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Dogs of War

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A NEW SCIENTIST BOOK OF THE YEAR. 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, Mexico. A genetically engineered Bioform, he's a deadly weapon in a dirty war. All he wants to be is a Good Dog. And to do that he must do exactly what Master says and Master says he's got to kill a lot of enemies.

But who, exactly, are the enemies? What happens when Master is tried as a war criminal? What rights does the Geneva Convention grant weapons? Do Rex and his fellow Bioforms even have a right to exist?

And what happens when Rex slips his leash?
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 145 x 228 x 35mm | 526g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK Airports ed
  • 1786693887
  • 9781786693884
  • 666,280

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'A pretty stellar work of speculative fiction ... I promise you'll never see dogs in the same way again' The Roaring Bookworm. 'A chilling portrayal of the future, humanised, ironically, by the lovability of the primary character, Rex ... Tchaikovsky demonstrates, yet again, that he is an excellent storyteller whether in fantasy of science fiction' Concatenation. 'The nuance of the story could easily have been lost in imagery of massive animals running impossible missions, but Tchaikovsky is a skilled navigator and guides us deftly along to a very satisfying conclusion ... The work of an author on the very top of his game' Boney Abroad. 'A novel which takes war and broadens the concept to include peacetime ramifications of this new frontier technology through sociopolitical commentary which in turn gives the characters and theme a 360 feel delivered through a multi POV narrative ... This book is great, read it' Just a Guy Who Likes to Read. 'A timely warning about the dangers of artificial intelligence and super weapons in the hands of unscrupulous powers' Guardian. 'Tchaikovsky is a phenomenal author, a modern powerhouse of fiction ... Speculative fiction at its best' Starburst magazine. 'Thoughtful and emotionally affecting, yet also exciting and unpredictable' SFX 5* review. 'When it comes to science fiction, my primitive brain always craves action and pretty explosions. My higher self is looking for a plot that forces me to engage my brain and think. With Dogs of War, Adrian Tchaikovsky has managed the near impossible and delivered both masterfully' The Eloquent Page. '[Rex] is one of the most achingly human characters I have ever encountered in a science-fiction novel ... A gripping dive into bioethics and artificial intelligence' New Scientist. 'A joy from start to finish. Entertaining, smart, surprising and unexpectedly human' Patrick Ness. 'This is superior stuff, tackling big themes - gods, messiahs, artificial intelligence, alienness - with brio' Financial Times.
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About Adrian Tchaikovsky

Adrian Tchaikovsky is a keen live role-player and occasional actor, fantasy author and winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
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2,779 ratings
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3 12% (326)
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