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

Usually you can't go wrong by putting Nazis at the heart of a thriller. This really had me at the beginning, the chase was suspenseful and the reading went quickly. I liked the characters of Travis and Bear. But the momentum slowed down in the second half and I was actually glad when I got to the end.

A mostly well written plot and strong characters made this book a mostly enjoyable read. Unfortunately, I didn't much enjoy the ending. It was kind of a weak ending but I would definitely read a sequel.

Skottie Foster is a newly single parent who has moved back to small-town Kansas to start over. Her daughter isn't really happy about this move and lets it be known every chance she gets. Not only is Skottie dealing with a child who is acting up, but she is also one of the very few African American State Troopers and the only women State Trooper in her area. This makes her job even more difficult and dangerous when she goes into certain areas. We then have Travis Ronan who is a Nazi hunter who is looking for a fellow agent with very little information. His job is complicated and one he tries to keep secret as long as possible. He also has his very lovable but huge sidekick Bear who does a very good job of keeping people away or at least on edge when he is around. Finally, we have the Nazi. Rudy Goodman (formerly known as Rudolph Bormann) who is still living and potentially the cause of so many missing people and why half of a town acts so strange. This book had me needing to know what was going to happen next. I was constantly on edge and very curious to see where it was going and if it was going to connect to something else. I genuinely felt sick multiple times when it came to the Nazi's pov. He was doing so many things to people that were sickening and awful. The fact that he was allowed to get away with it for so long and that he somehow got people to follow him, it gives me the bad kind of chills/shivers. As for Skottie and Travis's pov's I really enjoyed them. I liked seeing things from a women state troopers pov for a change and seeing how she was trying to make it work back in her hometown. Travis and his job were fascinating to me, I would have liked to get to see more of the actual Nazi-hunting part especially his past cases to get to know him a little better. The way these two were able to work together as a team was a little weird at first, but as the book went on it got a little less weird. Everything did happen very fast, so they didn't have a lot of time to really become friends and truly work together. But the little bit we did see I think they could make a really great team. One thing I did notice about this book that made it a little hard to read at times is some of the weirdly worded dialogue. It just didn't make a lot of sense at times to me. Besides that, I really enjoyed all the different POV's and getting to see so many different sides of the case. This one thankfully has fewer characters were seeing the pov from making it a lot easier to follow along with without getting them confused.

The Saint of Wolves and Butchers was excellent. The premise was intriguing, and the writing and plot delivered. By about halfway through, I was having trouble putting the book down. It's an excellent, creepy mystery/thriller. It is an intense read for sure. I have not yet read any of Grecian's other novels, but now am keen to do so.

Story started very strong with characters that I enjoyed learning about. The plot and, especially, the ending is perhaps a little weak but the strong and interesting characters made up for it. I would definitely read a sequel.

Dr. Travis Roan is a Nazi hunter, working for the family foundation started by his grandfather. He and his huge dog Bear have tracked Rudolph Bormann, a Nazi doctor and concentration camp administrator, to Kansas where he has been living under the name Rudy Goodman since he came to the US in the 1950s. Rudy is now 94 and as evil as ever. In Kansas he established the Purity First church that has incorporated Nazi beliefs and stretched its activities into other areas of criminality. Roan is assisted by Kansas State Trooper Skottie Foster. The first two-thirds of this book felt very slow and uneventful. The pace picked up in the end where we get murder, kidnapping and human trafficking. Other than Rudy, the bad guys were so inept and stupid that it didn't seem like a fair fight. Roan had an odd, robotic way of speaking for no apparent reason. His character definitely needed some fleshing out. He mentions that his mission is tracking evil doers of all sorts, which I assume is a set up for turning Roan (and possibly Foster) into a new series. So far, I prefer the author's historical fiction, but I would give Roan another try. And Bear was wonderful. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

I just couldn't do it. I don't know if it was the subject matter or the writing or the characters, but I couldn't get into this story at all. The entire time I was reading it, (200 pages in when I stopped) I couldn't get out of my head that this was just unbelievable and over-the-top. Maybe just not for me.

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. This is a very interesting read. There is a Nazi, a very weird church, people trafficking, murder, and it all happens in a small town in Kansas. This is the story of Travis Roan, the Nazi hunter, and State Trooper Skottie Foster. Together they will find the Nazi that Travis is looking for and shut down an evil church. They will also solve a couple of murders and shut down an unknown human trafficking line. This book takes a little bit to get into, but once you do, boy does it go and go! I enjoyed this one and it was very different!

I have long been a fan of Alex Grecian's Scotland Yard Murder Squad series. So, when I found out he had a new novel coming out this year it quickly became one of my most anticipated reads of 2018. Grecian did not disappoint. There is something about Grecian's writing style that speaks perfectly to me. All of his characters are distinct and memorable. The premise was intriguing and -- for me a native Kansan -- the setting drove the story even closer to home. Although I do not feel that you need to be from Kansas or even to have been to Kansas to appreciate the imagery that Grecian creates with his masterfully drawn descriptions. The Saint of Wolves and Butchers might be my favorite of his novels so far, but that is hard to say because all of his books are so well done. If you have never read anything by Grecian before, this is the perfect place to start. His talent is on full display. The Saint of Wolves and Butchers is dark, atmospheric and is beautifully told. I can't wait to see where Grecian takes this story next.

This book took me by surprise! I was expecting a book that was interesting enough but I really enjoyed it! Told in past and present we follow "Rudy Goodman", Skottie and Travis Roan and his big dog Bear. I quickly got caught up in their individual stories as they were revealed and needed to know more! As you progress from history to present the book gets more sinister. It was really interesting to watch how someone's individual ideals can poison an entire town. An intense read, not for overly sensitive readers.

The Saint of Wolves and Butchers is a thriller of a read with an interesting premise, a diverse cast of characters, and a dog that rather steals the show. The story follows Dr. Travis Roan of the Noah Roan Foundation as he follows up on a reported Nazi sighting in rural Kansas. As part of the Roan Foundation, Travis is in the business of catching bad guys, particularly the ones that are off the regular justice system's radar. So when a German immigrant claims to have seen Rudolph Bormann, a former Nazi doctor, in her town, the Roan Foundation is on it. Hunting down Rudolph Bormann is the main premise of the book, but there ends up being a lot more going on than just that. There are a lot of plot threads to keep track of, and while they all end up tying together and resolving quite nicely, there are times that the story feels bogged down with all the drama. Of course, all that drama is what keeps the story moving, and I enjoyed the fast pace. I also enjoyed the characters. Grecian has created a diverse cast of characters, from the prim-and-proper and incredibly clever detective in Travis to the hard-working mama cop in Skottie, the good-ol-boy with a secret in Goodman, and the truly evil and sadistic conman villain in Bormann. I do wish we'd gotten a little more character development here and there, but there is a good amount of character growth to keep the characters believable. My favorite character in the story has to be Bear. Bear is a mute Tibetan mastiff who was once used by poachers to hunt rhinos. It's a wild background, but that background created a fiercely loyal and incredibly adept companion for Travis. Bear is definitely more than capable of taking care of himself, but he really shines when he's taking care of others, especially Skottie's daughter Maddy. I love the relationship between these two; it's sweet, but also a bit scary, as Maddy knows what Bear is capable of, and she isn't afraid to use that to her advantage when the situation calls for it. I really hope Skottie ends up working for the Roan Foundation if solely for Maddy and Bear to continue to be buddies. The Saint of Wolves and Butchers is certainly a twisted tale, but it's a good one. I haven't read anything else by Grecian, although I do think I owned The Yard at some point, but is this is the beginning of a series, I'll certainly be checking out the other books.

An intense read fraught with tense situations what make me think too much about some of the situations in our daily news. Great read!

This was an interesting premise. I liked the book but it was not one I neither loved nor hated. I will say it grabbed my attention and made me read. The 90 year old Nazi doctor living in Kansas and continuing his experimental work was one of those things that is really scary since sometimes you like it could possibly be true.

The book expired about halfway through, but I enjoyed the first half. I felt the the foreshadowing was done well. I am hoping to find the book at my library so that I may finish it.

Wow! This book is so intense....at times suspenseful and others downright creepy! Nazi Rudolph Bormann escaped after World War II and came to the US, becoming Rudy Goodman. Nazi hunter Travis Roan tracks him down. The subject matter is dark and at times difficult to read because it's horrifying....but I read every word. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop. The story just sucked me in. Great thriller. Not for the feint of heart though.

Overall, The Saints of Wolves and Butchers is a good thriller. It follows Rudolph Bormann, Nazi, as he escapes to the US and becomes Rudy Goodman, continuing similar practices to those he performed in a concentration camp in Germany. This timeline alternates with a current day time-line of Nazi hunter Travis Roan and State Trooper Skottie Foster. The book goes to some very dark places and explores true evil yet manages to be an enjoyable thriller at the same time. It is marred by the about-face of a character about 2/3 of the way in which, while explained, doesn't really work. Unfortunately, this brought down the whole book, but I still enjoyed it and would read this author again.

Unique, intriguing story that kept me turning pages. "The Saint of Wolves and Butchers" was extremely well-written, the type of book that makes history feel real and vibrant. I would heartily recommend this to anyone who enjoys thrillers, suspense, or historical fiction.

Wow! Excellent! Unique storyline to say the least! Now the difficult part reviewing without spoilers. One of the best books I have read in awhile, although I do have a critical comment. I would have liked more backstory on Travis and his father, Ransom. We get so much backstory on Rudolph/Rudy, but not enough to endear Travis and Ransom to the reader. I want to care about what happens to the characters and feel these two weren't really fleshed out enough. I loved this book enough to hope that it becomes a series, following Travis and Bear on their next manhunt. I received this book from First-to-Read in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I received an advance reader copy of the book through Penguin Random House’s First to Read program, but I will also be buying a copy of this book for my personal library—I enjoyed it that much. In the interest of full disclosure: I was born in Kansas and love to read fiction set in my home state, to see how well the author knows the state. The author plays fair with Kansas and appears to have at least visited Hays at some time and has a passing familiarity with small- to midsize-town Kansas. Some of the story line was a bit “Friday-night-monster-movie,” but the protagonists more than made up for the one-dimensional character development of the uberbad bad guys. There were a couple of not-quite-right things in the story: Baptists do not have altar boys and, therefore, there would be no chamber in the church used to store the gowns of said altar boys. And there was a bit of business with the dog pulling a body from the lake that seemed physically impossible. (But Bear may just be the dog to be able to accomplish the seemingly impossible…) The aptly named dog, Bear, steals the show, and I wouldn’t wonder if there isn’t a rise in sales of Tibetan mastiffs to coincide with the publication of this book. KHP Trooper Skottie Foster, her daughter, and mother are finely drawn, and the author has done a wonderful job of creating characters one hopes to meet again. Travis Roan is the mystery man whom the reader senses has a story much bigger than what fits in this one book. In this age of anti-heroes, and writers manipulating readers to see good as bad and bad as good, it is refreshing to encounter characters one wouldn’t mind living next door to. I will be looking forward to the author’s next book and, meanwhile, will seek out his previous books.

This book was tough to get into, but once I decided to just roll with the ridiculousness of it all, I sort of enjoyed it. I didn't see any particular depth in the characters. They are neatly assembled tropes selected for a purpose and making all the irrational decisions expected to keep the plot going. Some were not well-written at all. Maddy, the daughter of the single/separated Mom trying to make ends meet and concerned about the welfare of her child, acted anywhere from 7 to 14, depending on what the scene needed. I don't even know why the Walmart scene was even in there. I couldn't decide if the author really liked Walmart or was making a satirical comment on the ready available of firearms and ammunition in our society. Either way, all it did was interrupt the flow. It could have been cut entirely and the narrative would benefit. The book isn't bad. it's well-written, but if I had put the book down halfway through and never picked it up again, I wouldn't have been curious about how it turned out because it was pretty obvious except for the fine details. Could have been better, but not a waste of time.

I finished is book 3 weeks ago but had back surgery. Sorry I'm late with review. I requested the,book becsuse I love the Alex Grecian Scotland Yard Murders Squad series. Travis Roan and his big dog, Bear, have travelled to Arizona to capture surviving Nazi workers. Even though that time was long ago, his company is in the business to find and punish any legt alive. Arizona State Trooper Scottie Foster and Roan have conflicts right from the start of the book. His dog, Bear, played a huge part in the story with the capture of bad guys, as well as helping Officer Foster's daughter with getting comcortable in a new place and having Bear as a protector and friend. Most of the people we meet in the book are Goodman's. Sometimes it was hard to keep them apart. Most all were bad people, but one turned out to be at the right place in the end. Believable story, lots of violence, some way out there happenings from Nazi fugitive...this book was a quick read and kept my interest. I don't want to give spoilers because I hope others will read if you like Alex Grecian. That is why I chose the book.Thank you, First to Read.

Before I start, I want to say that I requested this book by mistake, thinking (my fault, because I didn't read the blurb carefully enough) that it was part of the Scotland Yard Murder Squad historical mystery series. I don't usually read thrillers about crazed Nazi killers who had escaped after WWII and have been hiding under new identities. Nevertheless, I did enjoy this easy to read novel about a Nazi hunter and his dog in Kansas, even with the problems I had with some character and plot believability, and would definitely read the sequel if there is one.

Alex Grecian takes a break from his Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad Series with a new novel, THE SAINT OF WOLVES AND BUTHERS, introducing Dr. Travis Roan, a hunter of evildoers, and Skottie Foster, a Kansas State Trooper. Travis, along with his dog Bear, travels the world chasing the most malevolent offenders to bring them to justice. They have traveled to Kansas to apprehend Rudolph Bormann, a Nazi doctor who snuck into the US in the early 1950s. Travis learns that Bormann, operating under the alias Rudy Goodman has powerful allies that will do anything to protect him. Goodman, the founder of Purity First Church, has been using his church and congregation as a cover to continue his vile “work”. Travis and Skottie cross paths and she is drawn into Travis’s hunt for Bormann, putting herself and her family in danger. I am a big fan of Grecian’s Murder Squad series and I was really excited to read this book featuring new characters in a modern time frame. There is an element of historical fiction in the novel with Bormann’s flashbacks of being smuggled into America and the founding of his twisted church, but the main thrust of the novel is set in the present day. I was engrossed with this novel from the opening chapters. Full of nail-biting action and a very swift plot, the novel is a quick read, even at a length of 400 pages. I enjoyed getting to know both of the protagonists in the story. Travis is very formal and his profession has made him a loner, with only his dog for a companion. The novel doesn’t go into much of his backstory, but I feel there is more to Travis than we have been shown. Skottie is an African American woman, a newly single mom, and a good police officer. She has moved back to her hometown to raise her daughter, Maddy, after her marriage ends. The pair make an effective team and need to rely on each other in their pursuit to rid Skottie’s hometown of an insidious evil. I really loved this book. It was chilling to read, but the warmth of friendship balances out the nasty bits. I hope this isn’t the last we see of Roan and Foster. I am excited to read more about these characters and get to know them better. I highly recommend this novel. It was a very strong 5/5 star read for me. Thank you to G. P. Putnam’s Sons and Penguin Random House for providing me with an e-arc of this book in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are my own.

I was excited to get my hands on a copy of Alex Grecian's new book after reading his Scotland Yard series and enjoying the hell out of it. This new book takes us away from the Victorian period and right into present day, with a few glimpses into the past through our antagonist, Rudy Goodman. Travis Roan, of The Noah Roan Foundation, has been sent to Kansas to investigate a sighting of Rudolph Bormann, an ex-Nazi doctor, as well as the disappearance of the last Foundation agent that was sent to investigate. You'd think it would be pretty easy to track a nonagenarian, but like me, you'd be wrong. Rudolph came to the US in the early 1950's as Rudy Goodman and has been hiding out since. Even at 93/94 years old, Rudy is giving Travis the run around. Joined by his faithful friend, Bear, a mute Tibetan Mastiff, Travis encounters State Trooper Skottie Foster, who questions him about his motives for being in Kansas. Travis is upfront with her, quickly bringing her up to speed on the purpose for his trip. Skottie finds that she is intrigued by the case and finds herself getting more involved as the days go on. As with most small town scenarios, the local sheriff doesn't take kindly to strangers, making things extra difficult for Travis. The first quarter of the book starts slow, setting the scene and introducing us to these new characters. As the story of Rudolph/Rudy unfolds, we learn that he didn't leave his unsavory behaviors in 1940's Germany. Grecian has a knack for giving the reader a glimpse at the horrors of his evil masterminds, and this time around was no different. I found myself wishing there was even more gory details that there we actually get. Grecian also gives us some good character development here, but I felt that Travis as a character was a bit cold. In trying to be honest and upfront, some of his dialogue felt stilted and it was hard for me to really root for him to find the former Nazi doctor. Conversely, Skottie was cautious early on when meeting Travis and Bear, but she began to open up and show some more emotion once we get to meet her daughter and mother, who she lives with. If this is the first in a series of books with Travis acting as a sort of bounty hunter, I'll likely check out book two. If Skottie comes back, it's even more likely. Thanks to First To Read/G. P. Putnam for an early copy of the book!

This story was absolutely incredible! It's totally worth the length because everything is just so well explained. A very recommended book.

This book started out a little slow for me with Skottie bothering citizens and vehicles that had done nothing wrong. But it got more interesting and faster paced as I read through it. I am glad all the good guys made it to the end! Overall a decent read. Thanks First to Read for my advance copy!

One-Line Summary: When Travis Roan shows up in a small town claiming to be on the trail of a Nazi doctor, Kansas State Trooper Skottie Foster finds herself in over her head as she tries to find the truth. Summary: When Kansas State Trooper Skottie Foster makes a routine traffic stop, she hardly expects the driver to inform her that he’s chasing a man he believes is a Nazi war criminal, a doctor who performed unspeakable experiments at an internment camp during the war. Yet, that’s exactly what Travis Roan claims. What she expects even less is the way Travis’ presence is handled in the next jurisdiction by Sheriff Goodman. Things just keep getting weirder, as Travis isn’t welcome in the small town, and it seems that someone is willing to go to extreme lengths to convince him to leave. Soon, Skottie Foster finds herself dragged into the tangled web, and all she wants is for justice to be served. The Positives: - I really liked Travis Roan and Bear, his giant dog sidekick, as characters. - I felt the plot and characters were actually fairly unique for an idea that’s been done as often as this. - The cult is fantastically unique and well done … mostly. The Negatives: - There were so many instances that required me to suspend my disbelief for this plot to work, and I just … I couldn’t. - When it was thrilling, boy was it thrilling, but mostly, for a large part of the book, it was just slow. - I’m fairly certain that everything in this gives small towns a bad rep, and I assure you, as someone who has always lived in a small town, we’re not this bad. - The summary makes sure to point out that Skottie is black, but other than it playing into the Nazi thing (which, let’s face it, a lot of other identities would also suffice for this), it seems to have no purpose. - Travis Roan and Rudy Goodman are the only two characters I really connected with … and considering one has a mysterious and questionable background and the other is a former Nazi, that’s maybe not a good thing? Overall: The Saint of Wolves and Butchers is a book that I’ve seen a lot of, and I did that internal should I/shouldn’t I when deciding whether to read it. Actually, I passed it up several times because I wasn’t sure it was my “thing.” I’m still not convinced. It was an enjoyable read and easy to get through, with a satisfying ending. It was good, but not particularly memorable. That being said, if a second book were to come out with Travis Roan, would I read it? Heck yes. So you can take what you want from that.

I like the idea of this book, about a Nazi hunter who pairs up with a downtrodden state trooper, but it never came together for me. Travis the Nazi hunter is like some weird cross between Data from Star Trek TNG and David Carradine's character from Kung Fu; I didn't believe he would exist or that people would find him charming if he did. His giant dog familiar, Bear, ends up functioning as a convenient deus ex machina who jumps out of the shadows to attack the bad guys whenever they get the drop on our heroes (also Bear's vocal cords are supposedly "cut," which is not a thing since vocal cords are not ACTUAL cords). And poor trooper Foster is the saddest sad sack ever. Even though she's actual law enforcement and Travis is a vigilante, he's the one who gets to do all the cool stuff while she follows him around asking totally reasonable questions and basically being the proxy for the reader. She constantly gets hamstrung by her superiors or menaced by the bad guys, to the point I started wishing she could catch a break. On a larger scale, the big thing this book lacked was any element of suspense or surprise, which is kind of a problem in crime fiction. I kept reading in the hopes that the end would lead to some sort of reveal, not necessarily a twist but something that I didn't know at the beginning of the book, and that unfortunately never happens. I was also extremely uncomfortable with the scene where Travis and Sheriff Goodman gleefully arm themselves at Walmart with enough firepower to take on a small army, which basically stops the narrative in its tracks for several pages just so we can see the virtues of "one stop shopping" and snicker at Travis's assertion that they're "getting a head start" on deer hunting season. I'm perfectly comfortable with heroes whose ethics or lack thereof fall into a gray area, but this book takes more pleasure in the weapons than in the action or suspense. Not my thing.

The Saint of Wolves and Butchers storyline: Nazi hunter searches for a wanted Nazi criminal living in a small Kansas town. Although a familiar plot, it had potential given Alex Grecian’s previous work. However, Grecian presents unimaginative characters and the story contains a highly doubtful twist a wanted Nazi wouldn't place himself at the center of attention the way Rudy Goodman does. Unfortunately, this is not a must read.

I usually don't read historical fiction, but the description of this book had me hooked. It was a bit slow at the beginning, but some things take time to build the backstory. I enjoyed the story and found myself really having difficulty putting it down. Definitely recommend!

I found the start of this book to be pretty slow. I also found some plot points wete not explained well, specifically why Skottie saw the need to question Travis Roan, the Nazi hunter when she saw him at the rest stop then why she felt the need to warn the sheriff about him. I also found the pacing uneven although it did really pull me in eventually. Overall a decent read, but nothing remarkable.

I'm not the biggest fan of historical fiction, but the premise of this sounded so interesting that I had to check it out. And I am so pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed THE SAINT OF WOLVES AND BUTCHERS. This was the perfect blend of historical fiction and contemporary for me. 4 / 5

I received this book for free for an honest review and I can't wait to buy it so it can sit on my shelf next to the rest of his books that I absolutely love. This book does not involve the Scotland Yard like his other books but this is just as entertaining. I like that he tried something different both with the period and the setting. I thought that the characters were engrossing, even the bad guy and I felt like I was on a roller coaster from the first page. I hope that Alex Grecian continues to surprise us with the where and when because I know his why and who will always keep me flipping the pages.

First of all, I would like to thank First to Read for giving me this ARC to review! I'll be honest by saying that the thing that drew me in with this book straight away was this AMAZING cover, and while I wasn't completely blown away by this book, I definitely think others should give it a read. I have never read an Alex Grecian book before, but I know that he has been around for a while and this is my first read of his. One thing that is very important to me are the characters; you could have a slow plot, but as long as you keep me invested in the story of our characters, then I'm sold. I was shocked at the depth that Grecian wrote his characters. They were very well fleshed out, and it made the story so much more enjoyable. Each of these characters were quirky and a lot of fun to read about; they were very fresh and unique characters. I think something that Grecian should consider is writing an entire series that follows Travis, Bear, and Scottie. I will be keeping my eye out for any future stories involving these characters!

The Saint of Wolves and Butchers is about a Nazi doctor who flees to America to escape punishment in Germany after the end of the WW2. He gets himself a new name and makes powerful friends while continuing to spread his hate to the religious folks in Kansas. Travis Roan and his dog bear are set on pursuing the wicked Nazi mascarading as an American and bring him to justice. I am not a historical fiction fan but this book isn't half bad and is borderline pretty enjoyable, and thats saying a lot coming from me. It has a suspense/thriller feel to it that makes it a book you can easily breeze through, which is probably what made this book so interesting for me. Although there are quite a few plot holes and non sensical actions, the overall story was fascinating and those blips were easy to overlook.

History has a way of repeating itself, with your past likely to come back to haunt you no matter how much you try to distance yourself from it, as it does in Alex Grecian's The Saint of Wolves and Butchers.  Skottie Foster is a Kansas State Trooper, who fairly recently moved back to her hometown when she comes across a man with a massive, yet well-trained dog at a highway rest stop who piques her curiosity. This man, Travis Roan is an investigator and hunter of "bad people" so that justice can be served. Travis is drawn to Skottie's area of Kansas due to a reported sighting of Rudolph Bormann, a Nazi doctor and concentration camp administrator who snuck into the US as Rudy Goodman in the 1950s. As the investigation deepens, Travis, with the help of Skottie, faces danger as the facts begin to unravel the extent of Goodman's influence in the local community and police force, as well as the nefarious activities that provide an explanation for many unsolved disappearances from the area over the years.  Weaving together the intriguing and entertaining story of a man who hunts evil-doers with his dog, that of a small town Kansas State Trooper, and the exploits of a Nazi in hiding, the narrative offers numerous characters to follow and become invested in as the mystery of how they intersect unfolds. Though an entertaining read, the pacing felt a little uneven with plenty of good set up for the characters (who could use some further development), the situation, and the needed suspense presented early on that was followed by a rapid unraveling of events in an improbable manner that made it difficult to suspend my disbelief to bring about the novel's resolution.  Overall, I'd give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

This book is a fairly good thriller considering the reader already knows who the “bad guys” are and can be fairly certain how things turnout. I thought at first that the book was less about hunting a Nazi and more about hunting a serial killer but it’s not a stretch to believe that a Nazi who experimented with inmates in a concentration camp would go on to do the same thing somewhere else, as scary as that thought is. It was more difficult to believe the same man was a healer so I found the lightening strike/healing ability some what of a hindrance to the believeabilty of the story. But the book kept my attention and I would recommend it to anyone who loves thrillers

As others have said, at times this story was a little far fetched. There are moments that cause you to roll your eyes, and others that make you just need a quick break. However, the story is good. It's fast paced, and the even though the perspective, and sometimes decade changes from part to part, it's easy to keep up. On a side note, I found Skottie infuriating. It didn't bother me enough to dislike the book entirely, but her character just didn't ring true to me at all. As a black woman myself who is dating a white man and living in a predominantly white area (just like Skottie), I'll say that any black woman I know (including myself) would've thought and likely behaved very differently then Skottie does throughout this book. All in all, the ending is a little messy, and some of the story seems hard to believe, but it was an enjoyable read that kept me coming back even as my eyes were rolling.

The Saint of Wolves and Butchers is a terrifically suspenseful and compelling read, that will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way through. Travis Roan and his dog, Bear, hunt the evil people in the world. This work brings Travis to Kansas, on the heels of a recent witness report of a Nazi doctor living in the area. Soon Travis finds himself working with and against local law enforcement, while he tries to untangle the complicated and powerful web protecting the Nazi doctor. Alex Grecian has done amazing work to weave together a storyline that moves between the present day events, and snippets of the Nazi doctor's history. I loved the quick pace of the story, and the fact that I couldn't set this book down for long - I simply had to find out what happened next. Alex has also created absolutely TERRIFIC characters - the depth to each character added so much to the story. These characters were each quirky in their own specific and unique way, which in turn makes the standard police procedural feel super fresh and intriguing. I would love if this book became the first in a series following Travis, Bear and Skottie and their work - I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that these characters make a repeat performance soon. A definite recommendation for readers who love a fast paced mystery, and a strong crime drama. Happy reading!

Dr. Travis Roan and his dog Bear find themselves in Kansas investigating the sighting of Rudolph Bormann, a Nazi Dr. responsible for the torture and death of countless prisoners during his time as an administrator in the concentration camps. Rudolph Bormann, now Rudy Goodman, snuck into the U.S. in 1950 to evade capture and punishment for his crimes. With the help of several powerful people Rudy has made a life for himself where he has continued his work under the guise of a miracle working minister. Kansas State Trooper Skottie Foster finds herself caught in the middle of Roan and Bormann as she attempts maintain law and keep her family safe. The Saint of Wolves and Butchers weaves several story lines together as the chapters alternate between the different characters and their story lines intersect. This is the first novel I have read from author Alex Grecian and I really enjoyed it. I was really drawn to Dr. Travis Roan and his dog Bear and would really enjoy reading more novels about their journeys to capture "bad people" and bring them to justice. Although some of the story line felt a little implausible in some parts and deeply disturbing in others, the plot still kept me entertained and engaged. I am definitely happy that I had the opportunity to read this novel and be introduced to a new author.

Despite a number of plot holes, or unexplained actions; this is a great book, with very vividly-described characters and situations, and great subject matter -- evil lurking in plain sight, shifting and adapting with the times, and taking freak happenings to be proof of divine intervention. The relationships and dialog between the characters are often spot on -- balancing humor to diffuse situations with the no-nonsense professionalism of the police and other professionals they often are. There are some great dramatic action sequences, as well as relationship bonding -- all very well paced in the alternating chapters of the present day and the past.

A strong hero type lead character, along with a couple other strong characters....lead to some butting of heads. The story revolves around a Nazi hunter, his dog, his task & those he encounters along the way. I really liked this book. It contains plenty of good guys/bad guys, action, & 'scariness'/anxiety while reading...definitely some memorable characters. It moves along at a fast pace, even while jumping back/forth setting up time periods, & the story. The author does a good job of bringing out the mood/atmosphere of the setting....makes for a good, compelling read. I hadn't read any from this author before, but will not be afraid to check out more .....& if this is the beginning of a new series, I'd certainly be interesting in continuing to read it! Definitely a positive review! I received this e-ARC from Penguin's First-To-Read giveaway program, free & in return for my own unbiased fair & honest review.

I do hope this turns into a series! Story line was intriguing. Not your normal Nazi hunter plot. I would like to know more background on the Roans. It did start off kind of slow but then I couldn’t put it down. Recommended for people who like suspense and a good read!

Although this book was a little slow to start I wanted to keep reading to find out how it ended. It switches back and forth between time periods to show Rudy Goodman's rise in power in Kansas to the present day hunt to find him. I know from some early reviews some people found it hard to read because what Rudy does to the women he captures. I don't think it was graphic and it was not hard for me to read. It does leave it open at the end for other stories with Skottie Foster and Travis Roan in the future but if they continue to only hunt Nazis I don't know if I'd be tuning in again for a second adventure.

Alex Grecian’s The Saint of Wolves and Butchers started off as a somewhat slow read that builds up into a compulsive read. The protagonists, Skottie and her daughter Maddy, and Travis and his dog Bear, are all well-developed characters that I can’t wait to read about again. While other reviewers have stated that the scope of some of the plot seemed implausible, as a reader in conservative Kansas, there are parts of this that actually don’t seem too implausible to me. The story is full of Nazi hunting, a family that has built a church up to almost cult-like status, questions about which side small town law enforcement is really on, and people willing to cover up long held secrets at any cost. It can certainly make you question what’s going on behind closed doors, and I would definitely recommend this to readers who like suspense novels!

When I finished this last night at like 2 AM, I was so pumped that I thought about getting up to write my review here. Thankfully, I told myself to chill and eventually went to sleep knowing that writing the review would only lead to me being more awake than I already was. Let's get the homework taken care of right away. 1. I got this copy from First to Read, which doesn't change how I feel about a book or even if I choose to review it at all. It's my reading party and I can do what I want to. 2. I've read all of Grecian's novels before this and while I love his historical series, Scotland Yard's Murder Squad, his one foray into something else was good for me, yet not as good. Therefore I walked into this one with some trepidation. Take that comment for what you will, either I was already ready to like it or I was a bit nervous that one of my must-read authors would continue to be stuck in his role, like a character actor, in writing that one series and only that series. In 1951 a former Nazi Doctor/Administrator from the Mauthausen–Gusen concentration camp quietly slinks into a (fictional) city in Kansas to start a new life under another name. (I checked, the camp was real, the experiments were real, and there was a doctor dubbed "Doctor Death" by some of the prisoners. Grecian's formal administrator, Rudolph Borman is a sort of conglomeration on all of the crazy ass doctors and administrators that were real.) There is a group of people there that seem supportive if on the down-low and slowly he builds a religious following under the name "Purity First" which allows him to grow his ultra-nationalist group and gives him some cover to kidnap a few people a year to continue his horrible "experiments" in the hidden basement of the church without prying eyes noticing. All more or less goes okay until 2018 when a former prisoner of the Mauthausen–Gusen concentration camp recognizes him and calls the Roan Group. Here the info gets a bit sketchy and I have a feeling that Grecian is setting himself up for a sequel or series, which is fine. There is little information given about the Roan Group except that they go after bad people and not just geriatric Nazis. Anywho, one person is sent out to interview the survivor and after meeting her once, he disappears and not long after that, the survivor dies as well under what looks like natural circumstances. In comes Dr. Travis Roan, who just happens to be that first investigator's son. He is sent to find his dad (whom at first he only refers to as an investigator, leaving out the familial connection) and continue the investigation. Along the way, he comes into contact with Trooper Skottie Foster, a member of the Kansas Highway Patrol from a different division than his eventual destination, yet she spots him as uh...not your typical Kansan with his nice clothes and massive dog, a Tibetian Mastiff. She's a good trooper, wary and questioning, yet something about this Dr. Roan guy intrigues her, is he full of malarkey or real. (Note here: it is never a sexual intrigue.) As happens in a town that is pretty much run by a church that is cloaking an old Nazi and probably grown to also take on other nefarious things, it all turns very complicated and hairy fairly fast, especially when there is a good 'ole boy Sherrif that Skottie has never gotten along with and a body or two turn up under suspicious circumstances with strange scars on their heads as if they've had brain surgery. Before long and against her bosses orders, Skottie is trying to help Travis figure out what in the heck is going on while juggling her tween daughter and the changes she's made in her personal life in the last six months. Eventually, she is drawn completely into the mess in a way she didn't expect and also can't turn back and basically, it's on. (Funny how strangers breaking into your house and more will do that.) The family dynamics on all sides are intriguing as we learn that the first investigator was actually Travis's father, the original church leader is actually the Sherrif's dad, and current church leader because of his dad's age is the Sherrif's brother, Scottie is separated from her husband who shows up out of the blue right before Thanksgiving and it goes on. The ties go on and on and you can't always trust family and then again, sometimes the only ones you can trust are family. It's complicated, just like life, only ramped up on the anxiety and danger meter. I loved it and while I was bummed when it was over, there were a few hints that I picked up that I hope to mean that there will be a sequel, which I would welcome. Don't let me end this without mentioning another main character, Bear, the massive Tibetian Mastiff. If you've never seen one, they are massive, much like an actual small bear if you aren't expecting them. The AKC standard is up to 120 to 150 pounds and there is a type that is grown to be much larger, up to 200 pounds. They are loyal, great herding dogs and hardy-ready to face those cold Tibetian winters if needed. Our Bear, in this story, has had his vocal chords cut (GRR!) yet that makes him no less dangerous or scary to those not used to him and he is trained expertly to respond to commands in Esperanto. I've also loved big dogs and often trained them with either hand commands or in other languages, so I took to him like a fly on paper. His role in this book cannot be overlooked. It was vital at many times and I want to pet him and hand him a steak. So there it is folks, a bit of action, a lot of intuition and trust built quickly and a struggle of good over evil, not the god devil type of evil, but the human good and evil. I loved every minute and hope that he does have a sequel in mind since I want to pet bear and continue to bring him steaks. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2331069545

As other reviewers have commented, this novel stretches credulity more than once. The bad guys are almost too bad, sometimes sloppily, foolishly bad, and the good guys occasionally make one of those incomprehensibly dumb moves that cause an eye roll. But. But. Whenever real life forced me to put the book down, I couldn’t wait to get back to it. I honestly stayed up late to finish it. The suspense is well-plotted, and I cared about the characters. So it’s fortunate that this seems to be the first book in a new, contemporary series by Alex Grecian, best known for his atmospheric historical mysteries featuring the Scotland Yard Murder Squad. The lead cast of characters here is solid enough to want more from them, and whenever I can say that my favorite character is the dog, I call that a plus.

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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