Thursday, December 30, 2010


Title: Apocalypse
Author: Brannan Black
Publisher: Changeling Press
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ISBN: 978-1-60521-538-9
Genre: {M/M} Futuristic
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Daniel is scavenging in the city, hunting for supplies, when he is captured by a group of the wolfmen and their pack leader, Mace. People who survived the Werewolf Syndrome virus developed the characteristics of a wolf including claws, fangs and massive bodies. On the other hand, a few people were immune to the virus, like Daniel, who remained human, which makes him an easy target for mistreatment or the main course of a meal.

Apocalypse is the first book in the Wolfman series. The well written and, at times, humorous story has a world building plot. Imagine starting over in a world with no electricity or running water, with danger at every turn. Survival depends on combining everyone’s knowledge, as well as joining their skills. The characters are convincing. Before his capture, Daniel lived in a compound outside of the city comprised of mostly women and children. Daniel is an intelligent, proud, outspoken gay man; he refuses to bow down to the abusive wolfmen. It is Daniel’s pride that provokes some of the pack members to continuously assault Daniel in an attempt to break his spirit.

Mace is desperately trying to hold on to the honorable man he was before he was infected with the virus. Mace organized pack standards, as well as maintains peace within the pack. He is considerate of others; his goal is to restore the comforts of life before Apocalypse. Mace’s initial interest in Daniel was the possible mechanical skills Daniel may have. However, recognizing the mutual desire exhibited, rapidly leads Mace into a sizzling sexual affair with Daniel. Brannan Black has created an exceptional launch to this expressively compelling series. I look forward to the next enjoyable installment.

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