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House of Wolves 
Author: Matt Bronleewe
Publisher: Thomas Nelson, Inc., Nashville, Tenn. HC, 978-1-59554-250-2 (2008), 320 pp., $24.00
Record producer, song writer Matt Bronleewe writes at a fast pace and as you are reading, you begin to think “National Treasure”or  Dirk Pitt as you go from one chapter to another. Bronleewe’s character, August Adams, lives in a world of Biblical references and antiques. This is so consuming, that he is divorced from April, and has partial custody of his young son, Charlie. August’s father, Cleveland, comes and goes and you just know will end up being a focal point of the story. No bedding women here, they turn out to be as ingenious in escaping from perilous situations as the men and probably frighten the guys, too. Oh, yes, and in the meantime, April has a fiancé, another scholar named Alex, who is in a wheelchair.
The story has August in possession of a rare book called “The Book of Chronicles from the Beginning of the World.”, but eventually, will be in pursuit, along with a host of others, for another ancient tome, “The Gospels of Henry the Lion.” People belonging to an ancient order called the Black Vehm want “The Gospels” and will do anything to get it. Gradually, we see that during WWII, Hitler was trying to find a particular ancient relic, the spear that pierced the side of Jesus. Such a relic would have enormous power---so they believed. Most of the action is in Antarctica where Germany had explorations during WWII, but to what extend, we find out and how the Black Vehm was involved.
Matt Bronleewe’s first novel with August Adams was _Illuminated_, and caught enough attention to warrant a sequel, and probably more. You almost need a road map, though, to keep up with scholarly tidbits and piecing the storyline together from characters that come and go throughout. Bronleewe’s writing style is brisk and no nonsense. There is history here, woven into modern times and a hero who always has a wisecrack even when tied up, a son who is following in his father’s footsteps, a grandfather with his own secrets, and a former wife who can’t quite stay away from this mix. 
After finishing House of Wolves, I felt as though I’d spent a few hours in a cold forest about 1943. The villains are murderous, settings intriguing and characters winsome. With House of Wolves, you get a history and geography lesson with a touch of MacGyver thrown in.
Reviewed by Marie Asner


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