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Monday, February 21, 2011

'The Zero Dog War' Zero Dog Missions #1 by Keith MELTON

From the BLURB:

After accidentally blowing up both a client facility and a cushy city contract in the same day, pyromancer and mercenary captain Andrea Walker is scrambling to save her Zero Dogs. A team including (but not limited to) a sexually repressed succubus, a werewolf with a thing for health food, a sarcastic tank driver/aspiring romance novelist, a three-hundred-pound calico cat, and a massive demon who really loves to blow stuff up.

With the bankruptcy vultures circling, Homeland Security throws her a high-paying, short-term contract even the Zero Dogs can’t screw up: destroy a capitalist necromancer bent on dominating the gelatin industry with an all-zombie workforce. The catch? She has to take on Special Forces Captain Jake Sanders, a man who threatens both the existence of the team and Andrea’s deliberate avoidance of romantic entanglements.

As Andrea strains to hold her dysfunctional team together long enough to derail the corporate zombie apocalypse, the prospect of getting her heart run over by a tank tread is the least of her worries. The government never does anything without an ulterior motive. Jake could be the key to success…or just another bad day at the office for the Zeroes.

Warning: Contains explicit language, intense action and violence, rampaging zombie hordes, a heroine with an attitude and flamethrower, Special Forces commandos, ninjas, apocalyptic necromancer capitalist machinations, absurd parody and mayhem, self-deluded humour, irreverence, geek humour, mutant cats, low-brow comedy, and banana-kiwi-flavored gelatin.

‘The Zero Dog War’ is the first book in a new paranormal-action series from Keith Melton.

The Zero Dogs are a bunch of paranormal mercenaries. There’s the permanently horny werewolf, Rafe. Shy succubus Tiffany. Wannabe ninja, Hanzo. Furry-demon lover, Mai. Demonic ‘Sarge’ and emotionally stunted empathy, Gavin. This rag-tag team of supernatural’s is lead by pryomancer, Captain Andrea Walker. It’s up to Andrea to keep this team in one-piece, a task that is becoming increasingly difficult when funds start dwindling.

Just when it looks like Andrea and the team are on their last round of bullets, the perfect job comes their way. A government-funded task to dispense of a maniac necromancer whose trying for world-domination through gelatine-making-zombies. But there’s a FUBAR-catch... The Zero Dogs have to welcome a green beret by the name of Captain Jake Sanders into the team. The Dogs don’t really play well with others – especially not stuck-up Army brats like Jake. Andrea is finding it especially difficult to welcome Jake into the fold, because all she wants to do is get hot n’ steamy with his green-beret-butt.

But there is a zombie herd to destroy and jell-O to blow-up. Just another Dog Day...

I loved this book! It’s like ‘The Expendables’ meets ‘Supernatural’ in a raucously riotous thrill-ride. Keith Melton writes an absurd mix of heavy-duty action and hilarious quips.

The book is told from Andrea’s perspective, as well as evil necromancer overlord, Jeremiah. Normally I dislike dual-perspectives, especially when one is from the villain. But Keith Melton has written such a balls-out funny villain in Jeremiah that I welcomed the narrative shift. Jeremiah was hilarious as an evil overlord who employs a PR person to help with his world take-over and image problem (but who denies him sexy ninja nurses as his bodyguard team).

Andrea was an equally amusing narrator. She’s one tough chick who rocks combat boots but dreams of Jimmy Choo’s. She loves her team and would do anything to keep them safe and in fatigues. Her world is rocked by the appearance of Captain Jake Sanders, a man who inspires lusty day-dreams and commandment insecurities. I liked the idea of Andrea and Jake . . . but I didn’t read enough sexual tension between them. I wish that Melton had written more scenes for them, because the ‘daydream’ to ‘actual interaction’ ratio was a little out of whack for me. I thought there was too much of Andrea thinking about Jake, and not enough of her and Jake actually exchanging heated quips and lusty banter. But that’s my only small complaint in a whole book of awesome.

Without a doubt the best thing about the new ‘Zero Dog Missions’ series is the cast of maniacally quirky characters. By themselves this cast of supernatural misfits would be hilarious – shy succubus, horny werewolf and douche-bag empathy . . . but Melton has made them even cooler and funnier by having them blow stuff up and have the fate of the world in their hands. Surprisingly awesome;
“All right, people, listen up.” My voice whip-cracked with command, and that made me pretty damn proud of myself. “Somebody’s fucking with us, and the Zero Dogs don’t take that shit.”
“That’s right,” Rafe growled. “I do the fucking around here.”
“And I do the fucking around, around here,” Gavin added.
Holy goddamned Glorious Reformed Churhc of Cthulhu, somebody kill me now. The localized zombie apocalypse was upon us and I had to deal with this. I should’ve gone to law school like Mother wanted.
I cannot wait for more books in the ‘Zero Dog Missions’ series. I really hope that the next instalment focuses on Rafe, and his search for his werewolf mate (a search that requires he be naked as much as possible). ‘Zero Dog War’ is one of the best new supernatural books I have read in a long time – explosions, jell-O, zombies and a permanently naked werewolf – a whole lot of LOL awesomeness.



  1. ooooh this sounds amazing!!! I'll def add it to my wishlist!

    Im in such a bad reading mood =/ I havent been able to read constantly for a couple weeks and it SUCKS!!! =(

  2. Well, now I have to add another book to my must, not that I mind! :)

  3. I've been seeing this book a lot over the last few days and it's getting rave reviews. *sighs* my poor wallet....

  4. Thank you! I'm glad you liked it! ^_^
    I'll definitely have to give Rafe more screen time in future books.

  5. Loved the blurb then you add in the Supernatural mention and you've got me!

    Great review. :)


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