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The world has suffered a catastrophe of unknown cause, dividing humankind into two: the Haters and the Unchanged. Each group believes the other to be the enemy; each group is fighting for survival. Only by working together can the enemy – whoever that enemy is – be defeated. There are no other choices. Danny McCoyne has managed to break free, and after days of indiscrimina...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books
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karen
seriously - a one-day-read feels so good after spending two weeks on one book; it is freeing to remember that it can be done and still have time left over to watch step up2 - the streets!! (those motherfuckers danced in the rain! talk about risking it all!)

this is the middle book in a trilogy, so don't go running out to read it based on the "strength" of this review without first going out and getting hater.it is a fun bloody romping zombie-ish book that is a page-turning good time for those of...more
Greg
Karen's review says just about sums up the book.

I read books like this for cool shit to happen. For instance, to read about a child killing an adult by eating through the persons chest. Maybe this isn't too realistic but it's cool shit. I want my horror novels to read like they were written by a sociopath. I want blood and gore, and fuck redeeming social value. More blood, more gore! Kill! Kill! Kill!

This book delivers on the good stuff at the start and end of the book, but then gets mired dow...more
Jason
4.5 Stars

I am such a big fan of David Moody as an author. I also love the genre that he specializes in, the post-apocalyptic. This book, Dog Blood is the second in the hater series. As I have mentioned before Moody does a superb job at making these horror stories about people. He creates characters that are true to life and three dimensional. Moody's Autumn series worked by creating a world filled with characters like you and me. There were no superheroes in that one, and many were very likable....more
Schnaucl
Two and a half stars. (Some spoilers for Hater)

I realized about halfway through that I was forcing myself to get through the book. Never a good sign.

Part of what made Hater so good was how chilling Danny's behavior was after his change. He was 100% certain that he had to kill the Unchanged or they would kill him and during the kills he experience euphoria.

In this book there was a bit of the euphoria but I never found his behavior chilling. While in Hater he acted on instinct in this book Danny s...more
Jo Anne B

3.5 stars

I went onto this book right after the first book and was a little let down with it. In the very beginning I felt the author took a cop out when he said it didn't matter what caused this to happen, it did, now we just have to deal with it. I was looking for more of an explanation and this made me feel like the author couldn't explain it so he made it seem irrelevant to the characters in the book. Now, I praise Moody all the time for his books being realistic and if this were to happen I...more
Robert Beveridge
David Moody, Dog Blood (Thomas Dunne Books, 2010)

Unlike (I assume) most prospective readers of Moody's latest, Dog Blood, I have not read its prequel, Hater. (And judging by Dog Blood's end, I'm going to posit that this is the middle book in a pending trilogy.) I am familiar with moody through the Autumn quartet, which I read four or five years ago and which have become something of a self-publishing success story, not only launching what has since become one of the most popular small horror pre...more
Suspense Magazine
Not for the faint of heart, “Dog Blood” by David Moody is a gritty and gruesome look into the world after the Hate takes over, separating the population in two. Those inflicted by this vicious change of heart only feel satisfied when in the throes of violence and attacking the Unchanged. Complete annihilation has become the only thing that matters to people that were once very much like us. While the Unchanged—in an effort to continue some semblance of normal life—have moved into small-sequester...more
Lori
From author for review -

It's war baby, and the Unchanged don't stand a chance.

In Dog Blood, the sequel to David Moody's novel Hater, No one cares about what caused the Hate anymore. Self-preservation is the priority. The world is beginning to fall apart, buildings rotting away or damaged in battle. Food and clean water is becoming harder and harder to come by. Unchanged men, women, and children slowly begin to move into the cities, cramming themselves into office buildings, and apartments, wait...more
Ruby  Tombstone [Uncensored or Else]
Apr 24, 2012 Ruby Tombstone [Uncensored or Else] rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: intellectual horror fiends
I love the premise of these books, and this was a good read, but I think "second in a trilogy" syndrome applies here. The couple of issues I had with the first book still exist, and my questions have yet to be resolved. Nevertheless, it's a good read and does introduce a couple of new elements to the mix. Like the first book, I felt that the first two thirds of this were a little slow, but once it picked up momentum it really packed a punch. David Moody really knows how to finish a book! I can't...more
Jenni Arndt
You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads.

After being blown away by Hater I was quick to run out and buy the remaining books in the series, Dog Blood and Them or Us. Hater had the perfect build up, and I was right there with the McCoyne's as the world went to hell. In Dog Blood we are once again treated to alternating perspectives, but here we have, of course, Danny's perspective and we alternate between that and a third person narration following an unchanged named Mark around as he trie...more
Joanna
Mar 08, 2013 Joanna marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book in the beginning. I enjoyed the way the author layed out the story on a day to day basis. Internal narrative of a person. Followed by the first person of the man character.

The work interaction was funny, bringing back fond memories of office space and TP reports.

The protagonists kids in the story were annoying and left me thinking they needed that nanny from the reality show.

Then it just got boring. I can't say exactly when it happened, but it did. At some point what I...more
David Bradley
This is a weak follow-up to Moody's Hater, the first book in this series. What I loved about the first book was the main character's development arc -- how Danny reacted to a world going to hell, mostly by not reacting (until the end of that book). In this second book, the world is already hell, and remains hell. In the first book, the world changed, but Danny didn't, and it worked. In the second book, the world stays the same, but Danny's changes, and it flops. Problem is, the changes Danny und...more
Thee_ron_clark
The world has quickly turned into a post-apocalyptic night mare following a change in about a third of the population known simply as The Hate. The people infected with it are called haters. Those who have gone through the change have an overwhelming desire to kill those who have not.

The unchanged masses are pushed into secured areas patrolled by heavily-armed soldiers. Rations and living space are becoming more and more difficult to come by as any excursions out of the secure zones are general...more
Shanon
Wonderful! I had a hard time putting this book down. Hater grabbed my attention and it’s sequel, Dog Blood, kept it.

We continue to follow Danny and get more insights into the mind of a Hater. I didn’t really like Danny when we first met him in Hater but I really liked him in this one. He was stronger and less whiny about his situation. Danny’s world is bloody, graphic, violent and terrifying. I can’t get enough!

I’m still insanely curious about the cause of the Haters and really hope that the ne...more
Corey
No mistake, Dog Blood is not for everyone, and there are many who will see little value in its intense cynicism and graphic violence. But connoisseurs of the genre will realize the craft behind the mayhem, and will appreciate Moody's refusal to enliven his grim fairy tale with humour or hope. This is the horror of blood and guts, the horror of vintage Romero and Fulci, and if you're not prepared for it, why are you reading it?

Read the rest of the review here.
Helen
Somehow not as satisfying as 'Hater', probably because it's the second book of the trilogy. Feels akin to a difficult 'second album'. Although it does have some vaguely interesting social commentary on the nature of war and the pointlessness of terrorism, there wasn't the same thrill and terror of the unknown that was part of the first book, and the sections on the experiences of Mark, one of the 'Unchanged', felt incomplete, and the lack of explanation as to what caused the outbreak of 'Hate' i...more
babs
The second book which was an easy one sit read, was very good, fast paced, with characters, whether good or bad...made it easy to relate to and have an emotional connection with. The action and violence was fierce yet easy to visualize.
Sg
Really well written apocalypse horror. Would have given it 5 from 5 if not for the predictable ending about 100 pages from the end, but a fab read nonetheless. Am saving book 3 to read as a treat, hoping its as good as the first two.
Gitte


The Beginning: The cause of the Hate (as it had come to be known on both sides of the uneven divide) was irrelevant.

I knew it would be difficult for Dog Blood to match Hater. The second instalment is always difficult. We don't get the excitement of the first novel, the what-the-hell-is-going-on-rush, which was really powerful in Hater, where we really didn't know what the hell was going on. That was amazing. Second instalments can be both brilliant and horrible. Good authors use the second book...more
Chris
Can you maintain a narrative while depicting the most savage war ever imagined? Seemingly so, but just barely. Stepping back into the shoes of the main character, Danny, from the first book now turned hater. We fallow him as he makes his way back home in search of his daughter, who he had recognised as turned in the last moments that he saw her.
When not caught up with the act of killing, we get glimpses into the mind of the haters as Danny contemplates the war that has swept the world. Knowing f...more
Cecilia Solis-sublette
The second in the Hater series, Dog Blood follows Hater Danny McCoyne as he travels with other Haters in search for his daughter, Ellis, another child member of the Changed. She is currently being held by her mother, Lizzie, a member of the Unchanged. This book contains just as much action and violence as the first and, like the last novel, mixes philosophy with the hatred/violence. What makes a person "Changed"? What makes a person "Unchanged"? Is it possible for a "Changed" person to have any...more
Lisa
Suffering slightly in the first half from middle book syndrome, nonetheless as the story went on the fantastic pace and tension that I so loved in the first one came back with a vengeance. I've had to take a breather in between this and the last entry in the series to both prolong my enjoyment, and to stop me from having a stress induced coronary soon.

With the world irrevocably changed since the Change, it's now sharply divided between the Unchanged, living desperate lives crammed into city's th...more
Erik
Not sure what to think about Dog Blood by David Moody. I read Hater last year and loved it. Moody’s pacing was superb, unfolding the Hater outbreak slowly ratcheted up the tension wonderfully. Following along with the McCoyne family as they became increasingly isolated and terrified at what was unfolding before them, created a world that was palpable in its sense of terror. When Dog Blood was release I snapped it up. Half way through the book I was just as enthused as I had been with Hater. Mood...more
Eve
This is #2 in the Hater trilogy. The continuing saga of everyman Danny McCoyne's life as a Hater. I refrain from considering this a "zombie" novel because I don't believe the Haters are zombies. Or at least not in the traditional sense of the living dead. Haters are not dead, they simply became violent with a deadly lust to kill those who are not "unchanged." They eat and sleep like everyone else. And as the protagonist has shown, they also have very human emotions of love and loyalty. Dog Blood...more
AmandaSOTP
Dog Blood is the sequel to Hater (my review here) and I couldn’t have asked for a better novel. It’s fast paced, and even more mind bending than the first. The world is now divided between the Haters and the Unchanged. Families are divided and separated while the Unchanged try to hold off the Haters who will stop at nothing to destroy all the Unchanged.

The story picks up with Mark, Danny’s cousin, who is Unchanged and his survival in the city center with his pregnant wife, in-laws, Danny’s wife,...more
Jennifer Lee
I'm really surprised at how much I'm enjoying this trilogy. I'm more then half way done Them or Us, and this whole trilogy has been awesome so far. I mean, it's a scrary ass concept. One day 30% of the population just ticks and they want to kill the 70% of the population that remained unchanged. Not only that, but their fast and stronger and way more aggressive then them.

In the second novel, Danny is trying to find his daughter or is also a hater. Danny's actually quite a bit different in this...more
Trudi
Not as strong as Book 1, but a decent sequel that achieved the necessary plot development to move the story along to what will hopefully be a rousing finale. By now, we know what's going on so there's no mystery there (even though we still don't know why and for what purpose).

This time the story lacks the fever-pitch level of suspense that grabs you by the throat in Hater and doesn't let go. Dog Blood shows us how most humans are "dealing with" the crisis in the short-term, having become refuge...more
Joe Robles
Definitely a great sequel to Hater. I'm a fan of different uses of point of view and this novel uses first person for Danny, a third person omniscient narrator, and a 3rd person limited to tell the story of Mark and his wife, a couple living inside the quarantine zones. It's great in that it lets you see the world of the haters and the normals. The most interesting choice is to only use first person for Danny, one of the "haters". The novel forces you to be in the mind of, essentially, the bad g...more
Kristin F. Würgler
At the end of 'Hater' the world was dividing between the regular humans (the unchanged) and the haters. In 'Dog blood' the haters have started to organize in order to wipe out the unchanged. Danny joins a rag-tag militant group, at the same time as he is trying to find his daughter, who is also a hater and still in her unchanged mother's care.

My biggest problem with this book, was that I had so few characters that I had any hope of relating to. The haters don't care about anything other than ki...more
Greg
How to put this all, I was so looking forward to "Dog Blood" after having read "Hater". I also read the prequel to "Dog Blood" that is available on David Moody's web site, to prepare for the 2nd book in the series. I must admit that at first I was..I don't want to say disappointed, but I'd say expecting more, it seemed to me that the story was kinda just going on, not to any specific direction but continuing. And now that I've finished, I have to say that I was incorrect in my 1st impression. Ye...more
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David Moody was born in 1970 and grew up in Birmingham on a diet of trashy horror and pulp science fiction books and movies. He worked as a bank manager and as operations manager for a number of financial institutions before giving up the day job to write about the end of the world for a living. He has written a number of horror novels, including AUTUMN, which has been downloaded more than half a...more
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