Welcome to the first #spooktober book review for October 2021. The prompt for this book review was a book with a black cover so I chose The Last Werewolf. The setting of The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan spans the globe.
At 200 years old, Jacob Marlowe is the last werewolf. He is constantly pursued by the WOCOP (World Organization for the Control of Occult Phenomena), including the main hunter Grainer and his protege, Ellis. Grainer and Ellis spend their days and nights hunting werewolves. They are douchebags. The thesaurus did not have an alternative for that word but it’s accurate.
Marlowe is fairly likable although he is a werewolf. Maybe werewolves aren’t jerks. He made mistakes in the past that he still feels guilty about hundreds of years later. Back then he was a young werewolf and out of control. When he isn’t running from the WOCOP, he is evading vampires.
When he has a few minutes of downtime, he’s smoking, eating, and spending time with beautiful women. There’s a lot of sex going on and in between romantic conquests, Marlowe is thinking about sex. He is also planning to kill Grainer right before he himself will probably be killed. It is a suicide mission but Marlowe doesn’t want to be the only werewolf on the planet.
It took me a while to finish the book. The pace is kind of slow but it’s not boring exactly. Maybe I’m just jealous that Marlowe gets to travel all around the world.
I became more interested in the book towards the last third when Tallulah shows up out of the blue. She is a female werewolf, who was turned at the beginning of the book unbeknownst to anyone. Marlowe falls in love with her almost instantly. He has a reason to live now since he isn’t alone.
If you like stories about werewolves or werewolves in love and are not opposed to a bit of violence, then you will probably like The Last Werewolf. There is also a sequel called Tallulah Rising that I hope to read soon.
If you are not on the side of werewolf love, then this might not be the book for you right now.