Title: Guardian Unforgiven (Werewolves Awakened #1)
Author: Nollen Bradley
Release Date: July 5th, 2017
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The werewolf, most believe to be folklore or legend. For centuries, the existence of werewolves were kept secret and guarded by a warrior class of lycan descended from a fierce ancient line known as the Guardians. These Guardians, sworn to uphold the peace between the wolf and humans. But, some werewolves not satisfied with living in secrecy start lashing out, hunting and killing all with the ancient gene to push humanity into extinction. Now, only a few descendants are left with the cursed bloodline, some don’t even know they have…
Nollen Bradley is a pen name for Bradley Noll an American author residing near Leavenworth Kansas. The married, father of two grown children is new to the published author scene even though he has been writing song lyrics, poems and short stories all of his life. Brad grew up on a farm outside of Winchester Kansas learning the value of hard work. Following college, Brad spent twelve years as a Paramedic until his second back surgery ending his successful career where he received several letters of commendation. Brad spent time farming in his off days feeling the everyday pressures of the weather, markets and juggling the debt that is associated with large business. All the while, continuing to write songs and preform at local venues. Following a music CD he produced named “Make Believe” with eleven of his original songs and while in the process of producing his second Album he realized his talent was more suited for writing then music.
One day it snapped and with Brad’s influences like Merle Haggard, Chris Kristofferson, Hank Jr., Metallica and most of all “The Man in Black” Johnny Cash. Brad’s mentors show as in the words from the poem ‘Looking Down’
“I pulled my cowboy hat down low, Drank down my last swallow, Of Kentucky Bourbon and coke,
As the World was spinning round, I knew I have to slow it down, Cause I’m going nowhere fast, staring at the bottom of this glass…”
–Nollen Bradley, 2010
Brad takes the experience from the sweat stinging his eyes from the heat on a hot July day in Kansas. The heartache from having to tell a parent or a child that their loved one has died and there was nothing he could do, to the struggles of trying to pursue a dream and watching it crumble in front of him. Brad has developed a style that draws on real life experiences to provide exciting yet believable story lines that captivate readers. Writing unbelievable tales with the realism of the struggles from everyday life in the painful cookie cutter suburban age.
In a world lacking werewolf tales, Guardian Unforgiven comes swooping in to try to change all of this. We meet a widowed father named Mark who is still recovering from his wife’s death after losing her a few years earlier. At the arrival of a mysterious woman named Page, he begins to notice his body is beginning to change, senses becoming heightened around his furry patients at the local veterinarian clinic.
I enjoyed the touch of his choice of “mental background music” in order to describe his surroundings. Nollen should have placed a playlist at the back of the book to keep track of them all or created a Spotify playlist to share. It would have added a more intimate touch with the books events and enhance them.
You looking for werewolves? A splash of romance, but with the dial on erotic love scenes cranked up to ten? Characters who grab you the moment you begin to grasp the words leaping up off the page? Give Guardians Unforgiven a try!