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Payback (The Canine Handler) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 7, 2015
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Maria Hillegas worked in private industry for two decades until resigning to care for her family fulltime. She’s worked as a 911 Operator and ran background checks for the Pennsylvania State Police. Her main passions include equines and canines. She’s ridden horses most of her life and has been involved in air-scenting search and rescue canines since the early nineties with the American Rescue Dog Association (ARDAINC.org). She is also a member of a mounted search and rescue team, TrotSAR (TrotSAR.org). She resides on a small horse farm in south central Pennsylvania with her family, canine partner Drago, and riding partner Bailey.
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The protagonist, Sarah Gavin, is a young woman with ambitions for a future with the FBI; and a past that could easily have done her in long ago--and it's still trying to. By the time we meet her, she's working on a volunteer search and rescue team with two of her own air-scenting canine partners. Something the author explains well, weaving it into the plot as the story proceeds.
Without giving too much away, the antagonistic force is the ghost of her past within a social system that failed her in her youth.
The action, the plot, and the dialogue work together to keep the reader in the story. I read this book in two days, because, yes, I know it's cliche`, but I couldn't put it down. The plot twists are sometimes subtle, sometimes heavier, more intense and immediate, but all connect. This author wields the plot twist well. The story is focused, and no, it does not sag in the middle.
The last few chapters slow down somewhat, but there's more to come. Can't wait for the next one. Overall, a great read!
Perhaps the concept could have worked if the writing/editing had worked. The writing was extremely repetitive-within the same paragraph oftentimes. The characters were impossible to pin down as their reaction were often strange and contrary to what one would expect. I do not think the author knows what the word "sarcastic" means.
Even the dogs were unbelievable. I have been a student of dogs for fifty years and these dogs did not behave normally. As well as these being two of the most unruly SAR dogs I have ever heard of. It is unrealistic to expect a one year old Bloodhound puppy to preform as we are lead to believe this one does, as well.
There may be a good book in there somewhere, but it has dozens of rewrites ahead of it. Not to mention, it was really easy to see everything coming.
I also enjoyed the fact that it was a shorter book. I knocked it out in two evenings after work. It would have been a great vacation book to read for a day on the beach or relaxing in a cabin.
I must admit that I saw some of the plot twists coming, but it was still exciting! I cannot wait for the next book to come out to see what happens next!
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