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Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: A Wolf’s Résistance
SERIES: A Walk on the Wild Side (Daily Dose 2016)
AUTHOR: T.J. Nichols
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 55 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 01, 2016
Renny knew the risks when he started working for the Résistance, but he never expected to be captured and branded as a loup-garou and traitor to the State of France by the occupying Germans. Now on the run and wounded, he needs a place to hide and heal. A blacksmith’s on the edge of a small town looks like the ideal place.
At first Marc doesn’t want to believe Renny is a shapeshifter, but his curiosity and desire to help outweighs his caution. It feels good to lie to the soldiers. Better to see the heat in Renny’s eyes.
One night together makes Marc realize he wants more from life than hot coals and cold nights, but with no end to the war in sight, neither man can make promises.
In today’s A Walk on the Wild Side story, I’m bringing you a review of A Wolf’s Résistance. I have to tell you, this was hands down my favorite of the three stories that I read for our group review of this series this year. I was intrigued from the minute I read the blurb and realized that it was a tale of the French Résistance during the Nazi occupation of France in World War Two, combined with a story about a Loup-Garou or werewolf, as we non-French speakers call them.
Renny, a French Résistance fighter is on the run from French soldiers . While that might sound odd, the French soldiers were working for the Germans in this story. I was again intrigued and had to look up the history of The French State, or Vichy, the French government in the unoccupied portions of France during much of World War Two. I was appalled to read the history, which I didn’t remember ever reading before. The Vichy government was instrumental in rounding up Jews in both occupied and unoccupied (Vichy) France and sending them to Auschwitz. It was easy to believe that the same Vichy soldiers would have been responsible for capturing a Loup-Garou and sending him on to the Germans. Now that I’ve given you a quick history lesson, on with the story!
Renny at the time the story opens, had been branded on his hand by the callous soldiers, but had escaped before he arrived at a “camp”. The soldiers knew he was a Loup-Garou, and that was a big part of why he was captured and not killed in the first place. Renny is near the end of his stamina and starving when he comes upon a rural farm and sees chickens. Knowing that the soldiers are right behind him, he loops through a nearby town to try to lose them and returns to the farm where his theft of a chicken is interrupted by the landowner, Marc.
Marc is disabled, having a club foot, and was unfit for military service. He is used to being looked down on by his neighbors and distrusts them. When the wolf shifts into a pretty beat up, but handsome young man, Marc needs to take action. But can he figure out how to save the man from the soldiers?
I really enjoyed this story. It moved fast, and honestly I wish it was a full length novel. I would have been happy for more details, and more everything! I recommend you give this one a read. I know I will be looking for further works from the author.