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Dog Blood

(Hater #2)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  3,706 ratings  ·  256 reviews
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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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 is a fun bloody romping zombie-ish book that is a page-turning good time for those of
Jun 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, fiction
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
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
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.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dog Blood takes up with the story of Danny McCoyne, a Hater who is desperately trying to reconnect with and "save" his daughter, whom he knows is also a Hater. His wife, Lizzie has taken the family, the two boys and daughter, Ellis and hidden somewhere. Danny has been searching for months for his daughter, trying to save her so she can kill with him. He runs into and afoul of many different people in this book and is finally captured and sent to a mysterious group who imprisons him and injects h ...more
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5. This continues the Haters series and is again told by Danny McCoyne, but also a soldier's point of view of the Unchanged. As things grow more and more out of control, you see how both sides deal with it. One thing not covered (as yet) in the series, is what actually happened to kick off this gene turning on in certain people causing them to turn. ...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
Jul 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jo Anne B
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Dog Blood by David Moody is the second book in his “Hater” series. It has been a year since the world collapsed under the weight of the “Haters.” What is left of the “Unchanged” has been forced into overcrowded and unprepared refugee areas in the city centers. Life for the “Unchanged” has become almost intolerable in these centers but the risk of the Haters prowling the outskirts is a deterrent for them.

This novel is still told from the viewpoint of our favorite anti-hero Danny McCoyne. It is so
Suspense Magazine
Mar 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dog Blood is the second story in the Hater trilogy. I liked this book even better than the first, and the first was pretty darn good and scary! My only problem is the fact that I hate everyone in this story. The haters, and the unchanged alike. As for the characters, they're either brutal or they act like sheep. There was plenty of action, so that's a plus. I'm not sure whether or not I'm going to continue on to book three, as I've read it before. It's a good story, but I may just move on to Moo ...more
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: personal-library
I really enjoyed reading this; I clipped through it in about three hours, because the way it was written was so easy to read. It was almost effortless, and the short chapters really added to the frantic pacing and made it a wild ride.

I didn't personally find it very scary, despite a lot of reviews saying it was terrifying; it was definitely disturbing, and there were parts that were pretty messed up, but it's not exactly a horror novel. It's actually a pretty cool take on the idea of a zombie ap
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Christine (KizzieReads)
I felt this one just dragged on and on. I really wasn't fond of the main character in the first book, as I found him a whiny, lazy piece of crap. I was rooting for the Unchanged and hoping that they get at the Haters and wipe them out. ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Very descriptive, like so much exposition I almost died. I can't reiterate how good Them Or Us, book 3 in the Hater series, is. This made me not want to go on to reread Them Or Us.
Dog Blood is an enjoyable tag along with Danny while he shows us how much the landscape has changed and how he learns to hold the Hate, but far out, so much exposition. It was painful at times but it's worth reading.

My rating: 3 out of 5 dark rooms
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jenni Arndt
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Jan 07, 2012 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
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
Aug 26, 2011 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
Alondra Miller
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
Jun 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd book in Moody's Hater trilogy. I really enjoyed this one as well, it didn't lose my interest and was just as good as the first, in my opinion. No vampires or zombies, just human monsters; but monsters nevertheless. These books are about a Hate that has taken over some people and this book focuses on the fighting between the Haters and the Unchanged. Very violent, with blood and gore, along with a human side. Really enjoyed the first and the second, now onto the third. ...more
May 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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Jun 13, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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.
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Lynn Olujare
Dec 29, 2013 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.
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A pioneer of independent publishing, DAVID MOODY first released HATER in 2006, and without an agent, succeeded in selling the film rights for the novel to Mark Johnson (producer, Breaking Bad) and Guillermo Del Toro (director, The Shape of Water, Pan's Labyrinth). Moody's seminal zombie novel AUTUMN was made into an (admittedly terrible) movie starring Dexter Fletcher and David Carradine. He has a ...more

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