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Celebrity Werewolf by Andrew Wallace (book review).

November 26, 2019 | By | Reply More

I was aware of the existence of author Andrew Wallace and I’d always meant to check out his work. When this book, ‘Celebrity Werewold’, came to my attention while I was looking round the dealers room at Novacon. I wasn’t at all sure what to make of it. The title, ‘Celebrity Werewolf’, really gave few clues, nor did the admittedly stylish cover by the publisher, Ian Whates.

The werewolf in question, Gig Danvers, wakes up one day, with no recollection of his origins. He’s simply a well-spoken, polite, seven foot tall werewolf! He’s doesn’t seem to be affected by the full moon and has no particular aversion to silver. It’s just as well he’s such a nice chap, as he’s also very powerful and intelligent.

He soon meets Becky D’Olivera, a world renowned transgenics research scientist. He’s hairy, she’s cute and, let’s just say, they hit it off. I suppose one could say there is a paranormal romance element to this book, but that’s not really what we have here at all.

The book moves on from the light-hearted werewolf with a heart of gold and a scientist girlfriend fairly quickly. Gig becomes not only a celebrity but an entrepreneur and a philanthropist at that. He sets up a business with the express purpose of making the world a better, safer, happier place.

With inventions based around his own physiology, Gig’s very successful at this but, of course, not everyone approves. Some people are only interested in making things better for themselves and their friends. The rest of the world can go hang.

He has an arch-enemy, a neo-fascist called Gavin Dergs, who has associations with the Englander Party and links to the US evangelicals. It cannot be denied that there’s a good deal of political comment on the current situation in the UK and the USA here that those who feel that Johnson and Trump are doing a wonderful job may not appreciate.

Never fear, though, the book hasn’t finished morphing quite yet. As we gradually learn the truth about Gig Danvers and his arch enemy, Gavin Dergs, things take a turn for the downright strange, if not slightly cosmic.

I found it to be a gripping read and difficult to put down, due to the growing need to know what exactly was going on. Recommended and I shall be keeping an eye out for more of Wallace’s work.

Dave Brzeski

November 2019

(pub: NewConPress, 2019. 178 page small enlarged paperback. Price: £10.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-910935-99-6)

check out website: www.newconpress.co.uk

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