MacGregor's Wolf

Lessons of Time

Fiction - General
238 Pages
Reviewed on 11/28/2014
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Suzanne Cowles for Readers' Favorite

MacGregor's Wolf: Lessons of Time by Bil Howard is an amazing journey through fascinating periods in history where the main character, Ray Barrett, accompanied by a wolf, experiences strange lands and time travel. There is intense action where vivid dreams and reality collide. At the beginning of the story, Ray rides a horse through the beautiful mountains in the typical silent cowboy way. You can feel the earthiness, solitude and slow pace. Then at camp things drastically change. The rest of the 24 chapters tell tales of Scotland, Montana, Columbia, Egypt, Greece, the Mediterranean Sea, warring clans, Indian attacks, Christian crusades, Spartans, Israeli jets, King Richard, ghouls, Russians and Germans, the Golden Gate Bridge and a black horse with a demonic voice. To say there is a lot going on is an understatement.

It is clear to see that Bil Howard’s love of historical fiction and the wide outdoors is evident in his writing style. Each lyrical step and detailed adventure of Ray is chronicled in a well-composed plot, which attests to the abilities of the author. You will want to follow each moment of Ray’s confusion as he tries to piece together the facts with the help of a spirit companion. The dimensions fold and twist in each page-turning vision of literary excellence. MacGregor's Wolf: Lessons of Time by Bil Howard packs mystery and thrills with interesting periods of history in a spell-binding ride to the depths of time. Follow along and you will feel as if you have travelled the world and back.

Eduardo Aduna

Ray Barrett is looking to find himself. Alone in the wilderness, he encounters beings and situations that transcend reality. In his journey, he becomes a participant to various events which have shaped human history. Together with his spirit guide, MacGregor, and the elusive Alexia, Ray must find himself and decide which path he truly wishes to pursue.

A tale that weaves through history and gives readers glimpses of the metaphysical that can induce deep pondering about life and its meaning, MacGregor's Wolf is a fascinating story that grips a reader's attention from beginning to end. Bil Howard's knowledge of history is evident in the detailed scenarios his protagonist finds himself in. He accurately captures the tone of each era, and provides enough details to make each adventure truly realistic. His writing hypnotizes the reader, and successfully induces feelings of melancholy, desperation, and eventually hope. The various twists and turns that the novel takes are all diverse enough to be interesting, yet interconnected in such a way that the reader grows with the protagonist. Interactions between Ray, MacGregor and Alexia are all treated with a mixture of humor and urgency.

I never expected to ponder my own actions, and to see history in a new light after finishing this book. A must-read for both casual and discerning readers, MacGregor's Wolf makes for self-examination and philosophical pondering in a fascinating read. Bil Howard has crafted a book of many layers, where every read brings something new and significant to the surface.

Kim Anisi

Bil Howard tells the story of Ray, a rather unhappy and discontented man, in MacGregor's Wolf: Lessons of Time. Ray rides out into the wilderness to find some peace and answers to the many questions he has about his own life - for some reason he is unhappy, but why? We do not know. Everything changes for Ray when a wolf turns up and follows him. Then the weirdest thing happens: Ray finds himself in the body of a different person in a different period of time. Then he is a wolf. A doctor. A groom. A spirit guide called MacGregor sends Ray through various life experiences that are supposed to teach Ray the answers he is looking for. When another spirit guide called Alexia appears, Ray's life is turned upside down once more. But will Ray be able to find his answers?

MacGregor's Wolf: Lessons of Time by Bil Howard is a rather unusual story and quite entertaining. I took quite a liking to MacGregor while I did not like Ray that much to be honest. He sometimes seems a little daft but I guess he has to be for the story to work. I found the adventures in the different periods of time quite interesting and also tried to figure out myself why Ray had been sent to the different characters. Apart from some minor mistakes, the story is very well written, and you'll most likely only complain about the book being too short. I definitely could have read more. The book could easily have been twice as long, and it would still have been fantastic.