Dog Men

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Pub Date Jun 01 2024 | Archive Date Jul 06 2024

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Description

In the Canadian wilderness, Chris seeks solace in nature, surviving off the land as he wanders across rugged terrain, from campsite to campsite. But his tranquil existence is shattered when he's ensnared by a group of ruthless strangers, thrust into a harrowing game where survival demands a deadly choice: kill or be killed.

When the distinction between man and beast blur, Chris wrestles not only to stay alive but to keep ahold of his sanity in the process. On each pulse-pounding page, the stakes escalate, hurtling toward a crescendo of unbridled savagery that you'll never see coming!

Based on a true story, Dog Men by Gavin Torvik is a novel of brutal survival and endless horror that accumulates into a bloodbath of raw revenge. Think Cormac McCarthy meets Quentin Tarantino and you have Dog Men.

In the Canadian wilderness, Chris seeks solace in nature, surviving off the land as he wanders across rugged terrain, from campsite to campsite. But his tranquil existence is shattered when he's...


Advance Praise

‘Very dark in a twisty woodsy kinda of way… Torvik does bring it together in the last paragraph of the last page. Great insight’ - Roland Welker The 100 Day King of Alone Season Seven

‘Very dark in a twisty woodsy kinda of way… Torvik does bring it together in the last paragraph of the last page. Great insight’ - Roland Welker The 100 Day King of Alone Season Seven


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I received a free ARC, and this review is voluntary.

From the get-go we meet Chris, learning about his travels in vagabond fashion. Misfortune has followed him since he was a teen, and even now, there isn't much direction for him. On this particular night, an invite to a cabin from a friend is on the top of the list, but the three men he met earlier - only identified by their appearance, linger on his mind. Not so much sketchy behavior, but an encounter that was a little weird. Upon arriving at the cabin, he does not see his friend, but sets up camp anyway. She never arrives, but these three men do, claiming she's been injured and needs medical attention. After some brief conversation, the men leave, while Chris stays behind. Those men come back later on in the night, their behavior now sketchy, with Chris making a plan to defend himself, and escape. He is captured instead, and what transpires from this point in the story, to the very end, is a new struggle for Chris, one of deadly proportions.

While I cannot say what these three individuals are up to because that would be a spoiler, and I don't do spoilers, what I can say is that Chris is presented with danger not known to him before. Forced into this situation, having to fight for his life, while his captors torment him on the daily. What unfolds is a slow burn story of survival, and how far one man will go to protect his life.

With tension as the story ticks along, it is violent, and brutal, and there are lulls between the action, but the ending, and it's savagery, brings everything full circle for the reader.

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I finished this in one sitting and really enjoyed it. Excellent, brutal horror, soberly written and deftly plotted. It's mainly a portrayal of the violence visited upon a man who gets kidnapped and used for very sinister purposes. The emphasis, however, should be on "portrayal": do not expect so much a story with closure, as a description of what this man has to endure, till what's really going on is finally revealed. And that's it: the author pushes no boundaries, this is the kind of humorless, extreme horror experienced readers of the genre have seen before, though without all that much gore but with much better writting than usual, with nuance and attention to detail.

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