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Dogs [Paperback]

Nancy Kress

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Book Description

July 1 2008
The threat of terrorism and biological warfare become all too real in this riveting thriller when the danger comes from a family's most cherished pets. Tessa Sanderson, ex-FBI agent, has moved to a sleepy Maryland town to escape her tragic past. When the town's beloved dogs begin viciously attacking pet owners, federal CDC agents determine that the dogs are carrying a mutated flu affecting the aggression center of their brains, for which their is no known cure. Tessa offers to help round up and quarantine the dogs, even though some unconvinced locals are preparing to protect their pets by any means necessary. But she has another reason for getting involved—someone has been sending her threatening emails in Arabic claiming responsibility for the virus, and Tessa is resolved to go deep undercover to expose this deadly conspiracy. Combining hard science with thoughtful narrative, this chilling tale of science fiction explores the complex relationships between dogs and their owners.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications; 1 edition (July 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892391783
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892391780
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 16 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #994,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A spine-chilling, suspense-laden story of pets turned unwitting killers. Kress brings her thorough knowledge of genetics and biology to bear in this nicely creepy thriller."  —Publishers Weekly

"The suspense ratchets up in this perfect vacation read."  —Booklist

"An appealing mix of horror, thriller, allegory, and satire. . . . an appealing mix of horror, thriller, allegory, and satire . . . biting satire."  —Locus

"The best scenes . . . have a straight-ahead disaster-novel feel to them, full of suspense and creepy details."  —San Francisco Chronicle

"Kress's engrossing thriller shows a range of reactions from the community. Her bio notes she lives with 'the world's most spoiled toy poodle' and that kind of attachment is evident in the strong feelings of her characters."  —Denver Post

"A page turner . . . unusual and refreshing. Highly recommended."  —Monster Librarian

"Kress has a flair for punchy melodrama."  —The Washington Post

"In my opinion, Nancy Kress is one of the best science fiction authors of today."  —

About the Author

Nancy Kress is the author of 23 books, including Beggars in Spain, Nothing Human, Probability Space, Stinger, and her bestselling Write Great Fiction series. A recipient of the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and John W. Campbell Memorial awards, her work has been translated into 16 languages. She lives in Rochester, New York.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tense, fast and fun! Aug. 20 2008
By S. Hereld - Published on
Written as if ripped from the newspapers of a v. slightly alternate Earth, Dogs is fast moving and irresistable from start to finish. The characters -- mostly from a small town not-too near Washington D.C. -- are simply drawn yet interesting; the puzzle stayed one step ahead of me throughout, and the dogs of the title... well, they lived up to their titular role.

Dogs is a look at how people live up, or down, to their true selves in an emergency; a sharp commentary about how we treat pets as children; a sad reminder of how anymore, few of us trust our Government in an emergency, and a compelling page-turner with a wonderfully satisfying ending.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Nancy's Best Sept. 7 2008
By BeachLover - Published on
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Dogs is well written--it kept me turning the pages--but the plot is so twisty I had no idea who did what and why at the end of the book. There are lots of ambiguous clues that are not tied up at the end. Perhaps I missed something, but I'm not willing to wade through the book again to find that one definitive point.

Even so, I'm still one of Nancy's biggest fans.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good yarn Sept. 3 2009
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Nice read in this page turner. The heroine is heroic and the hero is a nice guy. The dogs are OK too. Much better than the average Sci-Fi book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary and engaging April 18 2013
By Cissa - Published on
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I'm not a dog person per se; my family includes a dog, but I'm more of a cat person. Nonetheless, the idea that a dog could unexpectedly turn on one is pretty frightening! And just as rabies re-programs the mind of critters... well, it's possible to imagine another virus that does similarly.

While there were a few too many viewpoint characters to end up attached to any of them, the number- with their different perspectives- did make for a more subtle read than one that's just good guys/bad guys.

There was a lot of action in this book which made it a page-turner for me, but I think a number of points did not get resolved. OK, the virus is a terrorist plot. Why? Why THAT??? How was the virus shared? It seemed that some isolated dogs got it, and some did not. It looked like as the virus progressed, it caused insanity in dogs and humans both... but the aspect of that for humans, and the meaning of it, was skated over.

Personally, I think it would have been a stronger novel if it had NOT had a "terrorist" cause and was a naturally-occurring pandemic; maybe a rabies mutant, or an accidental contaminant in dog food. But I guess "terrorists" are the trendy Bad Guys these days.

Still- it's a quick and creepy read, plus raises some interesting questions. Honestly, it should have been double the length, with more detail.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something new for Kress Dec 29 2008
By J. Starkes - Published on
Though not typical of Kress' hard science fiction novels, I enjoyed this book. I don't know if Kress is attempting a switch to more "mainstream" stuff, but I think it was successful. You probably won't convince the more hard core scifi folks of the books merits, but this was better than say Greg Bears attempts to leave the genre. I rank it up there with the popular stuff that Preston/Childs or Rollins has put out. I haven't been disappointed in her stuff yet.

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