Evening Wolves

Fiction - Thriller - Terrorist
724 Pages
Reviewed on 04/26/2015
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Author Biography

I have been writing since the age of seven and knew that, no matter what, I would be writing forever. My first "books", were stapled together, carefully illustrated, and contained some sort of linear plot line and realistic character development, so much so that my parents knew there was more to my latest "creation" than met the eye.
It is a great blessing to be a writer and though I thoroughly relish staying up late to craft intelligent suspense thrillers and detective mysteries with a romantic edge, the dawn of every new day compels me to create Sci-Fi trilogies and Fantasy epics as well. I truly believe I'll never be without inspiration for new material and the interpretation of that inspiration is a living, breathing journey just as rewarding as finishing the book itself.
Thank you very much for reading, and may the tales never cease, for all of us!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite

Evening Wolves by Luke Taylor is an intense political crime thriller. Detective Mike Erland is called to a mysterious murder scene at Fircrest Mansion, where the previous evening a Libertarian Party fundraiser was held. The only victim, a stunningly beautiful young woman, is found with a puncture wound to the neck. Their only suspect is the man who was in the room with the woman, but he has fled the scene. Before Erland can even begin to investigate, Homeland Security is called in and shuts down the scene. Placed on administrative leave, Erland is shocked when Agent Sierra Marland pulls him back into the investigation. Tangled together with a meddling journalist, a man with amnesia, a kidnapped party member, and a highly intelligent hacker, code named Jupiter, dark conspiracies begin to unfold, putting everyone with a connection to the case at risk.

Mr. Taylor has put a great deal of thought into this brilliant, gripping, tense thriller. Although the reader is exposed to many characters, each are unique enough to keep track of throughout the novel. I felt Agent Sierra Marland was exceptionally written, with multi-faceted layers. She kept so much inside, not allowing herself to feel much. The moments where she broke down her walls in front of Erland were very moving. I loved the interplay between the different agencies of the government as well. I enjoyed trying to figure out all the little details. Evening Wolves by Luke Taylor is sure to keep your attention and mind riveted from page one.

Rabia Tanveer

Evening Wolves by Luke Taylor is about homicide detective Michael Erland who entered the Fircrest Mansion to find a murdered woman. The murder itself is suspicious, but with no finger prints of the murderer and no clues to the mystery, he is left baffled. Further investigation leads him to a road which is blocked by Homeland Security on one side and a hacker called Jupiter on the other side. Jupiter is a hacker and criminal who uses his talents to steal crucial information and then sell it to the highest bidder; what that person does with the information is not his business.

Luckily, Erland is not alone in this battle. The agent who is handling Jupiter’s case is gorgeous Sierra Marland who trusts Erland to a fault and only takes his help in the case. Little did they know that the two will make a bond that cannot be severed by injuries, death threats or even a maniac who is out there to kill them both! Will Michael and Sierra will be able to put an end to the terror instilled by Jupiter or will they pay the price for trying to protect innocent people from his devious schemes?

Evening Wolves was a great read with the perfect blend of thriller and mystery to keep me hooked. Once I started, I was not able to put it down until I finished it. Michael Erland is really cool and Sierra Marland is exactly what you expect a female agent to be. She is sassy, attractive and very, very brave. Plus, she keeps Erland on his toes for most of the time and I loved that. The overall mystery and suspense was enough to make me want to read it one more time.

Lit Amri

A murder case of a woman with no fingerprints catapults Homicide Detective Michael Erland into the brutal struggle between Homeland Security and a domestic terrorist known as Jupiter, a hacker and criminal mastermind who steals information and sells it to the highest bidder. Jupiter will stop at nothing and will get rid of anyone who dares to stand in his way. Since the hacker has his own connections, even among the government higher-ups, Agent Sierra Marland, who has been pursuing Jupiter, has only a few people she could trust. Detective Erland is one of them.

Luke Taylor’s Evening Wolves is a fast-paced crime thriller that will easily keep readers engaged from beginning to end. It has a multi layered plot with murder, revenge, justice, deceit, greed, grand schemes and even love. The cast has depth and characters are well-crafted. As the story progresses, each character is aware of every risk they’re taking and calculating their steps. The transition of perspectives between the characters also flows nicely. I do gravitate toward Sierra, who’s has a very personal reason to stop Jupiter. Her authoritative manner in handling the case is gratifying and easily made me root for her to succeed.

The action scenes are dynamic, thanks to Taylor's descriptive prose. I could almost hear every footstep, the cars and other sounds. All in all, Evening Wolves will keep readers on the edge of their seats with its suspenseful buildup. It will keep you guessing who’s working with whom, as trust is not easily attained in Luke Taylor’s thriller.

K.C. Finn

Evening Wolves is a detective thriller by Luke Taylor centering on murder, deceit and the price of valuable stolen information. Our hero is Detective Michael Erland, trained in the study and solution of homicide cases, who wakes up right in the middle of one with no memory of what happened before that moment. A beautiful dead woman lies on the floor of Fircrest Mansion, and Michael escapes with a key in his underwear and few other clues as to how he came to be sleeping with the dead. When Agent Sierra Marland enters the fray as a somewhat dubious ally, the pair come face to face with the loathsome hacker known as Jupiter, and danger, death and high quality espionage are sure to follow.

Luke Taylor writes with great impact, moving his plot at a speedy rate to ensure there’s never a dull moment in Detective Erland’s adventures. The plot is suitably dark but not unnecessarily graphic, with complex characters full of well-formed back stories, and I enjoyed the interplay between Michael and the wily, beautiful Sierra. Evening Wolves mixes many different departments of the criminal justice system with seamless integration, making for a scene-shifting, multi-perspective narrative that is sure to thrill fans of the action and crime genres. The ending to the tale, however, shows real heart and full character development that all readers will enjoy. I’d recommend Evening Wolves whole heartedly, even to those who've never given the world of crime fiction a try before. Overall, an accomplished and enjoyable read.

Charity Tober

Evening Wolves by Luke Taylor is a suspenseful thriller fiction read. The book starts off right in the middle of the action with a man waking up – bound and gagged – at the scene of a brutal murder. And if that is not bad enough, he also has amnesia and the police just arrived outside. He must decide if he should stay and talk to the police or try to make a run for it. A main protagonist in the book is Homicide Detective Michael Erland, who quickly discovers that this is not an ordinary crime scene when Homeland Security arrives and immediately takes control of the case from the police. A main person of interest is a domestic terrorist named Jupiter, an infamous hacker and mastermind, who sells stolen private information to the highest bidder. Detective Erland and Agent Marland must team up in an attempt to take down the notorious Jupiter once and for all.

I really enjoyed reading Evening Wolves by Luke Taylor. I especially loved the first few chapters of the book, where the man with amnesia wakes up at the crime scene. It was definitely a page-turner, as I wanted to know why was the man there and was he the real killer, or did someone else try to frame him? Taylor crafted a very riveting opening for this book by putting the reader right in the middle of the action. I found the characters realistic, the dialogue was engaging and flowed nicely, and the pace of the book was continually moving forward. Fans of mysteries, thrillers and the suspense genre are sure to find a new favorite author in Luke Taylor.