From debut author Keeble comes a thrilling novel about a disease that turns people into werewolves.
Globes Disease turns victims into something “more primal than anything we were meant to be.” The afflicted turn into werewolves at certain times and are usually unable to control themselves once the transformation is complete. Affected characters range from the rebellious, physically slight Jodi Sakarui (who eliminates perverts in her werewolf form) to the normally gentle giant Quake Ragnorock; once changed, he becomes a shockingly powerful force. Monitoring it all is the blandly named Institute for the Research of Globes Disease, which restrains and studies werewolves within the institute, located in La Mort Douce (a former mining town “with an ominous history”). Run by the sinister Dr. von Shelly, the institute employs a team of “Hunters” who specialize in capturing and eliminating werewolves in the outside world. Led by the no-nonsense Chuck, the team members operate with camaraderie and precision, risking their own safety. As those with Globes form a pack of their own, and von Shelly’s ultimate plans become less opaque, the ensuing bloodshed comes as no surprise. Brimming with action and violence (an aggressor bites a victim’s “head like an apple, tearing half of his skull and skin away”), the novel never dawdles, although it can be underwritten. Following multiple characters (some of whom get offed in a hurry) and their accompanying back stories can be a chore. Much more successful is this new take on an old concept. After all, though it turns one into a ravaging monster, there are benefits to Globes Disease, such as “keen sight, acute hearing, and an incredible sense of smell; even when in human form.” Readers intrigued by such a perspective on the supernatural can expect a blood-and-guts adventure with scores of victims.
A strange, bloody, creative take on the concept of werewolves.