This is a thriller that has all the necessary ingredients of its genre and its purpose – to captivate the reader with fear, terror and Exotic -. Well met
scene strong > is dark, inhospitable, haughty, threatening. Anyone Keelut, a (fictitious) Yupik settlement in Central Alaska, approaching the dead of winter, is the first of a six-meter high totem pole with colorful masks of bears, wolves, human-like creatures on top of the outstretched wings and the huge beak of a giant owl intimidated. In the snow glistening “like crumpled aluminum foil,” then found a few huts, church, school, huskies harnessed to their sleds, overturned canoes, rusted fuel drums, chainsaws, battered kerosene lamps.
The relentlessly hostile environment – temperatures of thirty or more degrees below zero, eighteen and a half hours of darkness per day – welded together has the few people who live here become a dedicated, closed community, inside solidarity to the outside hermetic, intertwined with the surrounding wilderness. “The Wild here is in us. In everything.”
In this rotten and distant village “on the edge of the wilderness, which you defied and they welcome the same time called” the author cultivated a dismal atmosphere with mystical elements. The starting point is the wolves seems whose marrow and blood piercing howl ubiquitous. But they stand for more. As a wise old Yupik woman who some consider to be a witch, had traveled the protagonist declares was “cursed this place.” Keelut was “the name of an evil spirit, disguised as a dog. Or a wolf.” This evil was there from the beginning, long before the Yupik. Much later came White, missionaries, traders and brought evil of others, insidiously: diseases, behaviors, thoughts … People she asks, “lock the door of the wolf, but then why not for animals with the souls of the damned or the men who even condemn to animals? “<
the wolves are also the trigger for the exciting action , which is located here. “The wolves came from the hills and brought the children of Keelut”, tells us the very first sentence of the novel. Three such cases there have been recent. The police was short as to align with nothing; the parents of the remaining children watch their offspring now uninterrupted and armed; the parents of the children killed silently grieve helpless. Medora Slone whose six year old son Bailey was only the third victim, bent on more. First she combed herself restless bones to find the child, so you can bury it, and kill the wolf, who has robbed her forever the woods. When her both failed, she wrote in sheer desperation a letter to Russell Core, a man she knows only by name, as an author of a book she has read.
Russell Core, 60, Nature is a writer and expert on wolves. He spent a year away from civilization with a pack. His view of the animals is completely unmystical. He describes their appearance, their life together in a fixed social order and its territory habits austerely on the basis of his observations. The worst enemy of the wolf, he concludes, is the man. He makes his ancestral territories in dispute, urging him back, leaving him no choice but – only in dire need – to rob the people settlements, it finally eradicates with its far superior ways of systematically and cruelly
revenge on an animal to take, this contradicts all the principles of Russel cores understanding of nature. So why he accepted this job? Because on the one hand curiosity, an early feeling that something was not uneasy about the story. Lower reaches his need to face the wolf itself to do “penance”. For he has sinned, he believes. Years ago, he has been persuaded to kill a wolf that had brought a toddler on a campsite. To date, he regrets having betrayed his views at the time.
Soon the story takes a surprising, radical change, the core collapsed in much deeper despair. Nowhere did he find assistance or even comfort, on the contrary: “Leave the village devils” advises him the village witch
protagonists this thriller are all gone through hell and -. each in his own way – hardened and at the same time broken emerged from it. So look for Russell Core, disappointed by life and people and even become something of a lone wolf, the confrontation with fate, at the risk of being torn itself. Medora Slones man, Baileys father is fighting in Iraq. When he returns home after a year of death threats and killing, he can not shake his grueling experiences. Thus in the the novel enters a second antipodean world, hot, bloody, brutal, devious, an inferno that the author describes as merciless as the icy shadow realm of Keelut. With these experiences in mind the returnees now has unexpected new hells pass through.
It is a disillusioned and radical disillusioning view of the world , which is behind such depressing events. Their policy is obvious and is well known: “Lupus est homo homini” – the man himself is a wolf to man. “Wolf and Man are so similar that we confuse them with each other.”
In the dark world of the Arctic Circle, the author presents the question of the origins of evil. At the end of fiction animals and humans merge into an evil being, a possessed by a demon man. But while animals need to kill in order to feed themselves, to survive, the beast kills man from niederster attitude. Russell Core, the wolf expert, will eventually lose all faith in the people and “was afraid that the man neither to civilization was still part of nature – because he was an aberration between two states of being”
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