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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Quest, LLC (11 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937051056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937051051
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,150,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John T. Shillito on 6 Nov. 2013
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Dogs have gone to war for us for centuries, and if you ask anyone who has been in action with a dog they will tell you what a trtemendous help they are. I really enjoyed a series of stories which dealt with what they might do for us in the future as well.
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Dogs and Hawks 30 Nov. 2013
By Arthur W. Jordin - Published on
Format: Paperback
Dogs of War (2013) is the sixth combat SF anthology in the Defending the Future series, following Best Laid Plans. The initial volume in this sequence is Breach the Hull. This volume contains seventeen original short stories and a biographical section.

- "The Shepherds" by Christopher M. Hile ambushes the invaders and frees some prisoners.

- "Father of War" by James Chambers brings a war dog to free his friend from the enemy.

- "For the Love of Metal Dogs" by Brenda Cooper compares two dogs -- one robotic and the other flesh -- and finds similarities and differences.

- "Data Dogs" by Eric V. Hardenbrook confronts a spy with an impatient associate.

- "Ego Trip" by Peter Prellwitz puts a reporter on a warship determined to find a story.

- "Covert Strike" by Jeff Young takes three Inner System operatives into an asteroid habitat searching for a weapon.

- "War Dogs" by Judi Fleming changes the command structure of a counter-invasion.

- "So (Not) Like Dogs" by David Sherman invades a planet with dog-like aliens. This story is related to Issue in Doubt

- "Friendly Fire" by Edward J. McFadden III transfers a handler without his dog.

- "The Forgotten" by Tony Ruggiero infects dogs with an alien virus and the high command orders them to be put down.

- "True Friends" by Bud Starhawk moves a Marine force into an almost deserted valley.

- "The Marine Breed" by Janine K. Spendlove runs with a dog and his friend away from a bunch of angry aliens.

- "Stray Shot" by Patrick Thomas follows three Marines into a cave looking for explosives and many children.

- "I Give My Heart to the Hawks" by Robert E.Waters has higher command modify the hawks of three Apache pilots for a recon mission.

- "Tower Farm" by Vonnis Winstow Crist wakes a soldier and his dog with an alarm from the facility fence.

- "The Wag of His Tail" by C.J, Henderson presents a recently arrived officer with a lizard that reminds him of a childhood friend.

- "Brothers" by Danielle Ackley-McPhail forces a broken mind to find compassion for a wounded dog.

- "Author Bios" provide information of the life and works of the authors and the editor.

These tales are about dogs of one sort or another except for the two stories about hawks. In "So (Not) Like Dogs" the dogs are enemies, but the rest are friendly. Most are enhanced with stronger minds and bodies. So they are like the war dogs - and hawks -- of today, but more so.

This book suffers from some copyedit problems. Spellcheckers are good enough if the misspelled word does not match another word. For example, the most common spelling error of this kind seems to be "where" with a dropped "h"; "were" is a perfectly good word, but changes the meaning of the sentence. In this book, the word "populous" replaces "populace".

Highly recommended for McPhail fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of armed conflict, canine combatants, and loyal animals. Read and enjoy!

-Arthur W. Jordin
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
good easy read 25 Oct. 2013
By Cherie V. Freeman - Published on
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I don't usually read Sci Fi books. Except for the mention of aliens I found all the short stories in the book relatable to regular military dog books. I would recommend the book to any one interested in reading military action stories. If you are a dog lover some of the stories will tug at your heart.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great book 18 April 2014
By dcalvin - Published on
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This is the first sc-fi military short stories book I purchased and I love it. I hope the other (Defending the Future) series books are just as good. I also hope that there will be a second Dogs of War book
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Who let the dogs out... 11 July 2014
By Michael E. Murray - Published on
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Interesting and innovative stories about man and dog, some from the point of view of the dog. If you like military SF and are looking for something good but different from the usual story line, try this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
So far so good 21 Feb. 2014
By explorerdog - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I have only read the sample but have enjoyed it so far. I don't think the first sample is the complete story as the other reviewer thought. For both stories I am interested in what happens next, which is at least one criteria for good writing. So read the samples and judge for yourself. I might pick this one up and give it a read. Any anthology that treasures dogs is a good thing.
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