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Dog Blood

A book by David Moody

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David Moody Delivers Another Excellent Post-Apocalyptic Novel

  • Mar 4, 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 office building and begin to load people into his truck. The effort is going well until Haters are spotted, swarming toward the office building and the convoy. Soldiers are able to repel the initial onslaught but cannot maintain security as they become outnumbered. Now, it is a race for survival and Mark is extremely anxious to get back to the safety of the city.

The Haters seem to smell the Unchanged. They see the convoy arrive and begin their attack. As they kill, they seem to go into a frenzy, wanting to kill more. Man, woman, child, it doesn't matter as long as the Unchanged are wiped out. Into the fray comes Danny McCoyne. While he is a Hater, he is on a mission. Not so much to kill the Unchanged, but to find his daughter Ellis, whom he knows is a Hater but has been spirited away by her mother, who is Unchanged. Danny is driven to find Ellis. Other Haters want him to find Ellis, as they see the future of their cause to be tied to child Haters, who are more vicious and more focused than adult Haters.

Dog Blood, by David Moody, continues the story begun with his book, Hater. This novel is as suspenseful and well written as the earlier book. Where it differs is the perspective. Starting by focusing on the Unchanged, Moody builds the feeling of dread and foreboding as Mark leaves the safety of the city for the unknown. Adding to the reader's discomfort, Moody is tightly focused on Mark's perspective as The Haters begin their attack. You are drawn in the action, a feeling that is exciting as it is uncomfortable. As the attack continues, you are really beginning to hope that all of The Haters are wiped out and Mark returns, alive, to the city.

Not satisfied with this, Moody shifts the focus to The Haters, in general, and Danny, in particular. Experiencing the attack from Danny's view, it is a totally different battle.I found that this was a really strange feeling; earlier, I couldn't wait to see The Haters eliminated, now, witnessing the attack from a different perspective, you begin to empathize with The Haters. Moody continues this interesting and effective device by shifting the focus of Dog Blood between the two men, until the exciting climax. An excellent follow-up to Hater, Dog Blood is hard to put down.

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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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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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