Collaborative works are difficult to pull off correctly, even between two people who possess similar sensibilities and trust each other's work and methods. Sometimes a "collaboration" may be one writer and one "idea person" or two writers with one of them being the dominant voice. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't, but either way, it is a complex dance.
With the Wolf Creek collaborative concept, we have
a whole stable of writers, each with their own characters, writing
successive chapters in a sizable novel. The potential for this idea to
fail was probably considerable. One or more participants might not have
lived up to the standards of the other writers, or possessed such a
strong written "voice" that it immediately took you out of the story.
that wasn't the case with Wolf Creek: Bloody Trail. Each writer was
able to craft their own portion of the story and develop their own
characters, but each portion of the story fit together seamlessly with
the rest, creating a story that is greater than the sum of its already
high-quality parts. I think the idea to have each author write a couple
of chapters and then let the next writer have a crack at the tale helps
cut down on the confusion of voice and style, as the voice of the story
might evolve, but it is not shifting back and forth between several
All in all, I have to say this was a great
read, highly enjoyable, and I hope to pick up the next volumes in the
series as soon as they are available.