A medical mystery written by a retired female veterinarian.


“The next bioterrorism threat is not making the news. It is coming silently, irreversibly, from a place no one is watching. Montana veterinarian Jacklin Steele has stumbled on a problem with more questions than answers. All over the country, young dogs are dying-of old age. Jack discovers the dogs are not dying from disease. They are dying by design. Before long, people around her begin to perish under questionable circumstances. Jack soon realizes danger is closing in as she approaches the truth. But Jack has a secret of her own. One that haunts her and has devastated her family. Seeking the truth could cost Jack her life. Looking the other way could cost everything. Dr. Jack Steele is on a collision course with The Canis Project.”

“Write about what you know”. Royal Roads University’s Les Wiseman

And D.T. did with perfection. The plot develops around DNA being altered by unscrupulous researchers for their nefarious objectives.

Dr. Jack discovers progeria in young dogs. Her research reveals the condition is widespread across the country.

Rylie’s veterinarian experience and scientific knowledge is woven discreetly into Dr. Jack’s efforts to discover the dogs’ premature deaths. Jacklin’s tenacity leads her on a dangerous journey as she closes in on the Canis Project.

“D. T. Rylie is a retired veterinarian. Born and raised in Alaska, she attended the University of Alaska. After a stint on Kodiak Island, the author headed south for veterinary school in Washington State. Following graduation, she trekked steadily northward via Idaho and Montana, eventually living off-grid in rural British Columbia.

As a youth, D.T. Rylie spent summers as a horse wrangler and worked her way through college as a zookeeper. She taught high school biology and English and worked in the mental health field prior to enrolling in veterinary school. During vet school, she learned to fly small planes and worked with assistance dogs and therapy horses.

She has been a dog trainer, a sled dog musher and a raptor rehabilitator. She worked as a volunteer veterinarian after Hurricane Katrina and performed surgeries at free clinics in Baja, Mexico. She has served as a trail vet on sled dog races in several US states and in Canada.”

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Jonathan McCormick holds a Black Belt in Combat Martial Arts. He is a U.S Marine (Inactive), trained with famed CIA operative Rex Applegate and Ultimate Fighter Champion Royce Gracie and was the director of the Institute of Defense Tactics. He is a former member of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers and worked with members of various law enforcement agencies in the areas of suspect control and officer safety. He has written for law enforcement magazines BlueLine ( and Twenty-Four-Seven and has been a guest writer for the Vancouver Province. “Wyoming Secrets”, “30,000 Secrets”, “Santa Barbara Secrets” and The “J” Team Series are inspirational novels which focus on women who feel overwhelmed by the threat of violence in their lives. View the Series
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9 Responses to THE CANIS PROJECT

  1. The Canis Project

    Without giving the plot away, my favorite parts are the exchange between the detective and Dr. Jack as well as Jacklin reminiscing about her childhood and her Dad saying, “Im serious here. I’m talking about serious business here.”

  2. Pam Barker says:

    Thank you so much, Jon, for all your encouragement on my debut novel. A tremendous honor to get a thumbs-up from an experienced author who has freely shared the wisdom of his own writing journey. #”J”Team rocks!

  3. OKay everybody. Since we are sharing our favorite section with no spoiler alerts, here is mine.
    “Diabetes, arthritis, tumors, cardiac disease, kidney failure and liver issues were among the mounting list of problems from multiple sources, all young dogs.”
    I would have loved science from DT. The novel is riddled with educational tidbits that are explained in layman’s language. Sorry DT, Laywoman’s language.
    What I suspect will appeal to readers is how easily she explains how vaccines are manufactured and the difficulty in getting them to the public.
    Love the relationship between Jack and the detective. He has never met a woman like Steele and reading how he squirms is great. Reminds me of my female colleagues.

  4. I see my colleagues have offered their opinions, the content of which I agree.
    What I see is Rylie “doesn’t think outside the box, she doesn’t even know there is a box.” Elizabeth McCord “Madam Secretary

    I think DT and I could be friends. I see a lot of me in her, or maybe vise versa. I enjoyed reading about her Dad and the T shirt.
    Being an only child and female, my Dad went to extra lengths to instill in me the desire to excel and succeed in a male dominated society.
    I see Dr. Jack as that woman.

  5. lazeejjs says:

    Dear Readers:

    Here are Book Club Style conversation starters.
    Choose one, or more, then reply under a separate Comment. Pam has approved this process and will see the comments, reader interaction and will no doubt participate.

    What did you like best about this book?

    What did you like least about this book?

    What other books did this remind you of?

    Which characters in the book did you like best?

    Which characters did you like least?

    If you were making a movie of this book, who would you cast?

    Share a favorite quote from the book. Why did this quote stand out?

    Would you read another book by this author? Why or why not?

    What feelings did this book evoke for you?

    What did you think of the book’s length? If it’s too long, what would you cut? If too short, what would you add?

    If you got the chance to ask the author of this book one question, what would it be?

    Which character in the book would you most like to meet?

    Which places in the book would you most like to visit?

    What do you think of the book’s title? What other title might you choose?

    What do you think of the book’s cover? How well does it convey what the book is about?

    What do you think the author’s purpose was in writing this book? What ideas was he or she trying to get across?

    How original and unique was this book?

    If you could hear this same story from another person’s point of view, who would you choose?

    Did this book seem realistic?

    How well do you think the author built the world in the book?

    Did the characters seem believable to you? Did they remind you of anyone?

    Did the book’s pace seem too fast/too slow/just right?

    What did you already know about this book’s subject before you read this book?

    What new things did you learn?

    What questions do you still have?

    Would you recommend these books to others?

    Would you choose to take the genetic test if you were in Jack’s place? Why or why not?

    How should we balance genetic engineering and medical advancements with ethics, public safety and personal rights? Who should decide?

  6. I am starting with the top of the questions list with:

    Which characters in the book did you like best?

    Dr. Jack first of all because she IS the author. I can hear her dialog with Dylan with him being too macho to relate. Many of the medical procedures Rylie performed in Canis she performed on our canines and horses. Several horses were introduced to the neighboring pasture overnight. I was unaware of their presence when I turned my Appy out in the morning. He tangled in barbed wire attempting to kick his neighbor. “Rylie” performed the identical strategy on him as she did in Canis.
    The second character was Trevor who is of the age I taught in high school. Every student arrived in grade ten with expecting to be treated as they were in junior high. When students were greeted as young adults, they rose to the occasion exhibiting an appetite for dialog and a penchant for discussion.

  7. This is my question choice;

    If you were making a movie of this book, who would you cast?

    For Dr. Jack, I would choose Kristen Wiig. I believe she could carry off Dr. Jack’s acerbic humor while offering viewers a flair for the audacious.

    Teghan would be played by Lucy Liu for her character recognition in Charlie’s Angels.

    For Dylan I would cast Jimmy Smits whose track record for portraying gritty characters would blend well with Wiig.

  8. I chose making Canis into a film as my question. Anyone else thinking along this line?
    For Dylan I choose country western singer Brett Kissel. I had the pleasure of hearing Brett when he was 16 touring with his Mom as chaperone. He was at the Hoof and Harness in 100 Mile House, British Columbia. Very similar to Montana

    Dr. Jack I would have Coco Rocha, Grace Lee as Teghan and Shaun Johnston as Eli. Johnston has starred in Homeland since the pilot.

  9. I have been thinking a lot about Canis and the various scenes.
    Those in Alaska evoked memories of my life there.
    I had the pleasure of working on Chichagof Island, the town of Hoonah.
    I trained with an Alaska State Trooper, had coffee every week with the technicians at the DEW Line facility, hunted and fished throughout the area.
    Thanks for a great read and journey down memory lane D.T. Rylie.

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