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The Journal of Chris Williams 2. Running With The Pack

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Chris Williams was exiled from Parker Valley Pack after participating in an attack on the mate of another wolf.  After being forced to leave the only home he knew, he was taken in by a pack on the west coast as a favor to his old Alpha.  At the suggestion of the counselor helping him work through his many problems, he began keeping a journal of his thoughts on what got him to where he is. 

9/5/19 - Editing of this book has been completed and all updated chapters are posted. This wasn't a major rewrite like RWTP received. It was simply polished to bring it to the standard of the first book. Enjoy.

I've created a forum post for additional discussion of the story with book 1 of Running with the Pack and will continue to use it for this book as well.  You're comments are greatly appreciated.  

http://www.gayauthors.org/forums/topic/41066-running-with-the-pack/

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  • 1. Journal 1
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  • 2. Journal 2
    • 1,109 Words
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    • 16 Comments
  • 3. Journal 3
    • 1,057 Words
    • 4,935 Views
    • 18 Comments
  • 4. Journal 4
    • 1,219 Words
    • 4,807 Views
    • 18 Comments
  • 5. Journal 5
    • 1,814 Words
    • 4,831 Views
    • 15 Comments
  • 6. Journal 6
    • 1,761 Words
    • 5,301 Views
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  • 7. Journal 7
    • 1,892 Words
    • 4,085 Views
    • 12 Comments
  • 8. Journal 8
    • 1,922 Words
    • 4,635 Views
    • 21 Comments
  • 9. Journal 9
    • 2,095 Words
    • 4,560 Views
    • 18 Comments
  • 10. Journal 10
    • 2,331 Words
    • 4,536 Views
    • 20 Comments
  • 11. Journal 11
    • 2,233 Words
    • 4,547 Views
    • 20 Comments
  • 12. Journal 12
    • 2,514 Words
    • 4,196 Views
    • 14 Comments
  • 13. Journal 13
    • 1,767 Words
    • 4,605 Views
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  • 14. Journal 14
    • 2,063 Words
    • 4,187 Views
    • 12 Comments
  • 15. Journal 15
    • 1,931 Words
    • 4,569 Views
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  • 16. Journal 16
    • 1,889 Words
    • 4,727 Views
    • 20 Comments
  • 17. Journal 17
    • 1,599 Words
    • 4,353 Views
    • 14 Comments
  • 18. Journal 18
    • 2,481 Words
    • 4,744 Views
    • 26 Comments
  • 19. Journal 19
    • 2,738 Words
    • 4,648 Views
    • 21 Comments
  • 20. Journal 20
    • 3,090 Words
    • 6,437 Views
    • 50 Comments

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   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Here is a story of how a bully learned his lesson in how to treat people better and finding his true mate! You will enjoy this story and also might learn a good lesson too. Keep up the great writing and you will go far in that way of life of entertaining everyone!

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seakinklets

   2 of 4 members found this review helpful 2 / 4 members

No spoilers until the warning.

I've made it clear I wasn't a fan of the first book, but I still finished it after reading the premise for this one. I'm glad I gave this book a chance, because it was far more enjoyable of a read. Every criticism I could have for this story stems from it's narrative framing, that being that it's a journal written by the protagonist ostensibly to his therapist. This, compared to a third person perspective, is inherently limited. Chris, the protag, is only going to write so much and only about certain important things. This however is also a strength; there was no filler. Everything felt relevant, everything was something he wanted to say and felt he should. Chris was an antagonist of the previous book, little more than a sadistic lackey for the main villain. Here it's clear just how much of a victim he is. The abuse he suffered, the grooming at the hands of his supposed friend, the trauma he faces because of it, it hurt. I truly felt for this character, and it really felt good to see him begin to turn his life around. To work towards redemption. I can safely recommend this book, with the caveat that discussion of sexual assault, abuse, and a whole lotta horrific shit is in here. Primarily in one chapter, but this is about a character going to therapy to deal with that trauma, and boy is there a lot of it. At some points I wanted more detail, to see the subtleties of how his trauma affects him and to see those points of pain lessen, but I think the fact that it's a brisk 20 relatively short chapters really works in it's favor. I think I just enjoyed it enough that I wanted more, to get even more immersed in this character. I struggle to decide whether I like this or the third book more, but going over it again for the review I think this one is my favorite in the series. It's just good fiction.

Spoilers here so I can praise some specifics.

The guilt is palpable, especially when it comes to shifting. The conversation between Chris and Enforcer Hanson was so telling to how internalized his guilt his, how he really thinks he deserves to suffer. Him saying that if he had went with Micheal he would have deserved being abused at their hands, but that he didn't and therefor doesn't deserve that really helps show his growth in forgiving himself. Everything surrounding his rape, and his violence towards others as a hollow attempt to reclaim agency and his masculinity is just fantastic, especially when he highlights that it was hollow. He knows it was pointless. Honestly it was amazing. He really felt like a scared kid who's world fell apart and he's the reason why.

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astone2292

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

After reading Running with the Pack numerous times, I finally decided to read the next story in the series. Chris, in the first book, caught my attention numerous times as a villainous character. Utilizing him as a main character through a journal gave me trepidation before committing to a thorough read.

This journal dives deep into a young man's flaws in decision-making. It dives further when he realizes those flaws. Diving further, he comes to terms of why he made those choices, and how he can begin the healing process. The author's research is impeccable, and the understanding of depression is something to revere. I loathed the concept of taking the point-of-view of a despicable character from the first story, but the entries turned my opinion quickly and abruptly. 

Wholesome. While Chris' journey in recovery is filled with self-hate and other psychological conundrums, I can not find a better word to describe this adventure. I personally believe there is no one stronger than someone who has been broken, but then rebuilds themselves. Prior to my former belief written above, Chris is a deserving character who needed to have his story told, even if there are others from the first book who could have theirs told instead. 

If any RwtP fan hasn't continued the series, you must. This journal is intense, more than I gave it credit for when I viewed the summary page. Like the reviews below, I recommend this story, and I am kicking myself for not starting it sooner. 

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Carlos Hazday

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   9 of 9 members found this review helpful 9 / 9 members

Reading The Journal of Chris Williams brought to mind Animal Farm. While George Orwell used pigs and other animals as stand-ins for humans in his social commentary, in this case, we have werewolves. The other main thought running through my head while reading was the story is a tale of recovery and redemption.

 

I'm not familiar with twelve-step programs but from the little I know about them, some of Chris' actions approached a few of the steps I'm aware of. Admission of a problem, recognition of the need to change, involvement in new activities, communication with those wronged by writing letters all seem to fit the process those dealing with addiction go through.

 

We relate to a likable protagonist and feel his pain during the struggle to change and his joy when he achieves victories. The author draws us in and we get lost in the character's plight. Someone who wasn't a good being changes for the better and we root for him all the way.

 

From a technical point of view, the use of a first-person narrative framed as journal entries is very forgiving. Spelling and grammatical errors can be attributed to the character since it's his words we read. Some errors could be corrected but even though not perfect, the story is a joy to read.

 

I highly recommend  The Journal of Chris Williams.

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chris191070

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

Another fantastic story. Loved the diary element of this story, gave us a great insite into the characters.

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