On the eve of D-Day, a British secret agent with unique powers goes behind Nazi lines.
Michael Gallatin is a British spy with a peculiar talent: the ability to transform himself into a wolf. Although his work in North Africa helped the Allies win the continent in the early days of World War II, he quit the service when a German spy shot his lover in her bed. Now, three years later, the army asks him to end his retirement and parachute into occupied Paris. A mysterious German plan called the Iron Fist threatens the D-Day invasion, and the Nazi in charge is the spy who betrayed Michael's lover. The werewolf goes to France for king and country, hoping for a chance at bloody vengeance.
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"Simon Prebble's elegant narration adds dignity to a potentially tawdry premise: a British spy in Nazi-occupied Europe during WWII who is secretly a werewolf. As it turns out, McCammon's storyline is surprisingly plausible, and Prebble persuasively voices the spy's tortured introspection about his identity as well as the horrors of the Nazi regime.... Prebble articulates a wide range of characters--from a beautiful French Resistance warrior to a sneering Nazi officer--with just enough color to distinguish them. Also notable are Prebble's voices for the spy's fellow werewolves and his perfect pacing as the spy is almost cornered." (AudioFile)
This is my favourite novel of all time, I first read it around 20 years ago, and even now it keeps me gripped to every page. However, the narrator doesn't hold the suspense very well and his characterisation of each character never changes, even from male to female or accents from different countries, which I found a huge let down
Michael Gallatin...A British spy with a secret
This novel is crying out to be made into a Hollywood movie, with the strength of the lead character this could be a huge success...
I love the author but dound this story below par. Very predictable and unbelievable stereotypical characters. Remined me of allo allo. Despite that good production and narration. Save your credits for the many better stories by this author.
I don't do war books! This was an entertaining and thrilling story merging a believable fantasy into a plausible past. I found myself gripped my Michael tale. A real page tuner. Thanks Mr McCammon. Awesome read.
Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
"The Wolf's Hour" was a surprising and memorable read.
This is not modern urban fantasy, with hip, kick-ass characters, struggling against their wolf nature while trying to save the world from demons in just three days.
This is a book with the self-confidence to save the world over several months (and seven hundred+ pages) AND interweave an "origins of" story as it moves along.
The hero, Michael Gallatin is a man more likely to rip an enemy open that engage in witty reparté. He is a serious, focused man, totally committed to his mission. Turned into Werewolf as a child in post-revolutionary Russia, Gallatin now works for the British Secret Service, fighting to destroy the Nazi war machine.
On the surface "The Wolf's Hour" is the kind of book I would normally pass over: it was written in 1989, the plot sounds like "Indiana Jones goes wolf", the Nazis are bad, the allies are noble, there a snow-bound Russian palaces, castles full of evil Nazis, brave resistance fighters, beautiful women who can shoot, drive tanks or fly planes, and larger-than-life evil bastards with no redeeming features.
And yet this book WORKS.
It works because McCammon can write. He knows how to build a scene and evolve a character. If it takes weeks to get from Paris to Berlin, McCammon takes you on the journey and helps you feel the passage of time and understand the sustained stress imposed by the situation and the focused determination needed to win. He describes places in a way that gets under my skin, whether it's the snow-covered corridors of an abandoned Russian palace, the grotesque grandeur of a Nazi castle or the unbearable inhumanity of a Concentration Camp. He delivers wonderful set-piece action sequences. He allows his hero enough introspection to make him to give him a worldview and not just killer reflexes.
It works because the evil things that McCammon's Nazis do are not fiction but horrifyingly real and he does not flinch away from them. They fuel the anger of Gallatin's wolf and make the Nazis far more monstrous than any werewolf could be.
It works because of the skillful way that McCammon weaves the story of how Gallatin became both a wolf and a man into the story of how Gallatin takes on the Nazis in a way that adds depth to Gallatin's character and delivers a welcome change of pace.
Finally, it works because Simon Prebble is the perfect narrator for the twenty-two hour-long audiobook.
There are things I could have lived without. The sex scenes seem somehow dated, although you could think of them as period, and the scenes with Hitler seemed to add little except caricature.
If you are looking for a change of pace and want to spend some time in another era (actually TWO other eras) and a different perspective on the supernatural thriller, then "The Wolf's Hour" is worth a listen.
It sounds like a daft premise, a werewolf spy trying to beat the Germans, but it was actually a great listen.
Michael is a British spy trying to find out what operation Iron Fist is. The story goes back and forth between his early years as a werewolf and the current situation working with the resistance. I enjoyed the werewolf parts as the war sections were quite harrowing, particularly the concentration camps.
"Enjoyable story with characters I liked or hated"
I read a lot of books from this genre - my list looks more like I'm a 15-year old guy instead of a 64-year old woman! I've read several of McCammon's books and Wolf's Hour is a great addition to my library. I would have enjoyed a bit more wolffish time with the main character, but getting to know him in both his human and wolf persona was interesting. And who doesn't hate Nazi's?
It made me feel like I was sitting around a campfire listening to a master storyteller. Clear, limited characters and easy to follow flashbacks made the story simpe to follow. Narration was perfect. Even the female voices sounded right. If you like WWII stories don't let the wolf twist keep you from this one.
"Can a Story be Insufficiently Ridiculous?"
I was really ready to love - or at least like - this book. I like spies, I like historical fiction, I like werewolves, and I think Robert McCammon's Matthew Corbett series is just great. I was absolutely ready to embrace WWII werewolf spies! And then...the story just didn't grab me. I didn't really connect with the main character, and his relationships with other characters in the story were uninteresting.
The werewolf-focused parts of the story were pretty good - even realistic, which may have been part of the problem. McCammon successfully addresses the workaday aspects of being a werewolf. Michael Gallatin is very chill about being a werewolf. I needed some excitement! YOU'RE A WEREWOLF SPY IN WWII. This should be completely off-the-chain crazy, and it's not even as over-the-top as most Bond novels.
Robert McCammon can be very, very good - and he can also be just OK. This is just OK. If you're looking for a straight-ahead, slightly pulpy action story about a werewolf in World War II, you've come to the right place. If you want a really compelling story about a werewolf in World War II, you might have to go write it yourself. And I'll read it if you do!
"McCammon man, McCammon!!"
If Jason Bourne and rabid Lassie had a love child on the set of The Dirty Dozen directed by John Woo, this is what you’d get.
"Took some time to get into it but..."
I wasn't really feeling this at first and bought it strictly because Robert McCammon is one of my favorite authors. After an hour or 2 I nearly game up, but I'm glad I didn't. I would absolutely recommend this book, it is well written with great characters.
"A Must Listen"
Awesome character development, tight plot even if stretching belief at times but researched well and many historical facts are woven into this fast moving tale. Its ironic that i accepted the man-wolf-man mythology but rejected some of the Norway Chemical plant scenes as far fetched!
I love simon prebble's voice! His narration is top notch in this- to portray many voices and accents from across Europe during World War 2 and American also is a feat in itself.
Satisfying Action/fantasy/historical fiction. Satisfyingly long also. Robert Mc Cammon well done! I want more.
"This is a fantastic story"
I read the book back when it first came out. I loved it then. I ordered it to hear on tape. I know I will love it. This should have been a movie years ago. This is one of the best books ever. I'm so glad Audible offers this story. I love Robert McCammon. I know anyone who orders this will become a fan. I think one of his best. I loved 'They Thirst' and 'Swan's Song'. These are my favorites.
"A Secret Agent Man and A Werewolf. Yum!"
The narrator was superb. The whole narration brought the book to life. The wolves during Michael's transformation period were loving to him and embued him with knowledge and language. He was taught to think like a man who was a wolf and to know how to fit into the human world. Michael's loyalty to his friends made him a valuable asset and especially when being surrounded by the Nazi forces.
I liked the way that Michael was able to maintain his skill as a wolf while being human. The part of the story when he was trapped in the Nazi camp and became a wolf was especially telling. He was able to get his friend's out of prison and save the mission which was no mean feat.
The scene where he swims to shore while the plane sinks with its cargo.
Nothing extreme but it kept my interest throughout the lengthy listen. I will listen again and read it on my Kindle.
Narrator is excellent.
"Significant Chunks Missing"
I loved the book and the narrator. However, large chunks of narration, ranging from a few words to several paragraphs, were missing at the end of each chapter. This damaged the experience because I couldn't exactly pause the recording to read the missing text while I was driving.
Prime Robert McCammon. Great story, full of action. Fantastic protagonist with an engaging character arc and backstory.
Great voice, clearly enunciated, and highly expressive. The performance really captures the mood of each scene and adds to the story. One of the best readers I've experienced.
None. But I would like all the scenes to be complete.
"Fun and exciting, even though it's a bit long."
I really enjoyed this book, as I have enjoyed the Matthew Corbett books of Robert McCammon. I was a bit worried that a book about a "wolf man" during WWII would be too campy to really enjoy, but that worry did not play out. Like other of McCammon's book, this one was really well written, had convincing dialogue, and was truly exciting! Like his other books, the only negative for me is that there are a bit too many details that make the book longer than it needs to be. However, that fact does not stop me from recommending it, and did not stop me from really enjoying this listen. I wish there were a sequel novel, but so far, only sequel short stories.
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