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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, wh
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Forge Books
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W. Cameron
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I suppose it is a bit ridiculous for me to review a novel that I wrote, but I did, in the process, read the thing, and I have a few thoughts.

First, the author seems to be losing his hair. In compensation, he's growing it longer and sort of swirling it around on his head, which looks ridiculous.

Second, while I would hand A Dog's Purpose to any child, even newborns, I wouldn't do that with The Dog Master. This is an epic, sweeping tale of a pivotal point in human history: the first domesticated w
Just so you know, this review is not being written by the human who normally posts stuff here.

This review is being written by her dog. Who better to review a book called The Dog Master?

Now before you go and think that dogs cannot write reviews, let me point out a few things. First of all, I am a Border Collie, and even you humans have proven that we are most intelligent. Also, what the heck do you think we do all day while you are at work? Chase butterflies? Sit at the door and eagerly await yo
Andrew Gupton
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Upon hearing the news that W. Bruce Cameron, the author A Dog's Purpose and A Dog's Journey (two of my favorite novels), was releasing a book about the first dog ever, I couldn't have been more excited! I was lucky enough to win an advanced copy in a giveaway, though I would have been one of the first in line to purchase it upon it's release. As a dog lover I often wondered about the origins of the wonderful and inexplicable relationship between human and dog.

From the moment I opened the cover
Mark Stevens
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Cameron's work, fans of historical fiction, lovers of dogs
Author W. Bruce Cameron has called this book "epic" and a favorite of everything he has written, so I had to see for myself. As usual, Cameron doesn't disappoint. He has written so many books that I describe as favorites for me that I couldn't wait to get a copy of his latest book. (I was lucky enough to get an advance reading copy from the publisher.) I'm not sure where Cameron gets his muse, but we are all so very lucky that he finds that muse -- and listens intently. For "The Dog Master: A No ...more
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Dave Malone
Aug 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
The Dog Master Review: An Upper Paleolithic Soap Opera

Have you ever found yourself sitting in an archeology class or an anthropology class and found that your mind was beginning to wander? As your professor talked about the first humans and of our ancestors, it is only natural that your college-aged, over-worked, under-rested mind would start to wander. Who was the first person or tribe to make fire? Who was the first person to create a weapon? How about the first person to wear clothes?

What abo
Walter Cruikshank
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this author's bestseller A Dog's Purpose as a gift from a friend, when I lost my dog. That book has stayed with me, and is one of the few books I actually think about as I move through my days. Every time I greet a dog on the street and say, "you're a good dog," I think about the book.

So I had really high expectations upon having received an advanced reader copy of this book via a giveaway on the author's Facebook page.

I was absolutely not disappointed. In fact, and I am surprised t
Gail Strickland
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
No one knows for sure how the wolves evolved from predators to man's companion, but Cameron tells his version of how it happened. I really enjoyed this book as I'm a sucker for a dog story, but also Cameron's writing makes it seem as if his take on things could really be the way it happened.
Shelley Taylor
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all dog lovers
This book is a must read for every dog lover! It touches your heart and creates a bond between the reader and the book. I could not put it down. Mr. Cameron writes in such a way that I felt like I was there and experiencing what was happening. Please write a sequel, this book left me wanting more!
Kathy Christina
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Caveat, I'm a huge W. Bruce Cameron fan, so they sent me an ARC of this book and I can honestly say that though I never thought he'd write better books than the A Dog's Purpose two book series, this is by far and away Cameron's best book yet.

I was completely swept up into the massive, gorgeous story from page one. It was completely unpredictable, and kept me up late into the night because I could not put it down, but Cameron is very good at that. The writing from the wolf point of view was as a
Linda Schnell-Leonardi
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My taste in reading is somewhat eclectic. I was able to get an ARC copy of the book. And my curiosity was peaked from the first chapter. I was thrust into the story which drove me into a reading frenzy. I gulped this book down. I took chunks of it, and devoured them, yearning for more. My eyes could not keep up with my brain and hearts demands, and I was forced to put the book down to get some rest. I was realizing that this book was reminiscent of two of my favorite books, I was hooked. Awakene ...more
W. Monisa  Smith
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a review of a NetGalley advanced copy.

I was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. But Cameron grabs the reader and doesn't let go until the end. I could not stop telling my friends about this fascinating book that I simply could not get out of my mind. I am a dog trainer in my spare time. Several years ago, I attended a camp in which one of the speakers shared some new (at that time) theories on canine/human evolution. Basically, if it wasn't for the domestication of dogs,
Heidi Brydon
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Look I'm a huge fan of W. Bruce Cameron, and am thrilled that the first book of his I read, A Dog's Purpose, is going to be a movie directed by Lasse Hailstrom. But I have always said that nothing for me will top the A Dog's Purpose two book series, though I have loved reading all his books.

But hands down, this is the best book he's ever written, and one of the best books I've ever read. Why? Because it tells a story we know is true (what we call dogs were once wolves) but how that happened has
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the author
Recommended to Wendy by: Charlie
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Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
If I had to say one thing about Mr. Cameron’s books it would be that they certainly tug at my emotions, whether the lighter “Dog’s Purpose” series or this latest, most ambitious to date, “The Dog Master”.

“The Frightened” – a clan of incredibly shy people, often alone posing no real threat

“The Cohorts” – man killers, they are the most feared tribe of the book

“The Kindred” – hunters and migrators, with a strict social structure

“The Wolfen” – hunters, who run everywhere they go and have a social st
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bought it because I love the author, Loved it because the book is amazing.

I'll be totally honest, I just love this author. W. Bruce Cameron is the guy who wrote "A Dog's Purpose" (one of my all-time favorites) and he's just a wonderful author. Fans of his will tell you, he does a lot to make sure that his books help animal rescue and he really stays in touch with his readers, so I bought this book to support his work. What I mean is, I had great reasons to BUY this book, but I rated it 5 stars
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was extremely fortunate to receive an advanced reader copy of W. Bruce Cameron's newest novel, The Dog Master: A Novel of the First Dog. If you're looking for a great summer read--or any other season--this may be just the ticket. Based upon the Afterword of the book, Cameron read about a recent archeological discovery of 30,000-year-old bones of a man and what is believed to be his pet wolf, what essentially would be the first "dog." Cameron then imagines a prehistoric tale, framed by a histor ...more
Diane Simon
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a masterpiece. I received an advance reader copy from the publisher, and I am a fan of the author, but it just blew me away. If it reminds me of anything, it's Game of Thrones, which I am a huge fan of, because of it's epic scope and complex relationships. Truly this book is a story that has never before been told, about how one human and one wolf changed the course of human history. This is the kind of book that gets you mad because you try to put it down at night and you can't. Ca ...more
Nancy Baker
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
What a fun book!! I hated for it to end! I loved the relationship with Mal and Dog and how it progressed. I liked following the different tribes. I don't care if it's factual or purely imaginary I loved this book. I won this in a first read giveaway and might just go out and buy the hardcover when it becomes available!
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for any dog lover. A very interesting look at the first relationship of humans and wolves ( dogs) . That fact that the story followed different time line made the story that much more real to me. The research that Mr. Cameron must have done make this book that much better. Thank you for a great read.
Mark Elliott
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thanks Net Galley for the advance peek! I thought this guy couldn't top the A Dog's Purpose series, but he did. The writing from the wolf point of view was brilliant, this epic cast of characters surprised me at every turn and once I got to a chapter end I just had to keep reading. Amazing!
Ben Miller
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the publisher for the advance reader copy! I loved this, I certainly hope it will be a series.
Patti's Book Nook
I'm a huge animal lover, owning four hairy mutts and two cats. Upon hearing of this release, I squealed with delight. I was even more pleased to find out that Cameron will be an author present at the Books on the Nightstand podcast reader retreat known as Booktopia, held this September in the beautiful Petoskey, Michigan. Surprisingly, it took me awhile to get into this one. It might have been the prehistoric time period and necessary setup that felt a bit textbook-y Luckily, I forged on and af ...more
Wendy Stanley
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have waited all my life for this book. I have always wondered, how did it happen that this creature who has the DNA of an animal that would kill me curled up at my feet, loving me like no one else ever will?

I was a huge fan of A Dog's Purpose, which a friend gave me when I lost my dog, after only 3 years. I was devastated and the book gave me such a feeling of peace.

So I'm a fan, and I'm grateful to the publisher for the early read.

But I have to say, this is one of the most amazing books I'
Gordon Kirkland
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Marion Diemert
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Addictive - could not put the book down. The story is mesmerizing and author Cameron pulls the reader in with his gift with the written word. His characters are so real you find you are loving some and hating others. The story of The Dog Master is well researched and a must read for every dog lover. A Dogs Purpose and A Dogs Journey were good reads, but The Dog Master is classes above his earlier books. A winner!
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Who would think that this novel would have me on the edge of my seat? I am a dog lover, but this was more of an imagining of how and why dogs and humans became companions. Looking forward to meeting this author at Booktopia Petoskey.
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What an incredible and amazing book! I could not put the book away. What a great book for any dog lovers. It explains a true and strong connection between human and animal. Thank You Bruce for writing an incredible novel!
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Having read most of Cameron's previous work, I was expecting a great dog story and was not disappointed. Discovering that The Dog Master included a great human story was a bonus. Of course, writing a story set 30,000 years ago requires more than a little speculation regarding the exact details of individual actions and dialog but his ability to create characters that the reader forms an emotional attachment with – you'll love the heroes and really hate the villains – makes this book a great read ...more
Douglas Lord
Jul 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Ever think about when and where the first dog appeared? Best-selling author Cameron (A Dog’s Purpose) has—a lot. The book starts with a ridiculously melodramatic snippet of hard-ass archeology professor James K. Morby torturing a class. This introduces readers to the academician’s pet theory (har de har har): that mankind’s place at the top of the food chain is down to our domestication of wolves. Different story arcs catapult readers backward; in year 19, some dude (I picture Ringo Starr in Cav ...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
“Yet did you know that every dog alive today has a little wolf DNA? Not just huskies, who often look like wolves, but pugs, corgis, poodles? Chuhuahuas - they sometimes act like they still are wolves.” 1 likes
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