Shadow Wolves

Fiction - Action
334 Pages
Reviewed on 04/12/2020
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Author Biography

Jake Kaminski is a pseudonym. He is a highly decorated undercover cop, having worked as an undercover agent and later supervising undercover operations in Miami, Latin America, the Caribbean and other parts of the world. His team spent six years combating both the Medellin and Cali cartels.

Following his police career, he spent fourteen years as a senior adviser for the U.S. Department of Justice and the US Department of State, assigned to post-war countries in the Balkans.

Jake knows the world of that he writes about in his books. He now divides him time between overseas consulting and writing. He has traveled extensively, living for fifteen years in Eastern Europe, including time spent in the war-torn battlefields of Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo. He speaks several languages and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in both Spanish and French. He holds a black belt in Taekwondo.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Steven Robson for Readers' Favorite

Shadow Wolves by Jake Kaminski is a chilling sojourn into a dark world, where humanity is laid bare in extremes of both good and evil. Ethan Crowe, a Lakota Indian, is an incredibly honed weapon of warfare who has seen more than his share of horror, from the genocide of Catholics and Muslims in Bosnia, through to the war on drugs in Thailand. Now, having suffered an incredible loss, he has withdrawn to Italy in an effort to find a peace that has long eluded him. Just when he believes he may have found a life worth living, Ethan is once again called on to join the battle against the Zetas, a deadly drug cartel based in Mexico. From his base in Southern Arizona, Ethan knows he is at war yet again; a war against an enemy just as ruthless and cold-blooded as any he has faced. Will his team of highly trained Indian trackers survive this battle, or will Ethan’s story be etched in blood on the sun-baked sand of the Sonoran Desert?

Jake Kaminski’s Shadow Wolves is an incredibly gripping read that is almost impossible to put down until the final climax has played out. The characters are very special, with each being uniquely carved from a wide range of social environments, leading to a world full of diversity that closely matches reality. I particularly enjoyed the Apache twins and their relationship with each other, and the bonds forming between them and Ethan. The way the story wrapped up made me want much more of Nalin Chee and the promise of a future that may unfold with Crowe. This is a top-notch book that will appeal to those wanting fast-paced action, molded with a perfect mix of emotions and excitement on a grand scale. One of the best books I have read.

K.C. Finn

Shadow Wolves is a work of fiction in the genres of action and adventure and was penned by author Jake Kaminski. A modern tale with cross-cultural references and plenty of intense, suspenseful moments, this novel focuses on Ethan Crowe, a Lakota Sioux tracker and former Intelligence Agency worker. Crowe is persuaded back into the game by the presence of powerful drug lords and their cartels, hidden away in the mountains and raising havoc on both sides of the Mexico/US border. What results is the formation of an elite team with some of the best and brightest Native Americans with remarkable skills and powerful souls: The Shadow Wolves.

Author Jake Kaminski has created a tale that is sure to please readers of the action and thriller genres, but it will also surprise them for its many new and unique qualities. Where Native American characters can sometimes be represented as token or gimmick, Kaminski takes pride in realizing fully formed human beings for The Shadow Wolves team, celebrating their heritage and grounding them deeply within it. I also loved the Aztec influences on the Zeta cartel and found that this extra layer of character development brought me much closer to the people involved in the action, and therefore more emotionally involved in the tension and danger which surrounded them. This made for a layered and deep reading experience with chapters that you didn’t want to end. Overall, I would highly recommend Shadow Wolves to fans of action, crime and suspense fiction everywhere.

Karen Walpole

In Shadow Wolves by Jake Kaminski, Native Americans of different tribes become very specialized soldiers for the American army. The book follows their very dangerous lives as they use their unique instincts and skills as trackers in the army and later for various other intelligence and defense organizations. The story spans the years of the war in Bosnia through present-day border patrol and drug wars on a reservation in southern Arizona where an all-native American agency is formed and headed by the main character in the book, Ethan Crowe. A Lakota Sioux, Ethan had been forced to go to white schools in childhood and he joins the American army. He lives with one foot in each culture, learning to live in white society while never losing his Lakota identity. While there is resistance to all Native American Shadow Wolves, the members’ warrior skills and knowledge of the desert lands of the reservation help the men and women succeed above and beyond others.

Jake Kaminski has written an exciting, engaging and significant narrative in his book, Shadow Wolves. The cultural background of the characters is explored and described so that the events, losses, and successes are felt and understood by the reader. Learning about the cultures involved and seeing the strengths and difficulties of cultural differences make the book fascinating as well as extremely thrilling. The Shadow Wolves fight an exhaustive battle against the Zeta Cartel that has been smuggling drugs and women across the Mexico-Arizona border. Ethan Crowe needs every skill he has ever learned to get through it.