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CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson has one simple task: Watch an ambassador’s dog while the diplomat is conducting sensitive negotiations with an alien race. But you know dogs - always getting into something. And when this dog gets into something that could launch an alien civil war, Wilson has to find a way to solve the conflict, fast, or be the one in the Colonial Union’s doghouse.

"The Dog King" is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories set in the Old Man's War universe.

Listen to the complete edition of The Human Division, the fifth full-length book by John Scalzi in the Old Man's War universe.
©2012 John Scalzi (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Best Episode Yet!!!!

I really liked this episode.
A bit different than the rest, there are several funny points here, Wilson is a good character....

And c'mon, a title that says "the dog king" is interesting in a space theme book. What is really good in this series is how everyone keeps on pointing the blame and faluts toward Wilson.

Cheers

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Delightful Short Story

In my opinion, this book is the only standalone story in this series since The B-Team (first episode). It is clever and humorous, yet within the realm of The Human Division sci-fi background. I would definitely recommend this for a light 58-minute listen!

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  • Dave
  • Whittier, CA
  • 03-01-13

Wondering if This Series is For You?

If you've been keeping an eye on this series, but haven't been sure whether to give it a shot or not, this is the episode for you. It's under an hour long, filled with fun SF stuff, humor, dog-eating alien plants (relax, it's totally fine), and completely self-contained, and as entertaining as you'd expect from Scalzi.

I personally found it to be the right balance of ridiculous SF fun at the ideal length. For less than a dollar, it's hard to beat.

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Enjoyed this one the most

I enjoyed the series more as I went through each episode. At first I struggled because it seemed like random stories set in this universe. But as it continued and I realized it was interwoven story lines I enjoyed them more. The main characters were enjoyable. It's pretty traditional sci fi fare but still worth the read.

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This one is just OK __________________________ 😱

5 stars is great.
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In this short story Scalzi doesn't have time to build his same great and scintillating character dialogue. Still worth the listen. 😱

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Unexpectedly Hilarious

Creative story line, lotsa heart, my favorite episode so far.
The overall story continues straight through this lighthearted fun sideline.

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Like detective stories but not Sci Fi?

Reminds me of the short stories/novellas written in the mystery/whodunnit/Ellery Queen magazines. You don't need a sci fi background to enjoy this "who dunnit" (sort of). This series is going from strength to strength in a gentle. no challenging way. Well written

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Top Notch!

This is a very good but short story. Great narration. Kept me smiling the hole listen.

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One of the better parts of this series

This short story is classic John Scalzi. Harry Wilson has one simple job to do, watch the Ambassadors dog. What could possibly go wrong? Everything of course, so Harry has to do the things no one else would think of and try to save the day or at least the dog.

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  • Joshua
  • mcleansville, NC, United States
  • 03-01-13

Light, Witty and Fun

Another solid episode in Scalzi's "The Human Division" ongoing series. This one was light, witty and funny, and a lot of fun. Definitely one of the most enjoyable episodes to date. Also good if you like dogs. :)

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  • Norma Miles
  • 06-02-15

Definitely no dog this

O.K. its a lightweight story but such fun. The versatile and inventive Wilson is thrust into one of his most difficult positions yet - walking the ambassadors dog. Great sardonic dialogue which is brilliantly interpreted by William Dufris and worth every penny of the 79p price. Go buy and enjoy.

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  • Karl Gjertsen
  • 04-08-13

Great short story

This is a great short story, in a collection of intertwined short stories.

I will look for more title by this author.