Book Chat: Corporate Wolf
by Stuart R. West
Not your usual werewolf tale. This one revolves around an ordinary man who doesn’t want to rock the boat, even after he is changed into a werewolf. But people around him keep getting ripped apart and he’s getting angry.
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If you can’t run with the big dogs…rip ‘em to shreds. It was supposed to be a corporate retreat and a series of morale-boosting exercises. It was a weekend Shawn Biltmore nearly didn’t survive. There was something else playing in the woods that night, something other than a bunch of corporate drones with paintball guns.
And it had chosen Shawn as its new chew toy. The local authorities chalked it up to a bear attack. So did the doctors. Shawn knew the truth, however, as much as he wanted to deny it. But when one of his coworkers is viciously killed, Shawn must face the truth… He’s a killer who needs to be put down.
Or is he?
This book was a slow read at first for me; getting to know corporate behavior is not my cup of tea. But things quickly escalate and I found myself flipping pages, especially to discover who turned Shawn. The witty dialogue keeps the story flowing.
Our everyday man/hero was at a corporate retreat when he was attacked by what the authorities thought was a black bear. But soon we find that poor Shawn has been chomped on by a werewolf, because he begins to change. He awakes naked, not remembering what he did the night before, and throwing up really nasty chunks of red meat.
Shawn is a man floating through life. When he is asked what he does at his job – his answer is muddled – consisting of shifting papers and trying to avoid the boss. I wasn’t enamored by Shawn’s personality, but I did like his wolfie side. Though his werewolf is savage and strong, it is decisive, while Shawn stays in a job he doesn’t like, and flips flops between two women. He is attracted to a coworker, Synthia, an exotic beauty; and Therese, a beautiful, kind nurse.
Shawn’s only friend is Redmond, a coworker who is a character and half; my favorite character. Every sentence out of his mouth is funny, raunchy and definitely not politically correct. He reminds me of Ed, the best friend of Shaun in Shaun of the Dead. Hmm. Pure coincidence? Doubtful. I think the author had a clever pairing.
Gradually Shawn begins to sense the presence of other werewolves in the company, even smelling them with his heightened senses. Several of the personnel, including his boss, are muscular, testosterone powered men, while Shawn describes himself as a 90 pound weakling. Why would they want him to join their ranks? Near the end of story, Shawn discovers who his Master is; the werewolf who bit him. He also learns he did not eat his coworkers, it was his Master. Shawn wants to be normal again and seek a relationship with Therese. But he can’t. When his Maker threatens Therese it is a fight to the death as his wolf bursts forth.
Finally, Shawn discovers the reasons the others wanted him onboard, and neither made sense to him, but what was the point in arguing? He is told to keep away from Therese or she will be slaughtered and Shawn follows orders. This part of the story was sad, but not unexpected.
The author’s sharp, humorous quips run throughout the story made the boring corporate world funny. Though there was ripping and rending scares, overall the book was a hoot. Recommended for those who love werewolf tales and also enjoy dark humor.
NOTE: All my reviews are published in Uncaged Book Reviews emag under Myra’s Horror Blog Reviews for October.