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The Dog Master: A Novel of the First Dog Paperback – June 7, 2016
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“Cameron’s latest canine-themed novel will appeal to fans of Jean Auel’s classic The Clan of the Cave Bearas well as those of more contemporary dog and man tales.”―Library Journal
“There’s much imagination here…interesting speculative history with a satisfying conclusion, one opening the door for a sequel or series.”―Kirkus Reviews
“The Dog Master is a unique, vivid story of how canine companionship came to be and in no small way, saved humanity as a species; a truly inspired read.”―The Huffington Post
About the Author
W. BRUCE CAMERON is the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog's Purpose, A Dog's Journey, and The Dogs of Christmas. He lives in California.
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I am weeping tears of joy because I have just this minute finished reading The Dog Master! I never for a minute expected it to surpass A Dog's Purpose in my heart, but it might have... well, it's a dead heat and they are both so different from each other, I don't think they need to compete!
I want to share with you the two special gifts you have that I see in your writing. You share with other writers the ability to tell a great story, make us fall in love with your characters, hold our breath waiting for the next turn in the tale and mourn the end of a book because we don't want it to end.
However, you also have two things that are much more rare. First, you can insert humor into tragedy the way we find it in real life, without having to tell a "joke." I can laugh at the humanity of ridiculous behavior or illogical reactions of your characters. The only other writer who does this as well, in my experience, is Charles Dickens. How he can make us laugh during Oliver Twist's childhood, basically a story of child abuse, has always amazed me. It gives us a sense of the underlying humor that can be found everywhere. You have this same gift.
Second, you can embody any character in a story, human or not, and describe its feelings and thoughts so perfectly that it enhances every tale. I don't know how to describe this exactly, but you can even have us experience the death of a nameless elk as if we are feeling it ourselves. It's as though you can flesh out a story from just being a story to something we all are living and breathing ourselves. Of course, that was the basis for A Dog's Purpose, but you manage to do it with everything you write. I don't know of any other writer who can do this, and it's why your books are so beloved, even if people don't realize why they love them so much.
Cameron does an amazing job of illustrating such a unique time in history, as well as making his characters and story lines so identifiable. This novel had everything I wanted from exciting battles to tales of forbidden love, and of course, the heartwarming story of the first domesticated wolf.
The Dog Master is the story of two paleolithic tribes struggling for survival and their spiritual connection with a pack of wolves that bare the special "hand-print" marking. Not only are they faced with the dangers of hunger, lurking and ferocious wildlife, other vicious tribes of humans, but also the struggle for power amongst their own tribe members.
A Dog's Purpose and A Dog's Journey have long been my favorites books because of Cameron's distinct ability to write from the perspective of a dog, and thankfully there is more of the same in this book. In fact, the unique circumstances by which dog (or in this case, wolf) and human come together are truly astounding.
I hate that it had to end, but I was encouraged by what I saw as a potential segue to a sequel. Don't hesitate to get a copy of this book and another as a gift! I would have given it 10 stars if I could!