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Summary

My name is Rex. I am a good dog....

Rex is also seven feet tall at the shoulder, bulletproof, bristling with heavy-calibre weaponry, and a deadly weapon in a dirty war. He's part of a Multiform Assault Pack operating in the lawless anarchy of Campeche, southeastern Mexico. He has the intelligence to carry out his orders and feedback implants to reward him when he does. All he wants to be is a Good Dog, and to do that he must do exactly what Master says.         

What happens when Master is tried as a war criminal? What rights does the Geneva Convention grant weapons? And what happens when Rex slips his leash?

©2017 Adrian Tchaikovsky (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Dagnabbit! He's Done it Again!

I guess it shouldn't surprise me given that Tchaikovsky had me rooting for an race of alien spiders in his previous book that in this one he got me attached to a partly robot killer dog called Rex! This is one clever author, albeit one who is jaundiced against the human race, though being often of similar persuasion I can't fault him for that. In Dogs of War he once again explores the best and worst of human behaviour with everyone's favourite target, big business, once again coming under fire. Just what does happen when you augment animals with tech and ask them to fight your battles?

Dogs of War explores the relationship between a loyal dog and its master when that relationship is abused by it being used with bad intent. It's another clever book though rather shorter and definitely more easily accessible than Children of Time. There is a lot of action and it is brought to a very satisfying conclusion in terms of the story of Rex and his master being completed. If I was to pick at things that might put some off it would be that although the narration is overall of a very good standard, especially in the Rex sections, when we switch to Laurence Bouvard Rex suddenly sounds very weak, not surprisingly so hardly her fault but I found it distracting. Added to that the Rex sections are a bit repetitive as he struggles to work out if he is being a good or bad dog throughout.

To me they are relatively small things though and this is another entertaining read from a clever author who quite coherently had me believing in dogs and bears becoming friends and questioning whether either has more integrity than the average human being!

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Extraordinary

Without a doubt one of the most compelling audiobooks I've ever heard - of any genre. Tchaikovsky sets the scene in Campeche, Mexico for an exploration of genetic engineering, morality and identity which is simultaneously gripping and thought-provoking. What is already a brilliant story, however, is greatly enhanced by the narration which gives the main protagonists real personality as they develop, especially Rex. Listen to it. You won't regret a moment.

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Another superb story

Adrian Tchaikovsky's writing just gets better and better.

Dogs of War is thought-provoking, powerful, entertaining and very well crafted. It doesn't shy away from the moral questions that the augmentation of life forms would bring, but does so without lecturing or becoming bogged down in philosophy.

The three narrators are very good, especially the "voice" of Rex .

Highly recommended.


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Strong start, uncertain ending

Really interesting premise and characterisation with Rex and his squad. There's a point 2/3 through that feels like the ending and everything after that feels like an epilogue which is a bit awkward

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Superb

The Island of Dr Moreau meets The Terminator directed by Guillermo del Toro. Hard sci fi action very well done - but at its heart this is a story about loyalty, conflict, the search for meaning and what it means to be human - or a good dog.

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Prophetic?

This was a dark and wonderfully dystopian take on the future and what might happen if technology is let off the leash, so to speak. It follows the same high standards displayed in the Author's other works and is not afraid to ask some difficult questions. I loved every minute.

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Amateurishly paced and surprisingly boring.

This novel is a whole lot of nothing, paced poorly.

If you like action-packed sci-fi adventures that come to a screeching halt and suddenly turn into a court drama halfway in before completely losing any semblance of plot, give it a go. It does not explore any territory that hasn't been mapped extensively in The Island of Dr. Moreau or Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

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Mediocre

Character development poor, plot felt forced at times. Had potential but felt like pulp genre fiction. Made me doubt whether to read more by the author.

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Good, solid sci-fi

A really good book and premise that is let down as an audiobook by some uneven narration. Not sure the concept of multiple narrators quite works. That said, it was still an enjoyable listen.

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superb

Brilliantly narrated tale of weaponised animals, control and humanity. Adrian is such a wonderful author.

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  • Brian
  • 05-02-22

Good book!

Adrian Tchaikovsky is amazing. He really approaches the Campbellian ideal of writing characters who think as well as a human but not like a human.

Not only that, but they are also characters you come to care about, become invested in, in worlds which are plausible, layered, fascinating, and show relevance to ours.

Rex, Honey, Bees, HumOS, and even Dragon (more a supporting character) grow and change in the harsh circumstances of a world they were literally made to serve, but in the end they have the power to change their world as well. The Moray is a villain of our time, transformative but in his genius bringing good as well as pain (and the twist reveal of his final structure is perfect).

Dogs of War is a deeply moving tale of humanity, in the largest nonspecific sense, matching up against inhumanity through the constructions of humans.