Echo: A Dystopian Science Fiction Novel

“What do you think, Labrador Kent?  Who could have done something this heinous?”

I gaze at the pile of droppings atop our favorite patch of sunbathing grass, shaking my head in absolute disgust.

“Whoever they are, they’re goddamn savages.  What kind of animal ruins a dog’s sunbathing patch?”  I shake my head again.  “This reminds me of the Bad Old Days, when we were all shitting everywhere, ruining each others’ favorite spots.”

“You’re the Dog Detective, Kent—you’re gonna figure out who did this, right?”

“That’s why I wore my doggy trench coat, Rowfus Roofus.  It helps me get in the take-no-shit, detective noir mindset.”  I squint my eyes and imagine seedy saxophone music playing in the background.  “All we have to go by is this steaming pile of poop…wait a second…the kibble patterns, those bits of greenery…they’re nepeta cataria…I’ll be damned.”

“What is it?” Roofus asks.

I turn to Roofus with a pained grimace.  “It must have taken them years of training to approximate our dook, but in the end, it couldn’t have been anyone other than—”

“CATS, motherfucker!”  The neighborhood’s lead cat, Hisspit, emerges from the shadows.  A dozen of his cronies slink out with him.  “Now is the winter of our discontent!  You think your doggy trench coat will save you, Kent?  It’s just a fucked up paper bag that you managed to bite into a wearable configuration!  We’re about to tear you from snout from—”

“My trench coat may not save me, but THIS sure as hell will!”  I reach into my coat and open my eReader to Echo, activating its reality distortion powers.  Magic flash.

A giant, mastiff-bernard-dane mix thunders up to us.  It’s got portable vacuum cleaners strapped to its forepaws, and it’s waving them back and forth with delirious abandon.


Hisspit and his goons take off yowling and shrieking.  Me and Rowfus cheer and bark, wagging our tails and spinning in circle after circle as our reviled enemies flee from GigantoGoof—the patron saint of all big dogs.

Once we’re all done celebrating, we settle down and exchange pleased looks.

“How’s about we run amuck amongst the chihuahuas and remind them of their ridiculous frailty and unparalleled weakness?” Gigantogoof asks.

“Let’s DO IT!” Rowfus exclaims.

And so Gigantogoof, Rowfus, and Kent terrorized legions of Not-dogs with their big ol’ tails and enormous, slobbery tongues.  😀


Are you a happy-go-lucky big dog who’s being harried by worthless little fur-fiends?  Never fear!  Get Echo Vol. 1 on Kindle here:  Vol. 1 on Kindle.  Vol. 2 on Kindle here:  Vol.2 on Kindle  Vol. 3 on Kindle here:  Vol. 3 on Kindle  Echo Vol. 1 & 2 Combined Edition here:  Combined Edition  If you wanna hear me babble on about anything and everything, and strain my FREAKIN’ BRAIN, then here’s a link to my podcast:  Strained Brains!  It is on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!  Please give it a listen and a five-star review!  Here’s the miscellaneous gear that I use to try and become an uber-human:  Optimization, and last but not least, my buddy Jumar Balacy has made a supercool microsite at!  Go check out his computer-based wizardry  🙂 🙂 😀

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