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Cacek had me totally enthralled with this witty and very violent werewolf "romance". C.K. Moselle a tabloid reporter finds herself in one of her ridiculous stories when she is saved from being shot to death by drug-up juvenile by a werewolf!After her lycanthrope savior kills her attacker and flees, C.K. called Cat and her photographer,Ed; they discover that Denver is the battleground between two competing werewolf clans and one of them is terroizing Denver with some brutal murders; and she is the prize! Cacek's gripping horror novel slides from satirizing the sleazy tabloid business to gothic romance between Cat and her werewolf lover Lucius to full-blown graphic horror as the author describes the werewolf attacks in gruesome detail.The dialogue was especially funny as Cat sees her life become more like one of stories and she imagines the headlines about it! the characters also were great like noble Lucius as he tries to fight his attraction to Cat while protecting his Clan and clearing his name from the brutal murders committed by the rival werewolves!Ed-Cat's cynical photographer friend a hilarious dirty old man with a few secrets of his own!Scooter, Lucius crippled twin brother who glides from sarcasm to self-pity. Fans of Laurell hamilton (like I am)is delicious brew of witty dialogue, gruesome gory and steamy romance!
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The review of this Book prepared by Rodney Powell

    If it looks and acts like a wolf pack hunting humans, it can only be a werewolf brood settling near Denver. Already residing in the Mile High City is the leader of another werewolf pack Lucius. He tries to act as human as possible. He lives in an apartment, works as a bartender, and dates female Homo sapiens. He hides his heritage in order to protect his pack. However, his identity is in danger of exposure when he saves a woman's life from a gangbanger.

    He picks the worst person to save at least from a werewolf perspective as Cathy “Cat” Mosell works for the Quest, a tabloid so sleazy that its peers avoid it. She saw his transformation from man to wolf and reports her up close and personal observation to her editor. He runs a front-page expose claiming a dangerous werewolf runs loose in the city. The newly arrived werewolves are vermin challenging Lucius' more civilized crowd. With half the city already after them and now a deadly rival wanting supremacy, Lucius seems to have too much to deal with yet still wants Cat as his own.

    This horror story looks deeply inside the heart, mind, and soul of a werewolf in such an in depth manner that readers will believe that this novel is a character study. The audience learns how the lycanthrope think and feel especially about their own species and their natural enemy humanity. In this wonderfully written work of fiction, P.D Cacek brings credence to the existence of lycanthropic creatures by making CANYONS a howling successful look at “reality”.

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   very upbeat Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   preventing/surviving an ecological disaster Romance    -   Yes Lifeform altered?    -   Yes Kind of alteration:    -   Magically turned into another being    -   Scientifically turned into another lifeform Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Horror story?    -   Yes Horror plotlets    -   the monster chased me!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male    -   Female Profession/status:    -   journalist    -   small businessman If magical mental powers:    -   can change shapes    -   can talk to animals    -   mind control    -   super strength    -   is very quick    -   can read emotions


Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   explicit references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   actual description of sex How much dialogue?    -   mostly dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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