The Red Moon: A Novel


Can't stop thinking about it. They are our neighbors, our mothers, our lovers. When government agents kick down Claire Forrester's front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is. Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the o "A werewolf epic. Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero.

Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy. So far, the threat has been controlled by laws and violence and drugs. But the night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge Hardcover , Large Print , pages. This is Horror Award Nominee for Novel To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Red Moon , please sign up.

Declan Perhaps it's good genes? See 1 question about Red Moon…. Lists with This Book. Dec 12, Stephen King added it. View all 74 comments. Apr 09, karen rated it really liked it Shelves: A reporter interviewed a woman wearing a Looney Tunes sweatshirt and purple leggings. The tape at the bottom of the screen identified her as a family member of one of the passengers. View all 35 comments. Jun 13, Mike rated it liked it. The bartender bends over to peek at the book I'm reading.

I'm holding it just high enough for him not to have to squat down like he's picking up a dropped coin just to see the cover. They call them lycans. I see his lips move silently, repeating the title to himself a half-dozen times so he can remember it later. He'll like it if he likes action.

He'll like it if he likes books with fast-placed plots. He'll like it if he likes descriptions of carnage where blood practically rolls off the page into his lap. That's where this book comes most alive, when people or lycans are dying. I want to tell him, read this one for the story. Read it for the action, for the plot. Read it for fun. There are broader themes at work here, I'm thinking, such as terrorism and domestic surveillance and the AIDS epidemic and prejudice against different races and religions and even the distribution of corn syrup and fructose through our food.

At one point I picture Charlton Heston yelling, "Soylent green is lycan! It's also written in the present tense, making everything that happens feel of grand importance. But eventually, everything comes back to the center, which is Lycans Attack! Bloody good fun it all is. The movie will certainly be rated R. I want to tell the bartender all that, but I don't.

Instead, he drifts away to the end of the bar to serve a beer to someone who is definitely not a lycan. Instead I take another bite out of my taco and wonder if the lycans would ever eat human tacos and what kind of beer they would wash it down with, and if the bartender would side with the lycans or the humans, and which presumed-dead characters will reappear in the inevitable sequel in a couple years. Which I'll be reading at the bar. View all 4 comments.

Despite my notorious hatred of not finishing books, I might let this one go for a while. It's just not that well-written -- I'm pretty amazed at all the people here who think Percy's some kind of amazing prose stylist; Ben Aaronovitch, say, is much better -- and there's one narrative tic another reviewer mentioned which is just fatal.

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Time and again, there's a really suspenseful setup -- then a CUT TO BLACK which feels straight out of television -- and then, a much-diluted flashback which goes o Despite my notorious hatred of not finishing books, I might let this one go for a while. Time and again, there's a really suspenseful setup -- then a CUT TO BLACK which feels straight out of television -- and then, a much-diluted flashback which goes on for pages and pages.

It's really dull after a while. It also subjects you to the tedium of someone writing in the oh-so-hip present tense who doesn't really understand how to mix past and present tenses. There are too many books to read that are better than this -- hell, there are too many modern werewolf pop novels that are better than this. We don't need endings, everything's in development, woo! View all 11 comments. Jan 04, LeAnn Suchy added it Shelves: DNF, so no rating.

I just can't keep reading this book. The premise of this book is that there are lycans basically werewolves who can change form whenever they want, not just with a full moon that have been in the world for centuries. The United States is currently fighting a war with the lycans in their homeland, and the discussion of this is clearly meant to remind us of the U. The fear of lycan U. All of this was really interesting and seemed plausible, especially with some of the opening scenes of lycan "terrorists" killing people on planes and lycans living in the U.

This started off really strong and I thought I would love this book, but it hasn't kept my attention. Here there is too much telling and not enough showing. For instance, in one scene we see Patrick the only survivor of the plane attacks being led off into the forest with a lycan who just tore into his car and then the scene ends.

Later we're given a few paragraph summary from Patrick about what happened in the woods. In another scene where Patrick discovers a person close to him devouring animals in her lycan form, the person sees Patrick and all of a sudden the scene is over. Later we are given a three paragraph summary from Patrick's perspective about how this person told him that she became a lycan. Both of these scenes could've been so interesting had they been allowed to be played out. For such a long book, there are a lot of scenes that are never played out that I wish were. I don't want a few paragraph summary of a pivotal moment where Patrick discovers someone close to him has been a lycan for years and because of it her life and Patrick's life were drastically changed.

I want to see that scene, not read a poorly described summary. So much of this jumps quickly from one thing to the next, and with these quick jumps I'm not learning enough about the characters or story to keep going. So even though I'm halfway through, I'm done. View all 9 comments. A tremendous read, werewolves and humankind blended together. Lots to ponder on this one. I thought this would be an urban fantasy since it has werewolves in it, but they weren't paranormal in origin.

Instead, they are the result of a prion disease like Mad Cow. Overall, it was a 5 star world that Percy created, very innovative. There were some great characters, too. No super heroes, just regular people in tough, but rather ordinary by I thought this would be an urban fantasy since it has werewolves in it, but they weren't paranormal in origin.

No super heroes, just regular people in tough, but rather ordinary by this world's standards situations. Percy's descriptions were fairly exhaustive; good, but long. It was tough to hear sometimes, too. This was only a 3 star book, though. This 'one' book was actually 3 main parts, each of which could have been expanded into a novel of its own or should have been edited down. I'm into the short form, so I didn't ding it too hard for this.

Still, they were a bit too long to be satisfying, yet so much more could have been done with them if the author had the freedom to expand a bit more. There were several half developed issues that were left dangling in the wind. It would have made a great trilogy. What really ruined the book for me were the logical flaws. Purists, don't read any further!!!

The biggest logical flaw was the infection itself. And then the story proceeded to undermine this whole wonderful premise! The infected are indistinguishable until recently except under stress. Not one thought about their chances for becoming infected: So how did such an infectious disease remain so isolated? It doesn't make sense. It was a shame, because it kept knocking me out of my suspension of belief. Book 2 takes place in "The Nation" where either too much or not enough takes place. And finally, the ending. In some ways it was excellent, in others it sucked.

She's a tough bitch. I had to love her, but I never liked her. Fantastic characterization, but that made her failure to kill Puck unbelievable.

Book review: ‘Red Moon’ as sharp — and subtle — as a werewolf’s bite

One dose would cure a woman infected for life, a man just bitten, or someone who never had the disease? Her meeting with Patrick in all that chaos was way over the line. One or the other was fine, but not both. On the one hand, they're creating a huge division with sealed borders, on the other they're sneaking large quantities of infectious materials out through this border into processing plants.

Heightened security makes their chances for sneaking more likely to fail. Certainly it was interesting. I think I'd rather have read this in paper format so I could have skimmed parts, though. The story is told from several different points-of-view and spans several years. At its core, Red Moon is about xenophobia, racial discrimination and acts of terrorism, a subject that can be applied to today's world even when you remove the lycan factor.

It touches on several genres, but ends up ultimately being a blend of horror and dystopian. The writing ended up being excessively descriptive and lacked a flow which left it feeling forced, like the author was attempting to incorporate poetry but resulted in an overall clunky feel. Like cherry cough syrup.

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It melts the snow into a red slushy pattern that reminds him of those Rorschach inkblot tests. What does he see? The fate that awaits him if he does not act. Sometimes it feels good to be so wrong. It's the subsequent sentences that irritated me. Simply calling him Jessie would've been perfectly fine. I will give Percy major credit, his evident research worked magnificently in bringing this alternate world to life and making the lycans existence all the more real. The ending is not tied up nicely with a pretty little bow, but I actually preferred the open to interpretation ending and I don't usually.

Despite this, I still believe Red Moon to be a standalone novel. In my opinion the author was trying to convey the situation as one that doesn't ever truly end, that it's an ongoing problem and doesn't have an easy solution. I think giving it the 'perfect ending' would have been far too unrealistic. Setting aside my issue with the excessive descriptive writing style, I still really enjoyed the physics of the story. Benjamin Percy is definitely an author with a talent for storytelling.

Recommended for fans of The Passage by Justin Cronin and The Strain Trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan although both are vampire novels and readers looking for a literary story with paranormal elements. Jan 14, Samantha Allen rated it it was ok. This is exactly the kind of book that makes me want to start a book review blog. From a writer's perspective, this book had a lot going for it. I didn't expect to like it at all. In fact, I started reading it because it was laying around when I had the flu and needed something light to occupy me.

But the way it was written drew me in. Percy's prose is really quite lovely, full of startling images and precise verbs. I'm a fan of present tense, which this book uses to its advantage. Percy allows t This is exactly the kind of book that makes me want to start a book review blog. Percy allows the urgency of the present tense to propel the plot and maintain a sense of danger that is crucial to this story.

The story only works as long as it feels real and plausible. Up until that point, it succeeds pretty spectacularly for a book that is actually about werewolf terrorists. Then the book jumps the rails. What began as a story about individuals reacting to extraordinary situations becomes something of a melodrama, and a transparently allegorical melodrama at that.

It becomes a military story, then a post-apocalyptic trope. Instead of becoming more complex, the characters stagnate and flatten out.

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The point of view fractures, giving the narrative a disjointed feel. It must be unbelievably tempting to sink into too many points of view instead of sticking to just a couple, because so many authors do this unsuccessfully. The book is so tense and rife with danger all throughout that when the climax finally comes, it feels too easy.

The main villain, who we hardly get to see, goes down essentially without a fight. All of part 3 feels incredibly rushed, which doesn't make sense, because the way it ended indicate that this book might have a sequel. Percy should have broken the book into two and fleshed out the second half.

By the end I was begging for it to be over. Strong start, but very disappointing finish. And probably will a few times over the next few years. It was an absolute genius of a story really — a Werewolf saga that is so much more than that, a real romp of a tale, with plenty of thrills and plenty of emotion, which is hugely satisfying and has a social message at its heart. In a world where Werewolves exist alongside us, we follow an eclectic and brilliantly imagined cast of characters through a time of huge upheaval — as communities fracture, the government takes a supressing stand and, well, we all know what tends to happen when you try and dampen the human or werewolf for that matter spirit.

The story really is utterly addictive from start to finish — What Benjamin Percy has done is take the world we live in today, the prejudices, the divisions, the good and the bad and endowed it with a slightly different stance, a little twist in the tale in order to spin a yarn which will entertain you, engage you, give you a lot to think about, whilst also providing you with characters you will never forget and a distinct desire for him to write a book a week. I like that it is mostly a character piece — werewolf or not, all the people you will meet within are extraordinarily well drawn, very authentic and as events occur around them they grow as the story does, the ever changing landscape of their lives affecting them in many different ways.

I was fond of Patrick, stuck with Claire all the way but honestly I think that Chase Williams was probably the character that made this for me. He is just so beautifully normal but then, not so much. How he copes with what is happening to him made up some of my favourite portions of the whole. Overall though, every character will have you feeling something — be it distaste, love, hate or indifference, with a huge spectrum in between.

The mythology is elegant, feels terribly real and utterly possible — I lived in this one for the entirety of the reading experience, not at any point did I FEEL like I was reading a fantasy novel. The author has a great complexity to his structuring and descriptive prose that makes it a wonderfully flowing page turner, he throws unexpected little gems into the story that make you sigh and the whole thing really is beautifully done.

Overall definitely a book I would happily recommend to anyone, no matter what their favourite genre may be. One for the favourite author shelf. Let me start by saying that my interest in werewolves or lycans I still am unclear as to whether or not they are the same thing or not , has been almost non-existent.

It has always come across cheesy and unbelievable to me. They never felt real to me. Red Moon starts out as an action-packed bloodbath. I was reading it like there was no tomorrow and I had to find out more, more and more. There was murder, blood, guts, gore, people on the run, even rape. I was turning pages so fast I thought for sure I would hammer it out in the matter of a few days. Unfortunately Part II slows down considerably. Had I taken the time to lift my head as I was flying along, perhaps I would have seen that wall and prepared myself for it.

I got bored and needed a break from it, and read an entirely different book in the middle… what a disappointment from the fast paced Part I of the book. Unfortunately it made the middle and last part of the book seem choppy and disconnected. Part III, however, brought me back around quite nicely.

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While it was still a bit choppy, it was the perfect combination of history and action for my liking. The ending of this story is one you will be thinking about for weeks after you have finished it. It made my skin crawl and my mind race. It was just awesome. While I do encourage you to pick this book up, I do so with a warning.

Red Moon deals with an alternate world history, one where lycans are real and all are aware of their existence. The story is told from several different. While some writers of paranormal novels wrap their creatures in romance and comic subplots, Percy has chosen a darker, more literary path. Red Moon is a.

Be prepared for the middle to slow down… a lot. It is a good book and I think Benjamin Percy has a promising future. I will be keeping my eyes open for his books. Now…if someone could explain to me the difference, if any, between a werewolf and a lycan…that would be great…. View all 21 comments. Mar 15, Patrice Hoffman rated it really liked it Shelves: Red Moon by Benjamin Percy is an interesting take on the classic werewolf craze that has kept many people awake at night.

He suggests that their has been werewolves since the beginning mankind.

A pathogen that inhabits the body and results in an organism part human, part wolf. The humans infected with the Lobos bacteria are known as lycans in Red Moon and they walk among us medicated and often times undetected. Red Moon follows a few characters who's individual stories converge. Claire is journey Red Moon by Benjamin Percy is an interesting take on the classic werewolf craze that has kept many people awake at night. Claire is journeying to find her aunt because her parents have been slaughtered by government officials. Patrick is the sole-survivor of a plane crash that was derailed by a lycan attack.

Mariam is woman living in seclusion, trying desperately to walk away from a time in her life when she was involved in the Movement. A lycan organization that is fighting for their right to just be. Finally, we have Chase. The incumbent president who's platform is in support of eradicating the very people he is becoming. Percy instantly grabs the readers attention with Red Moon. The word flow is easy, graphic images tattooed on minds, main characters are compelling, and the world he creates seems plausible.

Percy brings life to the idea that there are "others" living amongst us and plays into the fear society has towards "others". I enjoyed the similarities between Percy's fictional world and my real world.

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Part I of Red Moon is going to entice readers to keep turning the page to discover what happens next. Sadly, Part II does not live up to it's predecessor. In the spirit of being fair and honest I admit the second half totally lost me. Characters I wanted to prevail no longer mattered to me. Until Part II it's hard to see past the similarities between this book and real life. What was once endearing about that aspect became grating. And the conspiracy adopted by many that our president Obama is possibly a muslim extremist laying in wait is most relative to Chase's storyline in Red Moon.

There is also a Balor character that is very Bin Ladin-esque. All these instances become too much. Part II does not have the same impact as Part I as it explodes into a war. Essentially, I have a more love than hate relationship with Red Moon. It's hooking from page 1.

Which I'll be reading at the bar. Scientologist,' by David S. Percy clearly put his all into this novel. Percy gives life to the world's oldest phenom in a way that will feel fresh to readers. Her skin always has a sheen of sweat to it. Fantastic characterization, but that made her failure to kill Puck unbelievable. We follow Claire on the run, we track Patrick into forbidden areas, and we watch the rebellion of beasts named Magog, Puck, and Balor.

Percy gives life to the world's oldest phenom in a way that will feel fresh to readers. My introduction to Benjamin Percy has been quite enjoyable and has placed him on the short list of authors I must explore further. Apr 21, Roxane rated it really liked it. This book is trying to do a whole lot and for that I'm going to give it 4 stars. Interesting political allegory via a werewolf story. Great characters, engrossing plot, crisp writing with lots of lovely detail. Percy clearly put his all into this novel. In some ways, reminiscent of The Passage.

The end is a hot mess, rushed, overly convenient. I'd have liked to see the book either pages longer or pages shorter. Nonetheless, lots to love here, and this is well worth reading. Would have been a five star book for me but the ending felt very rushed, too compressed. Oct 26, Matthew Brockmeyer rated it it was amazing. An epic werewolf story of mammoth proportions. Be prepared for a long journey that was at times exhausting. If written by another, parts of this would surely drag, it is a long book, but Percy's writing is simply fabulous and keeps you going.

Jan 22, Richard Thomas rated it it was amazing. Red Moon is not merely about the werewolf, that familiar history and archetype—no, Red Moon Grand Central by Benjamin Percy is a brilliant blend of genre horror and literary poetics that reveals the creature in us all, and a debate about what it is to be human and where our priorities rest. It is the story of Patrick Gamble, the lone survivor of a terrorist act aboard an airplane flight that feels eerily similar to recent terrorist acts, and shows us exactly how violent the lycans what Percy calls his werewolves can be.

And it is the story of Chase Williams, a newly elected president who inherits the nightmare of the lycan uprising, and vows to repair the damaged and fractured United States. This ability reveals itself in many different ways—in a narrative of the near future where a lycan presence feels like a possibility, not a fantasy; in using his knowledge of technology and firearms to educate us as a Ranger or Green Beret might; and in his portrayal of rural landscapes, mostly the Pacific Northwest, as lush, haunting, and layered settings where the violence and desperation unfolds at an alarming rate.

The deep-rutted glaciers glowing from the Cascades. The thickly forested foothills with their hiking trails and bear-grass meadows and whitewater rivers. And then, to the east, the sprawl of the sage flats interrupted by the occasional striped canyon, the bulge of a cinder cone. Hanging above all of this sky, that high-altitude sky, as clear and blue as the stripe inside a marble. It is not only a depiction of nature in all of its tranquil beauty, but a language that is certainly foreign to city-dwellers, the flora and fauna a backdrop that urban residents may never have seen.

Percy shows us the landscape in a way that educates and informs while painting a vivid and visceral picture. Used by virtually every law enforcement agency. Outperforms any other handgun on the market for ease, accuracy, and durability. Beyond the authority that Percy lends this novel, there is the constant sense of unease and foreshadowing that permeates this story.

It is something as simple as a word choice here and there—teeth snapping together with a clack, an open mouth gasping for air, lips smacking, muscles tightening, every snapping stick in the forest the revealed weight of your impending doom. Take this passage from early in the novel where a lycan struggles to hold down his transformation, waiting for the right moment to rise up and destroy the passengers of an airline flight, his every twitch and shudder taking us that much closer to the violence of his release:.

But the smell of fast food, of sausage and eggs, is too much for him. His hunger rolls over inside him. He orders a breakfast sandwich and paces while he waits for it. When his number is called, when he collects the bag, he rips it open and can barely find his breath as he shoves the sandwich in his mouth and gnaws it down. Then he licks the grease off the wrapper before crumpling it up to toss in the garbage.

He suckles his fingertips. An old woman—with a dried-apple face and dandelion fluff hair—sits in a nearby wheelchair, watching him, her mouth open and revealing a yellowed ridgeline of teeth. You almost laugh, and yet, you know what is coming. The details of this scene are intense, the camera slowing down to capture every moment and clue, and you are the lycan for a moment—the anxiety and panic washing over you, waiting for the scene to unfold, the restraint to disappear, and the beast to unfold.

In lesser hands, the gore would be the story, instead of a necessary part of the dangerous ability the lycans carry with them at all times. In a stuffy literary voice, the nature of the beast might be glossed over entirely. Percy finds a balance—one that supports the story, the character of his protagonists, and the dark tone of the novel, inherent in every page.

Here is what finally happens when the lycan we just witnessed finally loses control, a terrorist weapon unleashed on the innocent, with horrific results:. Foam rips from a seat cushion like a strip of fat. Blood splatter, decorating the porthole windows, dripping from the ceiling.