Review: ‘Dog World’ by Jason McKinney
It’s book review time! I just finished Dog World by Jason McKinney, and I’ll say it right off the bat, not only is Dog World one of the best werewolf books I have read, it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.
Dog World tells the tale of a group of US soldiers in Iraq who are faced with a new danger – werewolves. It starts out with a deadly battle between one unit versus the werewolves and quickly turns into a full out war of great proportions. The werewolves are everywhere, they’re among enemies and they’re even hidden amongst their own men. No one knows who to trust anymore, they don’t know if that person sitting next to them is safe or actually a ferocious werewolf waiting to attack. But the problem is bigger than that, because the werewolves are taking over the entire world.
If you have watched an apocalyptic movie or read an apocalyptic book then you know that the tale usually starts after the shit has already hit the fan, after the world is already screwed by some big bad, but not Dog World, McKinney takes his readers through the entire journey – the before, the during and the after. It all begins in Iraq and eventually spreads to the whole world. Readers never miss a step, we are there reading as the entire thing unfolds. I absolutely loved that about the book, I loved the background story and how everything played out.
I was highly impressed with Jason McKinney’s storytelling and found it hard to believe that this was his first novel. The story is so detailed that you can picture every moment perfectly, but the author never goes overboard, he doesn’t throw in unnecessary filler and the writing is never tedious. Big plus! Also, in most books you are waiting for the action to begin, but Dog World is instant action that never lets up, it never leaves you bored. But it’s not some shallow hack and slash action book, McKinney took it beyond that by adding a level of depth and intelligence. His comprehensive knowledge on the military mixed with a great understanding of character growth made for an incredible story of war and how one deals with the issues thrown at them.
One of the things I loved the most was the werewolf mythos, of course. Jason McKinney didn’t just throw some werewolves into his tale, he created an entire story for them – how they were created, where they came from, how the virus spread, why they have their powers…etc. He left no stone unturned. Loved it! And something that you werewolf fans will love is that there are also vampires in this book, but unlike other books these vamps aren’t dreamy intelligent aristocrats, they’re seedy and disgusting “cockroaches.” The werewolves dominate the vampires in every way, the wolves are badass and the vamps are pathetic vermin. Just what every werewolf fan wants.
Overall, I absolutely loved Dog World. It was a captivating and surprisingly well-written story about werewolves taking over the world and one group of individuals at the heart of it all. It was an incredible novel, and one that was completely believable, which is most impressive. To have a reader think to themselves “hey, this could totally happen!” is an impressive feat. Bravo Jason!
If you love fierce and edgy werewolf horror books, then I highly suggest Dog World. I will note that it is for adults only, it’s a highly graphic novel that’s really not appropriate for younger readers.
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