I decided to read the indie spy thriller novel And The Wolf Shall Dwell by Joni Dee because I was interested in the perspective of this new Israeli-Canadian author. So I accepted a free copy from Joni Dee in return for this honest review.
Like most spy thrillers, And The Wolf Shall Dwell is plot driven. So it will fulfill the expectations of thriller fans who expect a fast paced plot with a great deal of action. Joni Dee's protagonists aren't unthinking, but neither do they bog the plot down with a great deal of angst.
A book is written in a different moment in history than the one the current reader is experiencing. To this American reader, the references to the American President in this novel seemed very out of sync with my reality. I had to remind myself that this is fiction. This novel's American President may have been someone who previously occupied that office. It would also be perfectly legitimate for the author to create political leaders or situations that have never existed for speculative purposes. The events are credible enough so that they could have happened in those particular circumstances. One character is so much a relic of an earlier era that he has no home, and you have to wonder what he thinks of what has happened to his country of origin.
I visited the website of the publisher of this book, Blue Poppy Publishing,
because I hadn't previously heard of it. Although they expect authors
to either pay for the costs of publication or crowdfund them, they make
a distinction between what they do and a vanity press. Blue Poppy
says that they provide guidance for authors as well as services, and
they will not publish a shoddy product. There are a great many
self-published books that are unedited first drafts uploaded to book
vending websites. We have all encountered them. I am happy to say
that And The Wolf Shall Dwell confirms Blue Poppy's publicity. It is a competently written novel with a suspenseful narrative.