Decades ago, Grayson Wolf locked away the demons inside him. Once a legendary assassin named after Mors, the Roman embodiment of death, Grayson is now a shadow of the man he was before. He suffers every waking hour, haunted by his past as he begs for death to end his torment.
However, Grayson is pulled back into the shadowy world of espionage when an old comrade shows up at his front door with a young girl he is trying to rescue from sinister men. Suddenly hunted by an army of deadly mercenaries, Grayson is left with no choice but to protect the girl. But deep inside, something happens. He finds a light in the darkness, a light he thought was dead. The demons Grayson chained up—the legendary Mors—will be unleashed. And anyone standing in his way will have hell to pay.
The Big Thrill caught up to award-winning author Ammar Habib to find out more about his latest thriller, THE LEGENDARY WOLF:
Which took shape first: plot, character, or setting?
The character of Grayson Wolf was the first thing that took shape. His arc is the foundation of the novel’s plot. Centered around themes of redemption and atonement, Grayson is very symbolic of a soldier suffering from a severe case of PTSD. His past life as an assassin has taken its toll on him in his old age. Now an old man filled with nothing but regret and bitterness, he is constantly haunted by his demons and hates himself. However, the story takes off when he is presented with his chance for redemption.
What was the motivation behind writing THE LEGENDARY WOLF?
THE LEGENDARY WOLF is a story that I first conceived back in the summer of 2013. Though it’s gone through quite a few changes since then, the story’s core has remained the same. I’ve always been attracted to the idea of having a character who is an older warrior/soldier. The questions that formed the foundation of this novel were: What happens to the warrior after they’ve grown old? What happens to the soldier who has no battle left to fight?
How does this book make a contribution to the genre?
I think the tone and character of Grayson set this novel apart. Though there is a ton of action (and a very high body count), the novel remains centered around Grayson’s journey as a character. The book is not about violence or glorifying violence; instead, it’s about the ramifications of a violent life. This is shown in Grayson’s character, and his journey for redemption is what sets this novel apart.
Ammar Habib is an award-winning and bestselling author originally from Lake Jackson, Texas. He enjoys crafting stories that are not only entertaining, but also have something useful to say to the reader. Ammar presently resides in his hometown. He lives with his family, all of whom are his biggest fans.
To learn more about the author and his work, please visit his website.
Interested in becoming a member of the International Thriller Writers? ITW offers Active and Associate memberships.
Latest posts by ITW (see all)
- December 9 – 15: “Can there be too many surprises in a thriller plot?” - December 8, 2019
- The December 2019 Edition of The Big Thrill is Here! - December 1, 2019
- Career Pursuit: An Interview with Doug Richardson - December 1, 2019