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The Saint of Wolves and Butchers

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  839 ratings  ·  154 reviews
A mysterious stranger. A deadly task. A dark secret hidden for sixty years...

When State Trooper Skottie Foster moves back home to rural Kansas, she's hoping for a new start. But then a chance encounter on a snowy highway changes everything.

Travis Roan is a Nazi hunter, and he needs her help. Roan suspects this isolated region is home to infamous World War Two villain Rudo
Hardcover, 389 pages
Published April 17th 2018 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Spiders and flies lost in a tango of missteps.

The more you struggle.....well, you know.

Travis Roan has an unusual job. He hunts down evil-doers. Yep, that's right. There are those who walk this earth with bad attitudes and far more than mischief on their minds. They take their victims at will and scorch the ground that they walk upon. And Travis travels with his ready-to-leap canine, Bear, who resembles more lion than dog. Down, Boy.

Now you'd be scratching your head about now to think that Travi
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Dr. Travis Roan is a Nazi hunter, working for the family foundation started by his grandfather. He and his huge dog Bear have tracked Rudolph Bormann, a Nazi doctor and concentration camp administrator, to Kansas where he has been living under the name Rudy Goodman since he came to the US in the 1950s. Rudy is now 94 and as evil as ever. In Kansas he established the Purity First church that has incorporated Nazi beliefs and stretched its activities into other areas of criminality. Roan is assist ...more
Robin Bonne
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The dog, Bear, steals the limelight from all the human characters in this book.
Ashley Wells
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
I like the idea of this book, about a Nazi hunter who pairs up with a downtrodden state trooper, but it never came together for me. Travis the Nazi hunter is like some weird cross between Data from Star Trek TNG and David Carradine's character from Kung Fu; I didn't believe he would exist or that people would find him charming if he did. His giant dog familiar, Bear, ends up functioning as a convenient deus ex machina who jumps out of the shadows to attack the bad guys whenever they get the drop ...more
Apr 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF. I can't believe this was written by the same guy who wrote the wonderful Scotland Yard Squad novels. This may be the worst novel I've read so far this year. It is so bad, I sometimes wonder through reading it if it wasn't meant as some sort of parody. The characters are ridiculous - collections of unlikely and unbelievable traits and skills that behave in unexplainable ways. The plot sensationalizes the subject of Holocaust retribution and Nazi hunting, something that I feel very strongly a ...more
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alex Grecian weaves together a strong tale of past and present to bring historical fiction into a modern mystery.  There are so many links in the chain of this plot:  Nazi war crimes, missing children, a cult-like church under the control of a dangerous charlatan...
Somehow, it all fit together for an exciting read.  While the story is concluded, I feel Grecian left an open ending to allow for new adventures with these characters eventually.  I'd be interested to see what the future holds for Dr.
Rob Twinem
Apr 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Travis Roan is a Nazi hunter and his travels have led him to Kansas in the American Midwest and in particular to the community know as Purity First, a religious order. The founder of this sect is an elderly gentleman called Rudy Goodman a notorious Nazi better known as Rudolf Bormann, who is still adhering to evil practices on mainland USA.

It is now over 70 years since the conclusion of wartime hostilities in Europe. It therefore follows that any supporters of that regime would in all probabilit
Jordan Finch
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2018, adult-novels
The Saint of Wolves and Butchers is a thriller of a read with an interesting premise, a diverse cast of characters, and a dog that rather steals the show.

The story follows Dr. Travis Roan of the Noah Roan Foundation as he follows up on a reported Nazi sighting in rural Kansas. As part of the Roan Foundation, Travis is in the business of catching bad guys, particularly the ones that are off the regular justice system's radar. So when a German immigrant claims to have seen Rudolph Bormann, a forme
As a native Kansan, I generally try to read Kansas-set novels--which is what sent me to this one. Dr. Travis Roan, along with his massive dog Beast, is a Nazi-hunter, drawn to Kansas by the report of a concentration camp survivor that a man in her neighborhood was actually the Nazi doctor who terrorized inmates. African-American highway patrol officer (and single mother) Scottie Foster has come to Kansas from Chicago to raise her daughter in a safer environment. She and Roan become uneasy partne ...more
Jillian Doherty
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of Alex Grecian's dark story telling; especially here, where he illustrates a fresh time periods and locations, with invigorated stylized storytelling.

You're instantly immersed in the character's lives and very different stories, it make you wonder how they'll connect; from cryptic Nazi hunter Travis Roan, with his mute Tibetan Mastiff named Bear, to good-hearted Kansas State Trooper Skottie Foster.

Grecian creates an engaging ensemble of heroes and stacks them up against the vicio
Kelly Schnorrbusch
I was excited to get my hands on a copy of Alex Grecian's new book after reading his Scotland Yard series and enjoying the hell out of it. This new book takes us away from the Victorian period and right into present day, with a few glimpses into the past through our antagonist, Rudy Goodman.

Travis Roan, of The Noah Roan Foundation, has been sent to Kansas to investigate a sighting of Rudolph Bormann, an ex-Nazi doctor, as well as the disappearance of the last Foundation agent that was sent to in
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alex Grecian makes the leap from 19th century Scotland Yard to 21st century rural Kansas without a stumble. Dr Travis Roan is a Nazi hunter (although we learn he hunts other evil doers as well) on the trail of Dr. Rudolph Bormann, concentration camp surgeon, aka Rudy Goodman since his illegal entry to the US in 1951. A camp survivor has seen and recognized him in a rural Kansas town and Travis is following not only that lead, but the first investigator who has somehow disappeared.

Trooper Skotti
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Saint of Wolves and Butchers is a terrifically suspenseful and compelling read, that will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way through.

Travis Roan and his dog, Bear, hunt the evil people in the world. This work brings Travis to Kansas, on the heels of a recent witness report of a Nazi doctor living in the area. Soon Travis finds himself working with and against local law enforcement, while he tries to untangle the complicated and powerful web protecting the Nazi doctor.

Alex Grecia
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this was great. This is was historical fiction is supposed to feel like. Unlike most historical fiction novels, this one is more of a thriller which I found to be a refreshing change of pace. So refreshing, I read it in two days. Alex Grecian expertly created a mystery that is captivating and characters that hold your attention.

Travis Roan is a Nazi Hunter sent to Kansas to track down a rumored concentration camp director. You might be thinking, really? aren't Nazi's at this point rea
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Goodreads.
The Saint of Wolves and Butchers is a compelling read with a gripping plot.

Rudolph Bormann, AKA the main bad guy, a Nazi doctor and concentration camp administrator who snuck into the US under the name Rudy Goodman in the 1950s and still practices his disturbing experiments, has at last been identified. A witness from the camps recognized him, and called the Noah Roan Foundation.

The NRF tracks all types of bad guys, not just Nazis, and gathers evidence to con
I am a huge fan of Alex Grecian and have read, and loved his Scotland Yard series. . This book not so much. Dr. Travis Roan is on the search for his father, who was last seen in Kensas. He was after a war criminal a Nazi doctor. The book really did drag. A highway patrol officer name Scottie, who has a daughter, and going through a divorce gets dragged in. She lives back at home with her mother, and has a daughter named Maddy. The best character in the book is bear, a big dog that belongs to Tra ...more
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don't even know what to say. I loved the first half of this book. Great premise and interesting characters. Then it all went wrong for me. I don't want to spoil it, but I can't suspend my disbelief quite that much! You don't have to make your antagonist so unbelievable. Being a Nazi is enough. That being very vaguely said, I love the author's Victorian series and cannot wait for another!
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was a fun and enthralling read, but I have to say a HUGE chunk of the plot was basically the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I would consider reading other things by this author but honestly part of the plot line was very unoriginal.
Bridget Nowicki
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well written book. Interesting story with intriguing characters.
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Saint of Wolves and Butchers by Alex Grecian will go down for me as one of those mystery novels that may have just tried a little too hard. It may have pushed the boundaries of believability to the point that I no longer was as invested in the book as I once was. Add onto it the cliche characters of rural America and the inherit racism, and you end up with a decent novel that could have been much better.

Rudolf Bormann fled Nazi Germany at the end of the second world war for South America to
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received a free eARC copy of this from Penguin Random House First To Read in exchange for an honest review.

One-Line Summary:

When Travis Roan shows up in a small town claiming to be on the trail of a Nazi doctor, Kansas State Trooper Skottie Foster finds herself in over her head as she tries to find the truth.


When Kansas State Trooper Skottie Foster makes a routine traffic stop, she hardly expects the driver to inform her that he’s chasing a man he believes is a Nazi war cri
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: appeal-intellect
LaVoy deftly handles this thriller’s dual timelines, concealing then revealing elements increasing the breathtaking tension. In the 1950s, Paradise Flats, Kansas became a haven for escaping Nazis including the Mengele-esque “Rudy Goodman”. Present day State Trooper Skottie Foster is surprised “Nazi hunters” like Travis Roan with his impressive dog Bear still exist. As Roan investigates, the Purity Church, founded by Rudy, threatens Trooper Foster’s family. LaVoy's voice acting is masterfully dis ...more
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When I finished this last night at like 2 AM, I was so pumped that I thought about getting up to write my review here. Thankfully, I told myself to chill and eventually went to sleep knowing that writing the review would only lead to me being more awake than I already was.

Let's get the homework taken care of right away. 1. I got this copy from First to Read, which doesn't change how I feel about a book or even if I choose to review it at all. It's my reading party and I can do what I want to. 2.
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nazi-hunting in Kansas. The hunters, especially a 140-pound dog, are more interesting than those they hunt, who seem to come out of stock Hollywood and who are easy to track. That said, I really liked the sense of place, as well as the dog.
A superbly written and absorbing book. My first read, looking forward to reading other novels by the author. The book is well written and it kept my attention with plenty of excitement. I received a free ebook copy of this book from Penguin Random House First to Read. Mystery & Thriller
After reading just the first few paragraphs of THE SAINT OF WOLVES AND BUTCHERS, you get the sense that you are on the cusp of experiencing something special. That promise is kept throughout this fine contemporary thriller by Alex Grecian, who is known for his critically acclaimed Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad series set in the late 19th century. While his latest novel occasionally jumps back to the mid- to late 20th century, the majority of it takes place in the immediate to very-near future of ...more
Nicole Smith
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
After reading a couple other books by Alex Grecian I decided to check out this audiobook.

It was a good addition to my love of WWII literature. It's interesting to think about where life takes people - how far they go, how they change (or don't) - and how we are impacted by people around us all the time. Sometimes I wish I had dedicated my life to a great cause and built the skills necessary to really make a difference for lots of people. I guess, at least for now, I'll have to settle for readin
Jul 21, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. I have read all of Mr. Grecian’s works to-date (The Yard series #1-5) and now his new Nazi Hunter fiction novel: The Saint of Wolves and Butchers.

First I have to give kudos to a unique title, it is hard to do so nowadays. Although I felt the Yard series started amazingly strong, then hit a bit of a slide, I was still open and excited to read a new book by Grecian because I feel he has some great writing potential yet to be unleashed. I made a special trip to the bookstore to buy it on
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
“The Saint of Wolves and Butchers” is a thrilling and intense manhunt as Alex Grecian weaves together past and present after Nazi doctor and concentration camp administrator Rudolph Bormann (“the Wolf”) slips into the 1951, settling in western Kansas as Rudy Goodman where he continues his evil, murdering the innocent and the lost. Spanning two decades the former Nazi who has continued his experiments in a shed on his ranch is struck by lightning which affects his mind and body, but undete ...more
Alex Grecian takes a break from his Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad Series with a new novel, THE SAINT OF WOLVES AND BUTHERS, introducing Dr. Travis Roan, a hunter of evildoers, and Skottie Foster, a Kansas State Trooper. Travis, along with his dog Bear, travels the world chasing the most malevolent offenders to bring them to justice. They have traveled to Kansas to apprehend Rudolph Bormann, a Nazi doctor who snuck into the US in the early 1950s. Travis learns that Bormann, operating under the ali ...more
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Grecian is the author of several bestselling thrillers, including THE SAINT OF WOLVES AND BUTCHERS, and five novels featuring Scotland Yard's Murder Squad: THE YARD, THE BLACK COUNTRY, THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP, THE HARVEST MAN, and LOST AND GONE FOREVER, plus the original Murder Squad ebook, THE BLUE GIRL.

He also created the six-volume graphic novel series PROOF, and the two-part graphic novel RASPUTI