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Doguar and the Baboons of War (The Tales of Doguar Book 1)

Doguar and the Baboons of War (The Tales of Doguar Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Simon J. Townley
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Mind of a Zen monk, body of an Airedale Terrier

A story of armed baboons, ancient riddles, and a genetically enhanced talking dog with a human neo-cortex.

Doguar is an Airedale Terrier with near-human intelligence. But is he smart enough to escape the clutches of the evil genetics corporation? Can he stop the plan to create a slave race of genetically enhanced animals? Will he defuse the time-bomb in his own DNA? And can he save his beloved Ruby from the men who want to dissect her brain?

A biopunk adventure for middle graders, young adults and adults - anyone who wishes dogs really could talk.

The first volume of The Tales of Doguar.

Genetically engineered intelligent animals are being bred as the soldiers and workforce of the future

Doguar is born in a genetics lab, part of an experiment to create animals with near-human levels of intelligence. Devoted to Professor Wainwright, the genius behind the project, he lives sheltered in the lab alongside a tribe of baboons and fellow Airedale Terrier Ruby, learning to talk, to read, to think, to go beyond what it means to be a dog, or even a human.

But all the time, the investors behind the project have a hidden plan - to use the intelligent baboons as special forces soldiers for a top-secret military project.

Doguar’s world is shattered when Wainwright goes on national television to expose the plan and denounce his own animal-human hybridisation project. The public are outraged, but the genetics company moves to protect its assets, kidnapping Wainwright, and seizing his prototype baboon soldiers.
As humans factions descend on the laboratory, Doguar and Ruby flee, along with rebel baboon Mouffou, and helped by animal rights activists Sarah and Blake.

Doguar vows to rescue Wainwright, but first he and his friends must evade the police, the company’s mercenaries, and a hostile human society that sees them as freaks of nature.

Can Doguar rescue his friends? Will he find a way to defuse the time-bomb in his DNA? And can he decipher the 1,000-year-old Zen riddle that holds the key to the Professor's secrets?

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 415 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Beardale Books; 1 edition (6 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008IF0L7Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #440,390 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Simon Townley has somehow scratched a living as a freelance writer for nearly twenty years.

He studied literature at the University of York in England and worked as a journalist on various newspapers and press agencies - and for a short while as a stringer in Bergen, Norway. One newspaper made him a crime reporter on the grounds that he always seemed to be drinking with a shifty crowd, and in the wrong kind of pubs.

He has also worked as a copywriter both as a freelance and - for his sins - within advertising agencies.

He has also run pubs, worked in construction, toiled in an Australian sheepskin tannery and sold drinks on a French beach. He now lives in Devon, England, with a woman, three cats and his beloved Airedale terriers.

When he isn't walking the dogs, he's usually throwing a ball around the garden or taking them to the field to chase rabbits (they're not allowed to catch them, though. No bunnies were harmed in the making of this bio).

He is the author of the acclaimed slipstream / speculative novels 'Lost In Thought' and 'Ball Machine', and has written a range of cross-genre novels for both adults and young adults, including prehistoric fiction series 'A Tribal Song - Tales of the Koriba'. The first novel in the series, 'The Dry Lands,' was published in 2012, with the second, 'Caves of the Seers,' scheduled for release in early 2014. His dystopian sci-fi thriller 'Outlivers,' again written for both adults and young adults alike, is to be released in Autumn of 2013. This will be followed by the post-global warming, high-seas adventure 'In The Wreckage.'

Extended samples of Simon's books (usually the first five chapters) are available on his website at

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5.0 out of 5 stars Doguar!! 22 Aug 2014
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I really enjoyed Doguar!! Brilliant story, very enjoyable-a proper little page turner!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing tale 22 Dec 2012
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This is a well written cautionary tale about laboratory animals and the humans who would exploit them. Though it has something in common with stories as diverse as ET, Planet of the Apes and AI, it manages to get the point across without becoming totally depressing. The canine protagonist Doguar is a well crafted Airedale, who in true Airedale fashion is very much concerned with protecting his significant other, Ruby. Highly recommended.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Talking Dog's Tale 18 Sep 2012
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Professor Wainwright, a brilliant scientist working for Ibridan Life Sciences, is engaged in a secret project to see if animal DNA can be manipulated to produce human-like intelligence. He discovers it can.
Doguar and Ruby may be smarter than your average dog, but they have led sheltered lives in the Professor's (sic) lab as his `pets.' They are not part of the official project for Ibridan, with which the Professor has grown disillusioned. He has come to believe Ibridan wants to create intelligent animals to become soldiers and slaves. After he goes to the media to reveal part of what is going on, the company sends its thugs to invade his lab and abduct him.
With the assistance of well-meaning but largely clueless animal rights advocates, his two genetically enhanced dogs escape. Later, they obtain assistance from the Professor's sister and his Buddhist monk friend in order to find the secret lab where the Professor is being held in order to rescue him.
I found this an enjoyable story with simple prose suitable for MG readers. Doguar, the protagonist of this novel, is likable. It's hard to go wrong with a talking dog. The human characters are not developed as much, but the good guys are good enough to cheer for, and the bad guys are bad enough for the reader to want them to fail. Underneath it all are good moral lessons about violence and respect for others and one possible answer to the question, `Does a dog have Buddha nature?'
This is a fun light read. I recommend it for fans of MG Sci-Fi, talking dogs, and happy endings.
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