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Early Reviews:

"A stunning saga of survival, betrayal and, ultimately, love and loyalty in a time before recorded history, The Dog Master grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go. Not since Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth has a tale on an epic scale so engrossed me. This is W. Bruce Cameron's true triumph of imagination and empathy."

-- Samantha Dunn, PEN finalist author of Not By Accident: Reconstructing a Careless Life

“This is the gripping story of warring tribes in the Paleolithic period, and the way one man and one wolf saved us from extinction during an ice age. Cameron spins a rich, detailed imagining of how a wolf became a dog, the ultimate disruptive technology. The Dog Master is as epic a tale as Game of Thrones, but more exciting because it really happened! In Cameron’s telling of it, it’s love and cooperation with another species that ultimately defines our humanity. Brilliant!” --Jillian Lauren, NY Times bestselling author of Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and Everything You Ever Wanted.

“There’s much imagination, danger and bloodletting…interesting speculative history and a satisfying conclusion.” --Kirkus Reviews

“ In the final, fierce ice age, a she-wolf learns that humans will share food in hungry times, a lesson she passes on to her descendants (that) presages the enduring human-canine bond today; from an author who performs New York Times best-selling magic with dog stories.” --Library Journal

“The Dog Master by W. Bruce Cameron is an evocative glimpse at prehistory, a heartwarming coming of age saga, and an exciting, imaginative looks at the story of the first dog.” --FictionDB.com


"The Dog Master" is part Michael Crichton, part Jack London, but it's all W. Bruce Cameron, full of well-drawn characters, humor, relationships (both human and canine), page-turning events that somehow tie seamlessly together as the novel comes to its conclusion. It's a survival story. It's a history lesson. It's literally a coming-of-age novel. Truthfully, I wasn't sure how he could draw the different timelines of his novel together, but he did it page by page, chapter by chapter and creates -- just as he hoped -- an epic tale that shows, in myriad ways, how love, trust and companionship are timeless and imperative to the human -- and, yes, dog -- experience. Five stars. Hands down.

--Mark Stevens, Goodreads.com

“I loved this book, despite the fact that I am not a fan of dogs….The pre-history setting was fascinating, in part because everything is truly life or death. (I also loved Clan of the Cave Bear, which I read as a teenager. This book is better.). Although I'm not a dog lover, I do love cats and volunteer at the SPCALA. Reading this book made me appreciate my own furry friends more. I highly recommend this book and I can't wait for the sequel. The ending is satisfactory but it's clear there is more to this story. Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC.

--Temple, Goodreads.com


On writing the book

I think the first epiphany came to me when I considered just how extraordinary an event in human history the "first dog" represents. It wasn't a dog at all, it was a wolf--and a very different sort of wolf than the ones we see today, because over tens of thousands of years, aggressive canines have been hunted down and exterminated. Wolves today are elusive and accustomed to seeing humans all over the planet, but back when the very first man/canine bond was formed, they were more likely to see us as a food source than something to be feared. And even today, adopting a wolf puppy is an iffy proposition--I've spoken to several people who have wolves as pets, and it doesn't always work out that well. AND YET: some 30,000 years ago, an amazing thing happened when a wolf joined with a human, forming a partnership that would lead to the dogs we know and love today. The Dog Master is my imagining of that stunning alteration in the destiny of two species. -- W. Bruce Cameron


Release date set for August 4th!

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.

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