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House of Wolves (An August Adams Adventure V2) [Hardcover]

By Matt Bronlewee (Author)
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Rare-books dealer August Adams is enmeshed in the mystery surrounding a book published in 1188 that chronicles Henry the Lion's aspirations to become the most powerful ruler in the world. The text holds the key to finding a collection of history's most significant religious relics.

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A mysterious book with a dangerous secret.

An evil brotherhood out to conquer the world.

One man stands between them . . . with his family in the balance.

In the twelfth century, Henry the Lion collected the rarest relics in Christendom. And to protect his most precious acquisitions, he encoded the whereabouts in a gorgeous illuminated manuscript called "The Gospels of Henry the Lion. "

The manuscript has been showing up and disappearing ever since. No one knows where the relic has been hidden . . . or its ultimate power.

Only one man holds the key to the mystery.

He's carrying it in his briefcase at his son's school for show-and-tell, and he thinks it's a fake. But he's about to find out just how real it is.

Because the wolves are rapidly closing in. And if August Adams can't decode the secret in time, the world's balance of power will forever be altered.

Community Description
A mysterious book with a dangerous secret.

An evil brotherhood out to conquer the world.

One man stands between them . . . with his family in the balance.

In the twelfth century, Henry the Lion collected the rarest relics in Christendom. And to protect his most precious acquisitions, he encoded the whereabouts in a gorgeous illuminated manuscript called The Gospels of Henry the Lion.

The manuscript has been showing up and disappearing ever since. No one knows where the relic has been hidden . . . or its ultimate power.

Only one man holds the key to the mystery.

He's carrying it in his briefcase at his son's school for show-and-tell, and he thinks it's a fake. But he's about to find out just how real it is.

Because the wolves are rapidly closing in. And if August Adams can't decode the secret in time, the world's balance of power will forever be altered.

Please Note, Community Descriptions and notes are submitted by our shoppers, and are not guaranteed for accuracy.


From Publishers Weekly
Betrayals, secret societies, the quest for an ancient artifact of great religious significanceall the familiar elements of countless Dan Brown imitations are on display with limited dramatic effect in Bronleewe's second thriller to feature New York City rare book dealer August Adams (after 2007's Illuminated). Out of the blue, August's estranged father sends August the legendary 12th-century Gospels of Henry the Lion, instantly placing the bookseller and those near and dear to him in the sights of a shadowy and vicious group known as the Black Vehm. Expository passages about lost treasure, secrets buried in the Antarctic ice and the Nazis' search for the Holy Lance alternate with scenes of shoot-outs, stabbings and bludgeonings. Readers may struggle to empathize with the cartoonish characters, like August's terrified young son, who, with agents of the Black Vehm in hot pursuit, worries he'll die before learning what his grandfather meant by the expression spring chicken. (Aug.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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Item Specifications...


Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 6.4" Height: 1.3"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2008
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
Series  August Adams Adventure  
ISBN  1595542507  
ISBN13  9781595542502  
UPC  020049131916  


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Reviews - What do customers think about House of Wolves (An August Adams Adventure V2)?

A Real Page Turner!  Oct 16, 2008
I started this book one night before bedtime and read well into the night. The next night I did the same. On the third day I found my mind often wandering to the story line wondering how it was going to end. My family wanted to go to a bookstore that evening (before bedtime) so while they browsed I picked up a store copy of the book and finished it right at closing time! I finally got a good nights sleep! If you haven't read "Illuminated" yet, start with it and "House of Wolves" will make better sense. Just make sure you are well rested before you begin!
 
loved it!  Oct 4, 2008
I thought this was a great adventure book that reminded me of Indiana Jones. I really enjoyed the plot twists and the engaging characters. I love that I didn't know the ending until I had actually read it! I wish I had read the first book in this series but it did not affect my understanding of House of Wolves. I fully intend on reading this whole series by Matt Bronleewe.
 
Mystery, Danger, Intrigue  Sep 16, 2008
Matt Bronleewe's second novel, House of Wolves, combines mystery, danger and intrigue in a fast-paced story with action on every page. Like other novels of this genre, the plot pulls from history and Bronleewe cleverly incorporates assorted facts, myths and legends into an entertaining story.

The cast of characters carries over from his first novel, Illuminated. August Adam is a rare-book dealer and one such book, The Gospels of Henry the Lion, is at the center of the action in House of Wolves. August is in possession of the rare book but he is not the only one who wants it. And others pursuing it stop at nothing in their attempt to get it.

August's father, son, and ex-wife get involved early in the story and even without having read the first novel of the series, it was easy to pick up on the relationships between these people. They are not without problems but their interpersonal issues do not detract from the story line. They find ways to work together and survive.

The evil characters are drawn from a secret society, the Black Vehm, a vigilante society formed in the thirteenth century to protect themselves from marauders in the lawless territory between the Rhine and the Weser rivers in Westphalia, Germany. It became a merciless and violent society and was eventually outlawed. It supposedly came to an end when the Nazis fell in the Third Reich. Bronleewe brings them to life in modern day activity where their goal is to obtain ancient relics and rare artifacts and he reveals they are planning to take over the world by implementing a grand scheme.

Lukas, a member of this secret society, gives an interesting account of how he became a member. "Lukas had always wanted to belong to a secret society. For some reason, they didn't exactly advertise their whereabouts. But an online friend of his had had an idea: Have you tried joining the Belegarth Medieval Combat Society?" What follows is a fascinating description of Lukas's journey from joining a mock-combat society that entertained during sports intermissions to being tapped for a deadly society who directed all of its efforts to implementing their world take-over plan.

Bronleewe makes excellent use of contrast and the location swings from a record-breaking heat wave in New York City to the frigid underground of the Antarctic. Much like National Treasure, clues, maps and mishaps keep the reader swiftly moving from page to page. Readers who are looking for escapist entertainment will find it in this adventure.

The story takes place in just a few days and therefore the problem and puzzle solving happen a little too quickly for me. In the scene where they are figuring out the meaning of the map, August notes, "There are three flags with poles--which we are setting aside for right now--and thirteen flags without." "That's half the alphabet," Charlie said." The nine-year-old proceeds to unravel the secret of the map. The reader is advised to suspend his or her logic and simply accept this scenario on face value.

Overall, I appreciated that the violence was relatively tidy and the text was free from profanity. Younger readers who love adventure stories will be as intrigued by this story as adults who enjoy suspense fiction.


Paula Buermele is a reviewer for BookPleasures and the author of "The Dream Catcher Tour."
 
Watch out Indiana Jones  Sep 14, 2008
Be prepared to enter August Adams' world of non-stop action, heartfelt adventure filled with intrigue, suspense, humor and love. And, not necessarily in that order. Beware -- once you pick this book up and start reading, you will lose all track of time and forget anything you had scheduled that day. I have to admit that I was a little less than excited about reading this book when I looked at the cover. 'House of Wolves' - I really didn't want to read about wolves or blood! I'm very happy to report that there is lots of action, fighting, gun fights, bloodshed and bad guys acting really bad...but nothing is extremely graphic. I loved it!!

August Adams is one likeable guy who reminds me of an Indiana Jones-type character. Adams is a man totally into his work, who loves books and really enjoys the challenge of chasing down rare antiques. That's his specialty, rare antique books. He gets into the most unpredictable situations while researching the locations of these rare books, and then guarding them once they are found. I loved August's quick wit and sense of humor (like Indiana Jones). And just like in the National Treasure movies, relics have to be found in order to chase down the treasure. In August's case, the books are the treasure.

In 'House of Wolves', August Adams isn't looking for an adventure. But the action and adventure grab him as he is watching his son, Charlie, as his ex-wife goes out with her new fiancé to pick out rings. He couldn't believe she was doing that! He felt it was a little bit soon, but he couldn't think about that right now; he had Charlie to think about.

August Adam's father sends him the greatest birthday present (or so he thought it was at the time), in the mail. He thinks it's from his father, but there's no card with it. Who else would send him such a rare find? While August is admiring the great condition of the book, he starts to feel sick to his stomach when he realizes exactly what book this is. He knows his father, Cleveland, shouldn't have it and he can't imagine what his father did to get this book. Why did his Cleveland send it to him? This can't be good. August doesn't have to wait long to get answers to his questions. A "secret society" soon discovers that Mr. August Adams is in possession of the book they want, and they will stop at nothing to get it. August will have to thank his dad for sending such unbelievable trouble his way - after he stops some guy from killing him and Charlie!... and so the adventure begins in "House of Wolves.

Just when you think August is in the clear, something else happens. But, it may not necessarily happen to him. I was intrigued by the many interesting characters in this book, and so much was happening, but it all tied together. This book is definately a page-turner! I loved never knowing what to expect with each chapter I read. This book was so refreshing because it is not a formula style book.

There is a special bonus at the end of this book in the author notes. Here the author tells the reader which parts of the story are real and which parts he added to make the story work. Not only did Matt reveal which events are factual, but he also tells which relics are real. Wow! Since I'm not a history buff, I wasn't aware that some of the events depicted in the 'House of Wolves' were real. It was quite amazing. I have to say I love learning about history this way!

You will definitely want to check out 'Illuminated' (the first book in this series) where you will learn how August Adams became the book hunter. I know you'll enjoy all the adventures he got himself into before 'House of Wolves'. The third book called 'The Deadly Hours', is to be on bookshelves August 2009, mark your calendar - I know I have.

Nora St.Laurent -Book Club Servant Leader
www.psalm516.blogspot.com
 
Matt still needs writing classes  Sep 12, 2008
I ground through the first pages of Illuminated and gave up. By accident I picked up Matt's next book and started reading. Good grief! I'll give him credit for creating exciting story lines and fascinating scenarios, but the minute by minute action sequences and dialog is still ridiculous and unbelievable. For instance, August knows he's being pursued by "Death's errand boy", but the next time we check inwith August, he's having a flashback to a very hot day at a Yankees game, then we segue into Charlies ability to remember details, then we're running from a killer, and August hoists Charlie up on his shoulders, the better to see into the crowd. Isn't he worried about the killer, maybe having a gun?

A little later April is trapped in a sinking car, fires a gun into a bullet-proof window, to no avail. Even though the glass doesn't break, she still pounds on it with her fists. Then ponders how people can know that drowning is a peaceful death.

Unbelievable, ridiculous and unreadable.
 

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