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Dog Blood (Hater #2)

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On the heels of Patient Zero and Pride and Prejudice with Zombies— the electrifying sequel to Hater where humanity fights itself to the death against a backdrop of ultimate apocalyptic destruction

The Earth has been torn into two parts by an irreversible division. Whether due to nature, or the unknown depths of the mind itself, everyone is now either Human or Hater. Vi
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Hardcover, 326 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published 2010)
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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
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Greg
Jun 27, 2010 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
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
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Jason
Apr 12, 2012 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2012
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.
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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
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Alina
Apr 27, 2016 Alina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice page-turner, with lots of action, killing, gore. Interesting to see things through the eyes of a Hater, to see the planning and the reasoning, but not likely to be able to identify with the character.
Jo Anne B
May 05, 2012 Jo Anne B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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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
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Suspense Magazine
May 25, 2010 Suspense Magazine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Alondra
Oct 21, 2014 Alondra rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
3.5 Stars

The evolution of Haters, and the devolution (descent or degeneration to a lower or worse state) of the rest of humanity. We got a taste of different factions; if you will; of Haters...or maybe, different levels of Hater-dom; not really sure how to describe it. I have the feeling that the children were much worse, than the adults. "children have no memory of before, ...they are pure hate."

We get really in depth with how our main character, Danny McCoyne; is adjusting and evolving as a H
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Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
Apr 24, 2012 Ruby Tombstone [With A Vengeance] rated it liked it  ·  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
Erik
Jul 19, 2012 Erik rated it liked it
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
Jenni Arndt
Oct 30, 2012 Jenni Arndt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purchased-own
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
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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
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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
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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
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Corey
May 31, 2010 Corey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?

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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
Si Barron
Jul 18, 2015 Si Barron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, horror
Well, here’s a bleak but rollicking read.

Our protagonist Danny is a ‘Hater’, a zombie who rampages across the countryside in search of his child: also a zombie. I use the word ‘zombie’ cautiously (it occurs only once in the book) for, although Haters have some zombie-like traits (they kill non-zombies indiscriminately) they are essentially normal individuals; they aren’t ‘undead’; they will injure and die as humans; they are rational and caring towards their ‘own’; they have fears and doubts.

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babs
Jan 05, 2014 babs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mika Harjula
Oct 20, 2015 Mika Harjula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, zombies
Still out of control and brutal as the previous. Story developing to something deeper as Danny is trying to understand the meaning to all this madness. More finesse to the story. Meanwhile some more splatter and death as the Haters looking for someones face to kick in. Awesome! Horrible but fascinating. Hair-raising. High speed.
Brad Kirk
Mar 17, 2016 Brad Kirk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My initial concerns with this storyline remain, but I'm still enjoying the books. They are quick and entertaining reads. My concern is with the fact that the protagonist is part of a group comprising roughly 1/3 of the human population and that is obsessed with eradicating the other 2/3's. Although the Haters claim that they must kill non-Haters as a matter of self-preservation, it was the Haters who initiated violence once they changed into Haters. Even at the present point in the story, Haters ...more
Nicole
Feb 21, 2015 Nicole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not my sort of read..I went into this thinking it was more zombie based since I hadn't read the first book, Hater. I was naive and wrong. The scene is laid out nicely but the main character was difficult for me to give a $&@w about. ;/ It is well worth a read to those more seasoned in this genre.
Andy Raeburn
Apr 17, 2016 Andy Raeburn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a terrible book. I had the misfortune of buying this book after enjoying the first 25% of Hater and I only read it because it was taking up valuable real estate on my book shelf. David Moody should get himself an editor. It drives me crazy when I notice continuity and puntuation errors and this book has plenty of both. I have the sense that it may be self-published since this final draft feels like a first draft.

it is unfortunate because I get the sense that Moody could be a decent writer i
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Sg
Mar 21, 2014 Sg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Fiona
As good as book 1 in the trilogy. Couldn't put it down. Finished it in less than a day and immediately downloaded book 3.

This series is even better than the Autumn series. Reading Moody's books is like eating hot, buttered toast. You know it's crap, and contains no nourishment whatsoever, but you just can't stop. He builds a coherent world with well-defined characters and paces the story so as to keep you on the edge of your seat. Reading this series reminds me of Dexter - you find yourself root
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Robert
Mar 15, 2015 Robert rated it liked it
Shelves: end-times
This guy Danny, a Hater, is looking for his five year old daughter, also a Hater, in a really screwed up world. Seems the Unchanged have pulled back into various city centers in a defensive posture against the Haters. Meanwhile the Haters are the hunted on the hunt by and for the Unchanged. I liked this book and look forward to the third in the series. With all the bleakness and graphic and senseless violence finishing this series will be kind of nice. Then I can move on to other dark reading ma ...more
Andy Phillips
Oct 03, 2014 Andy Phillips rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
SPOILER ALERT - I would recommend that you read 'Hater' before this review or 'Dog Blood'.

This is the 2nd book of 3 in the series and follows on more-or-less directly from the events of 'Hater'. Most of the story concerns Danny McCoyne's attempts to find his daughter Ellis. As we found out in the first book, he has changed into a rage-filled Hater, as has Ellis, and he wants to fight alongside her against the Unchanged (i.e. normal humans). The majority of this journey consists of a series of vi
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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
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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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