Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Book: Thor by Wayne Smith

Forget the Norse God of Thunder with the upcoming blockbuster movie, this is……

The supershock novel of Dog versus …….Werewolf !

This book is much more than the above tagline suggests. It’s more of a study of the relationship between Dog and Man than a horror, told entirely from the Dog’s perspective.

Some years ago I saw a so – so horror film called Bad Moon and I was so intrigued by the concept of a family Dog protecting his “pack” from a supernatural Beast that I made a point of seeking out the book it was based on, it is quite rare. I wasn’t disappointed.

Thor is a German Shepherd, a natural guard dog, but he is usually a gentle giant who takes great pleasure from the love and fun that his family provide.

However, when Uncle Ted comes to stay all of Thor’s natural instincts tell him that something is amiss and he must use all of his guile to protect the family from the threat that only he knows is coming.

Thor is a fantastic leading character, a true Hero who acts through love, loyalty and devotion, even in the most trying of circumstances.

Being a dog owner myself I recognise many of the characteristics displayed and Wayne Smith explains these and the Dog’s thought processes in a charming eloquent way that will appeal to anyone who has ever owned or had a close relationship with Man’s Best Friend.

The human characters are great too. The parents who struggle to rationalize their beloved dog’s behaviour. The kids, especially Brett, who is the only one that realises what is going on are excellent too and we have the conflicted Uncle Ted who is well aware of what he has become.

This is riveting stuff and if only it had one or two more action scenes it might have achieved a perfect score but that’s a trifling complaint because this is a remarkable and moving book that will live long in the memory of anyone lucky enough to read it.

Unfortunately Wayne Smith seems to have dropped off the radar, a pity.
Ric's Rating: 95%


  1. You keep doing this to me! I'll be sure to search this one out!

  2. Ha ha.You won't regret it Cinette, it's fantastic.

  3. The cheapest I can find it for is $43.00 used. The libraries around here don't have it, either. I might have to bite the bullet.

  4. Amazon UK have reasonably cheap copies, it's worth the extra p&p. I'll try to find a link for you.

  5. Sounds like an interesting read, especially with such a strong recommendation.

  6. Hi. I'm the author of Thor, and I just wanted to mention that in a few days (probably no later than Wednesday, 2/16/11), Thor will be available for Kindle readers for $3.99 USD (so don't pay an exorbitant amount for a used copy).

    And thanks for the terrific review, Ric...

  7. Hi Wayne,

    Thanks for getting in touch. I'm glad to hear that Thor is getting released on Kindle.

    You are very welcome for the review, you have written a fantastic book.

  8. Hi Ric, Wayne Smith again. Just wanted to let you know about my noir, adult vampire novel, NIGHTLIFE (no vampires with teenage crushes here), with a completely original vampire mythology (I can't stand the thought of writing still another version of a story that's been told countless times before). It's also more straight-ahead horror and suspence than THOR.

    It's only available as a Kindle edition, but it's only £1.60 (I don't believe any e-book can justify a higher price than that - after all, there are no production costs involved).

    Anyway, I hope you like it.


  9. Why is everyone so greedy?
    I can't find a download link anywhere! All paid... there's stupid PayPal everywhere.. Tired.
    In Russia, we have free access to all books.. especially to such long 90's years.

    Such a good book and impossible to read. I have no money for such things... we have to look for free versions. And I can't find them.. even the much-vaunted Google


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