Dogs of War

Dogs of War, A novella. Amazon Kindle Edition, Copyright 2011 and written by Bradley Convissar.

Gary Lettner and Caroline, his wife of six months discover and purchase a home in a nice suburban area and in true dog-lover fashion he decides to visit a small animal shelter to get a dog. Not exactly in a manner favored by Caroline, he obtains Molly, a close to mentally beaten-down eight-year-old Dachshund. For little explained reasons other than a purported incompatibility, they divorce and he and Molly settle into an enjoyable routine until one night Molly awakens him in the middle of the night with incessant barking and a desire to be let out into the garden. From this point, the story become a tale of ghostly dogs and their insistence upon gaining Molly’s aid, with Gary in attendance, to attempt to right vicious wrongs they, and others, had suffered at the hands of cruel developers of dogs to be used in illicit dog fighting.

Discussion: The author has presented a tale describing in some detail the inhuman atrocities a certain breed of individuals will inflict upon animals to satisfy their sick minds. It is a short book that may be classified in the ghost/horror genre with a revenge theme that dog lovers no doubt will love. The pace is good, the rather detailed plot moves well so the reader feels compelled to continue to its termination. As an aside, as once owner of dachshunds, the breed is subject to the infirmities listed, but Gary’s treatment of Molly seems a little overdone especially in light of some of her described activities. But then, when one reads a ghost story, it is necessary to pretty much ignore any pragmatic thoughts.

4* Short, easy read ghost story with unusual protagonists.

People Missing in the Woods

People Missing in the Woods, an e-book published, copyright and written by Steph Young.

The author has collected the stories of a considerable number of individuals who have disappeared under strange circumstances in numerous countries throughout the world. Occasionally their bodies have been recovered after varying amounts of time after they were reported missing – and even in positions repeatedly visited by searchers. Even more strangely, some reportedly did not even provide a hint of the cause of death. Most have been in areas far removed from ‘civilization’ and many in sections referred to by local residents as ‘haunted’ or other such description such as Arizona’s Superstition Mountains and the Scottish Mores. The tales also include a number of strange encounters similar to other tales of UFO’s and strange ‘aliens’ with all, no matter in what part of the world encountered, being described with remarkably similar body and facial/head structures.

Discussion: An interesting accumulation of stories that would benefit from editing to remove repetition and perhaps provide, where available, more than just cursory autopsy findings and forensic details.

3*     4*Interesting reports; 3* for reasons described.