Saturday, January 7, 2017

Fangs by Vella Munn

As death and danger stalk the southern Oregon coast, Mia Sandas and Jeff Julian must trust each other. Can they handle the truth?

When a poacher leaves a wounded elk cow to suffer on the southern Oregon coast, Mia Sandas has no choice but to end its misery. Before she’s forced to do the same to the cow’s orphaned calf, a massive grey dog appears and snaps its neck.

Unknown to Mia, this is only the beginning of a test of her courage and comprehension. As she turns to Fish and Wildlife officer Jeff Julian, the grey and his four-legged companions stalk local animal abusers.

Jeff and Mia are drawn together as they seek understanding of what is taking place in the forested mountains. They know the canines are committed to primitive justice but why? Who are the targets and what will be the outcome?

Can Jeff and Mia stop more bloodshed—and do they want to?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I requested this story after falling in love with Vella Munn’s writing in Death Chant. And once again, I was thoroughly captivated by an unusual story. It is the story of Mia, a single woman living in isolation on an Oregon mountain, and Jeff, the wildlife officer investigating poaching crimes on Mia’s mountain. At times a terrifying horror story, this book mixes First Nations mythology with modern animal welfare and a struggle for survival in a harsh environment.

I really loved this. A murder mystery, a horror story, and even a romance at times, this story has a wonderful sense of place and is full of beautifully crafted characters. The point of view shifts constantly in this story, moving readers between Mia, Jeff, the poachers, and the dogs charged with protecting and avenging the animals who live on the mountain. The animal perspective offered by the grey dogs is unusual outside of shifter stories but it works well, bringing an urgency to the hunt and adding a whisper of the supernatural to the story.

I love the stark contrasts in the writing. Lyrical, almost spiritual moments jar harshly against graphic descriptions of brutal attacks and grisly crime scenes. Mia’s pragmatism and her competence don’t sit easily with her emotional vulnerability. Even the poachers are both condemned and empathised with. I love the complexity of the story and the author’s refusal to offer easy answers.

This is a very special book and I look forward to reading more from this author.

Vella Munn writes because the voices in her head demand it. She has had upward of 60 titles published both under her own name and several pen names. A dedicated hermit and shopping loather, she’s married with two sons and four grandchildren. She’s owned by two rescue dogs.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Fangs (Feral Justice #2) by Vella Munn to read and review.

1 comment:

  1. I wish I'd known about this review before today. Sarah, I can't thank you enough for what you said about this book of my heart.


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