Zombie Book Review: Pavlov’s Dogs

Quick history lesson for those that may not recognize the name Pavlov. I promise this will be painless.

Dr. Ivan Pavlov was a Russian Physiologist who won the Nobel Prize in 1905 for Physiology. Inadvertently, Dr. Pavlov is known for psychology which is likely something that makes him roll over in his grave. He is known for psychology because an experiment he is famous for is equally behavioral and physical while also being ground breaking. Pavlov was studying digestion in dogs by measuring saliva and discovered that when a bell was rung before food was given to the dogs, they would salivate. He also extensively studied the physical and behavioral reaction to post traumatic events. In other words, a physical reaction to a stimulus which is called a Conditioned Response. For those of us that hated school, remember how when you heard the bell ring it would fill you with dread or anxiety? Its kind of like that.

You get the point and with that in mind you can begin to see where this book goes. Dr. Crispin and his team have created a group of super soldiers who surpass human standards into something like a werewolf. These aren’t simply mindless beats who howl at the moon.

Pavlov's Dogs from Permuted Press

While testing of these men are underway the world has developed a bit of a zombie problem. As zombies quickly begin to take over the world unchecked the only possible means of society surviving is for the Dog’s of War to be unleashed onto the world.

D.L. Snell & Thom Brannan (with whom we have upcoming interviews) have done something very refreshing here. I was not expecting this type of book when I started reading it as its not something that can easily be boiled down into an appreciable synopsis.

The writing is fluid and vivid. As far as uniqueness, quality and entertainment Pavlov’s Dogs lines up with EX-Heroes by Peter Clines. The book latches onto your imagination immediately and keeps its teeth sunk in until it’s over. I am normally not the biggest fan of co-written books as they tend to be inconsistent with their tone but everything weaved together seamlessly here with these two.

Pavlov’s Dogs is high quality entertainment well worth your dollar and a needed break from the mundane.

Grade: 5 zombie heads out of 5



Sounds like quite an interesting read. I saw werewolves and zombies together and initially wrote it off. I need to rethink that.

Silver Fox

The werewolves is why I would read it….

I must track this down too.


Cover art totally made me think of “The Howling.” The first one not the subsequent deplorable sequels.


The story sounds interesting but I’m not too fond of the book cover.. I know it’s a bit stretched but I generally don’t like it when the image of a wolf is used this way. It only helps perpetrate the cliché that wolves are aggressive animals… a false image that even today some people still believe I’m sure.


At first before I started reading this I thought it was going to be about a pack of wolves or dogs that were used to kill off zombies. Now I realize it’s WEREwolves that are going to be fighting off zombies.. Kinda cool.


I kind of like your idea too. Reminds me of the WWII-era Russian anti-tank dogs, only less horrible.


It would be cool to read about trained dogs that could kill zombies, and not get infected or killed off by the virus.


Sure would. I really liked that chapter in World War Z. They weren’t attack dogs, but it was pretty damn clever.


Btw…I knocked this out on two days and it’s almost 300 pages..

Viva la kindle

Thom Brannan

Hey! Thanks for the review, and I want to say that I’m very happy you enjoyed the book as much as you did!


This just came out on audio, and I’m thinking about getting it,

Thom Brannan

I’m listening to it on my birfday iPod. The guy is good with the accent and Spanish. I’m only about ten percent through.


I need to check out Audible. That’s gotta be a trip hearing your own book.

D.L. Snell

It’s an even bigger trip to see your book converted into Legos 😉

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