Multi-volume author, Andy Futuro introduces us to his first book, “No Dogs in Philly”:
In a futuristic Philadelphia, someone is killing blue-eyed girls and they are good. The mysterious Gaespora have contracted tough-as-nails PI Saru Solan to find a very special girl who may be host to a wrathful alien entity known as the Blue God. Saru must outwit the hunters and find their prey before she becomes just another murder victim. Armed with implants, a brain-linked pistol, and a cattle-prod, Saru must battle the servants of the Hungry God, the zombie-like Elzi, and the skin-stealing feasters, in a desperate bid to save the special, blue-eyed girl. If Saru fails, all of humankind may face extinction.
Andy Futuro has spun a marvelous fabric of a highly drugged and rather dystopian society. There is so little hope for the average person Saru runs into and leaves them with scars on their body. She has been given a task, a seemingly impossible task the deeper she gets in. First save a blue-eyed girl, then later it seems the fate of the world, if not the universe is in the balance.
The author has created a very believable world, the gadgets, the implants, the constant net feeds directly to your brain offer scary portents of the future. Saru has so many interesting weapons, Betty is really cool. I love the shiv implanted in her thigh, just under her skin; and everything else. The ear lobe cams seem quite practical.
Andy does a wonderful job of delineating the stratification of society, a lot like a caste system; where you were born is where you would die. Did I mention there was little to no hope?
Tesla, take note: Saru's self-driving Cadillac can drive itself all day and find its way home, I bet it can even defend itself.
Some of the scenes are nearly palpable, the lighting is good, the mood ranges from grim twilight to morbid and deathly dark. A lot of fun!
The Elzis seem to have relinquished their humanity, the Hips are in touch with their humanity. There is a dog that might be a god, or maybe it is a god that might be a dog.
This book will appeal to a lot of different readers. It is sexy in places, and not so much in others, with action-oriented parts elsewhere.
This is one of the most enjoyable books I have read in sometime. It is in the running for one of the top 5 books for 2015. I know the year is not even half over, but the book is that good.
I award 4.9 stars to “No Dog in Philly”!
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