This is an intriguing story of a young man caught in a conflict of emotions and loyalties over which he has little control. Russell Shepard's life is never the same after he witnesses a young dinner companion being attacked and carried off by a werewolf. Russell manages to shoot the werewolf that attacks him, but does not report to the investigative team sent to his home that he was in fact bitten by the werewolf.
One of the team members, a Detective Curtis Woods, with a secret of his own, takes Russell to a facility where lycanthropy is being studied with the aim of managing to control and cure those infected by the werewolf bite. But sinister and corrupt forces are at work to take control of the facility's findings and bend them to their own needs, and Russell finds himself a fugitive on the run from those who consider him a threat.
As the 'were' infection spreads through his body Russell has dreams and visions of another time and place, and of people who seem to have some relevance in his present life and condition. The first time he 'shifts', taking on the persona and physical appearance of a wolf is narrated in a vividly descriptive and engrossing style. Mr. Dagon's writing style is representative of this kind of story ~ fast paced, colorful, slightly profane, but always with a sense that he knows what he's talking about.
There's a lot going on in this story, and although I found it a bit over-long and wordy at times, it never lost my interest. It might have benefited from some romantic overtones ~ the close relationship that Russell and Curtis enjoy is purely platonic, as Curtis is straight ~ and the other man in Russell's life is one you hope he doesn't end up with.