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Hig, the small plane pilot has lost everything, his wife Melissa who is carrying his unborn baby, his friends in a devastating flu epidemic spreading through the world and wiping out most of earth’s citizens. Now Hig is hiding in an abandoned airport with his dog Jasper and an old man named Bangley, one of a few survivors from the plague Bangley, who is coming from a different area, has prepared for himself full-set equipment with gun and weapon.

Despite devastated from the death of many his beloved, Hig tries not to think about his old life along with his used-to-be happy memories, and finds peace in the daily flight on his old Cesna around the area. He tries to build up his lost world by creating everything on the sky through the numerous stars.

But when Hig hears a random transmission on the radio from his old plane, in which the voice is kind similar to the one he heard a couple years ago, he immediately set his mind for a new journey to find the society that he has been longing for. Sticking to the sole hope, Hig leaves the airfield and flies to the western Colorado for something that he has not known yet.

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A riveting, powerful novel about a pilot living in a world filled with loss – and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace.

Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life – something like his old life – exists beyond the airport.

Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return – not enough fuel to get him home – following the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio. But what he encounters and what he must face – in the people he meets, and in himself – is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.

Narrated by a man who is part warrior and part dreamer, a hunter with a great shot and a heart that refuses to harden, The Dog Stars is both savagely funny and achingly sad, a breathtaking story about what it means to be human.

©2012 Peter Heller (P)2012 Random House Audio

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