Book Review: Cadaver Dog by Doug Goodman

“Training a dog to track a zombie is like training a cadaver dog or a bomb dog. It takes patience, trust, and the right dog-and-handler team. And to not be afraid of zombies.”

-Angie Graves, The Zombie Dog’s Handbook

Goodman, Doug (2015-10-13). Cadaver Dog (p. 2). Doug Goodman. Kindle Edition.



Title: Cadaver Dog

Author: Doug Goodman

Genre: Adult Fiction, Zombies, Dogs

Chapters: 12

Pages: 125

Format: Kindle


Angie Graves trains dogs on all kinds of scents: guns, bombs, even cadavers. But when she is approached with the idea of training a dog to track zombies, she is not so sure. She needs a different dog for this line of work, and the only one available is a dog named Murder who she rescued when she found him left for dead. The problem is, Murder is nothing like a hero dog. He is scarred emotionally and physically. He is slow to trust, has a mischievous mind, and obsesses over his chicken toy. But if he and Angie can learn to work together, they may be able to solve the riddle of where the zombies come from, and why they are snatching up people.


My Review

Now, I usually don’t read books about zombies. I don’t necessarily hate them, the topic doesn’t attract me very well. In the books that I’ve read, zombies usually are dead bodies that rise from the dead, without the allure that vampires have.  You know, soulless cadavers that terrorizes and eat people.

This book attract me because from the title and the blurb it appeared to be more about dogs, than zombies. After all, the title is “Cadaver Dog”.  🙂

While reading the book, I also started to like Doug’s idea of zombies. Quite interesting, and inspired by reality.  Crimson wasp are the reason why zombies exists. How are these kind of wasps inspired by reality, you ask? Well, they are descended from emerald wasps, also known as Ampulex Compressa.  Check out this short video:

Beautiful wasp zombifies cockroach

Interesting, and a little bit creepy, right? I didn’t know about these insects before this book. I actually read several articles and watch some videos about them in order to understand the book better. Right now, I am very happy that I live in Canada. 😀

Back to the book review. In other words, the way these little green wasps control cockroaches, the same way crimson wasps control dead bodies. Personally, I was pleasantly surprised with these zombies. They’re very interesting. The explanation is more detailed in the book, but I will not say more on the subject. Bear in mind though, the zombies are not the main characters or the plot of this book.

Cadaver Dog is quite a short book, but it’s full of action and suspense. Don’t let the short length make you not want to give this book a try. You know the saying, don’t judge a book by its cover length.

The narrative is fast paced, and is told in the third person, which is my favorite kind of narrative. It tells the right amount of details, without ramblings and pages of info dumping.

The story follows Angie, a women in her early 30s, and her dog Murder. Angie trains dog for a living, but also because it’s her passion. She loves dogs, so this career is perfect for her. Angie trains bomb dogs, police dogs, regular pets and so on. Ultimately, she manages to train Murder to find the wasp and their larva. While they do get to have some adventures, the story also points out the relationship between a dog and a human. Angie has a great connection with her dogs, and she treat them with a lot of love and kindness. She is more anti-social, and prefers the canine type of company.

I think this book is a perfect example of how a short novel can be as good as or better than a 500 pages book.

The novel doesn’t have a happy ending, though. At least not completely. I personally loved it, I think it was a perfect fit for this story.

In general, I had a great experience reading this novel, and I recommend this book to everybody. It doesn’t have gory details or anything like that, so it can be read by teenagers. Give it a try, you’ll not regret it.

I give this book a rating of 5.5

I hope you liked my review. To keep up with my book reviews, you can find me on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Bloglovin’. 🙂


























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