A modern day accountant with a level head and her feet firmly planted in ordinary reality, Genevieve doesn’t believe in past lives, demons or true love. All of which seems like a perfectly practical approach to life until the thing that killed her in WWI decides it’s time to try again… Genevieve Oliver doesn’t break the law. She doesn’t take risks, and she definitely doesnA modern day accountant with a level head and her feet firmly planted in ordinary reality, Genevieve doesn’t believe in past lives, demons or true love. All of which seems like a perfectly practical approach to life until the thing that killed her in WWI decides it’s time to try again… Genevieve Oliver doesn’t break the law. She doesn’t take risks, and she definitely doesn’t believe in anything weird. So getting pulled over for speeding on the way to pick up her new dog wasn’t exactly on her to do list. Even more surprising, the cop who shows up at her window seems familiar. She’s never seen him before, and yet, just looking at the man makes her want to cry. But Viv has her head on straight. She shakes off the encounter and heads to the dog breeder only to have an old magazine photo trigger a full blown, past life flashback. Not only do the soldiers in the picture look like her and her mysterious cop, she remembers them, a memory that holds as much danger as it does passion.Now Viv is bouncing between two lives and being stalked by something evil in both of them. As the love story of two soldiers unfolds, her own heart opens for a man who may not even be available. Not that she has time to worry about minor details. If she can’t figure out the demon’s identity fast, Viv could lose more than just her life. She could lose everything she never believed in....
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(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).(This review may contain spoilers).This was a book I was particularly interested in reading, so I was really quite happy when I won it in a giveaway.This book was particularly intriguing because of the past lives aspect that had the female lead in the book having been a male in her previous life. That's something a lot of books with reincarnation in don't deal with. (Though I'm not sure I entirely agree with every incarnation of a person looking identical, especially if one of them was a man and the next one is a woman).I really liked the use of dogs in the book and a lot of the other characters. Pieter's time felt particularly real to me and I could feel what he felt when the demon attacked him.I didn't like Dr. Jergens. She was all right at first, but then she came across as incredibly narrow-minded.I did notice several errors in the book - the use of 'God' with a lower case 'g', which I've already made clear what my stance is on that. Also, there were several instances when 'there' was used instead of 'their'.I did figure out the identity of the demon fairly quickly. I also really liked Angel. She was an interesting, well-written character. I'd like to know more about her story, as well as the story of the characters who appeared towards the end.I thought that the relationship between demons and dogs worked particularly well and the use of foreshadowing worked extremely well, too. I loved Flora. She was adorable. I did like the other dogs, too, but Flora was definitely my favourite.On the blurb of the book, however, Genevieve is called by two different names - the one she's called throughout most of the book; and Vivian. I can't see any reason for that, other than it being an error.I felt that a lot of research had clearly gone into this book and it showed without being an info dump. I'd definitely be interested in buying and reading the next book in the series, particularly if it also deals with past lives.
I was intrigued by the description of this interesting cross-genre title and knew I had to read it. And I'm so glad I did. It held me captive from the first page and I could barely bring myself to put it down. It's a potent combination of historical, paranormal and thriller/suspense - with a seasoning of sweet romance for extra flavour.We follow Viv in the modern day through her incredibly eventful life. She's on her way to see her new puppy (some curious hairless breed that I had to look up to make sure it existed) when a traffic cop pulls her over and It All Starts to Happen. Viv experiences a sensation of vertigo and an overwhelming desire to cry - and almost certainly not because she's about to get a speeding ticket.He lets her off, though, being a dog lover too, but this (coupled with an old World War I photo she finds in a magazine) seems to be the catalyst for an ever-increasing series of mental images, messages and flashbacks. She dreams of dog-trainer, Pieter and his brother Marcel in the Belgian trenches of war-torn Europe, and of their commanding officer, Claude LePiu, to whom Pieter is powerfully attracted. She is aware of the resemblance between her and Pieter and between Claude and Frank Adams but is unsure what this means.Now I consider myself fairly knowledgeable on WWI, having taught War Poetry and Literature for many years, but, to my shame, I knew nothing about the incredible role of dogs in wartime and this I found fascinating and heart-wrenching. If, for no other reason, you should read this book for this.But believe me, there are plenty of other reasons. 'Dogs of War' is a gripping story of reincarnated love and also of evil and danger. The author creates strong tension through her skilful control of pace and flow, and her knack of keeping back a little bit extra to bring out at just the right time keeps the reader hooked, guessing and greedy for more. The language is very tightly controlled, no superfluities but sometimes hauntingly lovely.The characters are beautifully drawn and so interesting as they parade across the pages in vivid colour - not just the French soldiers but the present day cast including Officer Frank Adams (the traffic cop Viv constantly finds herself meeting), Angel, an imposing woman obsessed with demons, Lisa (Viv's best friend) and especially the dogs: Champion, the wonderfully heroic war dog, Flora, Viv's Peruvian Inca Orchid and Caesar, Angel's German Shepherd. Curiously, though, I felt I knew more about everyone else than about Viv. The author (probably deliberately) is quite economical with any personal information about Viv, so my mental image of her changed throughout the story.I know very little about dogs, being a cat person myself, but 'Dogs of War' has given me a completely new respect for them. This book entertained and enthralled me and I look forward to reading more in this series from this talented author.
Dogs of War: VertigoBy: Frances PauliGenevieve Oliver, Viv, for short, is excited about picking her up her new puppy. But when she gets pulled over by a cop, the stars align, and the handsome officer Frank Adams, leaves her wondering if she’s met him before, perhaps in a previous life? Viv and new puppy start to bond when Viv spots a WW I picture taken in France. The man in the one-hundred year-old picture is Frank! Or at least looks exactly like him. Viv begins to research the photo to learn the identity of her mystery man. Then the dreams begin. She dreams about the French soldiers in the picture and their dogs of war. But is she dreaming or remembering her past life with Frank?Viv keeps running into Frank and the sparks ignite. But when she sees him at a dog show, she faints. He helps Viv recover, but when someone tells Frank his family is waiting and points to his daughter and her mother, Viv wrongly assumes he is married. Viv keeps running into a fellow dog lover named Angel, who by her own admission gets along better with dogs than with people. Viv dreams haunt her enough to see a regression therapist. Through Angel, her therapist, and her own hunches, Viv learns of twin souls/soul mates struggling throughout eternity to be together. But demons thrive from soul mates’ emotions and want to harm them to feed off of their despair. Viv finds herself in love with Frank. Is he her twin soul struggling to find her? And who is the demon trying to destroy them?I loved reading Dogs of War! Traveling back in time to France almost one hundred years ago and following the story of the star crowed lovers. Then following the story of Viv and Frank in the present, and seeing how the two stories connect had me turning pages in the wee hours of the morning. I found the research with the dogs of war fascinating. And I loved the chemistry between Viv and frank. I’m looking forward to reading more stories by Frances Pauli.
I must confess when I read the blurb for this book, I was hesitant to "waste my time" on a genre I'm not overly fond of, but I'm in a reviewing group with a commitment, so I reluctantly downloaded Dogs of War: Vertigo and began what I thought would be a boring read. Was I wrong! The beginning of the book didn't immediately grab my interest, but once I got involved in the story and realized what was going on....that a modern day woman who was a man in World War I and died at the hands of someone he considered a brother, now feared a threatening entity, but who or what, she didn't know, kept me enthralled. I have no idea how the person who wrote the previous review figured out the "villain" in the story because I was completely shocked to learn the identity of the "monster" who haunted Viv's past and present lives. The book was well written, and I easily followed the transition between World War I and present day. The characters were real and relatable, some downright scracy, and I had no problems putting myself in the scenes, thanks to the author's descriptive talents. I loved the attraction between Frank and Viv and how they related to one another in history, as well as Viv's love for dogs despite her allergy. I thoroughly appreciated learning about the role dog's played during wartime. I had no idea. Kudos to the author for a book providing the hook that kept me reading.
I was given this book for an honest reviewI liked the idea of past lives and how they (the lives) would interfere or interact with the current life. I have to say that there was a lot of interaction taking place. At times I felt lost in it all. I did like the fact that a woman had the past lives of men running through her mind. It was a great concept as I viewed her as a very feminine person. The idea of a demon and a dog having a conflict intrigued me.
I am so ridiculously excited about this book and where the series is going, I just can't EVEN. Coming soon!