The hunt is on!
Sixteen-year-old Bree Sunderland must inject herself with an untested version of her father’s gene therapy to become a werewolf in order to stop a corrupt group of mercenaries from creating a team of unstoppable lycanthrope soldiers.
When Bree went with her scientist father to Ireland, she thought it would be a vacation to study bog bodies. She never expected to fall in love with a mysterious young Irishman and certainly never expected to become the kind of monster her father said only existed in nightmares. Dr. Sunderland discovers that lycanthropy was not a supernatural curse but rather a genetic mutation. When they return home, her dad continues his research, but the military wants to turn that research into a bio weapons program and rogue soldiers want to steal the research to turn themselves into unstoppable killing machines.
Bree’s boyfriend Liam surprises her with a visit to the United States, but there are darker surprises in store for both of them. As evil forces hunt those she loves, Bree must become an even more dangerous hunter to save them all.
Predator gives the werewolf legend a couple of new spins by introducing the Benandanti (an actual folkloric belief that certain families of Italy and Livonia were werewolves who fought against evil), as well as a modern scientific approach to mutation and the science of transgenics.
Janice Gable Bashman is the Bram Stoker nominated author of Wanted Undead or Alive and Predator. She is managing editor of the The Big Thrill (International Thriller Writers’ ezine). Janice lives with her family in the Philadelphia area, where she at work on her next novel. Visit her at janicegablebashman.com
It’s always nice to see a new take on an old theme. Werewolves have been a bit over-used as a paranormal troupe, a bit like vampires and zombies (so who am I to judge!) so it was nice to read a book that changes it up a bit.
The family dynamic was a nice part too. I’ve notice Disney now making more films that centre around family rather than a romance (Enchanted, Brave etc.) and this book echoes that nicely. It doesn’t just dine out on the romantic element, but includes more interesting family ties.
From a writer’s perspective, I’d have much preferred the POV to be from Bree’s point of view, rather than third person. I think with all the emotion she had in her regarding her family, it would have come across better that way and made the reader feel more for the character. It is written very well though, and easy to read and quickly to get into, just what a YA book should be.
The front cover is great – those Month9 designers are a force to be reckoned with! So it’ll definitely stand out and be attractive to all readers.
Overall, I’d give Predator 4 out of 5 stars – a howling YA read that is accessible to both teen and adult readers alike.