Since I subtitled this blog “Musings from a Reader, Writer and Therapy Candidate” I thought it would be a good idea to put up reviews every now and again. So, the first one goes to Bradley Convissar and his novella Dogs of War.
Description (from amazon.com)
After divorcing his wife of two years, Gary Lettner thinks he has found the perfect house for himself and Molly, his eight-year-old daschund.
But when the throats of the dead begin to cry out in a voice that only Molly can hear, and when evidence of past atrocities committed in his new home begin to surface, Gary finds himself an unlikely participant in a brutal quest for vengeance.
Dogs of War is a brutal, heart-wrenching ghost story that explores a world that thrives in the darkness.
Bradley Convissar’s DOGS OF WAR is a new take on a ghost story, one with twists at every turn and easy to read. I was fascinated by the detail given with regard to the horrific elements of the story. Told in first person, the objective and subjective views of the main character are spot on, unlike many first person accounts in other books where the views are a distraction and asides are all too often. The dogs themselves are anthropomorphic in their actions, but not to the point of being unrealistically so. The ferocity of the animals is easily understood thanks to firm character building.
There were times in the book that Convissar’s writing reminded me of Poe or Verne. While set in the present, there is a distinct Victorian feel to his work and I look forward to reading more.
All in all, DOGS OF WAR is a well-written ghost story that drags the reader into a feeling of comfort before stabbing him or her in the heart with horror.