Sunday, June 26, 2011

Dogs by Nancy Kress (CBR-III #24)

Cannonball Read III: Book #24/52
Published: 2008
Pages: 320 (10,879 total so far)
Genre: Thriller

This book is about small town Tyler, Maryland and their sudden resurgence of dog attacks. Eventually, the entire town is quarantined due to a dog plague that is rapidly spreading. In the center of our story is former FBI agent, Tessa. Tessa just moved to Tyler from Washington, DC after her husband died in a car crash.

I'm not a dog person. So, a mass canine plague resulting in having to kill all the local dogs probably wouldn't really bother me as much as most people. I was also bitten by a dog once, so I sympathized more with the mauled humans than what's going to happen to the dogs.

The story starts out pretty strong. We have some decent characters and a town thrown into hysteria by some pretty brutal dog attacks. Then everything just kind of goes downhill. Kress throws in a bunch of unnecessary characters who all just sort of get jumbled up along with bunch of unnecessary subplots.

I wish they'd kept the focus more on Tessa and the two animal control guys, but they kind of get lost when they bring in all of the secondary characters (doctor who is studying the dog disease, random people in the hospital, etc.). Not to mention the totally random plots that come out of nowhere such as Tessa running off to Europe for about 30 pages.

I can imagine this getting made into a really tacky Scifi (or Syfy or whatever they're calling themselves now) Channel movie. It's not going to win any awards, but I can think of worse ways to spend a rainy afternoon.

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