For fans of speculative fiction, Tom Julian’s Timberwolf is an action-packed yarn with a sobering message

TimberwolfTimberwolf by Tom Julian

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For fans of classic science fiction with a modern twist, Thomas Julian’s Timberwolf is an action-packed yarn from cover-to-cover that doesn’t skimp on story, character, or conflict. There are no black hats or white hats in Timberwolf, just varying degrees of gray. The title character, Timberwolf Velez, isn’t your traditional hero. He’s just a man put into a no-win situation by forces beyond his control who uses every means at his disposal to stay alive.

Unlike traditional s.f., it’s not the aliens who are the invaders in Timberwolf—it’s us! Humankind has made the leap to space and with it has brought armed missionaries bent on bringing the word of God to heathen aliens and destroying those not cast in God’s image. Think of it as The Chronicles of Riddick meets A Canticle for Liebowitz on the set of Starship Troopers. But the military, religious, and political themes never intrude upon the epic space battles—they only serve to enhance them.

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About gherdling

Glenn Herdling, a graduate of Bucknell University with a B.A. in English and Psychology, began his publishing career in 1987 at Marvel Comics. As assistant editor on Marvel’s flagship Spider-Man titles, he was instrumental in increasing circulation to a record 3 million. Glenn was promoted to Editorial Director of Marvel’s Custom Publishing division where, in addition to writing and editing Beavis & Butt-Head, he served as an account executive and designed the company’s first award-winning Annual Reports. Glenn also spent 2 years in Marvel’s production department where he managed the production of over 20 monthly titles.

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