Red Moon by Benjamin Percy
A Novel

70%

25 Critic Reviews

...he has written an ambitious, epic novel that deserves to reach a larger readership beyond genre audiences.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Award -winning author Benjamin Percy presents an explosive and deeply layered literary thriller set in the American West.

They live among us.

They are our neighbors, our mothers, our lovers.

They change.

When government agents kick down Claire Forrester's front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes 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.

Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy.

So far, the threat has been controlled by laws and violence and drugs. But the night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge...and the battle for humanity will begin.
 

About Benjamin Percy

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Benjamin Percy has won a Whiting Writers Award, a Plimpton Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of the novel The Wilding (Graywolf Press, 2010) and two short story collections, Refresh, Refresh (Graywolf Press, 2007) and The Language of Elk (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 2006). His work has appeared in Esquire (where he is a contributing editor), GQ, Time, Men's Journal, Outside, TheWall Street Journal, The Paris Review, Tin House and Best American Short Stories.
 
Published May 7, 2013 by Grand Central Publishing. 545 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, War. Fiction
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All: 25 | Positive: 20 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Good
on Mar 15 2013

Percy births an interesting concept that he then submerges in a writing style that is both affected and self-consciously literary.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Justin Cronin on Jun 14 2013

...the world’s first 9/11 werewolf book...Has enough time passed that the horrors of that day can become the stuff of, well, a horror novel?

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Feb 18 2013

...he has written an ambitious, epic novel that deserves to reach a larger readership beyond genre audiences.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Nicholas Mancusi on May 14 2013

Percy's book will surely be hailed as a more "literary" brand of genre fiction, and if by literary we mean rich with vivid imagery and precise description, then those hailers are surely correct.

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Kirkus

Above average
on May 08 2013

As a horror narrative engaging in political allegory, Red Moon relies on the strength of its narrative to sustain its atmospheric musings about society’s dealings with the marginalized and dangerous.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by A. J. Kirby on May 06 2013

Mr. Percy’s project might have started out as sheer lunacy, but somewhere on the first page, it transforms. It becomes that rarest of creatures: an intelligent and original lycanthrope novel. Perhaps the great werewolf novel.

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Star Tribune

Good
Reviewed by Carole E Barrowman on May 05 2013

The novel doesn’t rush to its final gory confrontation; instead, with a poetic intimacy in his metaphors and detailed back stories for his key characters, Percy’s narrative shifts to a cabin...and there they face monsters on all sides — and so do we.

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LA Times

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Reviewed by Alice Short on Jun 28 2013

The setting of Benjamin Percy's "Red Moon" — an alternative universe in which humans and lycans coexist — may seem unhappily familiar to anyone familiar with the words "Team Edward" or "Team Jacob."

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
on May 14 2013

The prose can be overripe, but this is sharp pulp, devastating and darkly funny.

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USA Today

Above average
on May 03 2013

Red Moon can be read for its entertainment value. Take a political message from it if you like. As one character says: "Make yourself heard. Howl."

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Dallas News

Below average
on May 18 2013

...work is fastidious to the point of excess. Even his sacrificial three-pages-and-dead characters are given intricate back stories — a stylist’s choice that won’t appeal to most horror fans...

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The Boston Globe

Above average
on May 15 2013

Percy has clearly done his homework, and “Red Moon” employs all the tropes and tricks of horror fiction.

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Tor

Below average
on May 22 2013

Red Moon begins with one of the most devastating sequences in recent memory, but by the end of the first section, it’s lost almost all of this early momentum.

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Oregon Live

Good
on May 05 2013

It would be tempting, or at least easier, to put Percy's book in the werewolf subgenre, but "Red Moon" is much more than that.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Above average
on May 14 2013

These strands of the ensuing page-turner are carefully braided, though sheer coincidence has to be used to splice some of the threads in the book's final act.

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We Love This Book

Good
on May 09 2013

This is a truly terrifying tale of society on the brink of war; where ordinary people change into figures of horror and are then forced to face the consequences of their actions.

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Journal Sentinel

Above average
on May 12 2013

The lycans' situation in the novel, with both peaceful and violent attempts to secure freedom, independence or civil rights, echo many real-world flash points without exclusively fitting a single one.

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Journal Sentinel

Above average
on May 10 2013

One of my favorite sections comes toward the end of the novel. After the government has tightened the Patriot Act's strangulation on lycans, a history professor and member of the resistance calls his students to arms.

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SFX

Good
on May 01 2013

Red Moon is a terrifying, apocalyptic vision reminiscent of Stephen King and Justin Cronin; an alternate history that transcends its genre trappings to read as a provocative reflection on the contemporary world.

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The British Fantasy Society

Above average
on May 09 2013

Mainly, it’s a big, meaty, satisfying thriller. Enjoy it for the characters, the pace and the grandeur and ambition of the plot. Read it as a big adventure story and I promise you’ll have fun.

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SciFiNow

Above average
on May 02 2013

You can’t deny that Red Moon has been thoughtfully put together and written with care and love for every page...

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California Literary Review

Good
on Apr 29 2013

Lycan efforts to call attention to their shared humanity manifest on a familiar spectrum of resistance, from peaceful protest and passive resistance, to attempted assimilation, to extremism and terrorism.

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The Capital Times

Above average
on May 23 2013

While “Red Moon” lacks the six-pack abs of other popular werewolf fiction, it will have those strong of stomach ripping through its pages with glee.

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Sci-Fi Bulletin

Good

With a shock ending that dramatically ups the stakes even further...this is a novel for those who like early Stephen King or Robert McCammon.

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The Coffin Factory

Above average
on May 16 2013

Its page-turning force is formidable, and it gestures at several pressing social issues, from terrorism, torture, and biopolitics to global contagion and nuclear energy.

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