Monday, February 2, 2015
SNAFU: Wolves at the Door - edited by G. N. Braun - Another in the Military Horror anthology series, this time featuring werewolves
G. N. Braun at Cohesion Press has discovered a formula for anthology gold. It all began in August of 2014 with the release of the original SNAFU anthology. The idea was to combine a military story with horror. In the original there were all kinds of monsters, then in November we were given SNAFU: Heroes, again with a wide variety of monsters. I loved both books and are both still available for purchase.
This time, it's SNAFU: Wolves at the Door. The overall idea is the same, military stories with a touch of horror, but the monsters are limited to werewolves and by the time I got the the end I was actually a bit tired of this sub-genre. SNAFU: Wolves at the Door contains 8 shorts and then a novella length story from James A. Moore to wrap it all up.
Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed this volume in the SNAFU series. There were some very good tales here.
It starts with a very entertaining story from R.P.L. Johnson. "Taking Down the Top Cat," about a military unit tracking down a drug kingpin into Olmec artifacts. The action comes fast and furious and the writing is top notch. "Suddenly he became very aware of his place on the food chain and knew it was not the top."
"Skadi's Wolves," by Kirsten Cross features Norse mythology, an epic battle, and the unexpected.
David W. Amendola's, "The Fenrir Project," is the obligatory, but effective tale of a German project to create super-soldiers.
The best of the bunch is saved for last in the form of a novella from James A. Moore. This one story alone is worth the purchase price. It's like getting the other eight tales for free. "The Wild Hunt," is about a group of werewolves that have been wronged and the lengths they go to to get their revenge. At times dark and visceral, I found it to be a fresh and original werewolf story.
SNAFU: Wolves at the Door is available now from Cohesion Press through Amazon.com. If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited you can read this one at no additional charge. Plus, if you are an Amazon Prime member you can borrow this book for FREE through the Kindle Owners Lending Library.