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Dog Days by T.A. Moore (audio review)

Dog Days by T.A. Moore (audio review)

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Book Info

Book Series
Wolf Winter #1
About the Author
As a small child TA Moore genuinely believed that she was a Cabbage Patch Kid and no-one had told her. This was the start of a lifelong attachment to the weird and fantastic. These days she lives in Northern Ireland and her friends have a rule that she can only send them three weird and disturbing links a day (she still holds that a DIY penis bifurcation guide is interesting, not disturbing).

TA Moore believes that adding 'in space!' to anything makes it at least 40% cooler, will try to pet pretty much any dog she meets and once lied to her friend that she had climbed all the way up to Tintagel, when actually she'd only gotten to the beach and chickened out. She writes about vampires, werewolves and ghosts (*whispers* 'in space!) and once wrote zombie erotica to prove it could be done
Publication Date
February 09, 2018
Available Formats
Audiobook
Pages
7 hours 34 minutes
The world ends not with a bang, but with a downpour. Tornadoes spin through the heart of London, New York cooks in a heat wave that melts tarmac, and Russia freezes under an ever-thickening layer of permafrost. People rally at first—organizing aid drops and evacuating populations—but the weather is only getting worse.

In Durham, mild-mannered academic Danny Fennick has battened down to sit out the storm. He grew up in the Scottish Highlands, so he’s seen harsh winters before. Besides, he has an advantage. He’s a werewolf. Or, to be precise, a weredog. Less impressive, but still useful.

Except the other werewolves don’t believe this is any ordinary winter, and they’re coming down over the Wall to mark their new territory. Including Danny’s ex, Jack—the Crown Prince Pup of the Numitor’s pack—and the prince's brother, who wants to kill him.

A wolf winter isn’t white. It’s red as blood. 

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Dog Days
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4.0

Dog Days by T A Moore is an apocalyptic, wolf shifter, thriller/romance. It is a stand-alone, but the ending gives a clear indication that this will be the beginning of a series. There is much to be resolved at the conclusion of this story, but it finishes on an open-ended positive note for the MC’s. 

Danny Fennick is living the quiet life of an academic in Durham, North-East England. It is a world away from the Scottish highlands where he grew up in the territory controlled by the Numitor Pack of werewolves. Having been born a weredog, Danny was at the bottom of the pecking order and leaving to live in the human world was an easy decision to make. In Durham he has a respectable job and a more normal, if somewhat lonely, life. His heart belongs to Jack, one of the Crown Prince Pups of the pack, and, given his stature, that relationship is highly unlikely to proceed. Or so he thinks. When an ancient werewolf prophesy seems to be coming true, Jack’s father, the leader of the Numitors, must choose his successor. Jack and his twin brother Gideon vie for their father's favour, and succession. In the aftermath, Jack moves down to Durham and reconnects with Danny. 

The world building in this novel is highly original and beautifully described. The werewolf society is much more animalistic and gritty than most shifter books I’ve read. These werewolves are not people in wolves clothing, they are animals who follow their more baser needs with only a passing thought for humanity. The Numitor leader gleefully awaits the prophesy of a deadly winter that will see werewolves take control of the world once again. 

I found Danny to be a highly likable, empathetic character. He is not nearly as devoid of humanity as the werewolves he left behind. When he meets up with Jack, he, and I as a listener, have a difficult time connecting with Jack and his detachment from humanity. There is darkness in the city that goes far beyond the deadly winter, however, and these two old pack mates will need to find a way to come together to protect the community and the people that Danny has come to love. As they come together for a common purpose, both men will face unimaginable trials and Danny, as well as the listener, will come to see a somewhat more compassionate man beneath the werewolf. Make no mistake though, Jack remains an animal at heart and there’ll be no sudden burst of kindness and compassion from this werewolf.

I found a few moments in the story where I felt the author could have proceeded more quickly. It could have been more riveting with some careful editing and less descriptive prose. This may be a personal issue, however, and other listeners may not feel the same way. When Danny and Jack, and those fighting alongside them, face the hidden evil in Durham things certainly heat up. T A Moore does not hold back in her action scenes! Readers looking for romance as a major theme may be disappointed, however. This is first and foremost an action thriller and the romance is limited in comparison. There is much scope for the romance to further develop, however, if this novel does become a series. I would definitely look forward to learning more about these characters, and their journey, and will be no doubt be purchasing more from this author.  

Derrick McClain’s narration is nothing short of superb. This accents and characterizations are spots on to my ear. Whilst listening I got lost in the story, as each character, male and female, came alive with his masterful performance. This is not the first time I’ve listened to an audiobook from Derrick and he never disappoints. I’ll certainly be looking for more by him to add to my collection. 

Overall 4 stars
Performance 5 stars 
Story 4 stars

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