“How do you satirize everything Woke, Dope and Dumb in our upside-down society while making even the Wokest, Dopest, (but not dumbest) humans laugh out loud? Put the hilarious jibes into the mouth of a wonder dog like Spike and his wise-ass master Bud. OMG. I thought I’d have to be hospitalized from laughing so hard. Thank you Spike, Bud, and Boggs for doing it again. This one’s screaming to be made into an animated series.”
––Linda Stasi, Bestselling author, Award winning columnist, New York Daily News, New York Post
“The book is an absolute delight! This is an exceedingly funny inside look at the foibles of the ‘business of show,’ and only Spike with his hapless master Bud in hand could innocently expose his tail (tale) in such a brilliantly acerbic comic manner.”
––Brian Cox, Actor
“Old Dog? Not really. New Tricks? Plenty. Turns out Spike has more to say. And more encounters with the virtuous and villainous figures of our time than any person, let alone canine, I know.”
––Bob Costas, Broadcaster
“Not since Voltaire has someone written such an epic, funny takedown of the world in which we live. Yes, I'm comparing Bill
Boggs to Voltaire. Yes, I am. He may have spent a lifetime in entertainment just to craft this scathing, hilarious look at popular culture. Bill’s written an amazing, funny book. And so hip!”
––Mike Reiss, Writer/Producer “The Simpsons”
“America's greatest wits like Mark Twain, James Thurber, and Dorothy Parker would've stood and applauded after reading Spike Unleashed, but they can't because they're dead. So, I'll do it for them–right now I'm standing and applauding because this book is great!”
––Alan Zweibel, Original Saturday Night Live writer, screenwriter, and
Thurber Prize winning author for his novel
The Other Shulman
“One of the first things that attracted me to Bill Boggs decades ago was his incredible wit and his "enchanted sense of play." Now, he's found a way for his alter ego, Spike, to allow the Boggs sensibility to continue to flourish. It's great fun spending time with the two of them.”
––Lucie Arnaz, Actress
“Spike Unleashed… is a witty, timely, no-holds-barred satirical gem, and a fun read!”
––Joe Piscopo, Actor, Entertainer, Radio Host
“Spike the Wonder Dog is not just a canny insider's look at the wackier aspects of show business but does so with consummate humor. Spike joins Reynard the Fox, Krazy Kat and Bugs Bunny as one of pop culture's wry commentators.”
––John Mariani, Novelist, and author of The Hound in Heaven and Almost Golden
“If you’re trying to make any sense of the senseless worlds of pop culture, politics, celebrity and social media, the hilarious
adventures of Spike Unleashed are the most entertaining way to do it.”
––Paul Provenza, Comedian
“Bill Boggs’s sequel to The Adventures of Spike the Wonder Dog, his delightful 2020 novel based on his real-life pooch, packs a wallop from start to finish. If you liked the first one, then you are going to like this even more.”
––Tripp Whetsell, Author, The Improv
“A Comedic Tour-de-Farce! This book spoofs the entire zeitgeist, nothing is safe.”
––Richard Baker, Comedy Manager/Producer
“Spike is back - and Bill Boggs has got him. America's funniest, favoritest four-legged hero returns in a whole new set of wacky adventures, filled with another cast of crazy characters and more pithy observations from a canine point of view. Once again, Spike is up to his collar in hot water, but, as always, the wonder dog prevails.”
––Will Friedwall, WSJ
“Boggs and Spike have done it again!!! They’ll entertain you and make you laugh out loud in this witty and worthy satirical sequel.”
––Neil Rosen, PBS
“The return of Spike the Wonder Dog is welcome news! Spike Unleashed continues the tale of Bill Boggs’ tale that inverts the old saying it’s a dog’s world. To Spike, it’s a human’s world, and he lets you know. Funny, replete with comic references including the Kardashians, this is one of those rare instances where the sequel is even better than the original. Spike is an animated feature waiting to happen! Read it! You’ll bark with laughter. I mean howl!”
––Marc Eliot, NY Times Best Selling Author
“In the burgeoning field of funny show business satires told in the voice of their canine protagonists, Bill Boggs is the undisputed master.”
––Dave Konig, Comedian
“Go fetch the wee-wee pads. That’s how hard you’ll laugh. In his second picaresque romp, the masterful Spike the Wonder Dog has lost none of his bite. Self-important celebutantes and self-deluded social influencers, beware—you’re no match for Spike’s silver
tongue. Talk about a wag.
—Stephen M. Silverman, author, Sondheim: His Life, His Shows, His Legacy
“Spike’s antics are a feast for your funny bone. This Bull Terrier takes no bull, and could kick Lassie and Scooby’s ass with one paw tied behind his back. Legendary TV host Bill Boggs lampoons show business, media, and fame, taking the reader on a hysterical comedic journey through the zany antics of Bud and Spike. If laughter is the best medicine, this book can cure cancer. Read it! Or I will rub your nose in it and throw you outside.”
––Tom Cotter, Comedian
PRAISE FOR The Adventures of Spike The Wonder Dog
"Bill Boggs and his friend Spike the Wonder Dog unleash comedic wizardry in this madcap, highly entertaining, satirical novel. Spike is the newest canine literary hero to take on the world with hilarious results."
– Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump
"There's a hilarious new novel—The Adventures of Spike the Wonder Dog: As told to Bill Boggs. It's a darkly absurdist send up of the television industry, itself a nonsensical environment, written by someone who knows the ins and outs of the business like no other. This is the laugh-packed, decidedly un-PC novel America needs right now."
– O. Henry Magazine
"Mr. Lee, call your lawyer. There’s a new Spike in town, an acid-tripping terrier who savages the media landscape while avoiding death and castration. Bill Boggs takes us on a darkly comic journey through his twisted world. It takes a hero with four legs—and two balls—to survive."
– Richard Johnson, New York Post
“With a vaccine for Covid-19 looking like a chimera, the only medicine I trust right now is laughter, and Bill Boggs’ new novel, The Adventures of Spike the Wonder Dog, offers up enough chuckles and guffaws for an overdose.”
– Zoom Street
“In the world of media and show business, man’s best friend can play a role of faithful companion or the star of the show, which is where Lassie, Rin Tin Tin or Krypto (Superman’s pet dog) come to mind. Or there are dogs who become the protagonist of a novel, like White Fang or the canine in Farley Mowat’s classic The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be. Or those dogs who act more human and go beyond the doghouse like Snoopy from the Peanuts comic strip. Bill Boggs, an Emmy Award-winning TV talk show host, producer, author and comedian, takes all the above doggy attributes and brings them to a whole new — and politically incorrect —level in his comic novel [..] The Adventures of Spike the Wonder Dog is quite an absurdly entertaining novel.”
– Montreal Times
"The Adventures of Spike the Wonder Dog is so smart, witty, and inventive that I had to keep reminding myself that I didn't write it."
– Alan Zweibel, Original SNL writer and Thurber Prize winning author of The Other Shulman
"Like Joan Rivers, The Adventures of Spike the Wonder Dog is definitely Not Safe for Snowflakes. But fans of transgressive humor like Family Guy and Dave Chapelle will appreciate Spike's wild tales, which are raunchy, hilarious, and spectacularly politically incorrect. Bill Boggs has the manners of a gentleman, as does Spike—so they'll both understand if you take offense. Rivers would just have told you to go fuck yourself."
– Leslie Bennetts, author, Last Girl Before Freeway: The Life, Loves, Losses and Liberation of Joan Rivers
"This is laugh-out-loud-funny smart satire."
– Ed Kalegi, Host, The Weekend with Ed Kalegi syndicated radio program
"Spike the Wonder Dog is a bull terrier who drops more pop culture references per page than a 1980's Stephen King novel. This is funny! It’s not in any way being mean-spirited, just unashamedly and unabashedly non-PC. Excitement, intrigue, mystery, romance, and most of all, humor. I literally LOL'd at this book more than any book in recent memory."
– Steven Thompson, Booksteve Reviews
"Such a brilliant book. Funniest book I have read in a long time, made me laugh out loud. Spike is a tremendous character, I couldn't put it down."
– Rich Kimball, Host, Downtown with Rich Kimball syndicated radio program
"Four-time Emmy award-winning TV host and producer Bill Boggs is debuting The Adventures of Spike the Wonder Dog: As Told to Bill Boggs as an adult antidote to these challenging times. It’s no small feat to get a “highly original and hilarious satire” review from Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump. The premise: Spike, an English bull terrier, who lives with his TV talk show owner Bud and is a frequent guest, becomes famous, then moves to New York for Bud’s new job. This canine is irreverent, politically incorrect, savvy, and hilarious—especially when relating his take on behind-the-scenes media life, like flying in the Max Ex-Lax drone and exiting the “Noonday with Bud” studio with a guest monkey on his back. Boggs, a part-time Long Islander, incorporated many of his showbiz experiences in the book. A portion of the book’s proceeds will be donated to an animal rescue organization."
– Long Island ADVANCE
"...designed to make you laugh on every page. If you like sitcoms and comedy, you will like this book."
– Philadelphia Northeast Times
"Spike has a sardonic, often politically incorrect sense of humor that pokes fun at human foibles. He rockets to TV and internet fame after appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with his master, Bud, who hosts a local morning show in High Point. Together, their fame explodes when Bud signs on for a talk show in New York City, but Spike becomes such a celebrity that evil forces plot to kidnap him, and he has to figure out how to survive on his own."
– High Point Enterprise
"Bill Boggs draws upon years of experience as a TV host for this satirical look inside the wacky world of TV talk shows. The non-stop comedic banter from dog Spike (who could have a stand-up comic career if he was human) makes the story flow like you’re watching a great sitcom."
– Richard Baker, Comedy Manager, Executive Producer of Home Improvement and Last Man Standing
"Bill Boggs has hit a home run with this highly original and hilarious satire on…everything! A terrific read I highly recommend."
– Marc Eliot, New York Times bestselling author
"OMG! Who could write such an outrageous novel? Spike the Wonder Dog! With a little help from his pal, the raconteur Bill Boggs, Spike has gotten his memoirs down (on a better grade of paper than most pets get). His dog-eared hearing picks up the bizarre sounds of people being their fallible human selves, and his soft canine eyes see more than is probably good for him. Spike the Wonder Dog is an irreverent hoot."
– Susan Isaacs, New York Times bestselling author
"The Adventures of Spike the Wonder Dog has another big adventure awaiting: climbing to the heights of the bestseller lists. Spike tells us the story of how he and his master, Bud, go from Spike’s first appearance on local High Point North Carolina daytime TV, to a big deal appearance on late night TV, to big time NY TV. Spike will keep you laughing—and on the edge of your seat at the same time. Filled with real-life celebs, lots of inside TV info and crazy adventures like being dognapped by a mad bad boxer (not a dog), and being forced into the dog fighting circuit, this one is made for the big screen. How do you say ‘bravo’ in dog?"
– Linda Stasi, New York Daily News columnist, TV commentator, bestselling author of The Sixth Station and Book of Judas
"A quick escape from life's stresses with this funny and witty read. Bill Boggs has written a satire populated with a cast of characters worthy of a hit comedy."
– Talia Carner, author of The Third Daughter, Hotel Moscow, and Jerusalem Maiden
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