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Dogs of God [Kindle Edition]

Pinckney Benedict
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"An expansive story told in lush, extravagant prose, Dogs of God is a big book in every sense of the word." —Elizabeth Dewberry Vaughn

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 540 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor (29 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054TTTD6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #854,956 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 3 Jun 2005
By Ronnie
Format:Paperback
Having previously read Benedict's two collections of short stories and really enjoyed them I sought out this his first (and only) novel.
It is the story of an ex-military backwoods man who has set up and keeps captive his own community to harvest his dope. Into this (eventually) comes a bareknuckle boxer named Goody. While it is not a terrible book it seems the transition from short story was not easy for Mr Benedict. His short stories are raw, sometimes bleak tales of the rural working class and underclass of West Virginia and show how well he can develop a character, a situation and an atmosphere. In Dogs of God he seems to have gone more for an action packed and slightly far fetched story. Despite this the story is fairly slow moving until nearer the end of the book and there are many characters introduced. The problem is that many of the characters are superfluous to the story. As the book starts you have several different stories and characters developing. Though most of them meet up at the end there seems to be little rhyme or reason as to why they are there and what effect they have on the story by being there.
The guy living in the woods with his dogs, while on its own his story would've made quite a good short story in the context of this novel he is pointless. Some of the other charaters stories similiarly could be short stories adapted for this novel.
I don't mind the slow moving part of this book at all, in fact I prefer this part to the improbable ending. In these parts Benedict sets an atmosphere similiar to his short stories (the two bare knuckle fights are very good)and this part is very enjoyable. However I found it a complete anticlimax when many of the characters go nowhere and do nothing except to get killed in the over the top ending.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Averagely enjoyable 6 April 2013
By col2910
Format:Hardcover
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A tale of malevolence and violence, this "stunning novel" (New York Times Book Review) is the story of Tannhauser, a crazed backswoodsman turned drug lord, and the idiosyncratic characters who are enticed into his destructive orbit.
I've had this book sat on my shelves unread since I bought it new back in either 1994 when it was first published, or a bit later in 1995. Eighteen years on Mount TBR has got to be some sort of record, for me at least. I've previously attempted to read it more than once, but could never get more than about 30 pages in, before turning to something else. Well this time around, I got past the initial stumbling blocks and finished.
"Dogs" is populated by the kind of people, I like reading about but wouldn't want to meet.
Tannhauser is a 12-fingered, ex-military drug dealer. He's commandeered an abandoned women's prison, burnt out the hippies that were growing their own weed there, literally and has his own captive, migrant work crew. The local sheriff's on the payroll and with a massive arms shipment arriving in exchange for his crop, he's looking to expand the operation. Cruel, ruthless and psychopathic; he's running the show.
Goody, a drifting bare-knuckle fighter who has a match-up with Tannhauser's bodyguard, Yukon arranged by Inchcape - a sometime farmer, part-time truck driver and Goody's landlord.
Carmichael's the DEA agent tasked with getting to grips with West Virginia's burgeoning marijuana crops. He's running an operation that's targeting Tannhauser and which will cause conflict between the local law and their unofficial paymaster.
Bodo and Toma are outsiders; commodity dealers brought into the mix with their arms shipment in exchange for Tannhauser's dope.
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Took a while for me to get into this - the many characters were a little too seemingly disconnected. But by the book's end I'd really quite enjoyed it. The writing is excellent, Benedict certainly knows how to set it all up, and the dialogue is all too real. A very violent story.
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  16 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine Writing Falls Flat at the End 12 May 2000
By A. Ross - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is many of the things it is alleged to be: violent, suspenseful, full of well drawn weird characters, and a description of rural West Virginia that makes it as menacing as any exotic setting. The plot keeps driving and driving, bringing a bare-knuckle fighter, gun runners, a psycho drug lord, enslaved illegal immigrants, and other assorted folk together for a grand shoot 'em out climax. Unfortunately it falls a bit flat in the end as things get a little too odd, I can't quite put my finger on it, but the end didn't satisfy me or justify the buildup. Others may be happier with the results.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but flawed 30 July 1998
By S. Pactor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
An interesting first novel, particularly for its subject matter and characters. Benedict is at his finest when a) describing the lust West Virigina hill country that he seems familiar with. and b)creating violent imagery. On these merits alone, I recommend this book and would compare it to, oh, Elmore Leonard and Brett Easton Ellis. The plot of the book seems rather tangential to what Benedict is trying to achieve. The story, such as it is, seems to serve as an exscuse for Benedict to show off his talent and his choice of venue. Benedict, to me, seems similar to Bret Easton Ellis in that he enjoys portraying grotestque situations with a peculiar kind of flatness. Character's speak with strange inflections (by this I don't mean sterotyped hillbilly drawl) and motivation is not always evident. This book is a fascinating read, particularly for those of us who don't interact, on a regular basis, with crazed Hill Country drug lords. I'll be interested in his next book.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 3 Jun 2005
By Ronnie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having previously read Benedict's two collections of short stories and really enjoyed them I sought out this his first (and only) novel.

It is the story of an ex-military backwoods man who has set up and keeps captive his own community to harvest his dope. Into this (eventually) comes a bareknuckle boxer named Goody. While it is not a terrible book it seems the transition from short story was not easy for Mr Benedict. His short stories are raw, sometimes bleak tales of the rural working class and underclass of West Virginia and show how well he can develop a character, a situation and an atmosphere. In Dogs of God he seems to have gone more for an action packed and slightly far fetched story. Despite this the story is fairly slow moving until nearer the end of the book and there are many characters introduced. The problem is that many of the characters are superfluous to the story. As the book starts you have several different stories and characters developing. Though most of them meet up at the end there seems to be little rhyme or reason as to why they are there and what effect they have on the story by being there.

The guy living in the woods with his dogs, while on its own his story would've made quite a good short story in the context of this novel he is pointless. Some of the other charaters stories similiarly could be short stories adapted for this novel.

I don't mind the slow moving part of this book at all, in fact I prefer this part to the improbable ending. In these parts Benedict sets an atmosphere similiar to his short stories (the two bare knuckle fights are very good)and this part is very enjoyable. However I found it a complete anticlimax when many of the characters go nowhere and do nothing except to get killed in the over the top ending.

I'm sure that Mr Benedict is a very talented writer but I was disappointed with this effort. It did come across as a short story writer writing a novel. I'm sure he has much better in him but unfortunately he has not written anything (that I am aware of) since. Not a terrible book but I won't be harassing my friends to read it
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Averagely enjoyable 6 April 2013
By col2910 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Synopsis/blurb.......
A tale of malevolence and violence, this "stunning novel" (New York Times Book Review) is the story of Tannhauser, a crazed backswoodsman turned drug lord, and the idiosyncratic characters who are enticed into his destructive orbit.
I've had this book sat on my shelves unread since I bought it new back in either 1994 when it was first published, or a bit later in 1995. Eighteen years on Mount TBR has got to be some sort of record, for me at least. I've previously attempted to read it more than once, but could never get more than about 30 pages in, before turning to something else. Well this time around, I got past the initial stumbling blocks and finished.
"Dogs" is populated by the kind of people, I like reading about but wouldn't want to meet.
Tannhauser is a 12-fingered, ex-military drug dealer. He's commandeered an abandoned women's prison, burnt out the hippies that were growing their own weed there, literally and has his own captive, migrant work crew. The local sheriff's on the payroll and with a massive arms shipment arriving in exchange for his crop, he's looking to expand the operation. Cruel, ruthless and psychopathic; he's running the show.
Goody, a drifting bare-knuckle fighter who has a match-up with Tannhauser's bodyguard, Yukon arranged by Inchcape - a sometime farmer, part-time truck driver and Goody's landlord.
Carmichael's the DEA agent tasked with getting to grips with West Virginia's burgeoning marijuana crops. He's running an operation that's targeting Tannhauser and which will cause conflict between the local law and their unofficial paymaster.
Bodo and Toma are outsiders; commodity dealers brought into the mix with their arms shipment in exchange for Tannhauser's dope.
Pilot and co-pilot; two guys with a have plane, will smuggle mentality.
Benedict deals in other characters whose significance eludes me - an anchorite, which after googling is apparently a spiritual person who is living as a hermit and Peanut another drifter, ready to assume Yukon's mantle after his catastrophic collision in the ring with Goody.
The book throughout is violent and for the most part interesting. The boxing scenes and the wild boar hunt are compelling and fantastic, but ultimately I put it down feeling slightly unsatisfied. Whether the anchorite and the apocalyptic climax has some allegorical meaning, I'm unsure - I'm not a student of the Old Testament or Aesop or Greek mythology so will pass on that one.
The passages earlier in the book concerning the underground caves in the region, that run for miles and miles, seem a convenient device at the end to allow one of the participants to ultimately survive the carnage Benedict wreaks on nearly everyone.
3 from 5
Bought new a long time ago.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, stupid ending. 9 Jun 2002
By donna grant - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
This luminous, riveting and maddening book had me in thrall until the last fifty pages when it degenerates into a Rambo style mess. Oh, but when it's good it's terrific, I'm anxious to read this author's other books.
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