Dogs of War Review (Sci-Fi Thriller)

Title: Dogs of War | Series: Joe Ledger #9 | Author: Jonathan Maberry | Publisher: Macmillan Audio | Pub. Date: 2017-4-25 | Length: 536 p/ 17 hrs 46 m | Narrator: Ray Porter | Genre: Science Fiction Thriller | Language: English | Triggers: Acts of pedophilia, inferred rape, suicide | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Self-purchased audio book

Dogs of War

Robots are no longer science fiction. Autonomous, programmed to react like animals: fast, relentless, deadly. From microscopic nanobots to massive self-guided aircraft. This technology is here, it’s assessable, and it’s dangerous. What’s even scarier is that almost anyone can get their hands on it.

A freelance terrorist uses the latest generation of robot dogs to deliver WMDs into cities across America. Ultra-realistic robots in the sex industry are used to spread designer plagues. Sophisticated military weapons systems turn on their human masters. A technological apocalypse is coming and we may be too late to stop it.

Joe Ledger and a newly rebuilt Department of Military Sciences square off against this new and terrible threat. Dogs of War pits Joe against a merciless new enemy and an army of techno-terrorists in a race to prevent a global destruction.

Let loose the Dogs of War. – Goodreads


Book cover for Dogs of War

Dogs of War Review

Dogs of War is the follow-up to my favorite Joe Ledger book. I’m talking, of course, about Kill Switch. Going into this book I was leery, but for a different reason than I was going into reading Kill Switch. I figured there was no way that Maberry could come close to matching the awesomeness that was that novel. And, in some ways, I was right. However, I do think he did the best he could in follow-up to a fantastic novel. Because Dogs of War is scary, too, but in a completely different way. When we start talking about nanotechnology and robots, anyone who has been paying attention to developments in these areas instinctively sit forward a bit and perk up. While there are so many advantages available in these fields, they can be used so horribly wrong.

For people who like to ponder philosophical, moral, and ethical issues, Dogs of War also has lots of fodder. For example, the use of androids/robots in the, er, adult entertainment industry. Most of are are either mildly intrigued or mildly squicked out at the thought. But what about when those robots are in the form of minors? What would you do if you knew that the man that you married engaged in deviations with a robot who looked like a 7 year old girl? Could you ever trust him around any children you had? Even if he swore he would never touch an actual kid because he could slake his desires on a robot?

Maberry also touches on other subjects that, while not quite as stomach-churning, are still thought-provoking. Things like curated human evolution. Probably the most horrifying thing about a curated human evolution is that it makes sense. John the Revelator’s arguments for it make sense. They’re completely wrong and I’m in no way saying we should ever do such thing — but I found myself nodding in agreement with some of what he said. Not that we should kill billions of people, but that our advances may have – in some ways – halted the development of human evolution. The sick, the weak, the ones that would die out in animals, survive because we have the ability to keep them alive. Where would we be now if that wasn’t the case?

Probably the most disappointing thing is that Dogs of War fell flat at one of the most important parts. Now, what happened was somewhat unexpected, and I give Maberry points for that. I had an idea that it might happen, but I wasn’t really thinking that was the direction he would take. However, at the same time, it was so anti-climactic that I was left blinking in disbelief. “That’s…it? That’s how that ends?” He goes on to finish the story out and there’s a fair bit of the expected epic battle that happens afterwards, but I never quite recovered from that fizzle.

And we’re not even going to talk about the pickle-tickle that he pulled with Church! Gaarrgghh!

Overall, Dogs of War was a decent book with more than the usual amount of thought-provoking topics crammed inside it. A slolid effort at a follow-up to Kill Switch. Definitely worth reading. And of course, Ray Porter continues to do an amazing job narrating!

2 thoughts on “Dogs of War Review (Sci-Fi Thriller)

  1. Looks like I’m heading over to Amazon. I keep coming across books in this series. Loved your review. You really got me thinking and my imagination cranking:)

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