Genetically altered dogs with enhanced senses, size, intelligence, and speech form the future's K-9 Corps, and terraformer Ray Larkin is their leader. On Ray's first assignment he encounters an American Indian-like centauroid race which stands in the way of the military establishment's illegal plans to build a base on their planet.
Von Gunden focuses on the relationship between Ray, his dogs, and the other two members of Ray's group marriage, and how they all react to an "alien" culture during a crisis. The book is fast-paced light reading, and obviously kicks off a series of space adventures. A good read, and I found the inclusion of State College trivia amusing, though Bill Johnston did not.
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