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From the bestselling author of the Remaining series… They took everything—killed his wife, enslaved his daughter, destroyed his life. Now he’s a man with nothing left to lose … and that’s what makes him so dangerous. Ten years after the collapse, Huxley had built a good life again. He had a loving wife, a farm with fields of golden barley, and a daughter with a s From the bestselling author of the Remaining series… They took everything—killed his wife, enslaved his daughter, destroyed his life. Now he’s a man with nothing left to lose … and that’s what makes him so dangerous. Ten years after the collapse, Huxley had built a good life again. He had a loving wife, a farm with fields of golden barley, and a daughter with a strange and wonderful gift. Then the slavers came. Working out in the fields during the attack, Huxley returns too late. His daughter has been taken and his wife is bleeding out, her last whispered words about a man with a scorpion tattoo on his neck.Where do the slavers go? Huxley has no idea. He only knows that they headed east and so will he. But eighteen months later, dying of thirst in the open desert, he doesn’t expect to see another day.Then a man appears out of the desert and offers Huxley water from his canteen—an unheard of kindness in these savage times—and he gives Huxley a new purpose. Together, Huxley and Jay carve a path of destruction across the remains of a once-great land. The slavers are brutal, but they have no idea what’s coming for them. Huxley has found something to live for again: blood and vengeance.In his most powerful work yet, New York Times bestselling author D. J. Molles delivers a carefully woven novel of violence and redemption, bringing to life a devastating portrait of a man pushed to the edge of his own humanity.“With Wolves, D. J. Molles gives us a postapocalyptic rescue thriller that pulls no punches and takes no prisoners. A brutal tale wrapped like barbed wire around love, honor and a father’s love for his daughter. Highly recommended.”–Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Kill Switch and Ghostwalkers“Revenant meets Mad Max in this postapocalyptic thriller that proves D. J. Molles is back on the top of the genre.”—Nicholas Sansbury Smith, author of Hell Divers


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From the bestselling author of the Remaining series… They took everything—killed his wife, enslaved his daughter, destroyed his life. Now he’s a man with nothing left to lose … and that’s what makes him so dangerous. Ten years after the collapse, Huxley had built a good life again. He had a loving wife, a farm with fields of golden barley, and a daughter with a s From the bestselling author of the Remaining series… They took everything—killed his wife, enslaved his daughter, destroyed his life. Now he’s a man with nothing left to lose … and that’s what makes him so dangerous. Ten years after the collapse, Huxley had built a good life again. He had a loving wife, a farm with fields of golden barley, and a daughter with a strange and wonderful gift. Then the slavers came. Working out in the fields during the attack, Huxley returns too late. His daughter has been taken and his wife is bleeding out, her last whispered words about a man with a scorpion tattoo on his neck.Where do the slavers go? Huxley has no idea. He only knows that they headed east and so will he. But eighteen months later, dying of thirst in the open desert, he doesn’t expect to see another day.Then a man appears out of the desert and offers Huxley water from his canteen—an unheard of kindness in these savage times—and he gives Huxley a new purpose. Together, Huxley and Jay carve a path of destruction across the remains of a once-great land. The slavers are brutal, but they have no idea what’s coming for them. Huxley has found something to live for again: blood and vengeance.In his most powerful work yet, New York Times bestselling author D. J. Molles delivers a carefully woven novel of violence and redemption, bringing to life a devastating portrait of a man pushed to the edge of his own humanity.“With Wolves, D. J. Molles gives us a postapocalyptic rescue thriller that pulls no punches and takes no prisoners. A brutal tale wrapped like barbed wire around love, honor and a father’s love for his daughter. Highly recommended.”–Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Kill Switch and Ghostwalkers“Revenant meets Mad Max in this postapocalyptic thriller that proves D. J. Molles is back on the top of the genre.”—Nicholas Sansbury Smith, author of Hell Divers

30 review for Wolves

  1. 4 out of 5

    OutlawPoet

    Rage on a Page Wolves sat on my TBR pile for weeks before I finally read it. I kept putting it off because it looked too heavy – both literally and figuratively. This door stopper of a book clocks in at well over 500 pages and it looked very dark. I finally started reading it. At 100 pages, I stopped. Not because I was bored or overwhelmed. No, I stopped to call a couple of people I know to tell them that I had found their next must read book. This book is it! I’ll tell you exactly what I told them Rage on a Page Wolves sat on my TBR pile for weeks before I finally read it. I kept putting it off because it looked too heavy – both literally and figuratively. This door stopper of a book clocks in at well over 500 pages and it looked very dark. I finally started reading it. At 100 pages, I stopped. Not because I was bored or overwhelmed. No, I stopped to call a couple of people I know to tell them that I had found their next must read book. This book is it! I’ll tell you exactly what I told them. This is a grim, dark, and edgy book that reminds me of a mix of The Gunslinger, The Seven Samurai (though I don’t believe there are ever exactly seven in this book), and a little Mad Max/The Road mash up. It’s an ebony-dark post-apocalyptic novel full of hopeless, dangerous people and a kill-or-be-killed world that takes no prisoners. It’s rage on a page. But lest you think it’s all shoot-em-up gratuitous violence, it’s also about humanity – losing it, and finding it again – and finding the tiniest bit of hope in the darkness. A truly excellent book. 500-plus pages of epic storytelling and highly recommended!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    Dark and disturbing, intense and gripping, violent and soul destroying… Huxley was a teacher, a husband and a father when the skyfire changed his world. He created a second life in what was known as the wastelands and was content growing barley with his wife Charity and daughter Nadine on a commune. Then, the slavers came through, killed his wife and took Nadine to be a slave. A man’s life can change in a moment and his did. As he works his way east to where the slavers go he nearly dies a few ti Dark and disturbing, intense and gripping, violent and soul destroying… Huxley was a teacher, a husband and a father when the skyfire changed his world. He created a second life in what was known as the wastelands and was content growing barley with his wife Charity and daughter Nadine on a commune. Then, the slavers came through, killed his wife and took Nadine to be a slave. A man’s life can change in a moment and his did. As he works his way east to where the slavers go he nearly dies a few times, wreaks vengeance, takes lives and saves a few. What he does turns him into a different man. Remorseless, avenging, seeking justice…he is a predator after prey…and finding plenty to prey upon. At times he asks himself how he feels, makes an assessment, and then continues on his way to where the slavers go to find the man with the scorpion tattoo. Words that come to mind, while trying to describe this book, include: epic, saga, apocalyptic, dystopian, journey, values, valued, slavery, amoral, hedonistic, survival, humanity, inhumanity, law, order, disorder…and many more. This is a powerful book, very dark but also very powerful. It made me consider “what if” and then it made me wonder what I would be willing to do to survive and then finally ask myself if there was anything I would not do to make sure that someone I loved would survive and be able to live a free life. This made me think of books written by John Wyndham that my father collected. It made me think of a movie with Clint Eastwood in which he lost his family and went to seek vengeance. It made me think of the movie Mad Max. It made me think of the Denzel Washington movie in which he is blind and moving West. It made me think of some recent books written by authors such as Megan Crane and Rebecca Zanetti. It is a book I recommend to those who don’t mind dark, gritty and violent and who also are willing to really think and ponder, “what if”. Thank you to NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for the copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews

    ​What is the price of vengeance? After reading Wolves, I would have to say that it is your soul. Every once in a while, I find a book that I connect with on multiple levels - a book that speaks to me, pulls me into the lives of the characters and leaves me craving more. Wolves is one such book. Many times as I was reading, my wife would ask me, “How is your book?” All I could say in response was, “Dark.” There is no bubble gum, princesses or sparkly unicorns in Wolves (not that I expected there t ​What is the price of vengeance? After reading Wolves, I would have to say that it is your soul. Every once in a while, I find a book that I connect with on multiple levels - a book that speaks to me, pulls me into the lives of the characters and leaves me craving more. Wolves is one such book. Many times as I was reading, my wife would ask me, “How is your book?” All I could say in response was, “Dark.” There is no bubble gum, princesses or sparkly unicorns in Wolves (not that I expected there to be). It is about dangerous people living in an even more dangerous time. What is it about Wolves that captivated me so much? I would have to say it was Huxley. He is my go-to type of protagonist. Huxley is, or was a good man, but circumstances have left him jaded and changed. Violence and loss have made Huxley a new, different man; one that wouldn’t even be recognized by the old Huxley. I was riding right along with Huxley on his road of terror and hatred. Several times, I found myself wondering what I would do if this happened to me, would I lose myself? Even in the darkest books, I usually like to have some comic relief. I find it helps to level things out and keep things from getting too heavy. Wolves has none, it didn’t need any comic relief. It would have been disrespectful to the story, and I respect Molles for it. Wolves is not only a story about vengeance, it is about hope, hatred and redemption. It looks into the human soul to see if there is anything salvageable there. This is my first book by D.J. Molles. I can only hope that he hasn’t set the bar too high for his other books that have now jumped up on my TBR list. *I received a copy of the book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn F.

    3-1/2 stars The first I'd say 2/3 of the book was just one horrible event after another with the "good" guys as active participants. Then finally the main character remembers who he used to be and begins to not only agree to be punished for his crimes but to believe he deserves the punishment. The ending was wonderful. 3-1/2 stars The first I'd say 2/3 of the book was just one horrible event after another with the "good" guys as active participants. Then finally the main character remembers who he used to be and begins to not only agree to be punished for his crimes but to believe he deserves the punishment. The ending was wonderful.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Maddux

    Do not be deterred by the mediocre title and merely average cover. This book exhibits raw writing, a story with big, unwieldy balls. A proper revenge story with no high minded, lily white, rose colored morality. Just passionate revenge doled out along with hard lessons about true suffering in a postapocalyptic landscape that is more realistic than Cormac McCarthy's The Road. There is no flowery language here. There is no need for flowery language for characters who have come to the end of civili Do not be deterred by the mediocre title and merely average cover. This book exhibits raw writing, a story with big, unwieldy balls. A proper revenge story with no high minded, lily white, rose colored morality. Just passionate revenge doled out along with hard lessons about true suffering in a postapocalyptic landscape that is more realistic than Cormac McCarthy's The Road. There is no flowery language here. There is no need for flowery language for characters who have come to the end of civilization.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Blackstone Publishing and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Wolves. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given. In the 18 months since slavers killed his wife and took his daughter, Huxley has been wandering the country alone in a desperate search to save Nadine. Getting some unexpected help, just when he is on the brink, gives Huxley the push he needs to soldier on. Will Huxley find his daughter and get his revenge on those who destroyed his life? Blackstone Publishing and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Wolves. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given. In the 18 months since slavers killed his wife and took his daughter, Huxley has been wandering the country alone in a desperate search to save Nadine. Getting some unexpected help, just when he is on the brink, gives Huxley the push he needs to soldier on. Will Huxley find his daughter and get his revenge on those who destroyed his life? Wolves is the story of a man's desperation and his struggle to maintain his humanity despite overwhelming pressure. The aspect that makes this book unique is that it is a cross between the wild west and a dystopia, giving an interesting perspective. Huxley's anguish is clearly felt, as he searches for answers. The biggest problem that I had with the book was that the plot dragged, making me lose interest in the story. I did not find it compelling, for the most part, although the world should have been a rich environment with the potential for an exciting story. Wolves was just too quick to start and then went nowhere for most of the book. As it was a missed opportunity for a compelling and interesting novel, I would hesitate to recommend it to other readers.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Darren Dilnott

    Some books just deserve more than 5 stars and this is one. Forget glamour, action hero post apocalypse. This is a gritty, and brutal as you could imagine. I enjoyed the western feel to it. DJ Molles pulls no punches and offers no apologies. Probably the best audiobook i have ever listened to. It was that good. This is jaw droppingly brilliant. DJ Molles is one of the finest post apocalyptic authors following his outstanding The Remaining series, and this continues in Wolves. This is the story of Hu Some books just deserve more than 5 stars and this is one. Forget glamour, action hero post apocalypse. This is a gritty, and brutal as you could imagine. I enjoyed the western feel to it. DJ Molles pulls no punches and offers no apologies. Probably the best audiobook i have ever listened to. It was that good. This is jaw droppingly brilliant. DJ Molles is one of the finest post apocalyptic authors following his outstanding The Remaining series, and this continues in Wolves. This is the story of Huxley, a man who has his life ripped to shreds by slavers, and seeks revenge against those people. Just an incredible book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tracey the Lizard Queen

    DNF at 53% At a first impression this should be every thing I look for in a book. Dark, violent, gritty. But, I'm sorry I just can't continue with this. The wring is just not grabbing me at all. A shame as I was really hoping to enjoy it. *I received an e-copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. DNF at 53% At a first impression this should be every thing I look for in a book. Dark, violent, gritty. But, I'm sorry I just can't continue with this. The wring is just not grabbing me at all. A shame as I was really hoping to enjoy it. *I received an e-copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Do you sometimes find yourself thinking, "I wonder what this story would have been if the author hadn't pulled any punches and actually followed through with those darker themes"? Do you want your post-apocalyptic dystopias to be unpleasant, dark and inhospitable places where being kind is not only a bad idea but will probably result in your death? Are you tired of revenge plots muddled with the protagonist still trying to balance between being good and doing what he needs to get vengeance? That Do you sometimes find yourself thinking, "I wonder what this story would have been if the author hadn't pulled any punches and actually followed through with those darker themes"? Do you want your post-apocalyptic dystopias to be unpleasant, dark and inhospitable places where being kind is not only a bad idea but will probably result in your death? Are you tired of revenge plots muddled with the protagonist still trying to balance between being good and doing what he needs to get vengeance? That's what I wanted and this ticked all those boxes. But why only 2 stars? First, there was the writing. This was woefully overwritten to the point where it actively ruined my reading experience. Scenes were often overdramatized and since we always got every, single thought of our protagonist, we knew exactly how each action affected him. Coupled with the over describing of things like gestures and scenery, led to very slow pacing throughout the book and chapters feeling unnecessarily drawn out. And that's not even getting into the multiple poor writing choices like adding POVs that weren't necessary or to explain things to the reader and completely break the narrative flow. The story wasn't that great either. The plot was very straight forward with no real surprises. In fact, the only surprises were the ways our protagonist managed to not get himself killed on multiple occasions. Deadly wounds were forgotten about within a chapter and every stupid decision ended up working out simply because the author needed to continue the story and didn't want believability interfering with that. I lost my suspension of disbelief quite early on and I never really got it back. And while I loved that we got to see some really dark themes being explored, I didn't think the author had anything new or interesting to say about them which was massively disappointing. This needed strong characters to balance out those story issues, but unfortunately, that didn't happen either. The protagonist was somewhat fun to follow, simply because of how dark and determined he was. He lost everything and simply wanted revenge in an unforgiving world. However, that remained his motivation for the entire story. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it ended up making the driving force of the book feel very stale and monotone already by the halfway mark. It also didn't help that we got to hear all his cringy and exaggerated thoughts that made him quite annoying at times. The other characters weren't much better. The second POV character felt like an afterthought. The other main character was a boring cliche with nowhere near enough development. The antagonist characters were generic and forgettable. Now all that might sound like this was an awful book, but it actually wasn't. I loved how dark and gritty the world and tone remained throughout. The author was unapologetic about how he thought humans would behave in this post-apocalyptic world where slavery, rape and murder were a way of life. Despite my criticisms of the protagonist, I actually think he got some decent development and the parts where he wanted to be good, didn't try to be redeeming, but pragmatic. The world-building was solid and the way we got to experience the different parts of the world worked well for giving it a sense of depth. This ended up being a 2.5-star book with the poor ending resulting in the rounding down. I liked parts of it and I liked aspects of what the author was going for. However, the execution didn't work for me in all those ways I mentioned above. However, if that opening paragraph made this sound like something you might want to try, I still think it's good enough to give it a go. Most of my gripes were related to personal preferences and I can easily see people who don't mind slow and detailed books to absolutely love this. Except for the ending - that was a very poor and unsatisfying ending.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Received via Blackstone Publishers and NetGalley in exchange for an completely unbiased review. Also posted on Silk & Serif If you are a lover of dark, tormented novels and are not at all squeamish when it comes to rape, death and gore then Wolves is most definitely for you! Huxley, a man who once was a history teacher, husband and father has lost everything that once created his sense of self. When an apocalyptic event alluded to as the ”skyfire” destroyed civilization, Huxley and his young fa Received via Blackstone Publishers and NetGalley in exchange for an completely unbiased review. Also posted on Silk & Serif If you are a lover of dark, tormented novels and are not at all squeamish when it comes to rape, death and gore then Wolves is most definitely for you! Huxley, a man who once was a history teacher, husband and father has lost everything that once created his sense of self. When an apocalyptic event alluded to as the ”skyfire” destroyed civilization, Huxley and his young family fled the cities in search of a safe haven and found it for a time in a farming community. Huxley’s descent into darkness occurs when slavers come to the farming community causing pain, death and evil in swaths of blood. Now Huxley is focused on revenge. He will stop at nothing to find and kill the man who sold his daughter into slavery and murdered his wife. Wolves is a strange novel that is equally dark and disturbing – a novel about revenge set in a world where slavers tear the jaws from victims as trophies can only be dark and grotesque. I don’t know if there was any other destiny for this novel beyond disturbing. The fact that Huxley does not differentiate from “bad guy” and “good guy” for a large portion of this novel did not bode well for Huxley’s future. Nor was it promising that the people Huxley surrounded himself with were equally as damaged and deranged as himself. In this end, this novel was about more than revenge; it was about taking ownership of one’s sins and the evils humanity. Huxley is the villain and the tortured soul. The entire cast of characters commit horrific acts in the name of vengeance and in the end have lost themselves regardless of age or origins. They are irredeemable. This novel is deceptively complex with the social commentary on societies build on slavery, the darkness of humanity and the inherent evil of a world without technology. Although there was a particular scene with a dog that almost made me stop reading this novel, the overall themes of this novel kept me reading. Wolves is most definitely not a light read, or something that many can read in one sitting. There is a darkness and heaviness to J.D. Molles' writing that makes this a difficult novel to read. Nevertheless, the writing is superb and it is not at all evident that this novel is written by a man who generally writes military fiction. Wolves has a unique and unexpected level of complexity that makes it worth the read – but it is definitely not a novel that can me devoured in one seating. In the end, Wolves is a difficult novel to review since the novel is meant to make the reader face the depravity of humanity when faced with their most base and animal instincts. The lack of civility and humanity in many of the characters can make the characters not only unlikable to a reader, but irredeemable. I found that personally I hated each major character of the novel for their atrocities committed against innocent people and was woefully unsatisfied with the ending. I don’t think one character in this novel didn’t deserve to die in the end. However, the writing is masterful and the story is deeply enriched with details that make the story “real” on a sociological and psychological level. This novel will appeal to readers who enjoy dark novels with excessive violence, westerns and post-apocalyptic literature. This book is not for the light of heart and should be read by those who are not squeamish when it comes to rape, murder and slavery. Wolves is a wonderfully complex and realistic post-apocalyptic western that is a one of a kind.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Ward

    I came into this book a fan of D.J. Molles’ The Remaining, zombie post-apocalyptic thriller. I admit that I prefer zombies in my post-apoc fiction, or at least some kind of monster. The trope of humans are the real monsters is good to a point, but if too often gets tired. I don’t really care as much about the post-apoc stories where people are all bad because what else are they going to do to survive? There’s quite a bit of that in this book, with our main character crossing some lines that even I came into this book a fan of D.J. Molles’ The Remaining, zombie post-apocalyptic thriller. I admit that I prefer zombies in my post-apoc fiction, or at least some kind of monster. The trope of humans are the real monsters is good to a point, but if too often gets tired. I don’t really care as much about the post-apoc stories where people are all bad because what else are they going to do to survive? There’s quite a bit of that in this book, with our main character crossing some lines that even for him makes him wonder if he can ever get back. I get it, though, his life has been really hard. The story starts out with his wife killed and his daughter taken by slavers. Even with this setup where he’s lost his family, it took a long time for me to really care. That could be because the book, for a long time, is a kind of depressing, grimdark static. I doubted early on if I could finish, because hour after hour was our main man Huxley crossing the desert from one town to the next, crossing new lines of revenge against those who harbor the slavers. The plot of revenge with each chapter a new multiple of the previous events got old right away, and didn’t get much better until well toward the end. In the end, Molles rewarded the effort with some strong emotional scenes, and while I’m surprised I stuck with it–mostly out of curiosity for if there would be a payoff, and there was–I think I would still read another book in this series. I don’t know if there is enough there for that, but the place we find ourselves in the end is a much better example of what I like to see in my post-apocalyptic stories. This story has me questioning what exactly I look for in post-apocalyptic fiction, because this plays out very closely to what I can see happening. It’s not some glorious adventure of Wal-Mart shopping with a shotgun, but rather seeing loved ones hurt and killed, possibly killing simply because you want their beer…not that I would, but one character does, and in that moment Molles convinced me that yes, people could turn into that kind of monster. Maybe this book was a little too real for me. And for too long. As I said above, there is a payoff. I just wish there wasn’t so much time spent enduring the struggle before the release. As I wrestled with three versus four stars, with three being justified by the 18 hour book where I really enjoyed only a small percentage…but it’s written well, and the feeling is authentic, and the way he punched in the climax deserves at the least a four star. The narrator is one of my favorites, and certainly fits with the feel of a man becoming a wolf in a world full of wolves. *Thank you to Audible Studios for another enjoyable audiobook.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    "Desperate men with nothing left to live for, they’re the most dangerous animal alive." Huxley and his wife Charity and daughter Nadine wandered as nomads for two years after skyfire destroyed the old world and way of life. They then came upon a small farming commune in the western part of what used to be the United States and lived their lives happily there for nine years with Huxley growing barley. Then the slavers attacked, raping and killing Charity and enslaving Nadine. Before Charity dies, s "Desperate men with nothing left to live for, they’re the most dangerous animal alive." Huxley and his wife Charity and daughter Nadine wandered as nomads for two years after skyfire destroyed the old world and way of life. They then came upon a small farming commune in the western part of what used to be the United States and lived their lives happily there for nine years with Huxley growing barley. Then the slavers attacked, raping and killing Charity and enslaving Nadine. Before Charity dies, she's able to give a clue to Huxley about one of the slavers and the course of his life is set - hoping against hope to find Nadine and seeking vengeance. Huxley heads east, picking up other men along the way with the same taste for vengeance as he has and very quickly he learns that he can't carry out acts of vengeance without a profound change to himself. Part post-apocalyptic, part Western (and I could definitely see Cormac McCarthy influences), this is definitely a hard hitting book. It is a long book (528 pages) and it is a TENSE book. I had to take breaks from it periodically because it is bloody, gritty and horrifying. How far must a man go before he turns into the monsters he is chasing? The famous quote by Nietzsche is so true - "Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you." Huxley is a hard character to like. He does things that make him no better than the monsters he chases. But if you lived in this world, he is someone you would want fighting for your side. Hard men and women in a hard world - a world I hope I or family never have to deal with. If you have a strong stomach and like the post-apocalyptic or Western genres, this is definitely a story you should read. Author Molles has done a masterful job of world building and I was engrossed in the story from page one. I received this book from Blackstone Publishing through Net Galley in exchange for my unbiased review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sleepless

    I couldn't finish it. I found the story to be grim. Dystopian tales are essentially about hope, heroes and humanity in the face of utter dispair. I found the story to lack these qualities. I loved the Remaining series, but this was grueling to me. I can't really judge the book since I didn't finish. It just wasn't my style. DJ Molles is a great writer and I'm disappointed I didn't like it! I couldn't finish it. I found the story to be grim. Dystopian tales are essentially about hope, heroes and humanity in the face of utter dispair. I found the story to lack these qualities. I loved the Remaining series, but this was grueling to me. I can't really judge the book since I didn't finish. It just wasn't my style. DJ Molles is a great writer and I'm disappointed I didn't like it!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Glen

    I won this novel in a goodreads drawing. In a postapocalyptic world, slavers take a guy's daughter, and kill his wife. The guy ceaselessly tracks them to get his revenge. I've read better examples of these, but it isn't bad. The guy's kind of a whiner. I won this novel in a goodreads drawing. In a postapocalyptic world, slavers take a guy's daughter, and kill his wife. The guy ceaselessly tracks them to get his revenge. I've read better examples of these, but it isn't bad. The guy's kind of a whiner.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tara Rock

    A dark, intense and brutal story. Excellent character development. I really enjoyed this one and even shed a few tears.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Takes place in the future-a pretty backwards and bleak place. The theme of the book is revenge-but at what price? And then what if your revenge is based on a false premise? You are taken on a grueling and gory journey of the main character and his quest for revenge and redemption. You will become pulled into this bleak world and have to live there for awhile (this is not a short novel) but it's worth the journey. Takes place in the future-a pretty backwards and bleak place. The theme of the book is revenge-but at what price? And then what if your revenge is based on a false premise? You are taken on a grueling and gory journey of the main character and his quest for revenge and redemption. You will become pulled into this bleak world and have to live there for awhile (this is not a short novel) but it's worth the journey.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Miriam

    89% DNF. I just can' suffer through the last 11%. I only lasted this long because the NARRATOR is FUCKING AWESOME!!! I found myself focusing more on the narrator's voice and not the words he was reading. Some parts of the story caught my attention, but for the most part I kept having to rewind or just stay lost in what the fuck was happening during the times I was able to stay focused. 89% DNF. I just can' suffer through the last 11%. I only lasted this long because the NARRATOR is FUCKING AWESOME!!! I found myself focusing more on the narrator's voice and not the words he was reading. Some parts of the story caught my attention, but for the most part I kept having to rewind or just stay lost in what the fuck was happening during the times I was able to stay focused.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Wow! A very dark story of vengeance and redemption. Not for people who dislike reading about violence. This book held me captive every step of the way.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Neil

    Really good. Very enjoyable dark ride. Gruesome in parts.

  20. 4 out of 5

    terina salerno

    Amazing. Read It! Addressing my criticism first, I am not a fan of repetitive internal monologues. Wolves is over 500 pages. It is action packed and gruesome. But, between each action scene, there is a great deal of time for the main character, Huxley, to do a tremendous amount of soul searching. Huxley knows that his conduct and actions are dehumanizing him, peeling away his goodness until he is left with a blistered soul that hardens and forms thick callouses. He ponders the impact his change b Amazing. Read It! Addressing my criticism first, I am not a fan of repetitive internal monologues. Wolves is over 500 pages. It is action packed and gruesome. But, between each action scene, there is a great deal of time for the main character, Huxley, to do a tremendous amount of soul searching. Huxley knows that his conduct and actions are dehumanizing him, peeling away his goodness until he is left with a blistered soul that hardens and forms thick callouses. He ponders the impact his change brings to the world around him, those innocents he encounters as well as those deserving of his retribution. He chastises himself for memories that fade and faces he can no longer recall. Reading his internal struggle the first few times was sufficient. Reading it at after every action scene was tedious. At some point, I as the reader just wanted Huxley to come to terms with his new life path or make a change, but for the love of all that's Holy, shut up and stop whining. Getting that little criticism out of the way, I loved the book over all. The world building was realistic, so realistic In fact that I could see the barley fields in my mind, I could easily imagine horse drawn carriages using old cars as the carts. Unfortunately, I could visualize both the slavers and the slaves traveling across the destroyed country towards the slave auctions in the Riverlands. At first I was upset that Jay, Brie, Riggio, and even Lowell's characters are not fully fleshed out. These are important secondary characters but we know little to none of their background story. Then I hoped it was the author's point, that in this new, extremely violent, and untrustworthy world, where a person's life has little value, one's past isn't important. Though Huxley may give a fleeting, present moment care for each of the secondary characters (with the exception of Lowell), these characters are forgotten once their service to Huxley has been rendered. What makes a person bad? If one does bad things for seemingly the right reasons, do the deeds themselves make the person bad? In Wolves, it is 10 years after an apocalyptic event that destroyed the American republic and threw the county into warring feudal nation-kingdoms. The power grid is down, manufacturing is nascent, most are farmers, and survivors travel on foot, bicycle, and horse. The most "advanced" feudal towns are the most terrifying. Since there is no gas powered machinery, no electricity, and no running water, it is impossible to rebuild in the same pre-apocalyptic manner. Hence, these "advanced" feudal towns turn to slavery--cheap, disposable labor to rebuild the new town by hand, brick by bloody brick. But obtaining slaves isn't easy, one needs slave collectors aka slavers to go into other lands and rape, rob, pillage, kill, and finally kidnap the most useful persons to become slaves. As far as the slaver is concerned, it is a job that he does or someone else does, and he has to feed his family like everyone else. The little towns along the route know who the slaver is and they may not like him or his job, but they like his money, so they sell him food & drink and room & board. Everyone profits from the slave trade even if they condemn it. Is the slaver worse than the tavern owner? Huxley and his band of outlaws all have been victims of the slaver and the political system it supports. The outlaws decide to make a stand, but similar to the tavern owner and the slaver, there is a wide gulf between the type of retribution wanted by the outlaws. Revenge is a slippery slope. It starts with justifiable righteous indignation and devolves into slaughter--no rhyme no reason. Are these outlaws good in the beginning but on the path to bad because their bad acts simply cannot be justified by providing for or protecting a loved one? Can any of the outlaws be redeemed? These are the questions that Wolves left me asking. I could see myself in anyone of the characters making the same decisions given the brutal scenarios in this book. Huxley repeatedly questions himself and passes judgement on himself, and much the same was I as the reader found myself evaluating myself as a human being pushed to my limits. Wolves stayed with me. It will stay with you. Read it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    This is another one that was compelling enough that I almost gave it five stars, but in the end I held back because it didn't really have any deeper meaning than just a really, really good story about a man who'll stop at nothing to avenge the memory of his wife and daughter. Huxley, his wife, and their daughter survived "the sky fire" and built a new life for themselves in a commune on the western edge of "the wastelands", and area that seems to correlate to the American southwest. Then the slav This is another one that was compelling enough that I almost gave it five stars, but in the end I held back because it didn't really have any deeper meaning than just a really, really good story about a man who'll stop at nothing to avenge the memory of his wife and daughter. Huxley, his wife, and their daughter survived "the sky fire" and built a new life for themselves in a commune on the western edge of "the wastelands", and area that seems to correlate to the American southwest. Then the slavers came, raped and killed his wife, and took his daughter to market somewhere in the East. The story opens with Huxley near death as he's given water by Jay, another broken man burning up inside with hate for the slavers. Together they go east, looking to "make them bleed" for what they've done. Others join the trip here and there, and adventures happen. Eventually, Huxley finds more than he bargained for in the Riverlands as it is invaded by the Eastern Democratic States of the old East Coast of America. The book's focus is really on Huxley's inner struggle. Has he become as bad as the people he is hunting? He kills without mercy when needed, and unleashes the rage of his companions, who do much worse, and shoulders the guilt for their actions afterward. He fears becoming a monster his wife and daughter wouldn't even recognize. The action is non-stop, the story is gripping, the characters are mostly fleshed out. I had issue with a couple of things with the plot, but they were fairly minor. The first was Huxley not asking any questions but just accepting Don's word about who controlled the water where the met Lowell. The second was Huxley's sudden change in attitude toward Jay; it just seemed to happen too fast. Christian Rummel did an excellent job narrating the book. Each character had a unique tone and dialect and I liked the inflections for Huxley as his mood changed. If you like Westerns or post-apocalyptic fiction, you'll like this one. It's sort of Mad Max meets Terminator in a Sergio Leone atmosphere.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    The final chapters make this very nearly three stars, but still I think in the end for me it was just okay. The author takes us through a pretty (not pretty) bleak landscape of revenge. I expected this going on because I'd glanced at reviews, but it was still somehow disappointing to me most of the way through. Our main man Huxley finds himself fighting to survive from the beginning, but he's taking people with him if he's going down. He misses his daughter and will find her killer or kidnapper. The final chapters make this very nearly three stars, but still I think in the end for me it was just okay. The author takes us through a pretty (not pretty) bleak landscape of revenge. I expected this going on because I'd glanced at reviews, but it was still somehow disappointing to me most of the way through. Our main man Huxley finds himself fighting to survive from the beginning, but he's taking people with him if he's going down. He misses his daughter and will find her killer or kidnapper. He let's go of himself to embrace the hatred. He lets it fuel his rage and he is only appeased by progress. It's somewhat tragic and not a little terrifying. Unfortunately I think we see a bit of ourselves in the desperation of this man. What lengths would we go to under his circumstances. His world is destroyed and all that's left is every man's struggle for power. The end was interesting. There were actually a couple fair enough quotes. I got the sense the author knew his Bible. I got the sense he may be a fan of righteous indignation. I'm not sure how I feel about his expression of it. I wouldn't recommend the book, I'm afraid. It's too long for its own good. The writing isn't too bad, but it's not great. The story seems to lack some depth and is a little predictable. The characters are not overly sympathetic or fleshed out. It's all just a dogged chase for blood in the guise of persistent loyalty of a sort. Could make for some interesting discussion.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Janell

    Having read D.J. Molles series, The Remaining, I was kind of expecting something along the same line. But was I surprised to read such a raw, cruel, horrifying post apocalyptic book. Wolves is an extremely violent book and very graphic and not for the squeamish. Don't get me wrong, the book is excellent but the topic of revenge is at the highest and worst level of humanity can stand. Mr. Molles takes the human out of humanity with a flourish that I have never read before. The characters are very Having read D.J. Molles series, The Remaining, I was kind of expecting something along the same line. But was I surprised to read such a raw, cruel, horrifying post apocalyptic book. Wolves is an extremely violent book and very graphic and not for the squeamish. Don't get me wrong, the book is excellent but the topic of revenge is at the highest and worst level of humanity can stand. Mr. Molles takes the human out of humanity with a flourish that I have never read before. The characters are very well developed but you never really feel a bond with them because of their extremely violent ways but you do feel some empathy for them. This is a very tense book and should take that into consideration before you even delve into the book. But I do highly recommend the book as it is very very good and should not be overlooked. This is one to read and pass on.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    D.J. Molles creates a frightening future where slavery,murder and torture are just a part of daily life.The author sets a tone of despair right from the first chapter and kept up the pace.Although i disliked most of the characters because of their selfishness and cruelty,I nevertheless found them interesting and well developed.The book finishes nicely without any big cliffhangers,yet leaves room for more books in the series.I received a copy of this book from the author via NetGalley in exchange D.J. Molles creates a frightening future where slavery,murder and torture are just a part of daily life.The author sets a tone of despair right from the first chapter and kept up the pace.Although i disliked most of the characters because of their selfishness and cruelty,I nevertheless found them interesting and well developed.The book finishes nicely without any big cliffhangers,yet leaves room for more books in the series.I received a copy of this book from the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reveiw.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I am a huge fan of Molles after eagerly anticipating each new Remaining release and after that his new work Wolves. Unfortunately I think Molles went in a direction he wasn't quite prepared to go yet with this new novel. The Remaining was a very straight forward action series with likable but ultimately straight forward characters. Molles tried to get a bit more creative in Wolves but to me it ended up reading more like a parable than a novel. I am a huge fan of Molles after eagerly anticipating each new Remaining release and after that his new work Wolves. Unfortunately I think Molles went in a direction he wasn't quite prepared to go yet with this new novel. The Remaining was a very straight forward action series with likable but ultimately straight forward characters. Molles tried to get a bit more creative in Wolves but to me it ended up reading more like a parable than a novel.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Daniel D.

    Like The Road, but not of the same quality. I just don't like this kind of bleak post-apocalyptic future, where every paragraph describes some kind of hardship the people are suffering from. Slavers, lack of water, food, mistrust of others, lost of family, etc. Fans of The Road might actually like this, the writing seemed of high quality. read 1:10 / 18:19 6% Like The Road, but not of the same quality. I just don't like this kind of bleak post-apocalyptic future, where every paragraph describes some kind of hardship the people are suffering from. Slavers, lack of water, food, mistrust of others, lost of family, etc. Fans of The Road might actually like this, the writing seemed of high quality. read 1:10 / 18:19 6%

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chris Tee

    "What am I feeling?" Wow. I really wanted to like this book. I became a fan of DJ through his Remaining Series. But, this was just too long, boring and dragged out. It wasn't until the last 100 pages or so that I became fully engaged in the story. I had to get through 600 pages of bleh just to get there! Could have easily been a 4 star book for me otherwise. The ending was excellent. "What am I feeling?" Wow. I really wanted to like this book. I became a fan of DJ through his Remaining Series. But, this was just too long, boring and dragged out. It wasn't until the last 100 pages or so that I became fully engaged in the story. I had to get through 600 pages of bleh just to get there! Could have easily been a 4 star book for me otherwise. The ending was excellent.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Richard C. ONeal

    Desperation writ large To me D.J. accomplished what Cormac McCarthy misses and that is humanity and compassion. This wasn't an easy read, but I couldn't have put it down if I wanted to. Maybe a modern classic. Desperation writ large To me D.J. accomplished what Cormac McCarthy misses and that is humanity and compassion. This wasn't an easy read, but I couldn't have put it down if I wanted to. Maybe a modern classic.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mhorg

    Uninvolved story telling This is just another renege story that just meanders from point to point without really getting anywhere. It just limps along like a vengeance infused version of the road. Like that novel this doesn't tell the reader why this happened. Uninvolved story telling This is just another renege story that just meanders from point to point without really getting anywhere. It just limps along like a vengeance infused version of the road. Like that novel this doesn't tell the reader why this happened.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    The book tries too hard to be cool/strong which breaks the potential that it had if it stayed more down to earth. Instead go play Fallout or a similar video game.

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