Imagine if the 9/11 terrorist strike was perpetrated by werewolves. Imagine if the struggle for a Palestinian homeland were for werewolves. Imagine if the AIDS epidemic were a disease called lobos, which turned you into a werewolf. Now, imagine the U.S. populated with a group of second class citizens called Lycans, who are controlled by government mandated drugs, laws and travel restrictions. Now imagine a radical group of these Lycan citizens rally around a charismatic leader, Balor, and plan a deadly revolt which may end the human race. Imagine all that, and you have the basis of Benjamin Percy’s new novel “RED MOON.” Percy, author of “The Wilding” has the writing chops to do this outlandish story justice, but if you take it one, beware of the commitment: it is 530 pages. Percy does justice to the world he’s created, where lycans live side by side with their human counterparts, but have always struggled under the restrictions placed on them. He paints a lycan history, where the group has gone through periods of revolt and resolution, periods reminiscent of other real-life struggles for dignity and equality in the world. It is a story chock full of social and political commentary under the thin veneer of a thriller. Enjoyable for the most part, I felt the author could have brought the story in under 500 pages, that there were a lot of excessive and repetitive details and scenes. Also, the characterizations were not realistic, but what the heck, if you are reading a story about werewolves, you had better be able to suspend disbelief. I would recommend it as a good book club read for its many social themes.