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Review: The Wolf by Lorenzo Carcaterra


My name is Vincent Marelli, though most people call me The Wolf. You’ve never met me, and if you’re lucky you never will. But in more ways than you could think of, I own you. I run the biggest criminal operation in the world. We’re invisible but we’re everywhere. Wherever you go, whatever you do, however it is you spend your money, a piece of it lands in our pockets. You would think that with that kind of power I would be invincible. You would be wrong. I made a mistake, one that a guy like me can never afford to make. I let my guard down. And because I did, my wife and daughters are gone. Murdered by terrorists with a lethal ax to grind. That was my mistake. But it was also theirs.

I wasn’t looking for a war with them. No one in my group was. But they’ve left me with nothing but a desire for revenge—so a war is what they’ll get. The full strength of international organized crime against every known terrorist group working today. Crime versus chaos.
We will protect our interests, and I will protect my son. We won’t get them all, but I will get my revenge, or I will die trying. They will know my name. They will feel my wrath. They will fearThe Wolf.


As a reader, you do not have to love the plot in order to appreciate the beautiful descriptions and intricacy of word choice that Lorenzo demonstrates. The Wolf  was thought provoking, suspenseful and extremely entertaining. Tell me, what else do you need in a novel? Let’s keep in mind, these are my thoughts about the diction after chapter one, imagine how I felt once I kept reading. All of the descriptions were on point, it made you wonder how you had never thought of what ever he was describing in such a perfect way, completely accurate but immensely unique. 

Personally, the plot interested me greatly because it dealt with not only organized crime but terrorists. Marelli, or the Wolf, wants revenge but to also stop the attacks that could rip families apart like they did for him. He is a great character, strong and intelligent, who uses his power for what most people would consider to be the lesser evil. 

It is truly hard to even tell you what this novel is about without giving away too much, which I cannot imagine doing because the surprise and shock value presented by Lorenzo is the Wolf’s greatest asset. 

Seriously, if you are considering this book read it for the ending. You do not see any of it coming. The first blow, you can handle, but the last and final surprise on the last page pushes you off a cliff, wishing and hoping there is a book two in order to find out about what happens next in the life of The Wolf

Watch out for this one, I can see it going big places and appealing to a wide audience. 

Reviewed by Rachel Keane

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/29/2014
Pages: 320

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