Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Strength of the Pack

Author:  Kendall McKenna
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher URL: www.mlrbooks.com
ISBN: 978-1-60820-8449
Genre: {M/M} Werewolf Series
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

As Marines, Lieutenant Lucas Young and Sergeant Noah Hammond have something in common; protect and serve duty first attitudes. However, Lucas is human with little knowledge regarding the needs of werewolves. Fortunately for Lucas, Alpha werewolf Noah joins the unit. Before long, Lucas and Noah become a legend in the midst of the military forces, not merely because of their fighting abilities but because of the special bond Lucas and Noah share.

The Strength of the Pack is the first book in The Tameness of the Wolf series.
This is an impressive plot featuring life in the military. What I found particularly fascinating are the American werewolf soldiers in combat with Middle Eastern werewolf soldiers. The characters are remarkable. I am especially fond of Noah, who exhibits authoritative yet self-controlled rule over the pack. As the Alpha, Noah insures that no werewolf is left behind during their full moon runs or in combat. With Lucas, Noah is temperate as well as tolerant. Noah teaches Lucas the importance of touching. Having had no training dealing with werewolves prior to Noah joining the unit, Lucas is often confused by his feelings for Noah. Nevertheless, Lucas slowly begins to comprehend the strong personal connection he has with Noah.

Kendall McKenna has created an exceptional saga that I enormously enjoyed. The storyline illustrates war zone action along with military dialog, heartwarming characters that are sometimes amusing as well as being incredibly endearing. 

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