The Legendary Journey of Wolf, Dog, and Mankind

An emotional and action-packed story from author,
J. Daniel Reed

The First Wolf Pack, A Dog’s Fable
tells the story of magnificent ancient wolves that impact ancient history in a profound way. It’s a unique and engaging fusion of fable, animal fiction, and historical fiction. Ideal reading for fiction lovers who also like animals, nature, and flawed heroes overcoming seemingly insurmountable adversity, to achieve greatness and do good.

With engaging characters, rich descriptions, and a surprising splash of ancient history you will find yourself wondering if it really did happen that way.

It was the age of the lone wolf, a time of isolation and hostility when only bitterness and loneliness reigned. When the most powerful of all lone wolves, Arn and Versa, fight a fierce battle to a draw, they lay upon the battlefield near death. In desperation These mortal enemies quickly realize that only by helping each other they might live. Once healed, they become The First Wolf Pack, a hunting machine dominating all lands they choose.

Lone wolves, pressed to survive, form alliances in an attempt to destroy The First Wolf Pack. While their adversaries assemble, Arn and Versa must teach their extraordinary offspring the secrets of pack life, especially the gifted Tria. Forced to grow up quickly when banished for defying authority, Tria battles her own deep flaws while countless foes try to destroy her.
Embarking on an epic sojourn, she struggles to overcome her unparalleled power, brutality, and suspicious nature — but can she fulfill the improbable destiny that awaits her and change the course of history?

Meet J. Daniel Reed


Inspirations for the Book: The beauty of nature discovered during three wilderness canoe trips in Quetico Provincial Park in Canada as a teenager set my foundation as a nature lover. But it was when I was crossing the Rocky Mountains alone by car at 20 years old, I broke down in tears of joy when overwhelmed by the grandeur of nature and recognized God truly existed for only He could have created such beauty. This inspired in me great joy whenever we could escape to vacation or even just for walks in the woods.

Messages from the Book: The natural world is unlimited in its beauty and inspiration. The ancient wisdom of the wolf pack can show us how to prosper in joyful harmony if only we are willing to examine and accept The Wolf Ways. Courage is essential for a truly fulfilling life but it can only be found by first embracing gratitude. Loyalty to something larger than ourselves allows for tolerance, self-control and pure humility. Ignorance and self-pity are a dangerous pair of shortcomings that keeps one from enjoying peace of spirit and the fruits of quality relationships.


Favorite Pastimes: When not writing, he loves to be outdoors walking/hiking (preferably with a dog or two), gardening or birdwatching. He also loves to listen to music, especially on high-end audio equipment.

Pets: A Bouvier des Flanders (Belgian cattle dog) named Keera

Favorite Books: For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Red Badge of Courage, Colors of the Mountains, Odd Thomas, Unbroken, The Silent Corner, The Art of Racing in The Rain, Aesops Fables

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    Author to Author: Sharing Books and Inspiration
    July 9, 2022  /  By J. Daniel Reed in Author Posts, Uncategorized

    Author to Author: Sharing Books and Inspiration

    By J. Daniel Reed

    Congratulations to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library program team and volunteers for the Lit Stoll, Saturday June 25th held in four downtown Arlington Heights establishments. It was an extremely well-organized event, featuring four Illinois authors—all of whom were wonderful to meet and listen to. I enjoyed the event author to author, sharing books and inspiration.

    Jon Seidel, federal courts reporter for the Chicago Sun Times and true crime author of Second City Sinners

    Mia P. Manansala, award winning mystery/thriller author and her Tita Rose Kitchen Mystery series

    Lisa Barr, New York Times bestselling author, and her latest release Woman on Fire

    Elizabeth Berg, New York Times bestselling author, reviewing her beloved Mason series and more of her work

    On a personal note, while impressed with all of the authors, I want to express what a thrill it was to meet Elizabeth Berg and to hear her thoughts on the importance of reading, on her experience writing books, and on how she came to be an author. IMHO, she is an incredibly talented and lovely soul. While there is no doubt, she inspired many in attendance with her presentation, she especially inspired me to continue my effort to write stories that have personally and socially redeeming messages.

    She reassuringly confirmed that while writing, character’s personalities often surprise her as they are developed, and they can lead her storytelling in unexpected ways. This reality of writing is expressed by current and past authors, including two of my favorites, Ernest Hemingway and Dean Koontz. Having experienced this myself writing The First Wolf Pack and again with my pending novel (coming this fall) it was big-time supportive of my new author experience. Thank you, Elizabeth Berg!

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    Calling All Readers of Animal Fiction, Dog Lovers, and Wolf Lovers
    April 12, 2022  /  By Barbara Reed in Book Information

    Fans of Dog and Wolf, one of the beloved Aesop’s Fables, or those who have ever wondered how the first dog came into being, will be captivated by the powerful novel The First Wolf Pack: A Dog’s Fable. With its rich descriptions and memorable characters, the story is a heartwarming and action-packed journey into ancient history told from the perspective of a modern dog. You will discover what every dog knows about the true beginnings of human civilization and the connection between man, wolf, and dog.

    From the Reader’s Perspective

    You’ve heard what the publisher says, but what are readers and reviewers saying? Here is a taste of some of the well-deserved praise:

    Loved it! 
    “A mythical story of the ancient origin of wolf packs told second-hand by a modern dog that shares lessons of cooperation and compassion…It’s a good read for fans of personified animal tales, dangerous adventures, and powerful female leads.” —Jada Wilson, Reedsy Discovery

    An original and compelling tale that captures the very heart of the ancestry of “man’s best friend.” I so admired the attention to detail that inspired such a novel. As I was reading The First Wolf Pack, I saw my own dogs in a new light.”–Beth Hoselton, Artist

    “J. Daniel Reed’s fantasy tale of The First Wolf Pack draws the reader into an imaginary world of two mighty predators who must decide to survive together or fight to the death...The author has created an epic saga of Gilgamesh, Beowulf, or other Norse legends of old, even faintly reminiscent of Eden and the first humans. We learn how humans and wolves intertwine. Those who love poring over those tales will thoroughly enjoy The First Wolf Pack: A Dog’s Fable.“–Lisa Lickel, Windy City Reviews

    “I was completely caught up in the telling (it felt like the re-telling) of this legend, and how a society can learn to live together, cooperate, evolve and prosper. Although on one level, it is an engrossing tale about wolves, there are also many good lessons we can all take to heart. If you’re a dog (or wolf) lover, this book is for you. And if you’re not a dog lover, this tale might just make you one.”

    “Great book, written as a fable. The story is told on many levels and makes one reflect on life and what is important. Also, a great book to read with one’s children. Looking forward to more from this writer.”

    You’ll find even more reviews on Amazon

    Where to Learn More and Connect with Author J. Daniel Reed

    You will find The First Wolf Pack on the following websites:

    Amazon , Amazon Canada

    Amazon UK

    Barnes and Noble


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    “You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.”

    –Paul Sweeney
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    Which Character from The First Wolf Pack: A Dog’s Fable are You?
    March 2, 2022  /  By Barbara Reed in Book Information

    Which character from the novel are you? Take the Quiz!

    Have you ever wondered if you had a spirit animal? Or maybe you have met an animal—even one of your own pets—who reminds you of yourself or someone you know? More than likely you have.

    While there are many famous personality tests around, Enneagram, The Fascination Advantage, Myers & Briggs, and DiSC to name a few, there has never before been a personality test that links you to The First Wolf Pack!

    Let’s have some fun! Take the personality quiz to find out which character from the novel The First Wolf Pack: A Dog’s Fable you are. (Don’t forget to share with friends.)


    P.S. When you’re done with the quiz, head back to this page to see the other characters in the pack!



    Meet the Other Characters from the First Wolf Pack!

    You are Casso!

    Small and mighty, you are known as “The Pint-size Powerhouse”. People admire you for your courage, loyalty, and determination. You are quick to help others and are not afraid to take the lead. Likeable and humble, you have many friends and fans

    You are Fic!

    Sensitive and kind, you can almost see into the hearts and souls of others. You have the ability to put your thoughts and needs on hold to help people. Despite your empathetic nature, you can also connect with your inner wolf to ferociously defend your loved ones and protect others.


    You are Ellip!

    Beautiful in and out, you are the clever one with a side of spunk! Smart, curious and unique, you are also fiercely tender to protect those you love. Your sometimes brittle shell reveals a most loving and tender heart. You can wield sarcasm naturally, as an attractive sense of humor


    You are Bord!

    Quiet, brave, and reserved you are the Wolf Pack’s secret weapon. You know your past and are determined to make a better future. You do not suffer fools, cheats, or liars gladly. You love your pack and are eternally grateful for the place they have in your life. You often prefer action to words.


    You are Jett!

    With a calm reserve and easygoing nature, you exude joi de vivre and confidence in your abilities. While you find humor in life, you have also learned the great lesson of acceptance. When you aren’t communicating to the world, you show your devotion to your pack in all you do.


    You are Tria!

    Ever mysterious, you let few close to you. Your many strengths, combined with your suspicious nature, can make you seem intimidating to others. Once you find those who understand you, you shine. Sometimes anguished by your tendency to act before others are ready, you find peace with the friends who know your heart. You will make a great impact on the world!


    You are Arn!

    Large and in charge, you are a natural-born leader. You are a fierce warrior but you also understand that your internal flaws can make for a compelling life lesson. Counseling others, you guide them and love them like no other.


    You are Barr!

    Wise and reserved, with great discernment into your pack and your neighbors, you are one who has insight, understanding everyone. You are happy to lovingly defer praise and attention to others in your pack in spite of all you do.


    You are Versa!

    A wise and tender leader, you are devoted to your pack, discovering solutions to their needs. Fearless and persistent, you eschew fatigue and fear. You lead with trust and can easily communicate with both your pack and outsiders.


    You are Ammer!

    Youthful, but wise and thoughtful, you are charitable to those in need, including strangers. A confident leader, you eagerly embrace the wisdom of others in your service to your pack.






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    Windy City Reviews of The First Wolf Pack
    January 23, 2022  /  By Barbara Reed in Book Information, Uncategorized

    Chicago Writers’ Association

    Book Review: The First Wolf Pack: A Dog’s Fable


    The First Wolf Pack: A Dog’s Fable. J. Daniel Reed, Terra 3 Communications LLC, November 15, 2021. Paperback and eBook, 220 pages.


    Reviewed by Lisa Lickel.

    J. Daniel Reed’s fantasy tale of The First Wolf Pack draws the reader into an imaginary world of two mighty predators who must decide to survive together or fight to the death.

    When an accidental hunting convergence brings two of the greatest ancient wolves into mortal combat, they realize they are so equally matched that they must use their great intelligence to seek a common goal: survival. Versa and Arn begin to care for each other. Together, they derive an ethic called the Wolf Ways.

    Told in the manner of the great sagas, the narrator, a contemporary dog named Bingley, reveals the secret of contemporary dog heritage through Versa and Arn’s story. Bingley’s tale is filled with lofty wisdom and bits of advice on how to be a family; not just any family but the best at parenting, the best at sharing the role of an alpha couple in a pack, the best at finding nutritious food and cooperation—the first Wolf Way.

    Versa and Arn are notably the first at many things, including digging an inground den to raise their first litter. As the family grows into the First Pack, Versa and Arn form the first wolf council, the Magnificent Ones, and establish the first Wolf Utterance. Soon the offspring grow toward maturity and ponder their parents’ ways. Why do they prosper and live in a pack and work together and not fight like the lone wolves?

    When an intruder assimilates into the alpha family, they teach him their ways, leading to harsh consequences. Eventually, other lone wolves outside the First Pack hatch a plot to attack, and the scattered family packs reunite, hoping initially to make peace and teach the others the Wolf Ways.

    The story occasionally lapses into buzzable page-turning moments, such as when Versa turns to Arn and asks, “Are you as amazed at this crazy, unique life we created? There are no lone wolves who live like we or that know what we know.”

    When Tria is suffering from her turmoil, it takes her father to remind her of her greatness and uniqueness and why she’s driven: “Only you, daughter, share our genes, strength, and cleverness,” he tells her, “and only you can teach the wolf ways.” The advice changes his daughter’s heart, much like taking a Dale Carnegie class, the narrator explains.

    The author has created an epic saga of Gilgamesh, Beowulf, or other Norse legends of old, even faintly reminiscent of Eden and the first humans. We learn how humans and wolves intertwine. Those who love poring over those tales will thoroughly enjoy The First Wolf Pack: A Dog’s Fable.

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    Awesome Gang Interviews J. Daniel Reed
    December 20, 2021  /  By Barbara Reed in Author Interviews

    J. Daniel Reed

    Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
    I enjoyed a very satisfying commercial real estate career until the pandemic placed a big speed bump on the road of my life. So suddenly out of work, I took the opportunity to chart a new course, to get off the hamster wheel, leave the world of responsibility and stress, and pursue a dream. For this last year, it has never felt like work.

    What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
    The First Wolf Pack: A Dog’s Fable, my first book, was inspired by several disparate factors; Love of dogs and wolves, fascination with ancient foundational myths, the grandeur of God’s creation, and contemplating the purpose of fireflies in the grand scheme of creation. Somehow these things coalesced into a story about overcoming ignorance, narcissism, suspicion, and self-pity.

    Do you have any unusual writing habits?
    I like to work early in the morning. I write for hours on end when it starts to flow. I don’t force myself to write when I am upset or agitated by things outside of my writing. Some evenings, especially while we are cooking dinner together, I love to tell Barbara (my wife and publisher) the progress of the characters, and the ways the plot and subplots are heading. Verbalizing this way allows me to hear things outside of my head, and my wife is very helpful with questions, comments, and suggestions.

    What authors, or books have influenced you?
    Dean Koontz, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage

    What are you working on now?
    A gritty story about xenophobia, bigotry, charity, and compassion set in 1920s and 1930s Chicago.

    What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
    As a newbie I am still learning. Right now, I use Facebook, Reedsy, Goodreads, LinkedIn, and am exploring others. My book is only available on Amazon at this time.

    Do you have any advice for new authors?
    Consider Keats Theory of Negative Capability. It gave me the freedom to not feel compelled to outline my stories, but instead, to tap into something creative that is within me but also something creative that is outside of me. I let the story tell itself, not trying to provide answers to every question that pops up during the drafting.
    If your characters wish to advance themselves, but you don’t know exactly where they might be going, trust them enough to follow them. They will tell you their story if you let them.

    What is the best advice you have ever heard?
    With respect to writing: I recently watched a long-form interview of Dean Koontz from 2012 that made me believe I could write novels and that I should. Koontz emphasizes that all work should have a moral purpose—there is an urgent need in our world for stories containing the hope to counteract the negative views that dominate our culture.
    Without quoting Keats, he did address something like Negative Capability when saying “Get in touch with something bigger than yourself, and let it speak to you.” And further described how his first best seller was born—he developed characters and then figured out how they became intertwined, at times following them.
    And he quotes T.S. Eliot: “the one thing that never changes, the eternal battle of good and evil.”

    What are you reading now?
    While actively writing fiction, I may read some non-fiction BUT I do not read the fiction of others. I am concerned that reading other works will potentially derail the uniqueness of my novel as it is in progress, and to potentially interfere with my creativity. While writing The First Wolf Pack, I read Ralph Martin’s A Church in Crisis. A long time ago my employer at that time gave personality surveys to people in leadership positions. I had a strong need to figure things out for myself, preferring to not follow instructions or to comfortably follow others. I needed to take things apart and rebuild them to know exactly how it worked, so to speak…then to rebuild it my way.

    What’s next for you as a writer?
    I want to finish my second novel during the summer of 2022. It is hard for me to look much further ahead than that. But, I do have two story ideas bouncing around in my head that might launch a third novel.

    If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
    The Bible, something from ancient Greece, perhaps Homer’s the Illiad and Odyssey, something from the height of English literature, perhaps Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and lastly, something by Steinbeck or Hemingway.

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