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Ratha's Courage

Ratha's Courage

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"Screeching in pain and terror, the rogues backed off, but they didn't flee like the Un-Named raiders did. Something seemed to force them back into the fray, making them ignore their fright and their agony to attack again. The flame-bearers' attack faltered as eyes met eyes and the enemy's ability to withstand the Red Tongue was passed quickly among the Named. Firekeepers ... Above the commotion, Ratha heard an agonizing shriek, so raw that she didn't recognize the voice. She whirled, thinking one of the Named had been mortally struck. Instead she saw Bira, not in the battle but on the edge. Her ears were back, her mouth was open, but the sound from her throat wasn't a battle cry but a horrified scream. "They're killing the cubs!" Bira paused only long enough to gather breath and shriek again, even louder. "They're attacking the nursery! They're killing the cubs!"
"Screeching in pain and terror, the rogues backed off, but they didn't flee like the Un-Named raiders did. Something seemed to force them back into the fray, making them ignore their fright and their agony to attack again. The flame-bearers' attack faltered as eyes met eyes and the enemy's ability to withstand the Red Tongue was passed quickly among the Named. Firekeepers ... Above the commotion, Ratha heard an agonizing shriek, so raw that she didn't recognize the voice. She whirled, thinking one of the Named had been mortally struck. Instead she saw Bira, not in the battle but on the edge. Her ears were back, her mouth was open, but the sound from her throat wasn't a battle cry but a horrified scream. "They're killing the cubs!" Bira paused only long enough to gather breath and shriek again, even louder. "They're attacking the nursery! They're killing the cubs!"

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Publish date: May 1, 2008
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dagon12 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Ray Garton is one of those authors that snuck his way onto my favorite authors list. Some authors I end up actively searching out their works: Tom Piccirilli, Brian Keene, Jack Ketchum. Garton is one that I've picked up because I always remember liking his stuff and it looks interesting. And fortunately I remember right and have never been displeased with one of his books. RAVENOUS is his chance to enter the werewolf mythos and provide his vision of it.Farrell Hurley is sheriff of a small, sleepy California town of Big Rock. Unfortunately his secretary is the latest victim of a serial rapist. While she ends up killing her attacker, the dead body gets up and walks out of the morgue. Coming to save the day, Daniel Fargo is the Van Helsing of the tale and has the answers. The rapist is a werewolf who is actually spreading the lycanthropy via sexual contact, a perverted from of a STD. Sheriff Hurley naturally is skeptical until he realizes that the evidence is too much and then must deal with the problem head-on.While the story and plot is a new take on an old theme, the characters are maybe a tad shallow. You feel for some of them but at the same time, you know from the start that others are not going to make it. That doesn't stop you from enjoying the novel though. The story is still engaging and keeps you involved. There is more than enough of anything you might be looking for: scares, violence and sex. All in the traditional Ray Garton style. But be careful. You might one day realize that your bookshelf has more books by Ray Garton than you realized and he is a favorite author of you too.
wdprescott reviewed this
Rated 5/5
For some who would come across Ravenous, they would read the story and think it was just a exceptionally written, yet classic werewolf tale with a new twist on the myth. But there is so much more going on in this book. In an amazing way, the twist of turning lycanthropy paves the way for metaphors of the human condition in today's society that would feel didactic in a regular werewolf tale.They all come out in the excellent characterizations and character developments in the book as each of member of the cast face the implications of the supernatural STD. We have the Sheriff of the town under attack in the middle of the meeting on prepping his officers to combat the werewolves, slides of into contemplations of his wife possibly being one. The internal struggle of being able to believe both sides and wondering if the heart or the mind is right in a world of rationalism and skepticism. The cheating husband who still loves his wife, but no longer finds your sexually satisfying and looks elsewhere and grasps for control while his love and his lust clash with his heart in the middle. Even the most sympathetic character, Jason, is tragic in that he is the embodiment of the geek that never can quiet get his life the way he wants it and is more lost in the real world than in the boyish dreams and fantasies into, which, he escapes. It is a life that really is one that tends to become more and more common these days they ever before since it was normal for children to leave the nest and develop lives outside of their parents.It also comes out in the portrayal of the werewolves. Over the course of the book, various characters become infected. First, this is something I wish I saw more of in horror fiction: letting the reader into the mind of the monster. So many just develop a monster, both strong ones and weak one, and just use them as the killer of the story. But in developing those monsters, the writer has had to understand the mind of the monster and that is an experience i think readers, too, should experience. For me it made these werewolves more terrifying. Why? Because while they were monstrous beings with sex drives and hunger for flesh on a horrific level, they still were all too human in their reasoning. In a way there represent how easy it is to loose ones self once a person becomes a part of a like minded group where they share such overpowering ideas, outlooks, and beliefs. Instead of satisfying our animalistic desires, we satisfy our desires for power, self-worth, and greed. There is a joke that goes, "Life is a sexually transmitted disease with a 100% mortality rate." Ravenous proves this point all too well, replacing life with lycanthropy.Garton's Live Girls is considered an essential addition to the vampire canon. At the very least, Ravenous should be highly considered for addition into the werewolf canon.
timdt reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Ravenous is a pretty good book but ultimately unsatisfying. Ray Garton gives the werewolf myth an interesting twist, especially on how a small town acquires "an infestation of werewolves". This was a very intriguing premise building on the primal instincts of these creatures. It is a well written book with plenty of action and scares. For those who want blood, guts and gratuitous sex, you'll get that in spades. Where the book falls short is the introduction of some interesting characters that seem pertinent to the plot, but then are taken out of the story. And then there is the end. I don't mean that it ties everything up in a nice bow, or that the bad guys win or that there are elements left unanswered. I don't mind either of those. I mean that it just simply ended. Hastily. With characters doing things that didn't make sense. After enjoying 3/4 of the book, I was left feeling unsatisfied.
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