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    Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 08, Patrice Hoffman rated it really liked it Shelves: provided-by-netgalley. In the Company of Wolves by James Michael Larranaga is the fast paced thriller that is unlike any that I've read in a long time. Quin Lighthorn is picked to be an intern for Safe Haven insurance company in Minnesota.

    No this company doesn't sell insurance, they are "death brokers". They buy policies for cash from terminally ill people hoping to enjoy what last time they have.


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    This is a fascinating aspect for me because I'd never heard of this. People who buy dying peoples life insurance and cash In the Company of Wolves by James Michael Larranaga is the fast paced thriller that is unlike any that I've read in a long time. People who buy dying peoples life insurance and cashes them out for a fee. Because this is a thriller, the fact that people are dying of unusual reasons is a given. Larranaga couples each chapter with insightful information about wolves, their habits, and the similarities they share with humans.

    Using wolves habits to distinguish the difference in all the characters is really great That gripe will come later. Quin Lighthorn is a likeable character. He seems to genuinely care about what's happening to this broker's clients. There are people disappearing and he's anxious to find out where or why this is the case. Believing he is on an assignment for the FBI, Quin appears to be a person of sound mind As stated earlier, I really was fascinated by In the Company of Wolves because it's rare that I can learn information from fast paced thrillers.

    Ater awhile I was more interested in the movements of wolves than what was actually happening in the story. Amongst my gripes are that what was amusing at first of the constant wolf classifications of the human characters, suddenly became annoying and repetitive. I almost lost track of who "stray dog" or "alpha dog" were a few times. There's no way we can ignore the similarities when comparing wolves to greedy humans so there is no need to beat us over the head with it.

    One other gripe I have is something I don't want to spoil so I'll be as cryptic as possible. There's a character who divulges information way too freely This is so unbelievably wrong and I'm certain is highly unethical. That is all. I really hope to read the next in this series because of how absorbing his read is. I recommend this read to lovers of thrillers and suspense.

    I really hope that death brokers don't function this way. It appears the cure is worse than the illness. Copy provided by Createspace via Netgalley Apr 15, Tom rated it liked it. Quin, fresh out of a mental institution goes undercover to find a couple FBI agents that have gone missing. The firm he infiltrates looks for people with terminal illnesses and buy their life insurance policies from them for a percentage of what its worth and they become the beneficiaries for the full amount.

    First off they are the creepers of the creeps, definitely a level below ambulance chasing lawyers. The hallucinations part is key because most of the story you are wondering if what he is seeing is real or made up in his mind. The story is told comparing the workers at Safe Haven with that of a wolf pack. There are wolf facts that are throughout the story in italics. Wolves are always hungry. They can survive four or five days without food and then devour a meal very quickly. Quin gets in way too deep when he decides to try and save one of the clients from the clutches of the company he has infiltrated.

    As I said in the opening, the book is well written and there was a kind of flow to it. There was a feel of mystery about it and by the end it got me intrigued and had me wanting a little more of the story. But the path there was not a good one for me. The wolf sayings that would start a chapter didn't seem to have a parallel to the story. The wolf facts were in italics so it wasn't hard to do. I understand that there are people out there that prey on the dying but I didn't enjoy reading about them. The story had some situations that made no sense and they were a major part of the story which made it hard to dismiss.

    View 2 comments. Apr 14, A Voracious Reader a. I had high hopes for this story, but the more I read the more confused I became. Is Quin mentally unstable? Or does he possess some kind of psychic gift? The plot is not very sophisticated. So dumb that I want to shake some sense into him.

    I mean, really?! Anyway, I enjoy the wolf trivia, but the comparison to the characters in the book to wolves got tiresome after awhile.

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    I do like the plot revolving around viatical settlements. May 06, Izzyreads rated it liked it. Wolves and dodgy insurance salesmen come together in a thriller about a mentally ill young man who takes up a post as an intern at a company specializing in purchasing life insurance policies from the terminally ill and then collecting on them when those individuals die. I liked the Native American elements of this novel, the use of symbols such as the ravens that Quin sees, and the wolf analogies. Safe Haven has many types of "wolf" in its sales force and they prey as a pack seeking out the weak Wolves and dodgy insurance salesmen come together in a thriller about a mentally ill young man who takes up a post as an intern at a company specializing in purchasing life insurance policies from the terminally ill and then collecting on them when those individuals die.

    Safe Haven has many types of "wolf" in its sales force and they prey as a pack seeking out the weak and the wealthy at hospitals and hospices to build up a list of prospects which they then use to make their financial killings. Admittedly the plot stretches belief at times but then Quin has been mentally ill and -- though likeable -- is a somewhat unreliable narrator given to hallucinations but overall, I found In the Company of Wolves an entertaining and enjoyable read.

    Jul 10, Wanda Hartzenberg rated it liked it Shelves: thriller. I am torn over my star rating for this book. The book is one that has the makings of being exceptional. The writing is extrodinary and the plot line is fresh and new. That said. The author revealed too much too early for my liking while never answering some other question lines. I cant emphasize the authors writing style enough though. I would love to read more by this author and see where he takes his craft.

    What I loved most -- the authors play on words with the wolves vs humans. Make a note of th I am torn over my star rating for this book. Make a note of this when you start reading the book. Jul 04, Eileen rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Thriller, Suspense Readers who enjoy a good plot.

    Quin Lighthorn, who had worked both as an FBI Bounty Hunter and a tracker for wolves, finds himself committed to a mental institution for problems in dealing with his anger. To achieve his assignment, he goes undercover to work as an intern for Safe Haven, a company who deal in paying out a portion of life insurance plans for the terminally ill before they die. When they pass away, Safe Haven claims the full life insurance; very lucrative unless the client goes into remission.

    Most people have read about ambulance chasers, well these owners, employees and even some of the investors are another side of the coin. At times, these can be confusing and as the plot twists and more information comes to light there are always underlying questions, just who is who. I liked Quin but also worried for him; I did not want to believe the many flaws in his nature so it was a page turner to find the explanation.

    However, Ben and his ilk made my blood run cold how can people be so mercenary? He helped Quin in a number of ways and also by giving him some herbal tea to relax him. His introduction of the ravens to the novel added yet another unexpected sinister layer. In the Company of Wolves, is well plotted, superbly planned and carried out by a skillful writer. Although I look forward to reading the sequel, I just felt it finished a bit too abruptly and was quite disappointed when I realized there were no more pages to turn; so the sequel is a must.

    Aug 27, Dhivya Balaji rated it really liked it. Much like a cloudy evening with a slight mist, the book moves at a slow pace but still manages to interest the reader enough to be a page turner. Hallucinations are the main concept dealt with in the book. The protagonist is joining his job as an intern on the prestigious viatical settlement firm. He soon learns more about the job than he bargained for. With thrilling comparisons to the wolf pack, the insurance world and its inhabitants are just as calculating and shrewd as a pack of wolves.

    There is the alpha boss, his beta right hand security man, and the underdog omega wolf that is looking for a chance to prove his mettle to the leaders. On his first day at his new job, Quin Lighthorn witnesses a death—unsure whether it was a murder or a forced-due-to-circumstance shooting. The mirage of safety slowly dissolves as more and more secrets of the company are divulged. The mysterious disappearance of two former employees at the company is still not investigated and the company is busying itself to capture a big settlement worth ten million dollars, looking for investors who would cash in on the life insurance of an already dying person.

    The protagonist finds too many warning calls from mysterious ravens that appear only to him and he decides to play the Good Samaritan to the lady whose policy is being fought upon. Because of one secret he knows, or rather suspects. Convinced though he is that he is doing the right thing in protecting her, the subject proves to be difficult to convince. Sooner than he imagined, Quin is asked to find investors for the big settlement and he chooses to cash in on this opportunity. But before long, in a quite dramatic twist, his dark past catches up with him and he is forced to go into running.

    How he manages to achieve his goal of saving the innocent and how he manages to bring justice forms the rest of the story. The uncertainty in its story line is the major plus. Quin Lighthorn begins his job as an intern at Safe Haven, a firm that specializes in viatical settlements - buying life insurance policies from terminal policy holders for a reduced amount.

    Clinton's first term;I turned to someone my age and relatively sympatico and said 'One of us? There's something wonderful about seeing a very serious Marine in full soup-and-fish clanging a bell for that piece, this. Of course, if Cupid's foot from "Venus, Cupid, Folly, and Time" were to have come down on that podium this year…well…whoever were left might feel obligated to carpet-nuke either Portugal or Luton Airport.

    I disliked the Schneier afterward because it implies that there's a U. I thought something similar, but really the transcripts of US govt meetings, presented as if actual examples of such, also imply survival of civilisation in that timeline. As does the framing device for the Laundry Files, currently about the only thing giving me hope for the survival of the protagonists of that series The only other clear non-americanism was the use of House of Card's line "You might very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment".

    Possibly it's more well known in Timeline 2, or Timeline 2 has its own US remake. As Rick Perry has discovered, the DoE isn't really about oil and gas as it is about Nukes and high energy research. Uh, this timeline has a US remake of House of Cards, although never having seen it I don't know if that line was carried over.

    Very much enjoying the book. Not surprised that this should be so, though I was surprised to see it at my library when they hadn't gotten in "TNS" Not sure if it matters It's used, but its not as pervasive as it was in the original version or book. I started to read the book because of all the comments about typos, etc Other than what has been mentioned so far, the book is fine. The story started out as a hot mess, and would not let me go.

    I could not put it down. Thank you for the new novel, I greatly enjoyed it. With the next in the series due a year from now and then a year after that, it is very nice to have something to look forward to. There was a 'throwaway line' about an exciting future in the offworld colonies. It read as a joke, but it seems likely that the US would be setting up colonies in some of the uninhabited timelines, particularly if those colonies can be only a few 'not very expensive' clicks away from a massive supply depot.

    It looks as if the US government of Timeline Two is still somewhat susceptible to public opinion, consequently once the cross-time travel secret is out: Someone is going to lobby for importing old-growth timber from alternate timelines. Someone else is going to lobby for Passenger Pigeons, Carolina Parakeets, and Ivory-billed Woodpeckers and more diversity for the California Condor gene pool. Lots of 'if you can bring in oil you can bring in X' arguments. How many different timelines can be reached directly from any particular timeline? I get the impression that Timeline Three has been undiscovered for so long because the US has been burning effort searching the timeline directly reachable from Timeline Two - a number apparently large enough that after 17 years of 'paranoids with robotic probes' searching nearby and nearly-nearby timelines there are still timelines only 'two jaunts' from Timeline Two that are unexplored.

    If each timeline 'connects' to a moderately large number of timelines this would not be a surprise, but it would be puzzling if each timeline only connected to three or four others. Or to phrase the question another way: how many knot variations are there, and are all of them able to access an adjacent timeline in every timeline? However, the worldwalking ability was a kludge of a genetic modification - it may be that the knots do not represent all of the timelines that are accessible from a particular timeline.

    The 'natural' worldwalkers are going to be jealous when they find out that the induced ability that Rita has does not have the headache side effect. The US government could get some good will if they are able to fix that problem for 'the naturals'. And give any of the outer families that made the transition the 'superpower'. A point about timeline two is that it's a timeline in which the USA received a really serious blow — president assassinated, and a two-for-the-price-of-one terrorist nuking? There's an essentially rational, competent president in the White House — that TL's equivalent of Obama — whose first reaction to a new contact scenario is not to start a nuclear war but to initiate a covert diplomatic process.

    The wildest excesses of the US Deep State have focussed on carbon exploitation from parallel time lines, rather than using the tech to smuggle nukes into timeline two's Moscow. The US Constitution is still in force and there are still elections and there's still a notion of freedom of speech, even if everyone submits to a level of intrusive monitoring that would be anathema today In other words, it's a depiction of the normalization of fear with an essentially more rational reason for the fear than the paranoia about terrorism in our universe and how people cope with it.

    If the worst you have to worry about is a level of domestic surveillance equivalent to the GDR with internet access, then And yes, this is an explicitly political novel trilogy about terror and how it drives excessive reaction. I deliberately didn't want to show any mustachio-twirling villains who the naive readers could blame for bad things happening.

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    Everyone does what, from their initial position, appears to be the right thing, for the best of reasons. Any disasters that ensue are down to good intentions. Not so sure about Lenin, or several christian "Saints" Are Da'esh intentions good, even by their own lights? I venture to disagree, though I know my argument may be shaky.

    Another nit - if Rita's parents put her through college, why does she have outstanding student loans? Regarding Charlie's comment about people trying to do what is right - I thought in the first series that Eric Smith was deep down a decent person. He brought Mike Fleming groceries and will we see Mike again? And finally, I had wondered about Iris' multiple sclerosis, and it was nice of Charlie to remember that, but sad to see Olga afflicted.

    Lenin started with good intentions in his early teens. Then Stolypin et al hanged the elder brother he hero-worshipped, and he began to crave revenge as well. What do the folks here say? BTW, the other post about theme and all that is the thing that got me - now I want to know what all that is about. This would be great for me because then I wouldnt have to take detours via browsers etc. Dunno why you blocked, been a while, likely didn't help that I had the egg avatar rather long.

    Still haven't had a chance to get started on the book. Just read the Big Idea post on Scalzi's blog. This bit made me think of Japan after opening to the West in the 19th century. Would that be an accurate comparison? It may not have been a emergency for them, but they played catch-up pretty fast and hard. I'd personally go with Pigeon's rec. You can start with Empire Games without it being too dislocating there is obviously a back history there, but you're not in the middle of a story, you're at the start of a new story that follows on.

    But if you then want to go back to the start, you've had quite large spoilers. That may or may not be an issue for you, depending on how you consume fiction. I'm strongly driven by plot, so it is for me. If you're more character driven, for example, then I'd expect it to be less an issue. Sort-of; but the New British Empire wasn't as backwards as Miriam thought when she first stumbled into it.

    As William Gibson notes, the future is already here, it's just unevenly distributed. A time traveller to small-town USA in our would have seen Model T Fords still on the road and maybe biplanes overhead. They wouldn't have seen atomic reactors, ballistic missiles, jet fighters, or early computers — but all of those things were out there and would be really visible within another six years. Similarly, Miriam sees steam cars, poor roads, biplanes, and steam locomotives And then her business plan intersects with a fiscal crisis and a revolution and a state of emergency and blows the doors off I thought so too.

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    You start out thinking the parents are upset because Spoiler then it turns out they're really upset because of Spoiler which turns a whole trope on it's head, which probably means that at some point Nightmare Stacks will be listed on TV Tropes as a "Trope Codifier. I haven't bought Empire Games yet, but I found all three of the preceding books at Vroman's and bought them a couple days ago in trade paperback size.

    One thing got me worried though Brexit, aluminum from a british writer, Theresa May the first to visit the new US president? What have they been doing? Other than taking colorful showers filmed by russian white house security A new US state in the making? Worrying developments. I have a question that I was saving for the Crib Notes on Nightmare Stacks, but maybe it's better to just ask directly now while avoiding spoilers as much as possible.

    Some parts regarding the vanguard of the invasion forces reminded me of it, and I wondered if it was a homage, an influence, an inspiration, or something similar but unrelated. I've never aksed myself wether I'm a plot or character driven reader and since thinking about it I am genuinely puzzled. Maybe both. I think i notice prose only if it gets in the way. I hardly reread, but when I do I find many books as enjoyable as the first time. There's nuances I can better appreciate on a second read. But I hardly take the time - Tsundeke's big enough as is, right now the active books are Deborah Feldman's 'Unorthodox', Sterlings 'Globalhead' and stuff on fluid mechanics and channel flows.

    Link to my 5-star review of Empire Games on Amazon. I'll add myself to the list of people telling you to start at the beginning — though get the newer Omnibus editions. I reread as a matter of course - you could say it's my justification for buying books rather than getting them out of the library. My best guarantee of enjoying a book is to have enjoyed it already on a previous occasion. Although I'm not keen on though do not fanatically avoid seeing "spoilers" before I've read a book at all, when I reread it somehow it doesn't seem to matter knowing what comes next; having read it once in ignorance seems to fix that newcomer's perspective in my head, so that for instance arriving at the dammed Sirannon for the fiftieth time still feels like the first.

    And I always notice something new, if only because my general knowledge of random this or that has increased in the interval such that eg. Empire Games, though a new story, is sufficiently in the same mould as the original series that the probability of liking one and not the other I would estimate as very low; like any one of the series and you'll want to read the rest. And it definitely works best to build up your knowledge of the whole scene in the same order that the characters build up theirs. I finished reading Empire Games over the weekend, and it is so good - Charlie is just getting better and better at this stuff.

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    Rita is a wonderful creation, and there are some interesting hooks set for the sequels. The dog ate my homework was the previous entry in this blog. Empire Games in the UK! Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content. Charlie's Diary. Empire Games By Charlie Stross. You can buy it in bookstores, but here are some handly links to ebook formats and mail-order outlets: [ Amazon.

    So what's it all about? Posted by Charlie Stross at on January 17, Comments And her grandfather more. I will also never look at a washing machine the same way again. Have you seen a spike in sales for the older books? Also super happy to have a new Miriam and the Clan book to read. I got the midnight notification mail that it was now sitting in my kindle library. Nor is there DRM on these ebooks, I should add. I don't think Ilya was referring to it. If so, I'll go tell the people responsible. I could swear I typed 'there' not 'their'.

    Both should be DRM-free. Enjoy that extra. On the bright side, I've bought one of her books before now :. I didn't scroll down that far. Or, indeed, at all. I just went straight to the order button Downloading to my phone as we speak. Unfortunately, now I have to wait for the spoiler thread to ask about that afterword I hope this is the breakout success that you and the publishers are hoping for. Donnie the Rump will pull another William Henry Harrison, No, I meant the catch pneumonia and die in a month bit.

    More from the wikipedia article: He took the oath of office on March 4, , a cold and wet day. Damn, another error to fix for the paperback. InaugurationDay AM 20 Jan Kitty selfie photo-bombed by food ape. That's really cool. Or "bridge-dwelling caprivore", as by my sister when she was tiny? I can see why your Legacy Publisher kept editing it, the book is subversive as hell. Well done. All very well for you lot - I've got to wait until Thursday!

    And in book 2, "Dark State", we'll get a glimpse of how much worse they could be. Thanks again. Nice to know that Rudi kept his interest in flying. Religion, yuck. Ja Der vierte Reich. Charlie - thx for unblocking! Definitely worth it. A lot of fun :. Unwirer —an experiment in weblog mediated collaborative fiction. Shaping the Future —a talk I gave on the social implications of Moore's Law. The High Frontier, Redux — space colonization: feasible or futile? Old blog — RIP.

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