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Gory and relentlessly tense, this sequel to Moody's neo-zombie thriller, Hater, maintains the innovative tautness that landed that self-published e-book on Guillermo del Toro's film production slate, but suffers from middle-child status. The second book in a proposed trilogy, it follows its predecessor's narrator, Danny McCoyne, now a "Hater," one of the growing portion of humanity consumed with destroying the "Unchanged." Danny's quest to find his Hater daughter drives much of the book's action, but is problematic as a focal point. While it's fascinating to observe the mind of a Hater like Danny, it's also hard to invest in the emotions of a monster, especially one whose descriptions of killing are so thoroughly, gruesomely chronicled. The Unchanged interludes, featuring characters like the pathetic Mark Tillotsen-who, along with his family and hoards of others, huddles in a city under siege-offer little relief or distraction. With both build-up and conclusion of this tale confined to separate volumes, Dog Blood's tension feels turgid, despite all the action, at times tipping the tone from thrilling to unpleasant and crying out for the release of what one hopes is a soon-to-follow sequel.
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ISBN-10:  0312532881
ISBN-13:  978-0312532888
Author:  David Moody
Genre:  Horror
Publisher:  Thomas Dunne Books
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review by . March 04, 2011
Mark Tillotsen lives in a small apartment with his extended family in a city that has become the center for refugees. To have the opportunity for additional food rations, he volunteers for rescue operations, going outside of the city limits to retrieve people not affected by the Change. It's dangerous work, as he has be vigilant for The Haters, vicious killers that were once family, friends but now have a single minded purpose to kill the Unchanged. Mark and the convoy make it to the abandoned …
review by . May 17, 2010
I started this but had to go back and pick up Hater first as this is definitly a follow up to that.
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