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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Wolf Code: A Sheltering Wilderness by Chandler Brett is a gripping work of multi-layered science fiction. The plot involves a journey of the hunter versus the hunted, and the lives of wolves and woods. The novel opens with rich descriptions of the setting, which sets the stage for danger confronting a wolf pack. Their alpha disappears, and a new male and female have to take over and guide the rest of the pack through the threat and into safety. This is the wolves' story. The human story starts with a quiet creator of video games named Donovan, and a Cherokee who stands for animal rights. Don recovered from a childhood dog attack, but the effects still linger, and video games become his solace. When the chance to work for a video game company that designs werewolf hunting games presents itself, he is conflicted because he has met Tsula, who urges him to understand wolves in a new way. Thus he becomes more protective of them, and this new attitude is brought on by adventures in the wild. Don arrives at a crossroads in his life, and his decision could have lasting effects on the wolf pack and his own psyche.
Besides this fresh, original plot, Brett gives you relationships, the great outdoors, suspense, and animal rights issues. This author weaves an intriguing tale with compelling characters and important themes to ponder. The descriptions are visceral, the scenes are strongly drawn, pulling you into this world, entertaining animal and nature lovers alike. I really like the inside view of wolves and the Cherokee culture. I especially like the relationship between Don and Tsula because it feels realistic and natural. The situations they face are intriguing, and you really don't know what to expect. If you like character-driven novels with good story and character arcs, Wolf Code: A Sheltering Wilderness by Chandler Brett is the perfect reading choice.