A good dog doesn’t ask questions, especially when The Council holds their leash. Lieutenant Colonel Nik Zhukov never disappoints—never questions the orders given to him—even as each mission further reveals how corrupt his handlers are. For the sake of national security, the desensitized prodigy pretends he’s just like any other seventeen-year-old living in the year 2076. At least until it comes time to pull the trigger.
On the verge of promotion, Nik is dispatched to the underground city beneath the icy Seattle tundra. What should’ve been a simple bit of recon is complicated by the underground’s dark secrets. He soon finds himself treated as an equal and swept into battles alongside the misfit revolutionaries he was sent to spy on. Their gray-eyed leader isn’t fooled by his ruse, though, and as Nik worms his way into their lives, he unknowingly breaks the number one rule within his ranks. He allows himself to feel normal. It’s a mistake he pays for dearly when he learns The Council’s true intentions for Seattle.
Zhukov’s Dogs begins with Nik Zhukov in prison for treason. We then find out how he got there and why he did what he did. His father is military. His best friend is military. It is all Nik has known and he has always done what he was told. Until he was asked to spy on the undergrounds of Seattle and fell in love with their leader, Val.
I really enjoyed the rollercoaster ride the story takes. Nothing has ever distracted Nik until the right woman came along. When you find the one you love it trumps all else. It is all encompassing. It rules the heart and mind and doesn’t let go. Nik found his love in Val and had to betray his family in order to have that love. How can you not adore Nik and how much he loves Val. The fact that Val is a man has no bearing on how deep or strong Nik’s feelings are. It was never established that Nik is attracted to men, so to see his feelings for Val appear was refreshing and made them seem pure. But, that is not all there is to this story. Along with that is a lot of action and angst. It is the kind of story that holds the reader’s attention for a long time. Love that! My only issue with the book is how the story is told through flashbacks. I don’t like that style of story-telling, but that is my issue and doesn’t reflect on the author or her writing.
If you enjoy a good dystopian story, definitely grab this one. It’s also a great book to start reading m/m since it is not the focus of the storyline. All in all, it is well worth reading.