Red Moon

red moon cover imageRed Moon

by Benjamin Percy
Science Fiction
Grand Central Publishing
Paperback, 544 pages
$16.00

Percy uses a United States gripped by fear from horrific attacks on defenseless citizens by werewolf- like creatures.  These  "lycans" form the backdrop for this gripping tale of deceit, torture and political misuse of power. The story of the three main characters, Claire, Patrick and Chase are the threads Percy uses to weave together a plot that rapidly shifts time frames and integrates a supporting cast that can be oddly charming or sadistically vile. The ever increasing tensions between the infected lycan terrorists and the non-infected populace results in a frenetic race to develop a vaccine and powerful behavior modifying drugs, and the winner of the race is in doubt until the last few pages. This book should not be read during a full moon.