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Set against the most dramatic time in our species' history, The Dog Master tells the story of one tribe's struggle for survival and one extraordinary man's bond with a wolf-a friendship that changed mankind forever.

Thirty thousand years ago, ice was storming the planet. Among the species forced out of the trees and onto the steppes by the advancing cold was modern man, who was both predator and prey. No stranger to the experiences that make us human-a mother's love and a father's betrayal, tribal war and increasing famine, political intrigue and forbidden love, joy and hope and devastating loss-our ancestors competed for scant resources in a brutal landscape. Mankind stood on the cold brink of extinction...but they had a unique advantage over other species, a new technology-domesticated wolves. Only a set of extraordinary circumstances could have transformed one of these fierce creatures into a hunting companion, a bodyguard, a solider, and a friend. The Dog Master by W. Bruce Cameron is an evocative glimpse of prehistory, an emotional coming of age saga, a thrilling tale of survival against all odds, and the exciting, imaginative story of the first dog.

"Astounding in scope and emotional density, THE DOG MASTER is a compulsively addictive read. Cameron has a talent for storytelling and creating flesh and blood characters, both human and canine, that grab you by the scruff of the neck and refuse to let go, even long after you’ve finished the final sentence."

- Dishmag.com

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Author W. Bruce Cameron said about The Dog Master, "my most ambitious work, a sweeping, epic and dramatic story of one of the most important events in human history--the domestication of the wolf. In other words, the first dog. Please join this event if you're interested in news, alerts, giveaways, and just sort of staying informed about The Dog Master. I'm really proud of this one!"

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A Q&A with the Author

Tell us a little about The Dog Master.

This is the story that’s never before been told: the first time a wolf came to live with mankind, and the difference it has made for both species ever since.

This novel has been described as “important.” Can you explain what that means?

The Dog Master takes place against the backdrop of probably the most dramatic time in human history—climate change on a massive, titanic scale. With the advance of the glaciers across the land, we primates, so comfortable in the trees, were forced out onto the plains, where we competed with animals of tooth and claw and speed for the same prey, and where we were hunted by these same animals. Another primate species, the Neanderthals, was there as well—bigger, stronger, faster humanoids, upon whom you would have placed your bets for dominating the planet. So how did we do it? How did we win the battle for survival against all of these odds? We had a disruptive technology—the wolf. We were not friends with wolves. We chased the same food source, and in all likelihood, they ate us. Yet we know that at some point, wolves came to serve at our sides, as partners, helping us hunt. This is what is meant by “important.” Somehow, as improbable as it seems, wolves became our companions, and with that, we prevailed.

What were some of the challenges you faced in writing The Dog Master?

The setting is 30,000 years ago, which means there weren’t exactly eye witnesses I could interview. The written language didn’t yet exist, so there’s no record. I had to imagine a sequence of extraordinary events leading up to a metamorphic change in our existence—the adoption of the very first wolf puppy, the first “dog.” All of this on terrain that was getting scraped and reformed by the Ice Age. But here’s what I do know: modern dogs all have a little wolf DNA in them. The creatures that sleep on our beds at night are direct descendants of those first domesticated wolves. And a human/canine relationship is something I know how to write.

What would be some things you would like your readers to keep in mind as they read The Dog Master?

This was a violent, scary, fierce, and frightening time in our history. Every day was a struggle for survival. We were hunted by creatures far more ferocious than we find on our lands today. Yet through it all, we were human. We had lives and loves, we had children we cared for, we wept and shouted in anger, we went to bed full of fear or hunger, but we were, in the end, just people faced with extreme conditions. Reading The Dog Master reveals that even though the world was a savage place, we were capable of building societies.

Besides the human tribes, what are the other characters?

I couldn’t write a story about the evolution of wolves into, well, dogs, if I didn’t capture what life was like for them, too. Some of the Dog Master is from the point of view of the wolves—not with them narrating, but just following them in their own struggle for survival.

Many critics call A Dog’s Purpose a “classic.” What would you call The Dog Master?

If I had to pick a word, it would be “epic.” This is an epic story set in an epic time, and even the characters are epic in terms of what they live through and accomplish.

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