Jan O'Kane
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank You Patrick!
This was a GREAT READ! I started reading on Friday afternoon, had I started earlier I would have finished it in one setting. Definitely a page turner. I look forward to more of Mike Linder's adventures.
Jan O'Kane
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
First of at least three, and I enjoyed it very much. Different in the werewolf genre and a lot of wonderful character developments. Even minor characters were developed well. Sometimes I get minor characters mixed up because there isn't any real defining thing about them, but that isn't true here. ...more
Prabh Kaur
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
so many twists in this book, i couldn't put in down until i read the last page. i loved it!!! ...more
Mary Drummond
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this story. Probably meant more to me since I live in the area that the book was written. Everytime my dog sniffs the air I think of the wolf.
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thriller even though you know what it is
Can't put down
Shell Swinscoe
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-read
fantastic read, so not what I thought it was going to be! best thing it was a free download!
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this novel it was a bit different from what I usually read and I'll be looking for more from this author.

Made locking up the chicken coop at night a little more exciting...
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Well written. Story moved at a good pace. I really enjoyed it.
Aug 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a 3.5. I really like the YA books by Patrick Jones as do many, many teens and adults. When I put this on my to-read list, I didn't realize it is a book for adults and is self-published. That means it really needed an editor so the interesting and inventive story could shine through. Because the premise was good, the book kept me up late so I get to the resolution. I don't know that all readers would be as patient with it, though; I am a fan, which means I read it with a generous mindset. ...more
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ooh yeah

Very good read for people of various interests I think. Got your military special forces vibe, while not werewolves there is still that same gripping anticipation, actually any action seekers should find a little flavor here!
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is an delightful horror novel.
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