Wednesday, 25 April 2012

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: The Pack - Jason Starr

Release Date: 26/04/12


Let the hunt begin ...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' 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, more at ease with the darker side of life - and soon Simon is lured into their mix. But after a guys' night out gets frighteningly out of hand, Simon feels himself sliding into a new nightmarish reality. As he experiences disturbing changes in his body and his perceptions, he starts to suspect that when the guys welcomed him to their "pack", they were talking about much more than male bonding...


Jason Starr is a new author on my radar although I know that he’s written other books, something about the blurb for this one just grabbed me. Within this book is a story of self-discovery as the titles lead character Simon, learns to deal with the hardships that life throws at him when he loses his job. Its quirky, its amusing and what the author does really well for me, is bring the lead character to life in a personable way that made me want to spend time with him.

Add to this solid character interaction between the cast, some wonderful dialogue and personal relationship troubles that readers can relate to thrown in with a dash of the fantastical. All in a solid read and when you add good pace and decent prose into the mix, makes this a book that was a pure joy to read. Great stuff.

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