Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey

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Lushly written with rich and vivid characters, SANTA OLIVIA is Jacqueline Carey's take on comic book superheroes and the classic werewolf myth.





Loup Garron was born and raised in Santa Olivia, an isolated, disenfranchised town next to a US military base inside a DMZ buffer zone between Texas and Mexico. A fugitive "Wolf-Man" who had a love affair with a local woman, Loup's father was one of a group of men genetically-manipulated and used by the US government as a weapon. The "Wolf-Men" were engineered to have superhuman strength, speed, sensory capability, stamina, and a total lack of fear, and Loup, named for and sharing her father's wolf-like qualities, is marked as an outsider.





After her mother dies, Loup goes to live among the misfit orphans at the parish church, where they seethe from the injustices visited upon the locals by the soldiers. Eventually, the orphans find an outlet for their frustrations: They form a vigilante group to support Loup Garron who, costumed as their patron saint, Santa Olivia, uses her special abilities to avenge the town.





Aware that she could lose her freedom, and possibly her life, Loup is determined to fight to redress the wrongs her community has suffered. And like the reincarnation of their patron saint, she will bring hope to all of Santa Olivia.
 

About Jacqueline Carey

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Jacqueline Carey received B.A. degrees in psychology and English literature from Lake Forest College. She enjoys doing research on a wide variety of arcane topics, and an affinity for travel has taken her from Finland to China to date. She currently lives in west Michigan. Author website: jacquelinecarey.com; facebook.com/jacquelinecarey.author
 
Published May 8, 2009 by Grand Central Publishing. 341 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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Departing from epic fantasy (Kushiel’s Dart , etc.), Carey sets this powerful near-future tale in Outpost 12, a small town trapped in a “buffer zone” shielding Texas from pandemic-stricken Mexico.

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Eventually, the orphans find an outlet for their frustrations: They form a vigilante group to support Loup Garron who, costumed as their patron saint, Santa Olivia, uses her special abilities to avenge the town.





Aware that she could lose her freedom, and possibly he...

May 17 2009 | Read Full Review of Santa Olivia

Monsters and Critics

more Jenny McCarthy has got a tattoo of a rose inked on her right foot - but the new body art has left her in pain.

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Monsters and Critics

Eventually, the orphans find an outlet for their frustrations: They form a vigilante group to support Loup Garron who, costumed as their patron saint, Santa Olivia, uses her special abilities to avenge the town.

May 02 2009 | Read Full Review of Santa Olivia

Monsters and Critics

From then on, instead of attending school Loup watched Tommy work and practice at the local gym with the ultimate goal of winning freedom for them both.

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The second meeting of the io9 Book Club is coming to a close.

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