Dog Days

Dog Days

by Joe McKinney

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Winner of the Bram Stoker Award� for Superior Achievement in a YA Novel.

It's the summer of 1983 and the suburbs of Houston are reeling from a disastrous hurricane. But the storm brought more than wind and floodwaters.

In the swamps that surround Clear Lake a brutal and possibly supernatural killer is gathering strength, and waiting for the full moon. The focus of his bloodlust is fifteen year old Mark Eckert.
Reckless to a fault, with a knack for making spectacularly bad decisions, Mark had planned to spend that last summer before high school wandering the swamps with his friends and his beloved dog Max. But after a chance encounter with the lunatic, Mark's summer becomes a time of terror and tragedy.

With his life on the line, Mark's courage will be tested to his limits and beyond as he struggles to survive the hottest days of summer: the dog days.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149765027
Publisher: JournalStone
Publication date: 07/11/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 238
Sales rank: 368,245
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Joe McKinney has been a patrol officer for the San Antonio Police Department, a homicide detective, a disaster mitigation specialist, a patrol commander, and a successful novelist. His books include the four part Dead World series, Quarantined, Inheritance, Lost Girl of the Lake, The Savage Dead, Crooked House and Dodging Bullets. His short fiction has been collected in The Red Empire and Other Stories and Dating in Dead World. In 2011, McKinney received the Horror Writers Association's Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel.

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Dog Days 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Beverly_Stowe More than 1 year ago
Have you ever been in a hurricane? If so, you know the damage they can cause. If not, you’ve likely seen TV reports and newspaper articles, which give you an idea of their ferocity. Hurricanes destroy property; they also destroy lives. In Author Joe McKinney’s award winning YA novel, DOG DAYS, the year is 1983 and fourteen-year-old Mark just wants to hang with his best friend, Jeff, and his dog Max and enjoy summer vacation. But Hurricane Alexis has left its calling card in Clear Lake, a small town between Galveston and Houston, TX, and the boys soon discover that the hurricane is the least of their problems. Dead men are found in a shrimp boat that was washed ashore and landed in a neighbor’s tree. The men had been eaten. Other people are discovered dead and eaten. What sort of creature is terrifying the area? As if Mark doesn’t have enough to worry about with a monster running loose, he also has to face the bullies that never leave him alone. DOG DAYS is the story of a boy and his family and how they deal with tragedy, each in their own way. It’s a story of fear and of love, friendships and understanding. The author has created characters that are real, with faults as well good points. Even the dog, Max, plays an important role in the story. Black- and-white drawings scattered throughout the story add a nice touch. I do recommend that you read this novel with your lights on. Enjoy. The publisher sent me an ARC for my honest review.
dahlsal More than 1 year ago
Got a free copy by Journal Store. Just finished. This is a good teen pre-teen read. The mystery of who is killing people. A little occult and realism thrown together. I was right there with Mark hoping that he wouldn't be found and would make it back home from the Swamp. The relationships were interesting and let you in to know that life sometimes is not perfect. I would definitely read other stories by this writer. The plot was well thought out and had enough suspense to keep the reader interested from beginning to end.
TheRingmaster More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review. I found it to be a new and refreshing look at the werewolf mythology and appropriate for younger readers, though not too young as there is some bad language in some spots. The story is from the perspective of a teenage boy and is set in the 1980's. I did enjoy the references to the 80's since I, too, was a teenager during that era. It was refreshingly free of cell phones and computers. There were some jarring moments in the story, where the parents were fighting one moment and then everything seemed fine the next moment without any transition between the two states. However, relationships in the story were believable and the characters were engaging. There were a lot of deaths in the story and some were more noteworthy than others. But the suspense of finding out who the real killer is and following the adventures of Mark and his faithful companion Max the police dog makes this worthy of reading for young and old alike.
KGpets More than 1 year ago
Dog Days is the story that describes the adventures of a 14-year-old boy during his summer vacation. The town of Brook Forest, Texas is hit by a hurricane, a flood and attacks by a serial killer. As his adventures unfold, so does his journey of self-discovery. The book is written in first person, and although first person voice doesn’t work for all books, it’s a perfect way to allow a boy to describe his maturing process--from a child who follows his friends to a mature adolescent on his way to becoming a man.  Although the book seems to target young teen and pre-teen boys, anyone can enjoy this fast-paced adventure. It is set in 1983, so it is free of the technology that is central to teen interaction today. It gives young people a snapshot of growing up in a different time. One thing I didn’t like about this book is the coarse language. Perhaps I’m too squeamish about such things, but I’d have trouble giving my grandson a book where the children talk like this. If you can set that aside, this book has a lot to offer young people who face the internal turmoil of growing and becoming their own person. 
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
In a style reminiscent of "Stand By Me," this story focuses on the summer of 1983, shortly after Hurricane Alexis floods much of the neighborhood of 14 year old Mark. While assessing out the damage to their home, a neighbor comes to ask Mark's father, an officer with the Houston Police Department, to check out a beached shrimp boat near his home. The horrific murdered bodies found on the shrimp boat sets the stage for a summer Mark is unlikely to forget. As more deaths follow, Mark, having looked forward to this summer before the start of high school, learns about family, friendships and what it means to grow up. I really enjoyed this story and although listed as YA fiction can be appreciated by readers of all ages. The characters from the nerdy friend to the school bully to the quiet parental arguments are both familiar and new and the story moves forward at a nice pace. I definitely recommend this book as one not to be missed. Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Cheryl_Montgomery-Nolan More than 1 year ago
This book is a very suspenseful story about a young man coming of age, in a law enforcement family.  It's also a scary werewolf story.  There are great illustrations too.  I didn't want to stop reading it!
C_Tilson More than 1 year ago
It kills, it mutilates and it eats everything it sees. Dog Days is the story of 15 year old Mark, whose mother is a pediatrician and his father, a high ranking K-9 police officer. Of course, we cannot leave out Max, a highly trained police dog that has bonded more with Mark than his Mark’s dad. Two parents with demanding careers can sometimes make it harder for Mark to know which way to turn. The story begins in the aftermath of a horrible storm that has left a neighbors boat in his pecan tree. That’s not the surprising part. The big news is what is found inside the boat. There are three bodies brutally torn apart, savagely eaten. As the book goes on, Mark secretly shows his friends his dad’s hidden files and pictures of what this creature has done. Mark is attacked by this creature who has been terrorizing the area. Find out who survives, if anyone and what happens to the creature.
Cat_Cavendish More than 1 year ago
Summer 1983. It started with a hurricane and a flood, and turned into a summer young Mark would never forget. In Dog Days, Joe McKinney has created a thrilling suspense story, aimed at the young adult market, but mature and rooted in the horror genre. Strong on plot, detailed on characterisation and laden with atmosphere. Who - or what - was killing and eating all these people? Had me hooked from the beginning. I can see why Joe McKinney wins awards! The bonus of a short story at the end was an enjoyable surprise too.
JaxGrampy More than 1 year ago
“Dog Days” by Joe McKinney was awarded the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a YA Novel. There is a very good reason for that award: “Dog Days” is an exceptionally fascinating story, and it is written impeccably well. Told in the first person format, “Dog Days” is a broad-ranging tale of 14-year-old Mark’s summer between 8th Grade and High School. Beginning with his Galveston, Texas neighborhood being inundated by Hurricane Alexis, stopping just short of entering his house on a hill, this story includes a number of situations common to 14-year-old boys all over America. From “borrowing” his policeman-Father’s handgun to show off to a friend, to dodging bullies several years older than he, to his life-threatening encounter with an insane serial killer – okay, maybe that part isn’t common to all 14-year-old boys – Mark is at once a typical boy, and an extraordinary boy. “Dog Days” is not a book you will want to put down. Even after you finish reading it, you will wish it was longer. Perhaps McKinney will write a sequel someday, but until then you have GOT to read “Dog Days”. It can be purchased directly from JournalStone Publishing, or from Amazon and other booksellers. However you get it, just be sure you DO get it. This is one YA novel you will not soon forget. In fact, in my humble opinion “Dog Days” would make an excellent movie. I don’t often go to movies, but I wouldn’t miss this one, if somebody were to make it. Be sure to tell your friends about “Dog Days”. They will be very grateful you did.