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Wolf Mark by Joseph Bruchac

Sunday, August 28, 2011
Luke King knows a lot of things. Like four different ways to disarm an enemy before the attacker can take a breath. Like every detail of every book he’s ever read. And Luke knows enough—just enough—about what his father does as a black ops infiltrator to know which questions not to ask. Like why does his family move around so much?

Luke just hopes that this time his family is settled for a while. He’ll finally be able to have a normal life. He’ll be able to ask the girl he likes to take a ride with him on his motorcycle. He’ll hang out with his friends. He’ll be invisible—just as he wants.

But when his dad goes missing, Luke realizes that life will always be different for him. Suddenly he must avoid the kidnappers looking to use him as leverage against his father, while at the same time evading the attention of the school’s mysterious elite clique of Russian hipsters, who seem much too interested in Luke’s own personal secret. Faced with multiple challenges and his emerging paranormal identity, Luke must decide who to trust as he creates his own destiny.

Goodreads Summary

Luke, the main character, will draw the reader into this novel.  His life has been secretive up to this point, he has to deal with the knowledge that his father is a black ops infiltrator and that he has a strange wolf mark on his wrist.  He has always tried to blend in, but his attempts are not always successful-especially when his father mysteriously disappears, leaving Luke a target.  The action really takes off here as Luke decides that the Russian crowd should be viewed in shades of grey, rather than black or white, and how he should approach the subject of his wolf mark and his father's disappearance.

Luke is a great main character.  He has plenty of knowledge about black ops, as does his father, which really adds to the book.  He is a bit of an enigma in the beginning, forcing the reader to look deeper.  At times, he can be impulsive, though he appears cautious by nature.  The reader will enjoy following his thoughts and actions through the book.  The secondary characters are just as intriguing, the reader will get to meet quite a few "characters."

The events are fast-paced, some high-energy.  The plot was intriguing, could have been developed a little further.  The story itself was good enough to hold this readers attention.  This book is good for young readers through teens. 

3 1/2 Stars

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  1. Unknown said...:

    Thanks for reviewing this, great summary.