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Dogs of War

Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
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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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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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The future augmented to us and them.

Adrian Tchaikovsky is a writer like very few he gives you the entertainment and the ideas with equal passion. The action is well described and exciting, you can visualise it quickly and understand the complexities of a battle in progress; something very few can do well. The Ideas are explored in depth but maintaining a structure to the plot, and the characters all dough some not human are brought to life with ease and likeability.
A good read with some great ideas and tonnes of action.

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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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This was a pleasant surprise.

very interesting journey, great setting, great characters. and an interesting exploration of the mind of an advanced cybernetic dog.

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Superb story and narration

This is just a brilliant book. I was gripped from start to finish. I can't recommend it enough.

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Really great story, very thought provoking

really enjoyed this, story was wide ranging and gripping, dealing with its subject matter very well. The voice cast did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life too.

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Excellent!

What a great book! Story and narration excellent, if you enjoy the ideas associated with AI and augmented minds then this story explores this well. Blade Runner, Legion of Bob and the Dissonance Wars all have a great companion in their journey. I feel this also sits well on the journey to the Iain Banks Culture universe and even its alternative the Dune universe shaped by the Butlerian jihad. If you fell into sympathy with spiders follow Adrian to resonate with dogs.

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Excellent from start to finish.

A little slow to begin but builds pace, depth and plot rapidly. Well worth the credit.
Excellent recommendation from the system.

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Interesting questions asked

Can you enjoy a book about a dog that just wants to be a good boy? Yes you can.

The ideas behind this book are deeper than you initially think. You are thrust in to the mind of a dog and even though I can't pretend to imagine what a dogs mind and thoughts may be like, it feels genuine.

The idea of bioengineering a weapon and then denying it any rights may be closer than we imagine. Rex may have been built as a instrument of war, but he just wants a scratch behind the ear and jaw.

Worth a listen as will make you think of where we as humans draw the line.