I’m very excited to be sharing my review of Murder Dog by Doug Goodman!
Every rescue dog has an origin story. This is Murder’s. But beware, reader. Murder lives in a world of horrific undead creatures and unconscionable monsters of men. He’s been abducted by evil people. If he is to return home to his Mama, Angie Graves, the woman who rescued him and taught him to hunt zombies, then Murder will have to go through hell and walk a thousand miles. As he wanders south, his sordid history will seep into his present.
This is the story Angie will never know: Murder’s past, his fight for survival, and the road that led to their fateful meeting on a lonely stretch of highway in the Colorado mountains.
Murder Dog by Doug Goodman is the 5th book in the Zombie Dog Series. This is Murder’s origin story, so it could theoretically be read first, however, knowing his life with Angie after, helped me get through this story, emotionally, so I recommend reading the series in order.
Emotionally, this story is hard to digest. Author Doug Goodman is great about trigger warnings in this book, and letting readers know that this is a tough book. He isn’t exaggerating. Murder’s life before Angie is incredibly heartbreaking. I think I cried, every few pages. What he goes through is gut-wrenching, and watching what the other dogs go through is also horrible.
The thing is, this book is amazing. If you can get through the heartbreak, what we have here, is a brave dog, who, despite the odds, becomes the Murder we know in the rest of the series. It gives so much depth to his character. And this truly is a story of hope and determination, even when it seems there is no chance.
I don’t love what happens in this story, but I do love the book. It’s incredibly well written and quite the emotional rollercoasrer. I highly recommend this series, and if you want to understand Murder more, I highly recommend this book.
I recieved an ARC copy from the author to honestly review. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
Hi! My name is Doug Goodman. I live in Houston, but I was raised in Lubbock, Texas. I’m an animal writer. It doesn’t matter if the animals I write about are zombie-hunting dogs, dinosaurs, or giant kaiju monsters, I’m interested in that area where animals and humans intersect. I’m especially curious about the mind meld that happens with working animals. This is my point of view for examining human nature, and why I enjoy writing these books so much.
My site says I’m a writer and an explorer. My wife and I are “often” travelers. Thanks to my work, I sometimes get the opportunity to visit extraordinary people in out-of-the-way places. In recent years I’ve explored parts of the Navajo Nation, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and I did a mesmerizing 20-state roadtrip with my supportive family. I’ve been to all but four states in the United States.
I live with two awesome kids (though one is having her own adventures in college), one amazing wife, and two white German Shepherds. Thank you for stopping by, and please check out one of my books. (They are all available from Amazon as paperbacks and e-books.) Since mid-2019, I’ve been donating twenty percent of my proceeds to charity. If you want to see where I donate, I update my donations via my newsletter.
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