Wednesday, November 5, 2014

"Zhukov’s Dogs" by Amanda Cyr: SPOTLIGHT & REVIEW

Zhukov’s Dogs, by Amanda Cyr

Genre: new-adult, science-fiction, action-adventure

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Date of Publication: October 27, 2014


Lieutenant Colonel Nik Zhukov is just like any other desensitized seventeen-year-old living in the year 2076. At least he likes to think he is when he isn’t busy eliminating threats to national security, breaking up terrorist organizations, and trying not to get blown up. It’s all in a normal day’s work for one of the military’s top dogs, and he’s never disappointed. Never failed. Never lost sight of his dream of making it to the elite force, even as each new job forces him to see just how morally corrupt his leaders are.

On the verge of promotion, Nik is dispatched to the underground city beneath the icy Seattle tundra, his final mission handed down directly from The Council. It should have been a simple in-and-out, but the underground is full of dark secrets and he soon finds himself swept into battles, lying to his best friend back east, and growing a bit too close to the rebels he was sent to spy on.

Nik realizes too late that he’s broken the number one rule within his ranks; he’s allowed himself to feel normal for the first time in his life. He might be able to turn the job around, become the soldier he was once was, except for his growing attachment to the rebel leader. A guy. Yet another first for Nik. It’s a mistake he pays for dearly when he learns The Council’s true intentions for the city.

It’s never ‘just harmless fun’ when you’re a government dog, not when The Council holds the leash. Nik knows there are some lines you can never come back from crossing, and he’s forced to choose whose rules to play by. He races toward the invisible divide, aware he’ll be called traitor by both his nation and by his friends. Aware that even the right choice can be deadly to make.

About Amanda Cyr:

Amanda Cyr is a tea-loving freelance journalist, viral content curator, and debut novelist. She studied creative writing at Seattle University, where she developed all sorts of opinions before becoming a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. She is currently represented by Kimberley Cameron of the Kimberley Cameron & Associates Literary Agency.

Growing up, Amanda moved around a lot. She began writing to make the transitions easier and make up for her lack of friends in middle school. An awesome professor in Medford, Oregon tried to convince her to pursue writing professionally, but Amanda was deadest on a law career. It wasn’t until an unpleasant professor in Seattle, Washington told her she was a terrible writer that Amanda really committed to the idea of getting published, mostly just to spite her professor.

When Amanda’s not hunched over a laptop she enjoys sleeping, video games, Netflix binges, and wrestling with her two polar bear dogs. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she spends her days hissing at the sun and missing Seattle. Her least favorite things include the mispronunciation of her name, screaming children, and California.

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What did Sister Sinister think?
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I gave it 5 Stars!
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I was given the opportunity to read to review this book by Curiosity Quills, as part of the Blog Tour, and I GREATLY enjoyed it!!

The year is 2076 and less than 40 states are still considered habitable, thanks to the destructive power of nature leaving them ruined and inhospitable. And yet there are still people living out there, mining resources, living underground. And the Council wants to crush one such city for ownership over their valuable operation - and they want one of their best Y.I.D. soldiers to help them bring it to fruition.

This is a Dystopian world and the military is a strong feature in it, with the protagonist opening up the story after having committed 38 counts of murder, arson, treason, and more. A prisoner of war expected to be executed for his crimes, he is sent reeling when he is given evidence by his captors that the man he loves was not dead, as he believed.

What's more, is that Nik Zhukov is a youth soldier and was about to be promoted when he turned 18. 

Action thick and emotional, thought provoking, layered with history, and with a warning about the consequences of greed and short-term thinking, the author made ZHUKOV'S DOGS a big hit with this reader. =D

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