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WEREWOLVESDr. Crispin has engineered the saviors of mankind: Pavlov’s Dogs, a team of soldiers capable of transforming into fearsome beasts. But when Crispin and his team welcome a new talented neurotechnician to the island, Dr. Crispin quickly realizes his masterwork has fallen into the hands of a man he does not trust.ZOMBIESBack on the mainland, Ken Bishop and his bestWEREWOLVESDr. Crispin has engineered the saviors of mankind: Pavlov’s Dogs, a team of soldiers capable of transforming into fearsome beasts. But when Crispin and his team welcome a new talented neurotechnician to the island, Dr. Crispin quickly realizes his masterwork has fallen into the hands of a man he does not trust.ZOMBIESBack on the mainland, Ken Bishop and his best friend Jorge get caught in a traffic jam on their way home from work. There’s a wreck up ahead. And something worse. The first sign of a major outbreak—and Ken and Jorge are stuck in the gridlock. They quickly realize that they not only need to escape, but they also need to save as many people as possible on the way.ARMAGEDDONNow Dr. Crispin and his team must make a terrible decision. Should they send the Dogs out into the zombie apocalypse to rescue survivors? Or should they listen to the new neurotechnician, who would have them hoard their resources and post the Dogs as island guards?...

Title : Pavlov's Dogs
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Pavlov's Dogs Reviews

  • karen
    2019-05-25 21:03

    zombies.werewolves.armageddon.that is the tag line along the top of this book.THERE IS NO SEQUENCE OF WORDS THAT COULD MAKE ME WANT TO READ A BOOK MORE THAN THOSE.just, wow.this book is about a seeecret government facility on an island where soldiers are being turned into werewolf (well, actually, dog, but the cover says "werewolves," so i am going to say werewolves because the cover doesn't listen to me when i gently correct it) anyway, so "werewolf" fighting machines. right?? and they battle each other for dominance in this fighting ring and they growl and they spar, but when they turn back into humans, they are pretty nice guys, mostly. OH AND ALSO when they are in dog form, they have super healing abilities which can come in useful.BUT THEN OH NO ZOMBIES!!!WHO COULD HAVE FORSEEN ZOMBIES?????so the scientists and administrators have to make a decision. do we send out these dogs to fight the zombies? or do we cower in here and protect our investment?HOLY SHIT OF COURSE YOU SEND THEM OUT BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE FREAKING AWESOME!!!!there are many details that i am not going to go into, because you are going to read this book BECAUSE IT IS ABOUT WEREWOLVES (koff - dogs)ATTACKING ZOMBIES!!! AND PEOPLE!! AND EACH OTHER!! OOPS SPOILER ALERT!!!! but not really.there is a lot of blood. and cage-fighting. and essplosions. and amateur brain surgery. and other stuff like badassery:"i'm a realist, miss randall. if you show me a glass, i see it as neither half-empty nor half-full. i see enough water to drown a man, if i can find a way to put it in his lungs.wonderful imagery:a zombie falls from a greater height onto a surging horde of other zombies "like a crowd surfer at a wake."ZOMG, and did i mention??zombie. clowns.seriously, this book is so much fun. is it the best-written book i have ever read?? but it might be the best-written book i have ever read by two stick that in your pie-hole and smoke it.HOW DID MO YAN WIN THE NOBEL WHEN THIS BOOK EXISTS???

  • Kaisersoze
    2019-06-01 19:51

    Werewolves vs Zombies: How could you go wrong?The answer, of course, is in how well you execute your awesome idea. So instead of focusing on the werewolves and how they work as a unit - establishing the various characters through their interactions in and around their battles with zombies - follow the antagonist as he plots his ascension to being the boss, and a group of random civilians, of which exactly two are characterised enough to feel somewhat real. In the meantime, introduce about 20 characters - only three of which are discernible from anyone else - who run the unit of wolves (err, dogs) and then focus on their trials and tribulations in the latter half of the novel, while pretty much forsaking the dogs altogether. As if that's not bad enough, (view spoiler)[make your lead dog into a monster himself so when he goes head to head with the betrayer dog, your readers are left scratching their head as to who should win (hide spoiler)].In all, Pavlov's Dogs was quite the frustrating read. Snell and Brannan can clearly write a fight scene, but there are far too many plot contrivances to make said scenes worth much. For example, the zombies rise up within the first few chapters and virtually every character seems to take this within their stride. Almost zero time is dedicated to anyone doing more than getting on with the business of their survival. Admirable? Sure! Believable? Not at all.Certainly not my kind of read, but those into action-adventures with a smattering of horror might enjoy it more.2 Hastily Healing Wounds for Pavlov's Dogs.

  • Lisa
    2019-06-18 19:10

    Authors Thom Brannan and D.L. Snell bring us the thrilling story of Pavlov's Dogs. The world has gone to hell in a hand basket in only a month. The dead are rising. With only one bite, scratch, or blood consumption they are infecting the living. Leaving them with the same fate of the walking dead. There is no hope in site for humanity. It has spread all around the world. The government has fallen. Armageddon is upon us, God save us. Dr. Crispin, a brilliant scientist who is safely tucked away on a remote island, can not believe the rate at which the zombies are taking over the planet. He seems to take a personal interest in wanting to try to find surviviors. He has genetically engenierd military men and given the the ability to turn into dogs at will. The change is painful but the outcome is worth it. This was the reason he created the aptly named, Dogs. He wants to send them to the mainland and search for survivors. They must be out there somewhere. He needs to save someone. Ken Bishop has been keeping himself and around 60 other people alive for one month. He can't believe it has only been a month sense he and his best friend Jorge were trying to get home after a long day of work but being haulted do to a massive bus crash on the interstate. He can still here his smart mouth friend yelling into the cell phone that the dead were getting up from the crash site and attacking other people. From that point on it had been Living vs Dead and wouldn't you know it looked like the Dead were winning. There has been no sign of this ending anytime soon. Until one day a large man shows up at the fortress Ken has set up for his people promising that there is an island where survivors have already started to set up camp. Ken can't help to be wary of this man who claims to have the answer to all of their problems. In his experience if it sounds too good to be true... well it is. And, now he has seen this man change into a giant dog and chew through the zombies like it was nothing. An island with more men like Samson who can change at will, sounds like they would be safe. Dr. Donovan has been watching the way Dr. Crispin has been hell bent on saving potential surviors on the mainland. He can not believe that Crispin would take resourses away from his people just to help other people. Things need to change before Crispin lets the new survivors on the island take over the place. And Dr. Donovan knows just how to do it... Just when everything seems to be getting better, they get a whole lot worse. Ken had lost contact with the island. The Dogs have stopped coming to aid them. The resourses are getting scarce and Ken has a terrible feeling in his gut. Does Ken need the rescue evac or does he need to launch a rescue mission? From the first sentence of this book it is a non stop thriller. Your heart will never stop pound in anticipation of what will happen next. Snell and Brannan, have you under a spell of frear and intrigue. Who is the good guy? Is there a good guy? How can these crazy people be stopped? How on earth is this going to end? From cover to cover it is a ride of suspense and horror. What a great ride! With the witty one liners and fun banter between characters it is a perfect balance of humor and horror. You will not be dissapointed! For more reviews by Lisa check me out at and http://bodicerippers-shauni.blogspot....

  • Felicia A
    2019-05-26 19:07

    YAYYY! Another editing project is ALMOST a published book. Zombies AND Werewolves...well sorta. Due to be released in May - watch out for this one!

  • Emily
    2019-06-23 23:54

    I received a free copy of this from a goodreads giveaway, and boy am I glad I did!I really had no idea what to expect from this book. It's a heck of a premise. As a general rule I'm iffy on the zombie genre. I find it has a tendency to turn into boring and repetitive gore. On the other hand, I am a huge fan of the werewolf genre. Sadly the werewolf genre suffers from an overabundance of badly written paranormal romance. This is NOT that. Let me start by saying this book is fun. It's not serious. It's a great, exciting, end-of-the-world hack and slash with werewolves. The tone of the writing is very casual, and while I usually don't much like that, in this book it fit. Short chapters keep the action moving, and there is no shortage of said action. The characters aren't horribly deep, but this isn't great literature. It's fun, and that's wonderful. Honestly, I have trouble thinking of the last book I read that was simply this much dang fun, and that's high praise. I don't bother with synopsis, because you can get that off the back of the book. What you do need to know is that the book is written from the viewpoints of a few different characters, all of which combine to give the reader a very good view of what's going on from all angles. There's gore, but not too much of it. There's action, more than enough to satisfy. The zombies are zombies we all know and love. Shambling, dead, cannon fodder. The werewolves are new, and I think that's another point in this book's favor. Original ideas in the shifter genre make me very happy, and not only is this original, it's entertaining and gives us something else to chew over (no pun intended) while we're envisioning what's happening. There's no romantic subplot. At all. I would like to say a huge, heartfelt 'THANK YOU' to the author for this. I'm so sick of unnecessary romance plots or subplots. This story was entertaining and complete without that. If you're on the fence on this one, pick it up. I promise it'll be a quick, fun read. Even if you don't like zombies, it's still worth a read.

  • Vintage Moon
    2019-06-11 18:12

    I won this book from goodreads giveaway and I was very happy to get it. This book was BAM! in your face lets keep the action rolling and then make you scream with plot twists.I became very involved in all the characters emotions and let me just say that the authors did a great job in creating a horrible villain or I should say villains the way they evolved into to the epitome of evil was mind racking I wanted to reach in the book and strangle them myself. The heroes were very entertaining and likable I wish one hero did not have the ending he got but one can not always have their way. The ending was not expected and a little sad, but it looked like it was left open for a sequel 'wink wink'. Also the authors were very graphic and its a good thing it takes a lot to make me squeamish because this book was extremely bloody. After reading this I have also revised my end of the world zombie apocalypse survival plan,hey it could happen!

  • Daniel
    2019-05-26 02:02

    I had hoped to end my run of October horror fiction with a bang; unfortunately, the one sound that escaped me as I put this tale away was an "ugh."I won't excoriate this book or its authors. As promised on the gotta-love-this-cheese cover, there are zombies; there are werewolves; and there is an apocalypse. With these ingredients, the authors serve up a story that has gore, despicable villains, and noble protagonists just trying to avoid becoming zombie chow.In my case, this dish didn't have the flavors, textures, or substance that I was looking for. I did have fun in parts, but overall, this tale did not come together for me.I will end with a comparison: I devoured last year's "Draculas" and I loved every bite of its overtly genre soup base; I hoped to read "Pavlov's Dogs" with similar gusto, and I am disappointed that I could not.

  • David Biondi
    2019-06-04 18:13

    I picked up this book for free thanks to amazon prime lending library for the kindle. The story is about a bunch of genetically engineered were wolves that are sent out to save people during a zombie apocalypse. The action is in this book was really good but I felt the story was kind of shallow. I would have liked to seen some more back story and a little more into setting up the world. Snell did a really good job with the characters I thought and I think given another 100-200 pages this book would have been spectacular.

  • Susan
    2019-05-30 01:56

    The authors did a fantastic job in combining Zombies, Warewolfs and modern man. The story line flows very nicely from event to event and I found it to be more believable than I thought it would be. Pavlos Dogs is well written and not far-fetched as one might believe of a Zombie/Warewolf novel.

  • Amir Aizudin
    2019-06-02 22:52

    Really surprised by how good it is. I am genuinely intrigued by how it's gonna play out, given the title of the sequel, and a certain casualty in the second last chapter of Pavlov's Dogs. Whoops.

  • Stephen
    2019-06-02 19:46

    Different than I was expecting with a killer ending. Bestial, bloody, and action packed from start to finish. I highly recommend reading this novel.

  • A~lotus
    2019-06-14 23:11

    Pavlov's Dogs by D. L. Snell and Thom Brannan is a fast-paced novel filled with werewolves (known as the Dogs in the book), zombies, and characters who are thirsty for power and control. While this book is definitely a page-turner, it is a book that is meant to be read for entertainment rather than for literary purposes. I felt like this novel was a collection of loose vignettes that are in some way related to one another (think of soap opera vignettes or prime-time TV story lines that somehow eventually merge together at the end). Character development was not a strong suit in this book as there were too many characters to keep track of. There wasn't really a prominent character that was memorable, in my opinion. However, the plot of the book somewhat makes up for it. The authors spent a lot of time and pages dedicated to bloody action sequences such as when the Dogs fight one another or when they transform from their human forms. The authors' writing style was concise with a good degree of humor. (In general, I would rate this book as 3.6 out of 5 stars.)Plot OneReaders learn that Dr. Crispin is a brilliant scientist who created the Dogs on a remote island--genetically engineered beasts that seem to be larger than typical werewolves found in supernatural fiction. To work on the good side of the government, Crispin wants to send the Dogs to the mainland to rescue survivors from a zombie Apocalypse, but is challenged by a recent arrival, the neuroscientist, Dr. Donovan, who thinks that it is unethical to do so as the Dogs have not been tested for exposure to zombies yet. However, things go awry as Crispin has suspicions of the young, ambitious Donovan, who does eventually thwarts Crispin's power as the director and finally uses the Dogs as island guards to protect them from zombies.Plot TwoKen Bishop and his coworker/best friend, Jorge, find themselves not only stuck in traffic but also in for the real horror: the entire city in chaos and everyone becomes the living dead. Their goals are to run, kill, and hide from as many zombies as possible; not to become a zombie; and to save as many survivors as possible from becoming zombies themselves. Definitely survival of the fittest as we learn that Bishop, Jorge, and other survivors team up and live for a month or so in hiding while scavenging for resources along the way.Plot ThreeUnaware to the staff on the remote island, the Dogs' hierarchy of power and rank is dangerously unstable. The most rebellious becomes the deadliest and craziest, Kaiser, as he wants to climb the hierarchy to become the Alpha Dog himself. The reader can see many similarities between Kaiser and Donovan as well as the Alpha Dog and Crispin. The former pair wants power and control while the latter pair desires structure and stability. However, both pairs demand respect in different ways.Plot FourThe merging of all three plots becomes a dystopian world that reminds me of William Golding's Lord of the Flies. The thirst for power, control, and rules becomes mistrust, war, and canine groupthink. Where should the survivors go to live safely from the zombie-infested world? Not all the Dogs can be trusted, Bishop thinks to himself. The readers find that the island itself isn't the best place either as Kaiser viciously controls the human staff by having them spar against each other to the death and holding some of them as prisoners. When Alpha (Dog), Bishop, and his mainland crew arrive on the island, battles ensue and the zombie virus has evolved to something else. Somehow, it is then that the readers can finally root for Bishop to rescue everyone from destroying themselves entirely (Dog vs. Dog, man vs. Dog, zombie vs. man, Dog vs. zombie, etc.).Overall, this novel is an enjoyable read if the reader is not in it for a mindful/mental workout. Perhaps the vignette feel of the book is due to the fact that this novel is co-authored, and so the flow was sometimes not as smooth from chapter to chapter. However, I do have to give props to the authors for coming up with a great title based on the famous Ivan Pavlov and his experiments in classical conditioning with dogs. After all, at least we know what happens when mad scientists and their experiments go awry in this novel!Notes: This book was a Goodreads giveaway.

  • Patrick D'Orazio
    2019-06-06 19:54

    Pavlov's Dogs jumps right into things, starting out several weeks after the zombie apocalypse has gotten into full swing and most of the human race has been wiped out or turned. We are immediately introduced to a group of what looks to be werewolves as they save a couple of humans running out of time and options as the undead close in on them. At first, the reader isn't given much more to go on about these wolves as the story flips back in time to the day the zombie attacks began, where we are introduce to Ken and Jorge, friends who work together in construction and are driving down the highway when everything rapidly falls apart all around them. There are a few more time shifts in the story as we are given a more proper introduction to the wolves and the scientists who created them. They are genetically enhanced Special Forces troops who have had microchips implanted in their brains, allowing them to transform into a human-wolf hybrid with superior combat skills, strength, and healing capabilities. The experiments on these men have been taking place on a small island off the coast and the advent of the zombie apocalypse seems like the ideal opportunity to test the ‘dogs’ under combat-like conditions when they are sent in to save the few remaining survivors on the mainland. Or so it seems. Pavlov's Dogs moves quickly, serving up plenty of human (and werewolf) conflict that makes the story an interesting read. Zombies don’t play as major a role as they do in most zompoc tales, but that works just fine here. We all know who the real bad guys are anyway, and in this case, we not only have human baddies but some werewolf ones as well, and they keep things intriguing from start to finish. Though this tale has plenty of dark moments, the authors keep things light with the occasional injection of welcome humor. Ken is easily the most in depth and likable character, along with his pal Jorge, who likes cracking jokes regardless of how grim the situation becomes. Some of the dogs, like Mac and Kaiser, were also well detailed and it was easy to see their human sides, even when they were in full wolf form. If I have a criticism here, it would lay with another couple of characters. Drs. Crispin and Donovan, the two main scientists on the island, are reasonably well detailed but at the same time there seems to be hints at more depth to each of them, in particular Donovan. As an example, a significant detail about Crispin is discovered during the plot and yet it goes unexplored, even though it could have led the story down a very intriguing path. Donovan’s motivations also seem to be a bit forced. He is an interesting character, but one that I feel could have been further developed, which may have given me a better appreciation for his transformation as a character throughout the story. Even with these minor quibbles, I enjoyed this story a great deal. The science takes a back seat to the action-we aren’t given highly detailed explanation of how or why the wolves transform and I doubt the story would have been enhanced further if we had gotten such an overview. Instead, we get to see werewolves dive into battle with zombies and with each other, which should satisfy most of the action/gore fans out there. In addition, we get to see what happens when a werewolf gets bitten by a zombie, which was something that does not disappoint. Overall, this zombie-werewolf hybrid tale is fun, unique, and definitely worth checking out.

  • Rea
    2019-06-20 20:59

    Full review can be found here.Though I watch a fair few horror films, it’s actually fairly rare that I will read horror stories aimed at the adult market. I tried Stephen King’s Pet Sematary once and ended up having nightmares about dead things rising from the grave. Not fun. I stopped part way through and haven’t touched another King novel since (though I have watched most of the films based on his books and those never give me nightmares!). This experience taught me something very important: do not treat horror as bedtime reading. My overactive imagination does not appreciate it. I learnt my lesson and, thankfully, kept it in mind with this one.Pavlov’s Dogs doesn’t quite get like Pet Sematary. It reads like the literary version of one of those horror movies from the 80s that were pretty much just making fun of themselves. Think those old movies with incredibly unrealistic zombies shuffling around groaning about brainssssss. Kind of like that in that there was certainly a lot of tension and the worry of how survival can be ensured, but it doesn't take itself too seriously. Trust me, this can definitely be a good thing!The book is at times quite clearly a portrait of society. Then again, don’t most zombie tales draw lines between the good of the individual and the good of the group? Each time there’s the question of whether to help others at the potential expense of risking your own life. As humans, I think we’re often torn between the two as our morals tell us we should help but our survival instinct screams that it’s in our better interests not to.So the zombies are the kind we all know already. There’s a bus crash and those who were dead start to stand up again and attack the living. It only takes a small flesh wound to turn a living person into the living dead and we follow a group of survivors desperately trying to do just that – survive. At the same time we also follow a group of scientists on an isolated. As such, they’re not at risk of being overrun by the zombie hordes. Even better, they have their own secret weapon: military men genetically engineered to be able to shift into dogs. These are the people who are faced with the choice of sending out their secret weapon to help save those they can, or better ensure their own survival by ignoring their plight. I found the Dogs to be original in a market where there are countless books about werewolves out there. Zombies versus werewolves? Oh yeah, fun in the making!I did have a couple of problems as well, though. My main problem with the book was all the names. There are a lot of characters and they all get named. I just couldn’t hold on to that many names in my head and keep being able to associate that name with that character, especially when most of them are just secondary characters. It just resulted in me getting confused and having to stop every so often to try to figure out just who X was happening to.Overall, though, I enjoyed the book a lot! It was outside of my normal comfort zone but just reading it you could tell that the authors had a great time collaborating on this novel. It always shows when the authors really enjoyed writing and it’s very obvious that this is the case here.

  • T.W. Brown
    2019-06-12 19:46

    There is absolutely no chance for the reader to ease into this story. It launches right into some edge-of-your-seat action to draw you in and let you know that you should clear the rest of your day because you won't be setting this book down any time soon.I am seldom disappointed with anything from Mr. Snell and Permuted Press. (In fact, I guess I am still waiting for that to happen.) I am often skeptical when attempts are made to cross the genres, and I admit to the same trepidation here. I am (admittedly) not much of a were-anything fan. It just never seemed like something i could get into and care about. I was proved wrong here because it was so well explained spliced into the story. To have the "super human genetic engineered warrior" can be a dangerous move. No worries here.There is a very fine development of character here, but I must admit that I felt there could be more story if allowed. My only complaint is that i would have liked it if this tale could have actually been much longer. There were simply so many characters that deserved more 'page" time. Actually...Jorge could have his own book. This comes from some very nice dialog that many stories bog down in. However, dialog is a strength here.Misters Snell and Brannan should be proud of what they have done here. Congrats to them and Permuted Press for providing a fun summer read!

  • Hope
    2019-06-16 21:13

    I won a copy through the Goodreads' Firstreads program!Let's start backwards, with the only bad part of this ended too soon. I think well-written novels about apocalypse-zombie-survivor ideas should extend to series, just saying. My first thought was the idea seemed cheesy, but after reading a few pages I was hooked. Snell took a great risk heading into this genre, and I am now a fan! I will look for more books from Permuted Press as well!Basically you have a team of scientists hunkered down on an island. The dogs are more like werewolves, and the science research behind it makes sense if imaginary. I appreciate when someone seems to have done a little research before writing. Then we move on to a band of survivors, trying to escape the zombie hoard. Although a bit crude at times, you begin to appreciate the characters for who they are. I like that the auther did not make me care TOO terribly much about them though. I don't want to give too much away, but just check this book out and you shouldn't be disappointed! Unless you're a sensitive were-human or zombie-in-training.

  • Ski Croghan
    2019-05-26 23:13

    Very different...This was not what I expected, it was better. I thought it would be like a werewolf story and it was but it was also a zombie story. The only thing I really was disappointed about was they did not follow through with that hint that Chispen caused that zombie epidemic. Maybe in the second book they will let us in on the secret. Other than that it was a very decent horror story, a bit over the stale old boy meets zombie, boy kills zombie, zombie bites boy and boy finds way to cure zombie plague, the Dogs raised the bar and made it something better. I would recommend it for any real horror fan. NOT , I repeat NOT for the weak hearted or the squeamish. Lots of blood and guts, not for children.

  • Robert
    2019-06-03 18:50

    "Pavlov's Dogs" by D.L. Snell and Thom Brannan gets moving in a hurry. The prologue drops you right into the middle of an all-out zombie apocalypse, getting the adrenaline flowing immediately. The pace of the book doesn't let up as you're introduced to a group of genetically-enhanced soldiers (werewolves) who are training for special operations on a secluded island. Once word reaches them of the apocalypse on the mainland, they're dispatched to rescue survivors and wreak havoc on the undead populace.Snell and Brannan have crafted a smart story ... full of intrigue and political machinations, lots of action and great characterization ... that will keep you enthralled right until the end. I had a great time reading it and I highly recommend this book!

  • Ms. Nikki
    2019-06-19 23:02

    Well... I read it. It was good, but nowhere near the execution level I thought something like Werewolves vs. Zombies could be. First of all, it took me a moment to get into this read. Way too many characters you were supposed to differentiate by their name and color (lot of light brown, reddish brown, crayola colors being dished out. To be truthful it was more an adventure/survival read. I wanted MORE WOLVES (which, in this book they are called DOGS. That grated on my nerves a bit), more snarly, more bones shifting, more animalistic rage. Yea, I didn't get what I wanted. Not an in depth read. It was good, but not necessarily solid.

  • Jess(ToTheMoonAndBackReviews)
    2019-06-13 18:56

    The world is over run with zombies, what do you do?My answer is simple, I try to find someone like Ken, a construction worker with the know how of rigging up booby traps to keep the zombies out and a large group of people safe. Before I go any further let me introduce you to the Dogs of War. Men with special forces training who under go a program, where chips and wires are inserted to the brain to create man made werewolves. With plenty of gore to go around the question arises, who will win in a battle of Zombie Vs. Werewolf

  • Pamela Scott
    2019-06-04 17:56

    I very combat driven journey a very good read.

  • Kenya Wright
    2019-06-08 17:45

    I love the name!!!

  • Natacha Pavlov
    2019-05-26 17:52

    My last name is Pavlov... & I love werewolves... of course I have to read this! LOL

  • C.T. Phipps
    2019-06-03 02:12

    Werewolves vs. Zombies. If those three words intrigue you, then this is the book for you. In the spirit of Universal's The Wolfman vs. Dracula and similar titles, Pavlov's Dogs takes the kind of question that fanboys muse about and wrote a fun little story about it. Surprisingly, the book isn't wall-to-wall werewolf versus zombie action but frequently interrupted with the kind of survival horror common to zombie stories. The book also possesses a surprising amount of black humor, almost pushing it from horror to Urban Fantasy like The Dresden Files. It doesn't, though. Pavlov's Dogs manages to stay on the side of horror-action primarily because the humor is actually only a dim cover for a surprisingly dark story. Despite the ostensible good guys of the story having access to werewolves, the fact is humanity is getting overrun as it always seems to in these stories. Worse, the danger from within isn't just incompetent short-sighted humans like in most George Romero movies but genuinely evil ones. Also, as befits a story about two monsters fighting, either way humanity loses. The premise of the book goes a bit deeper than "zombies appear, werewolves fight them" and does something interesting with it. It reverses the usual treatment of werewolves as a purely mystical phenomenon and the recent trend of zombies being the product of mad science. In Pavlov's Dogs, it is the werewolves who are the creation of a mad government project while the zombies inexplicably appear with no warning or explanation. Honestly, I think I prefer this. While one might argue mindless cannibal humans is slightly more "realistic" than werewolves, I can more readily believe the military wants to create super-fast healing shapechangers over a plague which transforms the majority of mankind into feral monsters. Sorry Umbrella Corporation, I'm going to have to go with the mad scientists of Pavlov's Dogs here. Curiously, the book doesn't necessarily center around the werewolves or the zombies but people's reactions to them. The majority of the book is done from the perspectives of humans Ken Bishop and the treacherous Doctor Donovan. I'm not spoiling anything by saying Donovan is the bad guy, since the guy pretty much radiates scumbag from the moment he's introduced. Ken Bishop, by contrast, is an unlucky everyman thrust into an insane situation. Honestly, while Ken isn't my favorite character in the novel, he win props for being a head smarter than the vast majority of zombie story protagonists. Having noticed one of the group of survivors was bit by a highly infectious cannibal plague, he neither overreacts or ignores the problem but nonviolently isolates the infected survivor from the rest of the group. Nobody dies as a result of his decision. I don't think that's ever happened before. Really, my favorite character in the book is undoubtedly the villainous Kaiser. The "evil werewolf" for a basic summation of his character role, Kaiser is an intriguing figure with a more developed personality than he really had to possess. Effectively, he's a human being who has adopted the morality of a wolf only supplemented with a man's intellect. Rather than simply parrot ideals about the "law of the jungle" or other tired old phrases, the book shows his thought processes and how dangerous he truly is to those around him. In a post-apocalyptic situation, there's usually a change up in the rules of society. I think it's interesting to speculate on how wrong Kaiser is that humanity might have to revert to primitivism in order to survive. Certainly, if they were able to transform the majority of humans in the novel into werewolves, it might have gone a long way to establishing mankind as having a fighting chance against the zombie menace. Ultimately, the book isn't really interested in developing Kaiser beyond his role as a foe for Ken Bishop and the other survivors but I found myself rooting for him until the very end. Kaiser is a monster but just how bad is he when compared to the looming threat of extinction? Can we really blame him for wanting to be Alpha when his ostensibly nicer commander isn't the strongest wolf? The book lets us make our own decisions about these things. If there's one complaint I do have about the book it's the handling of female characters. It's not that there's not a bunch of intriguing females in the book, there are. Shanya and Summer Chan both emerge as interesting characters in the later half of the book, arguably proving more effective than the protagonists in many ways. It's just they don't really play much of a role in the narrative. I hope, in future novels, we get to see these characters expanded upon and added to. Pavlov's Dogs is a dark, moving, funny, action-filled story at various parts. I heartily recommend it to anyone who wants to enjoy a good night of seeing werewolves do battle with zombies and humans do battle with both.9/10

  • Henry Milburn
    2019-06-05 17:49

    This book is all about the groundbreaking experiments in psychology from 1848 to now. In the beginning they would study animal behavior and then later they applied some of their knowledge to humans. It starts off with Charles Darwin and his study on earth worms. He wanted to know if they had any intelligence at all. He came to a conclusion that earthworms did display a basic degree of intelligence. In 1901 Ivan Pavlov came up with the research that this book is named after. He would use clicks to indicate that the dog could eat. So every time he clicks he would give the dog food. After doing this for a while he would click but would not give the dog any food. This stimulated the dog’s brain enough to make it salivate. This was ground breaking in the fact that conditions can create powerful responses to otherwise neutral stimuli. A study that I thought was interesting was one done by Elizabeth Loftus in 1974. Her question was how accurate are your memories? Her conclusion was that our memories can be affected by information we receive after the fact. This means that you might have done something fun at the time but after it you got in trouble, therefore making it a bad memory. I have been reading a lot of books on psychology and some of them are probably boring to most people. This one I can say is more enjoyable to a larger number of people. It is not just one long book about the same person’s findings on psychology. It has different studies by different people from different time periods. I feel like this will appeal to more people because it shows a lot more information. It also has pictures and chart that would help people understand the concept better. I could see kids that find psychology interesting able to read this book. I only say this because it was a super easy read, it no time at all to read. Each chapter is titled with a question so If you do not find that question interesting or you already know the answer then you can just skip the chapterI loved this book I thought it was a great idea to write a psychology in this type of format. Writing any type of book with short chapters makes it easier and faster when you read it. This book takes it a step further by being able to write each chapter about something different. I thought that it was a good idea to talk about studies that happened a long time ago. Those studies were the formation for everything that has happened in the world of psychology up to this point. I think it’s important to learn about the beginning of any subject. I also liked how it used pictures and charts but not in a childish way. They only used them to convey an idea. Another thing that I liked was that they had a glossary in the back of the book. this was great because then if you didn’t know a word you didn’t have to look it up all you had to do was go to the back of the book.

  • Justin
    2019-06-02 01:58

    The zombie apocalypse has finally taken place. Earth is overrun by the walking dead and mankind's last hope is...werewolves? Not just werewolves, but a pack of genetically engineered military werewolves. In Pavlov's Dogs, authors D.L. Snell and Thom Brannan have given us an unusual premise, but it's one that works surprisingly well. A secret military team working from a remote island is not only ideally suited to surviving the apocalypse, but they also have the means - in the form of a pack of highly trained and utterly fierce predator/soldiers - to save what remains of humanity. Of course, not everyone involved wants to save the desperate survivors, and power plays within both the werewolf pack and the command structure make things a lot more complicated.Zombie 411: The zombies don't get a lot of "screen time" in Pavlov's Dogs, but they seem to be modeled on the familiar Romero type of walking dead. No sprinting, talking or weird powers. There is an interesting development later in the story dealing with an infected werewolf.The good - You wouldn't expect it in a book with both zombies and werewolves, but the human characters - particularly the survivors - are the most interesting of the bunch. Snell and Brannan do a fantastic job introducing and developing their characters, and they also have a knack for writing believable dialogue. Of course there is also a ton of bloody action and intrigue, which makes Pavolv's Dogs all the more fun. I particularly enjoyed the way the pack's internal hierarchy worked, as well as the scenes where the dogs tear into the zombie hordes. The authors also handled the ending, which was satisfyingly catastrophic, very well.The not so good - Snell and Brannan don't really spend much time on the science behind either the zombies or werewolves here. With the zombies, I don't mind that much, but it would have been good to know more about how the werewolves were developed and how the soldiers were selected for the process. Other than that, there's not much to complain about.Pavlov's Dogs is a very satisfying zombie novel, and one that offers a new twist on the genre. It's not quite at the Ex-Heroes or The Infection level, but I'd say it's a cut above average. I can't see it disappointing very many fans of the post-apocalyptic genre.

  • Mary
    2019-05-31 17:49

    Everything I want in a zombie book is here, with the added spice of having some werewolves (dogs actually) thrown in the mix to kick everything up a notch. I was enthralled by how fast the action started, nothing turns me off a book more than a slow heavy handed opening but Pavlov's Dogs (PD from now on) is not that book. It starts fast and in my opinion never really slows down. The action just keeps ramping up.Technically speaking the book was well edited (as I've found most of Permuted Press's books to be) and well written. I would have liked a tiny bit more back story woven in but I can live with what we got and it was way better than too much back story or endless rambling *coughcoughTigersCursecoughcough**; ok that's mean Tiger's Curse was a decent book for all that it had some issues. But this review isn't about Tiger's I digress.I have heard some people complain about the amount of characters in this book but I was really entertained by all the different characters, Jorge is my favorite of the bunch and I would have liked to see more of him but only because he's extra awesome.I don't want to give away any spoilers so I'm trying to be vague but the questions this book evokes made me think more than the average zombie book (and I do read a lot of them, I am a total zombie/horror freak lol). The ending was EPIC! Weirdly enough something I didn't expect at all to happen and I am always happy about it when a book surprises me.I've been a fan of DL Snell for quite a while now and though his writing has matured (skill wise people, not talking emotional maturity here) you can clearly hear his voice present throughout the book and it pairs with Thom Brannan's voice much like jalapeno flavoring and white cheddar cheese flavoring blends perfectly on popcorn (I would say like liver goes with fava beans and a nice chianti but...well it's already been done). Thom Brannan has a new fan in me. I'll be searching out more of his books.

  • Dorrie Baker
    2019-06-22 23:01

    Not my style.When I read the book description for this, I was so excited. The idea for this one was high concept, but for me that quickly fizzled. I love a good plot as all readers do, but I need characters I want to spend time with to live out that plot.I guess I like things clear, I need/want an identifiable lead. I want to care about the lead. This book, at least to me, spent way too much time jumping around without giving me that or anyone to really care about. Ken and Jorge are likable but not near enough of them soon enough.The bottom line is I just didn't care for this one and I really can't say I'd recommend it.

  • Surya Halim
    2019-06-19 22:08

    Good original ideas regarding mixture of werewolves (called "dogs") and walking deads. Vivid description of violence especially towards the end.However, the storyline is often difficult to follow, as something interesting often happens to one of the story participants and the story cuts off right there. Finally when the reader gets back to the previous interesting part of the story, the part just goes on as if nothing happened. The sequence of events simply does not connect smoothly. Is it because this novel was written by 2 authors with different author tackling different chapters without sufficient communication while working together?

  • RJ
    2019-06-10 00:05

    The ingredients are there; zombies, shape-shifting soldiers, and a couple decent characters. But ingredients alone do not make a good souffle, and this one fell flat. I hung in there waiting for the story to develop a more interesting and/or exciting pace, but it was not to be. I doubt if I'll follow up with book two. I'll let this sleeping dog lie.