The Last werewolf is the story of the loneliest man in the world. Jake Marlow is a 201 year old werewolf’s who’s species has been hunted into extinction by the World Organisation for the Control of Occult Phenomena (WOCOP). WOCOP is lead by a man named Grainer who’s father was killed and eaten by Jake himself. Needless to say, Grainer is definitely holding a grudge and turned that grudge into his life’s work.
It took me awhile to get into the book, I think it was the writing style, but I eventually got sucked in. This book was equal parts sad/funny (but less ha-ha and more laugh because if you don’t you’ll cry). Jake has no real friends, family or connections to anyone. He frequents hookers to deal with his high sex drive and floats by life indiferent to his well-being. He actually is getting ready to die (let WOCOP take him out) when he finds something to live for, something he hasn’t had since his human life, love.
Something you notice right away in this book is, Glen Duncan’s werewolf’s aren’t “sexy.” There’s no change at will, vegan diet werewolves. This is painful transformation on a full moon. This is kill and eat your human prey .This is the dealing with the fact that you hate to kill but a part of you loves it at the same time type of werewolf. It’s gritty and dark and kind of disturbing, but also very good. I wouldn’t say Jake is a sympathetic character, his apathy towards life and his past didn’t have me rooting for him at all, but once he found his raison d’être, I started feeling a little bit better about him. He seems so helpless. 200 plus years under his belt and he hasn’t been able to get ahead of these humans who are trying to kill him, humans who know everything about his life and have him under constant surveillance. You would think beast would win over man but it’s not always the case it seems.
This book is definitely not for the faint of heart, but if your interest has been piqued at all buy my review give it a read! And let me know what you think.