What’s Bred in the Bone

What’s Bred in the Bone

First Book in the XK9 “Bones” Trilogy

Rex’s adventures begin . . .


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Cover art ©2019 by Jody A. Lee.

What’s Bred in the Bone – Book One of the XK9 “Bones” Trilogy

By Jan S. Gephardt

XK9 Rex is a dog who thinks too much, and it could get him killed.

He and his Packmates were bio-engineered and cyber-enhanced to be the most advanced forensic tools available to law enforcement. But the XK9s are more than just forensic tools, and they’re more than their new owners, the Orangeboro Police Department, ever bargained for.

When Rex accidentally unmasks a disturbing secret, he blows open an international conspiracy that could destabilize the entire System—and places himself, his Pack, and all XK9s everywhere in mortal peril.

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Buy print editions via Weird Sisters Publishing on Bookshop! Available from Amazon in Kindle and Paperback editions in the USA, Kindle and Paperback editions in the UK., and Kindle and Paperback in India. Buy it from Barnes & Noble in Nook or Paperback editions. Also from  Apple Books, as well as other fine booksellers, such as Kobo in Canada, in Mexico, and India. It’s also available through IndieBound!

Want a Sample? Download Chapter One here!

Also Available:

The Other Side of Fear, A Prequel Novella about the XK9s. (Or get it FREE)

A Bone to Pick, Book Two in the XK9 “Bones” Trilogy is widely available now!

Bone of Contention, Book Three in the XK9 “Bones” Trilogy is scheduled for release in 2023!

Praise for “What’s Bred in the Bone”

WHAT’S BRED IN THE BONE is an exciting, highly imaginative science fiction thriller and police procedural. Whether human or canine, Gephardt knows her characters and breathes life into them. Her writing is taut, the plot intricate and fast-paced.  This novel is a dog-lover’s dream!–Robin Wayne Bailey, author of the Brothers of the Dragon Series

There were so many things to love about this book . . . besides from all the animal goodness, there is a good mystery going on. I think this can best be described as a police procedural in space – and with dogs. There’s plenty of action and intrigue to keep the reader’s attention.–Booker T’s Farm

Gephardt does a fantastic job of putting us inside of these animals’ heads. Every action they take makes sense for an animal, and you get the feeling that she truly understands what makes our canine friends tick. She also has a great sense of humor, with some pages making me giggle as I read them.–Dogpatch Press

I found the story absorbing and I wanted to keep reading; the day I read it, our dinner was 45 minutes late because I didn’t want to put the book down.–Amazon Review

I really enjoyed this book. I stayed up way too late several nights as I wanted to read “one more chapter.” The story-line was interesting, and I will be looking forward to other books in this trilogy.–Goodreads Review

Cover art © 2019 by Jody A. Lee