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Shakedown (NATO Rapid Response Team) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 31, 2014
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When I was just out of high-school I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and while at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, I would march or walk by the "military working dog" facility daily. Often I would see these sleek dogs going through training with their handlers - most were German Shepherds like Pojo, the dog in this story. Later in my life I worked with the U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Teams and their drug-detection and explosive-detection dogs during ship boarding and searches. I was always impressed by the skill and professionalism of the dog handlers and of the military working dogs.
In this story, J. Gunnar Grey is able to show how a military working dog can be just as affected by the trauma of war as a man or woman, and how another former soldier can reach out and begin a healing process. In the end, both Pojo and Bonnie are changed by their coming together in a way that gives me hope for both of them. Besides the action and dialogue feeling natural and unforced, the description of the setting was excellent and made me feel as if I was actually in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
The writing skill that J. Gunnar Grey displayed in this story left me wanting to read more of her work. I recommend this story to anyone who likes a good story and descriptive, character driven writing. I'm looking forward to reading more of the authors work!
First I was often spellbound by the descriptive style of writing. I love authors who really try to perfect their craft, and well she does it. At times I felt as if I was right there in the backdrop of this National Park.
Gunnar clearly has done her homework or has some inside information because her writing style although fiction has many believable parts. I never once came away saying this is just not believable. That is very refreshing as you thumb through. The story of this amazing dog Pojo and his new female owner is inspiring. Although, they are both no longer in active duty in the armed forces they both still have some amazing skill sets. During moments of crisis they both reley on training and experience to make a bad situation really good. Sure, as in every book there are a few moments of some dry salty filler, but this book makes you feel warm and fuzzy but in an American Apple Pie kind of way. I enjoy books that aren't over the top, and I also like books that give you some extra details at the end this earns high marks on both accounts. Pojo the retired bomb sniffing dog, and his new owner a highly skilled electronic intelligence officer have an unusual start together, but in the end they would make their old units very proud. Shakedown was very well written, and fun too.
I enjoyed the story. The author went into the thoughts of the dog. This is hard to do, and I compliment the author. It seems the only two authors to extensively dwell into an animal's head is Jack London with The Call of the Wild, and Hemingway with the lion in "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber."
Good read but made sure your schedule is clear!
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Published by: Astraea Press LLC
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 5...Read more