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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Code Name Wolf Girl

Near the wild national forests of northeastern Pennsylvania, a wolf girl is discovered hiding in a farmer’s barn. She is dangerous, beautiful and can’t speak. Named “Candy” for the way she gobbles down a chocolate bar, she is transferred to a treatment facility near Pittsburgh. No one knows who Candy is or where she comes from, but the center where she is interred begins round-the-clock psychiatric evaluation. Also, the federal government is very interested in her for reasons which are not clear.
Jason is a human behavior specialist with his own practice off the Main Line near Philadelphia. He’s always had a fascination with the legend of feral children raised in the wild, such as Mowgli and Tarzan. He’s suffering through a bitter divorce when he receives a job offer to become part of the team which is examining “Candy Doe”. Jason travels to the center where Candy is kept and immediately takes the job.
Months later, through the diligent efforts of Jason and other people, Candy is able to learn human speech and live in a monitored cottage on the center’s ground. But she’s still very much a wild creature, even if she’s all-woman. Jason finds himself developing feelings for her which are not professional. He worries if Candy has feelings for him. But he still can’t figure out where she came from and how she ended up in the barn.
And why does the federal government have such a deep interest in Candy?

Code Name Wolf Girl (Dark Fantasy)
By Timothy Mayer
K-Mark Publishing
Price $0.99
48 Pages
Rating 3-Stars

The story starts when Josh Hollins discovers a wild girl in his barn. He calls the county sheriff’s office, and Sheriff Chester Simms arrives to capture the woman, but after a fierce struggle in which the farmer almost loses an ear. Calling for the state police, Simms thinks a higher office might be needed to handle this case. It isn’t long till the girl is placed in an institution for study and evaluation at the bequest of Captain Arch Saunders, an Army officer attached to some office in the government. Saunders calls in Dr. Jason Moon, a behavior specialist to study the wolf girl, now being called Candy.

Except for the action at the beginning of the story, there is none afterwards, and the story moves at a slow pace. The only real characterization is Jason Moon, the rest of the characters are really little more than names on paper. The only thing of interest in the story is the study of feral children, and the author talks about Tarzan and The Jungle Book through the eyes of Jason Moon. To further complicate matters, the inside lists this as Book 1: “Wolf In The Forest.” A story should have a beginning, middle, and end. This story has a beginning and middle, but no ending. There is no conclusion or solution to anything at the end of this story. The reader has to read Book 2 to see what happens next. I found Book 1 quite boring, and the typos a distraction, so I won’t be picking up Book 2.  Unless the reader is interested in the study of feral children, I see nothing else to recommend the book for.

Tom Johnson


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