A strange, bloody, creative take on the concept of werewolves.

Globes Disease

From the Globes Disease series , Vol. 1

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.

Pub Date: April 21, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9961233-0-3

Page Count: 352

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Nov. 16, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2016

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Nothing original, but in Hilderbrand’s hands it’s easy to get lost in the story.

BAREFOOT

Privileged 30-somethings hide from their woes in Nantucket.

Hilderbrand’s saga follows the lives of Melanie, Brenda and Vicki. Vicki, alpha mom and perfect wife, is battling late-stage lung cancer and, in an uncharacteristically flaky moment, opts for chemotherapy at the beach. Vicki shares ownership of a tiny Nantucket cottage with her younger sister Brenda. Brenda, a literature professor, tags along for the summer, partly out of familial duty, partly because she’s fleeing the fallout from her illicit affair with a student. As for Melanie, she gets a last minute invite from Vicki, after Melanie confides that Melanie’s husband is having an affair. Between Melanie and Brenda, Vicki feels her two young boys should have adequate supervision, but a disastrous first day on the island forces the trio to source some outside help. Enter Josh, the adorable and affable local who is hired to tend to the boys. On break from college, Josh learns about the pitfalls of mature love as he falls for the beauties in the snug abode. Josh likes beer, analysis-free relationships and hot older women. In a word, he’s believable. In addition to a healthy dose of testosterone, the novel is balanced by powerful descriptions of Vicki’s bond with her two boys. Emotions run high as she prepares for death.

Nothing original, but in Hilderbrand’s hands it’s easy to get lost in the story.

Pub Date: July 2, 2007

ISBN: 978-0-316-01858-6

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2007

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More about grief and tragedy than romance.

FRIENDS FOREVER

Five friends meet on their first day of kindergarten at the exclusive Atwood School and remain lifelong friends through tragedy and triumph.

When Gabby, Billy, Izzie, Andy and Sean meet in the toy kitchen of the kindergarten classroom on their first day of school, no one can know how strong the group’s friendship will remain. Despite their different personalities and interests, the five grow up together and become even closer as they come into their own talents and life paths. But tragedy will strike and strike again. Family troubles, abusive parents, drugs, alcohol, stress, grief and even random bad luck will put pressure on each of them individually and as a group. Known for her emotional romances, Steel makes a bit of a departure with this effort that follows a group of friends through young adulthood. But even as one tragedy after another befalls the friends, the impact of the events is blunted by a distant narrative style that lacks emotional intensity. 

More about grief and tragedy than romance.

Pub Date: July 24, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-385-34321-3

Page Count: 322

Publisher: Delacorte

Review Posted Online: Nov. 14, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2012

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