The Saint of Wolves and Butchers by Alex Grecian

The Saint of Wolves and Butchers

Alex Grecian

"...Grecian delivers a compelling, twisty story driven by fascinating characters. The Saint of Wolves and Butchers makes breathless, gripping, up-all-night reading." --Nora Roberts

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From the bestselling author of The Yard comes a chilling contemporary thriller about an enigmatic hunter on the trail of a Nazi who has secretly continued his devilish work here in America.

Travis Roan and his dog, Bear, are hunters: They travel the world pursuing evildoers in order to bring them to justice. They have now come to Kansas on the trail of Rudolph Bormann, a Nazi doctor and concentration camp administrator who snuck into the U.S. under the name Rudy Goodman in the 1950s and has at last been identified. Travis quickly learns that Goodman has powerful friends who will go to any length to protect the Nazi; what he doesn't know is that Goodman has furtively continued his diabolical work, amassing a congregation of followers who believe he possesses Godlike powers. Caught between these men is Kansas State Trooper Skottie Foster, an African American woman and a good cop who must find a way to keep peace in her district--until she realizes the struggle between Roan and Bormann will put her and her family in grave peril.

Advance Galley Reviews

Thank you to First to Read for providing an advance galley of The Saint of Wolves and Butchers. I liked this book and would enjoy reading more books with the same characters of Travis Roan, his dog Bear, Kansas State Trooper Skottie Foster, Skottie's daughter Maddy, and Skottie's mother Emmaline. The desolation of the Midwest prairie and its isolation highlights the dark atmosphere of this book. There is a nasty and evil character, a former Nazi, Rudolph Bormann aka Rudy Goodman. The level of malevolence from Rudy, his family, and his fellow haters in the church Rudy created is difficult to take at times. They have been effective in sex trafficking and crude surgical experiments for many years. The first half of the book was best for me. It was a good set up of the machinations of the Nazis established in a rural Midwest county. Grecian did a good job of fleshing out the characters of Travis Roan and Skottie Foster. The second half of the book was weaker for me. It involved a lot of intense police and recovery action, and it bordered on implausibility in quite a few of the scenes. I felt that Grecian's writing was strongest in writing his characters. In spite of the second half of the book, I still overall enjoyed reading The Saint of Wolves and Butchers and would like to read more of Travis Roan looking for bad people.

In The Saint of Wolves and Butchers, Skottie Forster, a state trooper, gets drawn into a hunt for an ex-concentration camp administrator named Rudolph Bormann (aka Rudy Goodman) who has hiding out in Kansas since the 1950s. Skottie learns about the hunt when she encounters Travis Roan and his dog, Bear, on a routine traffic stop. Travis works for the Roan Foundation, an organization that hunts bad people and brings them to justice. Spoilers ahead ... Though the plot is far-fetched, I liked some of the characters. The author could probably write an entire series about Travis and Bear. They were my favorite characters in the book. Skottie was an okay character, but I didn't find her very interesting. Reading this book required a massive suspension of belief. Hunting a Nazi for war crimes isn't so unusual. That part I could handle. The parts that made me balk were the subplots. So, in addition to being an evil person who performed experiments on prisoners, Bormann, even though he is supposed to be keeping a low profile in the United States so as to not blow his cover, founds a church. The church preaches Aryan purity and teaches discrimination against other races and non-Christian religions. In the church, Bormann builds a secret torture chamber that is soundproof. He collects mostly women and children of color to torture, but also tortures a male of color once in a while. After he performs experiments on them, he dumps their bodies in nearby lake. Because he is the head of a church, he is able to find some racist helpers that he can trust with his secret. They help him collect minorities to torture because he is old. As if these people weren't evil enough, one of Bormann's sons is involved in sex trafficking. See? A bit of a wild ride. There are some other subplots thrown in for good measure. One deals with Travis' dad and the other with Skottie's marriage. Even though the book went overboard with its plotline, it was an okay read. Travis and Bear made the book worth reading. This book will be published on April 17, 2018. I received an advanced electronic reviewer's copy from First to Read.


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