Thursday, March 3, 2016

Cadaver Dog by Doug Goodman [5 stars]

From the Description
Training a dog to track a zombie is like training a cadaver dog or a bomb dog. It takes patience, trust, and the right dog-and-handler team. And to not be afraid of zombies. When Angie Graves is approached with the idea of training a dog to track zombies, she thinks this is a bad idea. She has worked all kinds of dogs, including cadaver. But she needs a different dog for this line of work, and the only one available is a rescue named Murder. The problem is, Murder is nothing like a hero dog. He is scarred emotionally and physically. He is slow to trust, has a mischievous mind, and obsesses over his chicken toy. But if he and Angie can learn to work together, they may be able to solve the riddle of where the zombies come from, and why they are snatching up people.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this story.

Cadaver Dog is a gripping novella, I didn't want to put it down. It's rare that a zombie story gives us something beyond the usual end of the world scenarios but this book delivers a whole new, and chilling take on how zombies are created. The science behind the zombies found here is entirely believable and horrifying. The characters are easy to care about and realistic. I loved Angie and Murder. I found myself rooting for them to succeed in both the training and rescue missions. The ending left me heartbroken and wanting more. I highly recommend this phenomenal 5 star read.

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About the Author

Doug Goodman is the writer of Dominion, Warriors of Camlann, and Kaiju Fall. His writing has also appeared in anthologies such as Twisted Boulevard, Horrors Beyond, Cthulhu Unbound, and State of Horror: Texas. He lives on the Texas Gulf coast. He works at the Johnson Space Center and in his spare time when he is not writing, he trains human remains dogs.
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