“Predator is a fast-paced, creepy page-turner! Bashman had me at the opening sentence and she’s still got me. I want more!”
Nancy Holder, New York Times Bestselling Author, The Rules
The hunt is on!
Sixteen-year-old Bree Sunderland must inject herself with an untested version of her father’s gene therapy to become a werewolf in order to stop a corrupt group of mercenaries from creating a team of unstoppable lycanthrope soldiers.
When Bree went with her scientist father to Ireland, she thought it would be a vacation to study bog bodies. She never expected to fall in love with a mysterious young Irishman and certainly never expected to become the kind of monster her father said only existed in nightmares. Dr. Sunderland discovers that lycanthropy was not a supernatural curse but rather a genetic mutation. When they return home, her dad continues his research, but the military wants to turn that research into a bio weapons program and rogue soldiers want to steal the research to turn themselves into unstoppable killing machines.
Bree’s boyfriend Liam surprises her with a visit to the United States, but there are darker surprises in store for both of them. As evil forces hunt those she loves, Bree must become an even more dangerous hunter to save them all.
Predator gives the werewolf legend a couple of new spins by introducing the Benandanti (an actual folkloric belief that certain families of Italy and Livonia were werewolves who fought against evil), as well as a modern scientific approach to mutation and the science of transgenics.
Werewolf: From Mythology through Folklore to Literature
Werewolves have a long history in the mythology and lore of many cultures throughout the world. They are strong and powerful creatures with the ability to shapeshift. The common view is that the werewolf is a beast unable to think. The werewolf simply responds to its animalistic nature and slaughters. According to European mythology, there are three types of werewolves. The first two transform from human to werewolf, possess intellectual ability, and either walk on four legs or walk upright. The third type of werewolf is not a human who has transformed into a werewolf. This werewolf is a human possessed by a werewolf spirit. Some werewolves change shape at will; others are influenced by the moon. Werewolves are dangerous beasts that hunt and kill humans and livestock.
But there’s a race of good werewolves called the Benandanti. The lore states that the Benandanti fought against evil. They descended into hell to fight witches and the Devil. These strong and powerful creatures were loyal and intelligent and only killed if absolutely necessary as a means of defense. I gave the Benandanti lore a modern twist in my novel Predator (I’d love to tell you what that is, but I don’t want to spoil the book). I also introduce a new spin on the werewolf lore by introducing a scientific approach to mutation and the science of transgenics.
About the author:
Janice Gable Bashman is the Bram Stoker nominated author of Wanted Undead or Alive and Predator. She is managing editor of the The Big Thrill (International Thriller Writers’ ezine). Janice lives with her family in the Philadelphia area, where she at work on her next novel. Visit her at janicegablebashman.com.