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Pavlov's Dogs (Pavlov's Dogs #1)

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Dr. Crispin has engineered the saviors of mankind: Pavlov’s Dogs, a team of soldiers capable of transforming into fearsome beasts. But when Crispin and his team welcome a new talented neurotechnician to the island, Dr. Crispin quickly realizes his masterwork has fallen into the hands of a man he does not trust.


Back on the mainland, Ken Bishop and his best
Paperback, 281 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Permuted Press
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Oct 09, 2015 karen rated it really liked it




that is the tag line along the top of this book.


just, wow.

this book is about a seeecret government facility on an island where soldiers are being turned into werewolf (well, actually, dog, but the cover says "werewolves," so i am going to say werewolves because the cover doesn't listen to me when i gently correct it) anyway, so "werewolf" fighting machines. right?? and they battle e
Werewolves vs Zombies: How could you go wrong?

The answer, of course, is in how well you execute your awesome idea. So instead of focusing on the werewolves and how they work as a unit - establishing the various characters through their interactions in and around their battles with zombies - follow the antagonist as he plots his ascension to being the boss, and a group of random civilians, of which exactly two are characterised enough to feel somewhat real. In the meantime, introduce about 20 cha
May 22, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Authors Thom Brannan and D.L. Snell bring us the thrilling story of Pavlov's Dogs. The world has gone to hell in a hand basket in only a month. The dead are rising. With only one bite, scratch, or blood consumption they are infecting the living. Leaving them with the same fate of the walking dead. There is no hope in site for humanity. It has spread all around the world. The government has fallen. Armageddon is upon us, God save us.

Dr. Crispin, a brilliant scientist who is safely tucked away on
Felicia A
YAYYY! Another editing project is ALMOST a published book. Zombies AND Werewolves...well sorta. Due to be released in May - watch out for this one!
Feb 15, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received a free copy of this from a goodreads giveaway, and boy am I glad I did!

I really had no idea what to expect from this book. It's a heck of a premise. As a general rule I'm iffy on the zombie genre. I find it has a tendency to turn into boring and repetitive gore. On the other hand, I am a huge fan of the werewolf genre. Sadly the werewolf genre suffers from an overabundance of badly written paranormal romance. This is NOT that.

Let me start by saying this book is fun. It's not serious.
Vintage Moon
Sep 17, 2012 Vintage Moon rated it really liked it
I won this book from goodreads giveaway and I was very happy to get it.

This book was BAM! in your face lets keep the action rolling and then make you scream with plot twists.

I became very involved in all the characters emotions and let me just say that the authors did a great job in creating a horrible villain or I should say villains the way they evolved into to the epitome of evil was mind racking I wanted to reach in the book and strangle them myself. The heroes were very entertaining and li
Nov 04, 2012 Daniel rated it it was ok
I had hoped to end my run of October horror fiction with a bang; unfortunately, the one sound that escaped me as I put this tale away was an "ugh."

I won't excoriate this book or its authors. As promised on the gotta-love-this-cheese cover, there are zombies; there are werewolves; and there is an apocalypse. With these ingredients, the authors serve up a story that has gore, despicable villains, and noble protagonists just trying to avoid becoming zombie chow.

In my case, this dish didn't have the
David Biondi
I picked up this book for free thanks to amazon prime lending library for the kindle. The story is about a bunch of genetically engineered were wolves that are sent out to save people during a zombie apocalypse. The action is in this book was really good but I felt the story was kind of shallow. I would have liked to seen some more back story and a little more into setting up the world. Snell did a really good job with the characters I thought and I think given another 100-200 pages this book ...more
Amir Aizudin
Nov 06, 2013 Amir Aizudin rated it really liked it
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Aug 29, 2012 Stephen rated it it was amazing
Different than I was expecting with a killer ending. Bestial, bloody, and action packed from start to finish. I highly recommend reading this novel.
Jun 18, 2012 A~lotus rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Mature readers
Recommended to A~lotus by: No one
Shelves: first-reads
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Patrick D'Orazio
Jun 26, 2012 Patrick D'Orazio rated it really liked it
Pavlov's Dogs jumps right into things, starting out several weeks after the zombie apocalypse has gotten into full swing and most of the human race has been wiped out or turned. We are immediately introduced to a group of what looks to be werewolves as they save a couple of humans running out of time and options as the undead close in on them. At first, the reader isn't given much more to go on about these wolves as the story flips back in time to the day the zombie attacks began, where we are ...more
Jun 18, 2012 Rea rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Full review can be found here.

Though I watch a fair few horror films, it’s actually fairly rare that I will read horror stories aimed at the adult market. I tried Stephen King’s Pet Sematary once and ended up having nightmares about dead things rising from the grave. Not fun. I stopped part way through and haven’t touched another King novel since (though I have watched most of the films based on his books and those never give me nightmares!). This experience taught me something very important: d
T.W. Brown
Jun 27, 2012 T.W. Brown rated it really liked it
There is absolutely no chance for the reader to ease into this story. It launches right into some edge-of-your-seat action to draw you in and let you know that you should clear the rest of your day because you won't be setting this book down any time soon.

I am seldom disappointed with anything from Mr. Snell and Permuted Press. (In fact, I guess I am still waiting for that to happen.) I am often skeptical when attempts are made to cross the genres, and I admit to the same trepidation here. I am
Jan 30, 2013 Hope rated it really liked it
I won a copy through the Goodreads' Firstreads program!

Let's start backwards, with the only bad part of this ended too soon. I think well-written novels about apocalypse-zombie-survivor ideas should extend to series, just saying.

My first thought was the idea seemed cheesy, but after reading a few pages I was hooked. Snell took a great risk heading into this genre, and I am now a fan! I will look for more books from Permuted Press as well!

Basically you have a team of scientists hunkere
Aug 30, 2012 Robert rated it really liked it
"Pavlov's Dogs" by D.L. Snell and Thom Brannan gets moving in a hurry. The prologue drops you right into the middle of an all-out zombie apocalypse, getting the adrenaline flowing immediately. The pace of the book doesn't let up as you're introduced to a group of genetically-enhanced soldiers (werewolves) who are training for special operations on a secluded island. Once word reaches them of the apocalypse on the mainland, they're dispatched to rescue survivors and wreak havoc on the undead ...more
Ms. Nikki
Well... I read it. It was good, but nowhere near the execution level I thought something like Werewolves vs. Zombies could be. First of all, it took me a moment to get into this read. Way too many characters you were supposed to differentiate by their name and color (lot of light brown, reddish brown, crayola colors being dished out. To be truthful it was more an adventure/survival read. I wanted MORE WOLVES (which, in this book they are called DOGS. That grated on my nerves a bit), more snarly, ...more
The world is over run with zombies, what do you do?

My answer is simple, I try to find someone like Ken, a construction worker with the know how of rigging up booby traps to keep the zombies out and a large group of people safe.

Before I go any further let me introduce you to the Dogs of War. Men with special forces training who under go a program, where chips and wires are inserted to the brain to create man made werewolves.

With plenty of gore to go around the question arises, who will win in a
Jun 02, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
The authors did a fantastic job in combining Zombies, Warewolfs and modern man. The story line flows very nicely from event to event and I found it to be more believable than I thought it would be. Pavlos Dogs is well written and not far-fetched as one might believe of a Zombie/Warewolf novel.
Kenya Wright
I love the name!!!
Natacha Pavlov
Apr 02, 2012 Natacha Pavlov marked it as to-read
My last name is Pavlov... & I love werewolves... of course I have to read this! LOL
Pamela Scott
May 17, 2015 Pamela Scott rated it really liked it
I very combat driven journey a very good read.
Nov 24, 2016 Justin rated it really liked it
The zombie apocalypse has finally taken place. Earth is overrun by the walking dead and mankind's last hope is...werewolves? Not just werewolves, but a pack of genetically engineered military werewolves. In Pavlov's Dogs, authors D.L. Snell and Thom Brannan have given us an unusual premise, but it's one that works surprisingly well. A secret military team working from a remote island is not only ideally suited to surviving the apocalypse, but they also have the means - in the form of a pack of ...more
C.T. Phipps
Jan 17, 2016 C.T. Phipps rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombies
Werewolves vs. Zombies.

If those three words intrigue you, then this is the book for you. In the spirit of Universal's The Wolfman vs. Dracula and similar titles, Pavlov's Dogs takes the kind of question that fanboys muse about and wrote a fun little story about it. Surprisingly, the book isn't wall-to-wall werewolf versus zombie action but frequently interrupted with the kind of survival horror common to zombie stories. The book also possesses a surprising amount of black humor, almost pushing
Henry Milburn
May 22, 2016 Henry Milburn rated it really liked it
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Feb 28, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, e-book
Everything I want in a zombie book is here, with the added spice of having some werewolves (dogs actually) thrown in the mix to kick everything up a notch. I was enthralled by how fast the action started, nothing turns me off a book more than a slow heavy handed opening but Pavlov's Dogs (PD from now on) is not that book. It starts fast and in my opinion never really slows down. The action just keeps ramping up.

Technically speaking the book was well edited (as I've found most of Permuted Press's
Dorrie Baker
Feb 23, 2014 Dorrie Baker rated it it was ok
Not my style.

When I read the book description for this, I was so excited. The idea for this one was high concept, but for me that quickly fizzled. I love a good plot as all readers do, but I need characters I want to spend time with to live out that plot.

I guess I like things clear, I need/want an identifiable lead. I want to care about the lead. This book, at least to me, spent way too much time jumping around without giving me that or anyone to really care about. Ken and Jorge are likable but
Surya Halim
Nov 04, 2012 Surya Halim rated it liked it
Good original ideas regarding mixture of werewolves (called "dogs") and walking deads. Vivid description of violence especially towards the end.

However, the storyline is often difficult to follow, as something interesting often happens to one of the story participants and the story cuts off right there. Finally when the reader gets back to the previous interesting part of the story, the part just goes on as if nothing happened. The sequence of events simply does not connect smoothly. Is it becau
Aug 06, 2014 RJ rated it liked it
The ingredients are there; zombies, shape-shifting soldiers, and a couple decent characters. But ingredients alone do not make a good souffle, and this one fell flat. I hung in there waiting for the story to develop a more interesting and/or exciting pace, but it was not to be. I doubt if I'll follow up with book two. I'll let this sleeping dog lie.
R. Riley
May 01, 2013 R. Riley rated it liked it
Werewolves, zombies, mayhem, action. Snell and Brannan pack everything, but the kitchen sink into this novel and mostly pull it off. Pavlov's Dogs is a fast read, there's a ton of moving plot points, and nearly all of them come to a satisfying conclusion. Near the end, though, it starts to fall apart, to an extent. Overall, it's worth a read and hardly disappointing.
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D.L. Snell is a writer and freelance editor at Permuted Press. He edited Dr. Kim Paffenroth twice, John Dies at the End once, and provided a constructive critique to Joe McKinney on his next major novel after Dead City. He has also edited Permuted’s Undead series.
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