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Dogs of War

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My name is Rex. I am a good dog.

Rex is also seven foot tall at the shoulder, bulletproof, bristling with heavy calibre weaponry and his voice resonates with subsonics especially designed to instil fear. With Dragon, Honey and Bees, he's part of a Multiform Assault Pack operating in the lawless anarchy of Campeche, south-eastern Mexico.

Rex is a genetically engineered Biof

Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published November 2nd 2017 by Head of Zeus (first published November 1st 2017)
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Mr R Excellent read, and like you i too am a whimp when it comes to man's best friend and lucky to work and train them in my job. Thoroughly recommend the…moreExcellent read, and like you i too am a whimp when it comes to man's best friend and lucky to work and train them in my job. Thoroughly recommend the novel, don't miss out by passing, be a good dog!(less)
ErsatzCulture I believe this has only been released in the UK (and Russia?) as of November 2018, and any physical edition listed on Amazon US is probably an import.…moreI believe this has only been released in the UK (and Russia?) as of November 2018, and any physical edition listed on Amazon US is probably an import. (less)
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Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I finished this late last night (has been a while since I stayed up so late to finish a book) but had to seriously ponder how to write this review.

Only recently I read Adrian Tchaikovsky's Children of Time and it is clear from these two books that the author has a wonderful sense of bringing the thoughts and feelings of animals (sorry, bioforms) to life. It is also clear that the author doesn't consider animals to be "just animals" but sees them on the same level as humans if not even one above.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
What at first appeared to be a straight tale of totally augmented dogs and other animals refitted with all the glorious technology of war, designed to be true monsters completely obedient to their masters, eventually became a tale of ethics and morality couched in legal-drama, societal commentary, and complicated decisions.

I'm quite impressed. This isn't just a war-dog story taken literally. It's a full-blown discussion on what makes humanity, transhumanism rights, and the pitfalls of certain ki
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Bioform Rex is trying to be a Good Boy, the kind of Good Dog his Master wants him to be. But when he is cut from that hierarchy, he must make his own decisions with the help of his friends in the Multi-form Assault Pack: Bees, Dragon, and Honey. Reminiscent of Flowers for Algernon, Rex's story is one of self-discovery, changing perceptions, and the building of personal morality. His evolving situation, from military asset to something more, means he must ask himself questions he was never progra ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
4.5 stars

Excellent near future SF that delves deep into the ethical questions that arise from augmenting animals and transforming them into a state of personhood. It is just as heartwrenching as you might expect.

I was made to be a weapon but I have lived a life. I was born an animal, they made me into a soldier and treated me as a thing. ...Servant and slave, leader and follower, I tell myself I have been a Good Dog. Nobody else can decide that for me.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dogs of War was not the book I was expecting to read - in a good way. I've long been a fan of Adrian Tchaikovsky, his Shadows of the Apt epic fantasy series is great and I really enjoyed his fantasy/adventure novel Spiderlight. In Dogs of War, Tchaikovsky turns his talents towards sci-fi with genetically engineered bioforms - animals enhanced by weaponised technology and given the smarts to communicate with humans on near like-for-like levels.

The protagonist is Rex, a genetically enhanced dog w
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"My name is Rex. I am a Good Dog."

Rex is definitely a Good Dog. He's also a nearly eight-feet tall bio-engineered cybernetically-enhanced dog soldier with access to heavy weaponry and networked to a whole squad of other artificial bioweapons. (Being introduced to each of them is a really well-done in text - I won't spoil it here).

"Most of the humans who are hiding are the small humans, the immature ones. Master says we must kill all of them."

Rex is a smart dog, but he's bred and programmed to ob
Tessy Ijachi
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
e-arc given to me via netgalley in exchange for an honest review

”Life is constant creation and destruction. The trick is knowing one from another”

This book is about a group of engineered bioform animals. They're used as weapons in the war cause they can carry out orders given to them by their master. Rex is a dog, also the leader of the group which consists of a bear, a giant lizard/dragon and bees.

Something about this book is that you will find the animals more intriguing than the humans. I
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it

This was nearly a 5 star. It starts with a bang of action. Bio-engineered dogs plus other animals working for an organisation with crwzy weaponary destroy a civilian outpost. You can feel the pull of freedom or questioning his master in Rexs voice through his chapters. Great action and characters, as well as an intriguing plot. It changes tact and slowly becomes a different novel or "beast" altogether. The novel changes direction and approaches questions about politics, ethics n relation to
Reksis ir Labs suns. Viņš mīl cilvēkus. Viņš ienīst ienaidniekus. Viņš pilnībā klausa Saimnieku. Viņa pleci sniedzas septiņu pēdu augstumā, viņa ādu lodes neņem, apbruņots ar lielkalibra ieročiem un speciāli izveidots tā, lai viņa ultraskaņas kaukoņa pārbiedētu cilvēkus. Kopā ar Pūķi, Bitēm un Medu viņš veido baru. Reksis ir šī Bara līderis. Bara uzdevums ir sakaut anarhistus dienvidaustrumu Meksikā.

Lasot šo grāmatu, jutos kā izvilcis laimīgo lozi. Te ir viss, kam būtu jābūt nopietnā mūsdienīgā
Joanne Harris
Loved it. Intelligent, sensitive and humane, with nods to We3 and Flowers For Algernon. I may never recover.
Tatiana Shorokhova
Где-то в будущем, когда люди пережили восстание роботов, в мире все равно бушуют войны. В Мексике идет раздел территорий между вооруженными группировками, и корпорация "Редмарк" отправляет туда своих биоформов - генетически измененных животных. Группа из четырех биоформов (пес, медведица, дракон и пчелиный рой) заканчивают очередную зачистку, и возвращаются в лагерь к Хозяину - нечистоплотному Мюррею, любителю бабла и военных действий. Все биоформы разумны, они умеют переговариваться между собой ...more
Antonio Diaz
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Una muy interesante novela sobre las consecuencias del uso de animales mejorados genética y tecnológicamente. No niego que se queda corta en algunos aspectos y probablemente no profundice lo suficiente o descubra nada nuevo, pero a mí me ha gustado bastante y me la he ventilado en dos suspiros.

Habrá reseña en Sense of Wonder sin duda.
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Adrian Tchaikovskiy is a brilliant author. He goes from fantasy (Empire in Black and Gold) and pure sci-fi (Children of Time) to Flintlock (Guns of the Dawn) and then writes Dogs of War, which is innovative, bewildering, thoughtful and a read I could not put down.

Dogs of War tells the story of Rex, a bioform engineered for war, but ultimately an enhanced dog with sentience, an integrated weapons system and the urge to be a good boy. It's a tale of ethics and morality, and the reader gets to expl
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bad Master!
Jon Adams
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Dog Rex, Good Dog.
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5* I enjoyed this a lot. Maybe not quite as much as Children of Time but close. Augmented bio-form dogs, bears, bees, dragons and more, moral dilemmas and war, what's not to like. I am starting to read everything I can get my hands on by Adrian Tchaikovsky and so should you. I love his world building and imagination, his books are so readable and clever and he is fast becoming one of my favourite sci-fi authors.
Lynn Williams
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dogs of War is one of those books that turned into a very happy surprise for me. I requested a copy of this because I’ve read this author before and liked his style of writing and so whilst the theme worried me a little, because I imagined it was going to maybe be a bit more military style than I would normally attempt, I had faith that Tchaikovsky would win me over. I wasn’t wrong. Dogs of War is so much more than a military style story, in fact after the
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rex is the very definition of the word loyal. He is designed to be that way. When his Master commands, Rex will act. Rex isn’t just a dog, he is a weapon. He has been bred for battle and, along with the rest of his squad, is used to quell insurrection wherever it occurs. I think the thing I liked most about Rex is his innocence. He knows little of the outside world and he views every situation in the simplest of terms. The Pavlovian responses in his character are because he just doesn’t know any ...more
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
S.J. Higbee
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you are attracted to the eye-catching cover and blurb that appears to be offering lots of cool military sci fi action, you won’t be disappointed. There are some thrilling set battles, all written with verve and skill – I was there and I cared. However, this book is not only offering foot-to-the-floor action and excitement, Dogs of War is also raising some tricky ethical questions.

Without giving away too much of the storyline, Rex – like so many soldiers before him – has found himself having t
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting book. I just read Children of Time and loved it. I found this one, especially the final third, a bit harder to get through.

Rex is a dog but he is also a solider. He has been manufactured and enhanced and has developed human like emotions and relationships. He is fiercely loyal to his pack and his master and often finds himself caught in an internal conflict as to whether he is a good dog or a bad dog. His orders, his instincts, his conscience and his desires often clash with one anot
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book I have read by Adrian Tchaikovsky but it will not be the last. I like stories with modified and cybernetic beings so this book really appealed to me.

The book was told from various POVs which I felt really developed the story. At the beginning, more POVs were used but then as the story progressed, only 2 remained. Just to clarify, that isn't a spoiler - don't assume from the reduction in POVs that the
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a quick read if not always an easy one - and one which rewards reflection no matter how fast you breeze through it. However, I can’t say I enjoyed it for the most part. With the exception of the astonishing third act (oh, I could have read a whole book along these lines; it was an unexpected, brilliant twist on proceedings), this is very military in focus, which just isn't my thing. Rex’s existence is defined by his usefulness in war; while the broader implications of emerging AI and sen ...more
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-novels, ebook
The novel starts as Military-SF set during a dirty war in Mexico, turns briefly into a court room drama and evolves into a wonderful book about enhanced animals, humans, post-humans, machines, and the increasingly dissolving boundaries between all of it, it is about singularity and hive minds, an extremely stimulating read which may be a good fictional companion of Harari’s HOME DEUS. For us humans of the old-fashioned, non-enhanced type, this read is both chilling and stimulating.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-proofs-work
Good book. Very good book.

After I finished ‘Children of Time’ i knew I had to read more of this author. And let me tell you he did not disappoint at all. I practically read this novel at any minute I had of available time.

Adrian generates a very interesting discussion about the use of genetically and technologically improved animals and their use. What began as a military science fiction novel quickly became a very deep dissertation about the meaning of existence and what it mean to be alive,
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A modo de resumen rápido: este es un libro de ciencia ficción hard en un envoltorio suave.
Es una lectura asequible, que no trata de impresionar al lector con conceptos herméticos o palabras rimbombantes para que se vea que el autor sabe mucho de ciencia.
No, aquí la ciencia es creíble porque nos sitúa en un futuro no tan lejano (dentro de veinte, tal vez cincuenta años) en el que aún podemos reconocer nuestro presente. A través de la mente simple de un perro iremos avanzando en un trama que se
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nist
Copy provided by Net Gallery.

So this was my second Tchaikovsky book I've ever read, and it's really quite different from Shadow's of the Apt. Other than having animal/humanoid type creatures. But I digress. I enjoyed this book quite a lot. The way Rex, the main character, was developed over the course of the novel - slowly becoming more eloquent and slowly gaining more perspective of his role in life was really quite well done I thought. If it had just been Rex, I think the style of the prose w
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
"Surely when they made a dog soldier they did not mean to make a thing that would have thoughts like these. I was not supposed to be able to look back or look forwards. These things are not useful for my purpose, but they are part of what I am."

Dogs of War is a thrilling futuristic Science Fiction novel that explores a dystopian war where humans have created animal-machine intelligent hybrids termed 'bioforms'. While the book changes point of view chapter to chapter, the most prominent and inter
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dogs of War is one of the only books I have ever finished that I have wanted to go right back to the start and begin reading again, it’s astonishing and by and far the best book I have read this year.

Rex’s plight as a bioform soldier is equally fascinating and moving. Part dog, part giant and used by his Master to commit terrible war crimes using his aptly named ‘Big Dogs’, Rex begins his journey into a world where things are not as simple as identifying the difference between enemy and friend
kartik narayanan
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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It is when we talk, rather than shout and bark and snarl, that the humans fear us most. I do not understand that. To talk is human: why are we more frightening when we are human than when we are dog?

Dogs of War is written by Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of the brilliant Children of Time book and the Shadows of the Apt series.

On the surface, Dogs of War is the story of Rex, a bio-form based on a dog, who is designed to be a soldier. But, scra
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ADRIAN TCHAIKOVSKY was born in Lincolnshire and studied zoology and psychology at Reading, before practising law in Leeds. He is a keen live role-player and occasional amateur actor and is trained in stage-fighting. His literary influences include Gene Wolfe, Mervyn Peake, China Miéville, Mary Gently, Steven Erikson, Naomi Novak, Scott Lynch and Alan Campbell.
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“Hartnell had no idea what Murray would be doing with his life if he wasn’t ordering animals to kill people in the name of a shadowy junta of ousted special interests. Probably something in investment banking or venture capitalism, any trade where an utter inability to empathise with the people he hurt was considered a positive boon.” 0 likes
“Rex just watched him with that mutely accusing stare that dogs did so well.” 0 likes
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