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 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
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
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
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