William Giraldi’s novel Hold the Dark starts with a pretty chilly incident: a starving wolf pack supposedly eats three children. The distraught mother calls in a wolf expert and begs him to find her son’s remains, but while working on the case, Russell Core finds himself facing not a pack of animals, but the dregs of human darkness.
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If you’re looking for a riveting tale of high society and the untamable wilderness, then look no further than Jean Zimmerman’s novel Savage Girl. The tale revolves around an 18-year-old girl named Bronwyn who was raised by wolves in the wilds of the Nevada wilderness. She is adopted by a wealthy Manhattan socialite family, the Delegates, in 1875 and is taken back to the East Coast in order to be civilized. Once they deem it’s proper for Bronwyn to go out in public, the Delegates decide to introduce her to their high society buddies. While a pack of suitors find her irresistible, they also wind up mutilated a few days later. This begs the question: is the willful Bronwyn a cold-blooded killer?
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Throughout the ages, wolves have been portrayed as bloodthirsty monsters who will kill humans without a moment’s thought thanks to the fairy tales about “Little Red Riding Hood” and the myths about werewolves.
However, in Wolves: Capturing the Natural Spirit of These Incredible Animals, “wolf-man” Shaun Ellis, the English animal researcher who is famous for living amongst these beautiful canines, and photographer Monty Sloan are determined to change people’s misconceptions about them.
While many livestock owners consider wolves to be a threat to their herds, thanks to Monty Sloan’s stunning pictures and Ellis’s long years of research, readers get a closer look at our dogs’ wild cousins. There’s enough wolf facts to engage potential readers but they’re peppered with gorgeous close-ups of the animals in question to satisfy even the pickiest photography lover too.
Also, Wolves isn’t just a cutesy read for dog lovers, it’s an intelligent look at one of the world’s most misunderstood creatures. For example, Ellis notes that aside from humans and a few other primates, wolves are some of the best parents in the animal kingdom. He stresses that a normal and healthy wolf will never attack a human either—it’s only rabid wolves or ones who have lived in captivity and are poorly treated by their handlers that will act aggressive.
Ellis also goes into detail about pack structure, breeding, and the issues between humans and wolves. He writes that the more we learn about wolves and get rid of our pre-conceived notions about them, the more we’ll be able to successfully co-exist with them.
Whether you love wolves or are curious to learn more about different animals, Shaun Ellis and Monty Sloan have put together an engaging read that will continue to fascinate readers the world over, so kick back, relax, and enjoy the photo gallery!
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