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Dogs [Paperback]

Nancy Kress

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Book Description

July 1 2008
In this original bio-thriller from the author of Beggars in Spain, the threat of terrorism and biological warfare is all too real 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 and their children, federal CDC agents determine that the dogs are carrying a mutated flu affecting the aggression center of their brains, for which there is no known cure. Tessa offers her unofficial assistance to Animal Control Officer Jess Langstrom, who has been ordered to round up all the dogs and quarantine them. Meanwhile, some of the locals, unconvinced of the threat, are preparing to protect their pets by any means necessary. But Tessa, the widow of an Arab who roused the suspicions of her FBI colleagues, has another secret: Someone is sending her threatening e-mails in Arabic that claim responsibility for the virus, and she resolves to go deep undercover to expose a deadly conspiracy.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 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: #1,029,292 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 best-selling author of twenty science-fiction and fantasy novels,
including Beggars in Spain, Probability Space, and Steal Across the Sky. She has also published four short-story collections and three books on the fundamentals of writing. Kress is a four-time Nebula Award winner and the recipient of two Hugos, the Sturgeon, and the Campbell awards. Her fiction has been translated into nearly two dozen languages, including Klingon. She teaches at venues including the Clarion Writers' Program and as a guest professor at the University of Leipzig in Germany.

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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.
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.
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.
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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