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Promise of the Wolves

by Dorothy Hearst

Published by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group

Print edition June 2008

Reviewed by Donna Dearborn
Review posted 10/1/08

This is the first book I’ve read in a long time that could speak for the animals and make you perceive them as personalities. In the manner of Richard Adams, Hearst takes you into the very social lives of prehistoric wolves before they begin to associate with humans (of the Jean Auel era).

Starting with an outcast pup who must strive for survival, to a meeting of the “Great Wolves”, almost deities in this world with the power of life and death over all others, including the humans. Hearst’s sharp characterizations and the drama of life and death in such primitive times makes it a page turner.

It seems to have been well researched from both the animal point of view and the era in which it is set. It does appear to be the beginning of a series. From the introduction and dedication, it promises to carry the reader from this primitive standoff stage we see between the two species to a mutual arrangement and what eventually becomes the domesticated wolf or eventually, the modern dog.

I look forward to journey in the next installment.

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