Red Moon by Benjamin Percy is a splendid genre-busting novel. Percy quickly establishes a baseline of normality while drawing his rich characters with a skillful hand. Readers of mainstream fiction will immediately empathize with the characters and find the world in which they live to be believably normal. The Lycans of this world are people, too, and easily seen as representatives of a repressed minority with full range of emotions and responses to their oppression. Fans of fantasy and supernatural fiction will find Percy’s werewolf mythos to be the most credible that they have ever encountered. Red Moon is a treat for lovers of social science fiction because of the sensitivity with which Percy touches on the issues of the day – prejudice, 9/11, HIV and civil rights – without ever once leaving the story line. Percy draws the reader into the plot as surely as water flows downhill and keeps us immersed as the world goes to hell.
They live among us.
They are our neighbors, our mothers, our lovers.
When government agents kick down Claire Forrester's front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is. Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero. Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy. So far, the threat has been controlled by laws and violence and drugs. But the night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge...and the battle for humanity will begin.