THE FRENZY WAR by Gregory lamberson (to be released 6/12 by Medallion Press / 392 pp / tp)
The second installment in Lamberson's "Frenzy Series" picks up two years after the events of THE FRENZY WAY. With serial killer/werewolf Rodrigo Gomez behind bars, things have been quiet in New York City. Mace--the hero cop who put Gomez away--is now taking it easy, working with a K-9 unit in Brooklyn as his wife Cheryl's local news career begins to take off. But when a murder and kidnapping at a Manhattan occult book store shows signs of involvement from the Brotherhood of Turquemadans (a top secret, Vatican-sponsored werewolf exterminating squad), Mace is called back into the game to head a secret NYPD operation to weed them out. And when the Brotherhood begin blowing up known wolf hideouts, Mace's team (as well as the FBI and National Guard) go after them as they would a terrorist cell.
Meanwhile, the Brotherhood torture bookstore clerk Rhonda, she a werewolf, in an attempt to obtain info on her fellow wolves' wereabouts. All hell breaks loose when--on the eve of a groundbreaking live TV interview with Rodrigo Gomez from prison--the Brotherhood manage to abduct Cheryl, throwing her in the same holding pen as Rhonda.
Mace is now forced to team-up with Gabriel, the head wolf of the greater New York Pack, to rescue both his wife and Rhonda. During these happenings, future police lieutenant Willy learns a dark secret about his co-worker/girlfriend Karol, and the Brotherhood are on the verge of releasing a video that will finally convince the world werewolves are all too real.
THE FRENZY WAR is a non-stop rollercoaster ride of action, violence, and intrigue that builds suspense right up to the last page. Lamberson employs a large cast, but the reader is never confused despite the ever-growing chaos. While you won't be lost if you've missed the first novel, I'm betting this is essential reading before the third book, which can't arrive fast enough.
A total blast of shape-shifting mayhem that'll have you wondering just whose side you're on. GREAT wrap-around cover art by Patrick Reilly, too.