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Darko Lucic’s partner with the NYPD, Benny is a capable military vet with street smarts and nerves of steel. He prefers backing Lucic’s plays and providing backup where necessary, allowing Darko’s intuition to guide them as they create moves and exploit opportunities. Benny’s Scorpio instincts tend towards being observant, patient and fast-acting, causing him to spot openings as they appear and strike quickly before an opponent has time to react. Image

Feared throughout his homeland during the Serbian War, Captain Evilenko joined the White Knights of the Serbian Empire at the end of the conflict. It provided him with the resources to establish links with the Chinese Tong and become a major connection in their human organ trafficking network. Knowing of Steve and his curse from the war, he uses Jana as bait to lure Steve into his organization. His association with Al Qaeda makes him a threat to every person in New York City.

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The beautiful Serbian model is Steve’s next-door neighbor and secret love, though he knows they can never be as one because of the curse of the wolf. He becomes her confidant and protector, though unaware that their friendship can eventually turn into a liability for her. Her drug addiction becomes a problem as does her unemployment, and Steve’s enemies use these factors to her disadvantage in an attempt to coerce Steve into their network.

The female protagonist in Wolf Man, what makes Jana unique as a John Reinhard Dizon heroine is her drug dependency and her vulnerability as a Serbian immigrant whose success came too quickly for her to handle. She runs across manipulative people in the modeling industry and soon finds herself with a habit she can no longer support. Yet, deep down, she is still an old-fashioned girl with a strong work ethic that Bojan Evilenko uses against her. He offers her a high-paying job that she gladly takes, unaware that Evilenko plans to use her as bait to lure Steve into his trap. When she learns of Evilenko’s scheme and the curse upon Steve, she is able to step up and play a supportive role as he and Detective Lucic meet the Captain in a final showdown.

Steve is a native of Ireland whose life journey takes him to the battlefields of the Serbian War as a photojournalist in the 90’s. Ruggedly handsome and charismatic, he is popular among his fellow correspondents who join with him on an ill-fated excursion through the Accursed Mountains near Kosovo. A series of events lead him to killing a demonic wolf and falling under an ancient curse. Steve returns to America and becomes infatuated with a Serbian model though aware that the curse will forever stand between them. Seeking to protect her from her enemies, he falls afoul of the NYPD and draws the attention of Serbian blackmarketer Bojan Evilenko. Jana Dragana becomes a pawn in a battle between Evilenko and Detective Darko Lucic, both sides unaware of the catastrophic force their manipulations will unleash.

Manipulation becomes a major theme that resonates through the tale of the Wolf Man. Captain Evilenko uses Steve in an effort to destroy his enemies in Kosovo and condemns him to a living hell in the process. Steve tries to manipulate the curse to the benefit of Jana, and finds himself targeted by the NYPD. Darko Lucic tries to use Steve and Jana to get to Evilenko, and the Captain turns the tables in luring Darko and Steve into a death trap. Although everyone in the novel feels they are working towards an altruistic end, their ulterior motves are what lead to the catastrophes in this revenge tragedy.

Steve is unique as an anti-hero in the horror genre in trying to use the curse of the werewolf for good, though finding himself in a struggle against an even greater evil in the human organ trafficking ring of Evilenko. We also find an unusual twist as Steve realizes from the outset that his love for Jana can never be requited, though prepared to sacrifice himself to deliver her from evil. His fatalistic outlook also condems him as a martyr from the onset though he willingly enters into all the conflicts of the novel so that his eventual demise will do the greatest amount of good for those he holds dear.

This novel will be available through Damnation Books in December – mark ypur calendars!!!Image