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Lost and Found Paperback – September 15, 2012
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"Take a clever dog, an autistic boy, and toss in greed, corruption, and out-of control scientific experimentation and you have the makings of LOST AND FOUND, a fun story filled with twists, turns, and a large dose of intrigue." -D. P. Lyle, Award-winning author of the Dub Walker Thriller Series
"Pet behavior expert Amy Shojai's debut thriller LOST AND FOUND combines the medical tension of Robin Cook thrillers with the emotional heart of THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN." -Dr. Marty Becker, Best-selling author and resident veterinarian on Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show
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The result was LOST AND FOUND. Y'all embraced that book with such glowing reviews, that my virtualtail-wags and purrs must have been noticed around the world. That storyof a young autistic child lost in a blizzard with his service dog struck a chord with readers and reviewers, and prompted demands for "whathappens next?"
HIDE AND SEEK happens next, and takesplace only a few weeks after the first story ends. In this story, theSeptember's tragic history hinted at in the first book returns from thepast. Also answering readers' requests, Macy-Cat has his own story linethat figures much more prominently in the book. After all, I'm an equalopportunity pet lover!
The third book in the September Day series SHOW AND TELL is now available, and again picks up shortly after the previous book ends. This time around, some of the younger characters from the first two books take center stage, and with September's help and the bravery of a good-dog (and several other cat and dog helpers!). Maybe this time, the happy ending will last...or will it? Stay tuned for the next installment in this pet-centric series.
I hope you enjoy all of these books as much as I do writing them. Watch for notices on my Author Central page about chances to get your pet's name included in the next book, as I've done with theprevious two stories, in my hugely popular NAME THAT DOG and NAME THAT CAT contest.
And yes, it is true you can train cats and understand go behavior. For more on that, refer to one of my nonfiction books on the subject, like ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems in Your Multi-Dog Household and ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems in Your Multi-Cat Household.
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However, we soon learn Steven was the smart one, escaping a malicious scheme hatched by a profiteering pharmaceutical company just in time. Can September find her nephew before the woman with the gun does? You'll have to read to find out.
Amy Shojai is the author of over twenty-five books about dogs, including Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul. Her first fiction offering, Lost and Found, could be called the Thriller for the dog lover's soul. While many stories involving pets involve a dog that dies (e.g. Old Yeller, I am Legend), Shojai puts her pooch in one of the lead roles.
Seeing the world through a dog's eyes is one of the best parts about this book. The plot surprises in all the right and wrong ways, stretching the reader's trust a bit too far for my taste. But Shojai is an enthusiastic writer, and we root for her characters the whole way.
If you're a dog lover and a book lover, you might have found your new best friend.
There are many interesting characters in the story - both human and animal. The main character, September, is an animal behavior specialist - just like the author. September's relationship with her family is very complicated, her nephew Steven is autistic, and there are bad guys chasing her all over town. She also trains a young German Sheppard named Shadow to be a service dog to keep her nephew safe.
The author did a great job in researching autism. She was able to describe how autistic children behave and how their parents can be desperate enough to pay an exorbitant amount of money for medication that will "cure" their children. My daughter is autistic and I know I would love to find a miracle drug for her. As I was reading the story, I could feel my stomach in knots as I feared for Steven's safety when he was lost in a blizzard, even though he had Shadow with him.
I enjoyed how the author anthropomorphizes the animals. There is Macy, September's Maine coon cat, who loves to play laser tag, fetches toys on command and knows how to beg. We are also privy to Shadow's thoughts as he tries to protect Steven, responds to his trainer and interacts with other humans. He teaches us that dogs "see" with scents, and can taste and smell fear. He is puzzled why people don't shake off water instead of rubbing themselves dry. Shadow is a pivotal character in this story. He learns a lot about the human world and starts to make decisions that he knows might not be what is expected of him.Read more ›
The story centers around a sinister consortium that is rounding up participants in an off-market drug experiment for children who suffer from autism. September's sister is one of those who has been corralled on behalf of her son, but her participation puts her, her son, and September in danger. What was so special about this book is how well the author made what I thought would be a nice animal story into a taut thriller with believable scenarios that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. She is obviously a very knowledgeable person, and her solid research into a number of subjects, including autism, was so well integrated into the story line that you hardly knew you were learning along the way. I also picked up animal care and training tips that were gently worked into the story in relation to what was happening at any given time. It takes a deft hand in writing to do that and make it feel unforced.
September's training of both the dog Shadow, and her Main Coon cat named Macy, served to save her bacon on more than one occasion, and this anthropomorphic integration of pets into the story felt real, not contrived. There are two more books in this series, and I certainly look forward to reading them!
Unlike other reviewers, I think that Shadow's pov, which allowed me to track Steven's movements, should have added more to the story.
Allowing the plot to unfold through so many perspectives tended to confuse me when I had to pick up the threads later on. I was also surprised at the lack of emotional involvement of September Day, whose perspective opens the first half. She shows little emotional reaction as family and close friends are murdered around her. Only Jeff Combs the policeman gets to show any emotional involvement. I find he is the character I most remember.
I must thank Story Cartel for the free digital copy that I received in return for an unbiased review. I will look out for any more thrillers from this author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a good story just alot of back and forth. I had no idea what was going on till three quarters into the book.Published 16 hours ago by Dawn Petersen
Shojai moves mystery suspense into new realms when she takes the reader into not only the thoughts of the characters, but also into the thoughts of the search and rescue dog. Read morePublished 18 hours ago by Daco
Good story, odd characters. You have to read the second book to understand the principal character, September. Read morePublished 6 days ago by snave 51
Rating Lost and Found a 5 as it held my interest from start to finish. The story line was refreshing and moved along at the perfect place. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Joy McKinney
Lost and Found is a pretty good novel e enjoy though a lot of it is written from the point of view of a German Shepherd puppy. Maybe they make th we best writers. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Dee Cash
A very interesting story. Even as jumping around as it was, it still came out a winner. Good characters, very interesting storyline. Will try more of this author's work.Published 9 days ago by MARY STEPP