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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

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Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published November 2nd 2017 by Head of Zeus
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Bradley
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
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Trish
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.
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Emma
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
Justine
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.
Josh
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
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Lindsay
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
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Tessy Nightblood 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
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Roy
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5*

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
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Ints
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
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Olivia
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
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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.
Denise
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bad Master!
Mandy
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
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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
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Paul
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
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
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imyril
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
Ivo
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.
Emma
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
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Ithil
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,
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Xan
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
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Jack
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
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Caitlin
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
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kartik narayanan
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read the full review at my site Digital Amrit

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?

Introduction
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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Sarah
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
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Kdawg91
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible view into a very very possible future. Dogs of war will make you think about the future of warfare, science and mankind. Actually, more like the nature of being. (yes, I am being vague...but I don't spoil things remember)

Great, very deep characters, which is an accomplishment considering the premise of the story, cracking action and great pace to the tale, This is a great holiday read if you like your scifi with a military edge.

Highly recommended.

Alyssia Cooke
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Rex is a Good Dog. He is also nearly eight foot tall, bulletproof and carries gigantic guns. He is a dog of war, a killing machine. But he is a Good Dog because he does what his Master tells him. He leads his team of Bioforms into warzones and he kills the Enemy. The Enemy is whoever his Master tells him; big humans, small humans, humans with guns, humans without. Rex is a Good Dog and all he wants is to make his Master happy.

But things can't stay that simple for Rex forever and from a simple y
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Chris
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
*copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review*

Dogs of War is a standalone sci-fi novel from Adrian Tchaikovsky (whose science-fiction credentials include the superlative Children of Time, which we looked at very favourably last year).

It’s a book which explores a lot of interesting ideas, including the role of artificial intelligence in society, exactly what we define as humanity, the ethics of conflict resolution and the manufacturing of sentient biological life. But it does all of this through
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Megan Leigh
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
This review originally appeared on Pop Verse.

Tchaikovsky really excels at finding interesting ways to comment on society through the use of animals in science fiction and fantasy settings. In his Echoes of the Fall series, each group is a different animal and exhibits particular social traits based on those they display in the animal kingdom. In Children of Time, we are drawn along by a spider-kind civil rights movement, where the male of the species attempts to gain equal footing with the women
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Alice
There's something about the suffering of animals (or animal-presenting creatures) that hits me in a way that human suffering just doesn't come close to. So of course, I'm pretty torn apart by this book. Though never gratuitously described, some of the stuff our pack go through is just awful.

Adrian is so skilled in creating rich, complex characters, but he's unmatched in writing inhuman, curious, sentient beings. Portia and her family stole my heart in Children of Time, and Nth in Spiderlight.
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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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