Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Wolves of Paris / Michael Wallace

Reviewed by: BigAl

Genre: Supernatural Thriller/Historical Fiction

Approximate word count: 80-85,000 words

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“Michael Wallace was born in California and raised in a small religious community in Utah, eventually heading east to live in Rhode Island and Vermont. An experienced world traveler, he has trekked through the Andes, ventured into the Sahara on a camel, and traveled through Thailand by elephant. In addition to working as a literary agent and innkeeper, he previously worked as a software engineer for a Department of Defense contractor, programming simulators for nuclear submarines. He is the author of more than a dozen novels.”


“Set in 1450 Paris, this thrilling supernatural suspense novel follows the harrowing journey of an Italian merchant and the beautiful widow of a French duke as they battle wolves and the Inquisition.”


I’d previously read Michael Wallace’s book The Righteous, a thriller set in a bizarre place where people had strange religious beliefs (a Utah polygamist community). It turns out that The Wolves of Paris shares these same qualities. The wolves (actually werewolves) intensify the bizarre setting.

I found much to like in this story. The stakes for the characters were high (many life or death decisions and situations). The historical setting was one I hadn’t experienced through fiction before, and I found quite interesting. I especially found the power held by the church and the arbitrariness of what might cause someone to find themselves at odds with them during the Inquisition was frightening to consider. An intense read much different than anything I’ve read before.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: **** Four Stars

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