Meet the XK9s in Jan S. Gephardt’s Books

Meet the XK9s in Jan S. Gephardt’s Books

A square image with an orange-brown background shows the covers of ‘The Other Side of Fear,’ ‘What’s Bred in the Bone,’ and ‘A Bone to Pick.’ Above them the words say “Meet Jan S. Gephardt’s XK9s.” Below them, three lines of much smaller type acknowledge cover artists Lucy A. Synk ©2020 and Jody A. Lee ©2019 and 2020.
Cover art is © 2019 and 2020 by Lucy A. Synk and Jody A. Lee, as noted below the cover images.

Meet the XK9s in Jan S. Gephardt ‘s books about a pack of uplifted police dogs. They live in a science fictional future on Rana Habitat Space Station.

The XK9 “Bones” Trilogy tells the exploits of XK9 Rex Dieter-Nell and his Packmates. He’s an enormous, bio-engineered dog who is way too smart for his own good. Or for the peace of mind of many of the humans he meets. Once a human shows him how to “leverage his influence for a better outcome,” he’s on his way to chart a new path. No matter what.

The XK9 Project designed Rex and his Packmates to be state-of-the-art “forensic olfaction” sensors. They have a “verbal interface,” meant for handler convenience. And they’re verbal, all right. But they’ve transcended being mere “talking equipment.” Anybody who’s ever had a really smart dog will have predicted that.

The Orangeboro Police Department thought the XK9s would be a great a tech-upgrade. What they really are is more than anyone–especially their creators at the XK9 Project–ever intended them to be. Or hoped their new owners would figure out.

But Chief Klein is an honorable man. And Rex is a determined dog. And Ranans–unlike some cultures–don’t throw people away.

Are you ready to meet the XK9s?

This square image has a variegated brown background and a fairly strong yellow oval shape in the center. In front of that are an ebook and slender paperback of “The Other Side of Fear” by Jan S. Gephardt. Cover art shows a woman’s shoulder and the side of her face in the foreground. Viewers look as if from behind her toward a bonfire and an enormous wolflike dog in the middle ground. Behind the dog and the fire a group of bundled-up humans in coats and jackets look on, backed by a forest. Across the top the words say, “’Highly imaginative science fiction,’ – Robin Wayne Bailey, Author of the ‘Brothers of the Dragon’ Series.” Below that, “The Other Side of Fear, A novella about the XK9s. By Jan S. Gephardt.” Cover art © 2020 by Lucy A. Synk.
Cover Art © 2020 by Lucy A. Synk.

The Other Side of Fear

This prequel novella happens before the action in the XK9 “Bones” Trilogy.

What’s Bred in the Bone – Book One

Why teach a dog to speak if no one will listen to him?

XK9 Rex was bio-engineered and cyber-enhanced to be the most capable police dog money could buy. He even has a collar-mounted vocalizer. But then a catastrophic explosion on a space dock sidelines his human partner . . . READ MORE

Representations of the cover for What's Bred in the Bone by Jan S. Gephardt as both ebook and trade paperback.
Cover Art © 2019 by Jody A. Lee.

A Bone to Pick -Book 2

Too valuable to kill? Oh, but that was then.

XK9 Rex was bio-engineered and cyber-enhanced to be the most perfect law enforcement canine ever created. Transmondian spymaster Col. Wisniewski thought he could turn him into the most perfect weapon. But Rex had other plans . . . READ MORE

“A Bone to Pick” by Jan S. Gephardt, envisioned as an ebook on the left and as a trade paperback on the right.
Cover art ©2020 by Jody A. Lee.

Bone of Contention – Book 3

Set for release in 2024!

Dogs are people too! . . . Right?

XK9 Rex and his Packmates are bio-engineered and cyber-enhanced dogs, created to be the most perfect law enforcement tools ever made. They’re so smart, Rana Station has officially recognized them as uplifted sapient beings. The rest of the universe isn’t so sure . . . READ MORE

On a square gray and red gradient background are mockup placeholder views of an ebook and a fat paperback of "Bone of Contention." the cover, which will NOT BE THE REAL COVER, shows Lucy A. Synk's "Running Rex" against a NASA photo of the Milky Way's galactic center. The words say, "Bone of Contention, Jan S. Gephardt."
“Running Rex” ©2020 by Lucy A. Synk. Milky Way galaxy photo courtesy of NASA (public domain). This is NOT the final cover design.

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