Red Moon

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Hodder & Stoughton, May 9, 2013 - Fiction - 344 pages
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Every teenage girl thinks she's different. When government agents kick down Claire Forrester's front door and murder her parents, Claire realises just how different she is.

Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and, hours later, stepped off it, the only passenger left alive. A hero.

President Chase Williams has vowed to eradicate the menace. Unknown to the electorate, however, he is becoming the very thing he has sworn to destroy.

Each of them is caught up in a war that so far has been controlled with laws and violence and drugs. But an uprising is about to leave them damaged, lost, and tied to one another for ever.

The night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge, and the battle for humanity will begin.

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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Red Moon is a deliciously frightening horror book written and read by author Benjamin Percy. In this horror fantasy, Lycans/werewolves and humans live
together…but for how long? The Lycans are infected with a highly contagious plague, causing them to lose all control and become violent. Patrick Gamble is flying home to be with his mother when a Lycan on his plane goes crazy and kills all on board except Patrick. A small violent faction called the Lycan Liberation Army proudly proclaims responsibility for the attack, appalling the nation. Government agents attack Lycan Claire Forrester’s home, killing her parents, and forcing her to flee. Oregon Governor Chase Williams throws his hat in the ring for the Presidential election. His platform? Anti-Lycan attitudes.
Red Moon proves the great talent of Benjamin Percy. For most authors it is very difficult to write smooth transitions when the action is repeatedly moving from the past, to the present, to the future. However, the author makes it appear effortless. His transitions are as smooth as glass. Red Moon has a character-driven plot. Both the good guys and bad have flaws and redeeming qualities. Red Moon has a social and political message concerning civil rights and discrimination. I came to care deeply about the welfare of the characters. The reader does need to be prepared for the violence and bloody gore. Benjamin Percy gave it all to Red Moon: romance, horror, thriller, paranormal, and political statement. This review concerns the audio format. Move over vampires, werewolves are back in style.

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About the author (2013)

Benjamin Percy is the award-winning author of the novel, The Wilding (forthcoming from Graywolf, September 28, 2010), as well as two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh (Graywolf, 2007) and The Language of Elk (Carnegie Mellon, 2006). Publishers Weekly gave The Wilding a starred review, saying "Percy's excellent debut novel...digs into the ambiguous American attitude toward nature as it oscillates between Thoreau's romantic appreciation and sheer gothic horror... It's as close as you can get to a contemporary Deliverance."

Percy's honors include a Whiting Writers Award, the Plimpton Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories. His fiction and nonfiction appear in Esquire (where he is a regular contributor), Outside, Men's Journal, the Paris Review, Orion, Tin House, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and many other magazines and journals. He teaches in the MFA program at Iowa State and can be found online at