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The Dog Master: A Novel of the First Dog

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Set against the most dramatic time in our species' history, The Dog Master tells the story of one tribe's struggle for survival and one extraordinary man's bond with a wolf-a friendship that changed mankind forever

Thirty thousand years ago, ice was storming the planet. Among the species forced out of the trees and onto the steppes by the advancing cold was modern man, who
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: August 4th 2015 by Forge Books (first published March 10th 2015)
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Angela Oliver
I thoroughly enjoyed this prehistoric epic, an insight into the "birth" of the very first dog. Cameron has clearly done his research and penned a very convincing history of how life may have been for two quite different clans of our distant ancestors. It really proved to be a most engrossing read and kept me eager for more and filled with anticipation. There is sweetness, and a considerable amount of violence (life for this people was harsh, to say the least), and a cast of characters well desig ...more
Temple
I loved this book, despite the fact that I am not a fan of dogs. The story follows three timelines: the present day life of a professor who believes humans succeeded because of their early relationship with dogs, the early life of Mal's mother, and Mal's attempts to survive with a wolf he names Dog. The story opens with Mal struggling to survive on his own after being cast out of his tribe. He finds a wounded wolf with three puppies and they bond together in a cave. I was instantly hooked by thi ...more
Margaret Sankey
Imaginative interpretation of archaeological and anthropological speculation that it was teaming up with domesticated wolves that let people conquer their world, as two tribes over three generations interact with a wolf pack and eventually bond with one line of perceptive dominant females who are delighted to find that humans dispense food. Cameron clearly loves dogs, although he's a tell and now show writer who gets hung up on the human tribal political soap opera and a present-day academic arc ...more
Helene
I love dogs. I'm interested in the history of how Dogs and Man became friends. This story isn't it. I found much of it silly and I laughed at the way the tribes seemed hung up on marriage - the fact that Mal named the Wolf Dog after his brother Dog made me laugh out loud. Mr. Cameron certainly doesn't overestimate the intelligence of his readership. But in spite of it all, I was interested in the characters and cared about what happened to them. I found the overall story fun to read and I was so ...more
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I’ve always loved dogs, which puts me in a unique category along with what, maybe two or three billion people?

What’s not to love about an animal who will sit in your living room all day long, waiting for you to get home, and even if you need to work late and then stop for a stress-relieving beverage on your way home, when you unlock that front door, is absolutely overjoyed to see you? How could yo
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