Blood of the Dogs

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Richard Cosme

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In 2039, 16-year-old Sarah has been alone for most of her life. Each day she survives makes her harder to kill. When she sees Mac, another loner, on the verge of becoming a dog pack's morning snack, she charges into the ravenous pack and saves him. Why? Because she saw him reading. They fall in love and begin a unique decades-long partnership that drives Blood of the Dogs, a post-apocalyptic thriller with more action than Mad Max on meth.Sarah and Mac move to what they think is a safe haven and build a new life. They find Duke, a golden lab and get discovered by Weasel, a master of survival and strategy. Then they encounter Stevie B., a feral child who uses a tree limb to battle Sarah and Mac for a deer carcass. Stevie's life story brings a whole new level of meaning to the concept of survival. Life slowly begins to take on meaning and order until they stumble upon The Babe, a giant of mythical proportions and ambitions, ruler of Satan's Messengers, the dominant clan. The Babe is a psychopath and sexual sadist with a plan to rule this slice of the world. And Sarah, Mac, Weasel, Stevie B. and Duke are about to get in his way...



Short Summary

The novel begins with two short flashbacks. One for each main character--Sarah and Mac. Each are teenagers. Each is alone. They come together when Sarah saves Mac from a rampage by a vicious dog pack.


Chicago and suburbs

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

,A beautiful decades-long love story.

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Sexual Abuse, Substance Abuse, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Sarah: Sarah survives The Collapse, escapes her captors, and lives as a scavenger for seven years. She discovers libraries are great hiding places--and repositories of wisdom and survival skills. At age 16, Sarah saves Mac from a ravaging dog pack. They fall in love, get a place, adopt a dog, and find some friends. Happy Valley does not last.

Age: 33

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Empathetic, Adventurous, Aggressive, Badass, Educated, Honorable, Complex, Beautiful, Leader, Romantic,Adventurous,Strong Moral Code,Sexy,Faithful,Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: Mac. Mac is Sarah's love. Together they create family of sorts. They meet Weasel, a loner, a tinkerer, and a strategist. On a hunting trip, Mac and Sarah find Stevie, a feral teen. A key character of non-human nature is Duke the Golden Lab, a fighter and protector. The novel's villain is The Babe a 6'5" 300 pound monster who is a sadist, sexual predator, and Leader of Satan's Messengers, the dominant clan in Sarah and Mac's world.

Age: 33

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Heroic, Masculine, Honorable, Strong Moral Code, Aggressive, Educated, Faithful, Romantic, Adventurous, Clumsy,Adventurous,Masculine,Sarcastic,Empathetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Weasel. Weasel finds Mac and Sarah early in the novel. He has been alone for over 30 years and, like most survivors, has a brutal back story. Mac and Sarah convince Weasel to become a part of their family. He is a tinkerer, builder, and master of weapons and scavenging. He adapts quickly to living in a group.

Age: 37

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Flexible, Lone Wolf, Uneducated, Adventurous, Badass, Blunt, Honorable, Sarcastic,Sarcastic,Skillful,Badass,Honorable,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: The Babe. The Babe is the leader of Satan's Messengers, the dominant clan. He is huge, viscous, predatory, and visionary. He wants to rule all of the territory of Old Chicago. The Babe is building and army and, step by step, wiping out other clans.

Age: 33

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Confident, Criminal, Masculine, Secretive, Villainous, Aggressive, Blunt, Leader, Narcissistic, Power-hungry, Badass, Crazy,Badass,Aggressive,Crazy,Criminal,Greedy,Villainous,Narcisstic,Power Hungry

About The Author

Writer and teacher. I have always loved post-apocalyptic books and movies. Retirement gives me a chance to write one of my own. It is really good. Packed full of action and blessed with rich characters and complex relationships.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,18-34,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Chicago, fans of post-apocalyptic fiction

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available