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The Dog Master

A Novel of the First Dog

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From W. Bruce Cameron, the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel A Dog's Purpose, which is now a major motion picture!

Set against the most dramatic time in our species' history, The Dog Master tells the story of one tribe's struggle for survival and one extraordinary man's bond with a wolf-a friendship that changed mankind forever

Thirty thousand years ago, ice was storming the planet. Among the species forced out of the trees and onto the steppes by the advancing cold was modern man, who was both predator and prey.

No stranger to the experiences that make us human-a mother's love and a father's betrayal, tribal war and increasing famine, political intrigue and forbidden love, joy and hope and devastating loss-our ancestors competed for scant resources in a brutal landscape.

Mankind stood on the cold brink of extinction...but they had a unique advantage over other species, a new technology-domesticated wolves.

Only a set of extraordinary circumstances could have transformed one of these fierce creatures into a hunting companion, a bodyguard, a solider, and a friend. The Dog Master by W. Bruce Cameron is an evocative glimpse of prehistory, an emotional coming of age saga, a thrilling tale of survival against all odds, and the exciting, imaginative story of the first dog.

A Dog's Purpose Series
#1 A Dog’s Purpose
#2 A Dog’s Journey

Other A Dog's Purpose Books
Ellie's Story: A Dog’s Purpose Novel
Bailey’s Story: A Dog’s Purpose Novel
Molly's Story: A Dog's Purpose Novel (forthcoming)

The Rudy McCann Series
The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man
Repo Madness

Other Books
A Dog's Way Home (forthcoming)
The Dog Master
The Dogs of Christmas
Emory’s Gift

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 01, 2015 – Bestseller Cameron's (A Dog's Purpose) latest imagines a pivotal moment in the history of human-animal relations. It's 30,000 years ago, and we meet two tribes of primitive human beings: the Wolfen, as represented by Silex the hunter, and the Kindred, as represented by Calli, who is in love with one man but is forced by custom to wed another. She gives birth to Mal, who is born with a deformed leg, a death sentence because the tribe members think he is cursed. Calli performs some political maneuvering in order to have her son's life spared. Mal grows up and falls in love with Lyra, who paints primitive figures on cave walls. A jealous suitor, Grat, forces Mal into exile so he can have Lyra all to himself. Living on his own, Mal comes across a wolf cub. He domesticates the creature and even puts a leash on her so they can hunt together. But he finds his life in jeopardy after he encounters Silex's tribe, whose members worship and emulate wolves, and find the leash anathema. Cameron tells his story in a needlessly complicated manner, mixing Upper Paleolithic past with the present. The use of weddings, engagements, and tribal councils to dramatize Calli and Silex's existence seems too anachronistic. And except for the depiction of the first dog (a domesticated wolf), there's little in this post-Neanderthal bildungsroman we haven't seen before in The Clan of the Cave Bear and its sequels.

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The storyline straggles along a predictable path, the characters are not especially engaging or believable and the writing style is very basic. Although similar to Clan of the Cave Bear, in concept, it doesn't come close to achieving the richness of that story and it's characters. I would deem it more of a young adult style of book.

The Dog Master
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Aug 04, 2015
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 575 Pages
  • Language: English
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