Agent Wolf: Rise of Anubis - My Review
S P Oldham
Agent Wolf is an intelligently written book, the story built around Jack, an unfortunate character who has had more than his fair share of knocks in life.
Set in the future, Jack is a survivor of a cataclysmic event which wipes out his home town, leaving him without family, a home and a sense of purpose. Eventually, through a series of events which see him pursue a variety of careers, he ends up as a crime scene photographer, in effect.
I love how the author, David Green, has built on the everyday use of current technology, making it better, more widespread and more efficient in the future – I suspect that a lot of his ideas are actually not that far from being realised, in fact. He manages to incorporate this into the storyline without becoming too heavy on the techno-speak.
The reason for Jack’s transition into a mythical creature (I don’t want to give anything away here, although the title should be a big clue!) is well explained and is a vital element of the plot.
This transformation is explained in scientific terms, with a convincing back-story to substantiate it, rather than in supernatural or ‘magical’ terms, though once turned, Jack has all the attributes the creature is classically endowed with. The emphasis remains on the logical rather than the magical throughout. He ends up using these new-found and surprising skills to trace a suspected serial killer and another villain of a far more terrifying nature. I don’t want to give any more of the plot away than that, though I do want to say that I like Daisy, who to me is a very interesting character with lots of potential.
It is fair to say that this book is a mix of spy novel, fantasy adventure and crime thriller all in one. I enjoyed the author’s dry and subtle humour. It is very well written, with a unique twist on the origins of a well-known creature and a believable plotline and setting, despite the fantastical nature of it all. There is plenty of scope for a sequel and for a whole wealth of fantastical, mythological creatures yet to come to life and pose a challenge for Vanguard!