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Dogs of War [Kindle Edition]

Bradley Convissar
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Book Description

From the novella collection Reflecting on Midnight- 4 novellas for only $2.99

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 25,000 word novella, a tale of love, revenge and sacrifice unlike anything you've read before.  Some crimes are too horrible to go unpunished, no matter the cost.


Note: "Dogs of War" is included, along with "I Never", "King of the Merge" and "FotoShop of the Gods", in the collection Reflecting on Midnight.  Purchased separately, the four novellas will cost $4.96, while the single collection costs $2.99.


Editorial Reviews

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"A really original take on the ghost story. The dogs (esp. Molly) were fantastic characters in their own right, which went well with the theme of the narrator being along for the ride, there to assist sometimes but not truly interfere as the dogs complete their mission" - Stephanie Rabig, Smashwords

"Bradley Convissar's book Dogs of war is brilliant! The writing is breathtakingly precise and painful. A ghost story way up on the line with my personal favorite Stephen King books: Cujo and the Pet Sematary." - Natalie Valentina, Goodreads

"I found myself comparing him to Stephen King, mainly because I have a hard time getting into his books, but once I do I am hooked. And it was this way with Dogs of War. I felt there was a lot of detail in the house that wasn't necessary, honestly I didn't need to know the colors of the sheet and bedding, but the tale of Molly and the ghosts that haunted her was riveting. I felt the horror that Gary felt when he allowed Molly out on the second ghostly visit and he witnessed her interaction with them. I was horrified when he made a ghastly discovery in the basement and understood Molly's and the ghosts need for vengeance. It all led up to an ending that did have me hooked, unable to put my kindle down until the conclusion." -Lisa McCourt Hollar, Jezri's Nightmares
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From the Author

A different type of ghost story.

Product Details

  • File Size: 242 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Darkest Days Publishing; 3 edition (September 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SHNS0K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,722 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.2 out of 5 stars
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review from Eva's Sanctuary August 30, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Gary Lettner divorced his wife of two years and moved into a house that was perfect for him and his adopted daschund, Molly. Little does he know, until ghosts of the past start to surface, how his life is going to change. As time goes on, Gary begins to discover evidence of atrocities and violence that is enough to turn your stomach and make you ill. Little does he know that his beloved Molly will be drawn into a mission that is beyond the believable, or is it?

This is a well written book that takes you on a journey of horror beyond the human comprehension. This is not normally my particular cup of tea; but I was truly fascinated with the storyline and the weaving in and out of the details to get to the final conclusion. This is a story of cruelty and man's inhumanity at its finest. A horror of which I hope to never see. If you are a fan of horror, thrillers, or dark fiction, I highly recommend this book. When I interviewed Brad, he said in reference to what he writes, "I do it because I like to explore the dark corners of the human mind, where men become monsters, monsters become men, and no one is truly safe from others or themselves." That quote truly sums up exactly what this book is about. Would I read this book again? Absolutely! This book can easily be read in one sitting; but if you are of an overly sensitive nature, I would suggest you forgo the book. On the other hand, if you enjoy a well written and dark kind of read, this is definitely for you.

I wish to thank Brad for providing me with a copy of his book to read and review. I was not expected to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I was not compensated in any way except for being provided the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doubleshot Reviews book review September 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Technically 3 1/2 stars

Gary Lettner, after divorcing his wife, has finally found the perfect house for him and his eight-year old dachshund, Molly. Things seem perfect, that is until the first full moon when the dead begin to call out in voices only Molly can hear at first. Suddenly, Gary and Molly finds themselves participating in an act of revenge for atrocities that occurred in Gary's perfect home.

Bradley Convissar's Dogs of War is a tale of the inhumanity of some men and the lengths some will go to in order to seek vengeance for the cruelty they have been forced to endure. It is a very detailed and intriguing plot that kept me reading and wondering exactly where things were heading. Some parts were predictable and some truly did keep me thinking. As with many horror/ghost stories the suspension of belief is a must. There were some parts in Dogs of War where I inquired out loud to the room "WTF?" The author painted a vivid picture of the horrors that had occurred in his home. It was definitely brutal and not a pretty thing to imagine.

Molly, the dachshund, and her owner, Gary, were the two main characters. Molly was your typical dachshund fun loving and playful with an ear for the dead. Although I would say Molly is much more pampered than some dachshund's as Gary won't even let her walk up or down stairs because of potential back problems. Gary seemed to be just a typical man who loved his dog and was looking forward to his new life.

Overall Dogs of War was a good ghost story, especially for animal lovers who want to see the animals get their revenge. It's definitely a different type of ghost story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a story! April 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
4 3/4 stars

I'm not a person who normally likes ghost stories. They tend to be silly or just gory/scary for no reason. I also thought only Neil Gaiman could write a good ghost story followed by Stephen King. Now Neil is followed very closely in my mind by Bradley Convissar.

Why? Not only is this a ghost story set in modern times, it has a message. Like the old Twilight Zones and Star Trek:TOS, it makes you think and feel. This is the second story that I've read by BC that affected me after I put it down and I couldn't go on to read another book. As you can tell, I'm a cat person, but these dogs...if you're a dog person...read it! You will be touched. I promise.

Why 4 3/4 stars? The title. I judge a book by it's cover and title. I passed this book up for the longest time without looking at it (I know what assume means) and thought it was literally a war book. It brought to mind Iraq and Viet Nam. So, I dropped a 1/4 only for that reason. I'm sorry that I did.

It's a great story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Unusual Ghost Story August 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
My introduction to Dogs of War began when I received an e-mail from Brad Convissar along with a link to a book trailer for his book, Dogs of War.

I will admit I felt a bit of trepidation, it sounded like a war story, something more up my husband's alley than mine. Jeff even has a poem written by the same name. War is his business, horror is mine. But I went and looked at the trailer anyway and was immediately intrigued.

The book is about a man and his dog Molly, who happens to be a daschund, a breed that I am familiar with, thanks to the year I worked for a veterinarian that owned a daschund. Charlie was one of the sweetest dogs I knew. Through this book I learned several facts about this breed that I didn't know, such as daschunds were hunters and their noses and long bodies were perfectly suited for tunneling badgers out of the ground. They also have wicked sharp nails if they aren't kept trimmed.

Dogs of War is essentially a ghost story, but in a way it is a love story too because Gary Lettner is a man that loves his dog. After his divorce, Gary and Molly move into a house to begin a new life. Things are going well until Gary is woken one night by Molly who appears to be terrified. She seems to be hearing something he can't hear and when she goes running to the door, Gary follows. What he sees when he looks out the window spins his world out of control and briefly has him questioning his sanity. The next day Molly digs something up in the yard that has been buried under the tree for years and Gary realizes that a crime has been committed. However he can't get the police to listen to him so he begins his own investigation that leads into a world of torture, dog fighting and murder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Scary!
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Supernatural story
The book is fairly well written and an easy read.
I am not a big fan of mystical, supernatural stories.
Published 18 months ago by Gary E. Jensen
4.0 out of 5 stars dogs of war
I enjoy reading anything about dogs and this one was no exception. There was some violence and a lot of mystery.
Published 19 months ago by Ruth A. Jenkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique Story
I guess ghost come in all shapes and sizes. Sacrifices for the greater good do also. Worth the read for an original story about mans best friend. Read more
Published on February 10, 2012 by RomanReader
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Tale of Dogs and Ghosts
Very enjoyable story with solid narration from the main character. It features an interesting plot, with a bit of weakness in the details at a few points, which is why I rated this... Read more
Published on February 1, 2012 by Michael
4.0 out of 5 stars Once again man is the monster in the dark
Looking for a different kind of ghost story? This is the one for you. I don't remember how I found this book but when I started reading it I almost stopped because I was thinking... Read more
Published on December 11, 2011 by Mercedes
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping horror story
A little while ago, I interviewed Brad Convissar about his 25,000 word stand alone novella, Dogs of War. Read more
Published on September 13, 2011 by J. Parisse-brassens
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King has met his master.
Bradley Convissar's book Dogs of war is brilliant!

The writing is breathtakingly precise and painfull. Read more
Published on September 2, 2011 by Natalie Casetti
5.0 out of 5 stars A good ghost story
A very good ghost story involving dogs and revenge. I enjoyed reading Dogs of War from beginning to the end. Read more
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More About the Author

Brad Convissar is a dentist by day, a writer of dark fiction at night, and a father, husband, and not-so-proud pet owner when time permits.

He is the author of several dozen short stories, four novellas, and will be releasing his first novel, Blood, Smoke and Ashes, a supernatural thriller, in early 2013.

He was born in Georgia, but moved to southern New Jersey before he could be forced to be an Atlanta Braves fan. He spent his formative years living outside of Philadelphia where he latched on to the Philly sports teams and was promptly disappointed for almost twenty years. He spent his college years in New Orleans, where he earned his bachelor's degree in evolutionary biology at Tulane University, then relocated to lovely Newark New Jersey, where he earned his DMD.

After eight years of bouncing around, Brad finally settled down back in south Jersey, only miles from the house he grew up in. He is happily married and the proud father of two children. He is also "dad' to a diabetic, half-blind eight-year-old daschund named Friday who is little more than a lump on the couch most of the time.

When not filling cavities or performing root canals or extracting teeth or fabricating dentures, or writing, he spends his time playing with his kids, playing video games, reading comic books, reading non-illustrated books, and impotently rooting on his beloved Philadelphia Phillies or less than beloved Philadelphia Eagles.

His favorite authors are, but not limited to, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, Richard Matheson, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Simon Green, Jim Butcher, and Jeffery Deaver. He likes to think he learned something of the art of writing from each of these authors.

To this day, he wonders how the TV show LOST got so bad, so quickly. The wasted potential of the first three seasons still haunts him.

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