About Zhukov’s Dogs

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.

Reviews for Zhukov’s Dogs

Zhukov’s Dogs begins with Nik Zhukov in prison for treason. We then find out how he got there and why he did what he did. His father is military. His best friend is military. It is all Nik has known and he has always done what he was told. Until he was asked to spy on the undergrounds of Seattle and fell in love with their leader, Val.

I really enjoyed the rollercoaster ride the story takes. Nothing has ever distracted Nik until the right woman came along. When you find the one you love it trumps all else. It is [...]

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Dystopian world and military is a huge feature in this book. This book starts off like a prisoner’s memoir. Where Nik Zhukov is in the midst of incarceration and his impending execution. But his story is told through an interview and flashbacks where the reader learns about him and his past and how he ended up where he is.The story was really strong, the writing was amazing, and I just loved the way that everything was set up. With this story you’d be yelling out loud, laughing with the characters, squealing and laughing right along with them.This book has it [...]

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The book begins with Nik imprisoned for treason, and chapter by chapter we learn how he got there, what happened when he was underground and how he fell in love with Val.

The story lacks world-building, it's not very annoying though, because Nik is mostly underground or imprisoned. I'd love to read why the city is covered in ice.The characters are strong, with unique personalities and the romance could almost be considered instalove, but overall a very satisfying read.

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Zhukov’s Dogs was quite a surprise: an indie that was well written, engaging, nuanced, and even had an interesting romance. The plot flowed smoothly and organically, without being overly complicated or people acting out of character just to push a plot. Best of all, our lead is not bound by morality or conventions – he’ll kill an innocent or fall for another guy without feeling the need to sermonize or agonize forever about it (take that, Katniss).

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