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With the war ending in February 1919, Private Lewis Dunbar fears he would be sent back home without Spade. Worse, he hears rumors of the fate of horses…that they will be pulling a plough, butchered for food, or shot and skinned for leather.
Leaving Spade after facing death together so many times was unacceptable, and Lewis plans their escape from camp that night. However, A’isha the mute Bedouin girl, thwarts his plans and escapes the camp riding on Spade, with three parcels of her talisman to protect her from the evil Djinn spirits of the desert.
Dennis Ogden skillfully spins a tale that takes you into the harshness of the desert, the searing heat of the merciless sun, the shifting sand and sandstorms, the shimmering haze, the raging thirst and cracked lips. The three of them face not only the desert and human threats, but spirits and other forces…culminating in a fight for survival in a war of a different kind.
But his plans were foiled when the army’s prisoner - a young mute Bedouin girl – escaped in the dead of night by stealing Spade. Lewis saw her go and immediately began tracking Spade through the vast desert on foot. During his journey he called on his Dreamtime spirits to keep him safe; his avoidance of the army trailing him was second nature – but would he be able to catch up to Spade and the girl?
A'isha missed her family desperately and had no idea how to find them – but she hoped her talisman would keep her safe. Could she summon the spirit of the Djinn? She wasn’t sure of her powers – her youth meant they were mostly unexplored…
What would happen to these two young people in the vast and cruel Arabian desert? And would Lewis be reunited with his beloved Spade?
Saving Spade by Aussie author Dennis Ogden was a wonderful, highly original story that I absolutely loved! Filled with hope and heartbreak, loyalty and kindred spirits, the novel is well written; covering two different cultures it shows how the two can entwine with ease. I have no hesitation in recommending Saving Spade highly.
While I felt the suspense aspect mostly toward the end, I did struggle with the build to get there feeling a bit slow. This and some editing hiccups here and there put this book at a solid 3.5, so I rounded up to 4 for the things I did like.
Overall, Saving Spade is an uplifting novel that anyone with a bond to any pet, not just horses, could enjoy and appreciate!
I could not put it down, read it quickly into the night!!
Beautifully written and very sensitive of other cultures and beliefs
Great we'll done!!
Can't wait for the next one!!