Beowulf was another exciting novel by writer Ronie Kendig. She has produced several novels reflecting the courage and character of our men, women, and in this case, dogs who protect and serve our country. This was the story of Tony, a Green Beret, and Timbrel, a dog handler, and her dog Beowulf. They become involved in a terrorist plot that may transfer from Afghanistan to the shores of America. The story is very fast paced and difficult to put down as the reader is quite unsure how it will resolve itself. There are several side stories not least of them is the usefulness of dogs both in combat zones and as a service dogs to disabled veterans. In fact, the author gives information as to how readers can get involved with this program at the end of the book. The author also brings both disabled veterans and disabled active duty soldiers into the story.
This is the third story about the dogs and people at a dog training facility that involves highly trained dogs, love, and military personnel. This book is a little different from the other two books in this series in that although some of this book takes place with the military overseas, a large portion occurs here in the states. I enjoyed the first two books, but this one seems a little more complex making it more enjoyable. The main characters have some family as well as personal problems that they have to work through while resolving the main story line. Since I am a dog lover and enjoy stories that include military people as well as a Christian, this book touched me on several interests.
I recommend this for Christian dog lovers that enjoy a more complex romantic suspense story.
This novel is so much better than I imagined it to be! I do not typically read action novels that include active military maneuvers, which is why I erringly bypassed Ronie Kendig's novels in the past. In a style known as "Rapid Fire Fiction", Ronie Kendig's book, Beowulf, is nearly impossible to put down.
I immediately adored Beowulf, a 120# bull mastiff Military War Dog who was trained to detect Weapons of Mass Destruction. Timbrel Hogan, former military, was Beowulf's handler. Tony VanAllen, Green Beret, led the special mission into Afghanistan that included Timbrel and Beowulf, while his heart led him toward Timbrel. Wounded and betrayed in the past, Timbrel guarded her heart as closely as Beowulf guarded her.
With only limited knowledge of Service Dogs, I have been impressed with their love, loyalty, and work as they assist those with various physical needs. I knew far less of what Military War Dogs do. This book has shown me the necessity and seriousness of their work.
God works in our hearts through the animals He puts in our lives - whether they are service animals or pets who seemingly choose us as their owners. Beowulf is a comparably small, earthly example of God's outrageous, selfless love as the dog is always with Timbrel, looking to protect her and love her as no human ever has. From deep within her wounded heart, Timbrel loves Beowulf as she has loved no human - a love and trust that shows what is in her heart that can be redirected to the Lord. A timbrel is a musical instrument that was used in the early worship lives of the Israelites; it is fashioned similar to today's tambourine, which is used in many worship services today. Timbrel Hogan's work is that of a finely tuned instrument as her life becomes a beautiful offering to the Lord.
Ronie Kendig has designed an intricately-plotted novel that includes battles, injuries, loss of life and limb, and even quiet demonstrations of gentle faith (Psalm 91) to show what the Lord can do through the characters. Will Tony and Timbrel continue to hide behind their family secrets that they use to keep them from serious relational commitments? Will they grow closer to the Lord through these times or further away when nothing makes sense? Can they learn to trust each other after serious life changes, at least enough to go through one more incredibly dangerous mission that has been building through the background of the novel?
This breathtaking, high-energy novel is worth every heart-pounding moment of lost sleep until you have finished reading it - absolutely highly recommended!
I won a copy of this book through Goodreads. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this honest review.
â€˜Beowulf' certainly didn't leave me wanting. In fact, Beowulf had an intenseness that I didn't really expect. Now, with a title like â€˜Rapid-fire fiction', you can be assured that it's going to be fast paced and â€˜Beowulf' is no exception. This story also puts the reader into the inner-workings of a terrorist cell. I found this to be quite a different story from the others in this series. Each story in this trilogy deals with war, but this one impacted me more with this point of view. I was fascinated and saddened at the same time. I can't imagine how hard this point-of-view must have been to write.
The main characters are awesome! This is no surprise to you if you've ever read a Ronie Kendig book before. Tony is an amazing hero. I've been a huge fan of Tony â€˜Candyman' VanAllan since he first appeared with his swagger and taunted Timbrel. Timbrel Hogan is a strong, tough woman. She needs no one and nothing except her explosives detection dog, Beowulf. Timbrel, who seems beyond strong, is so soft for this dog of hers. She lets no-one in to her space except Beowulf. Tony isn't one to give up easily, and is up to the fight or so he thinks. Both dog and handler seem to want nothing to do with Tony. Can he get past Timbrel's defences and, harder yet, Beowulf?
Timbrel and Tony have to work together in spite of the tension between the two of them. There is much more at stake than Timbrel's pride and Tony's attraction. A search leads to failure but Timbrel is behind Beowulf and knows something more is going on. Tony is hit with something that threatens all that he is and Timbrel is desperate to prove both herself and Beowulf. Will they both be able to see past themselves to what they need to do and what God has in mind for them?
â€˜Beowulf' is a fast-paced, adrenaline ride! He will draw you in with the first bark and he will not release you until the final page, and then you'll be begging for more! If you've read the first two in the series â€˜Trinity' and â€˜Talon' then you need to pick this one up! If not, you can start here and then I know you'll want to read the first two!
Ronie Kendig knows how to write! Boy, is that an understatement! You can almost feel the sweat drip down your neck as you scour buildings in Afghanistan and feel the numbing cold of mountain passes. Once you go Rapid-Fire Fiction, you'll never look back!
Wow, what a GREAT book, it's worth MUCH MORE than 5 stars! From the FIRST ten pages, I knew I was gonna love this story and I was NOT disappointed. Beowulf starts exactly where Talon leaves off at. As Timbrel runs from Candyman in her car, he takes chase and she calls the police on him knowing that will be the only way to subdue him_.couldn't believe she did that!
Timbrel is determined to have only one man in her life and that's her dog, Beowulf. Too many men, boyfriends and step dads, have failed her in the past and she refuses to let anyone guy get close to her now. However, Candyman's different and determined even though Timbrel makes it clear she's not interested. Will Candyman be able to see past her brokenness and barriers to have a future with her?
James Tony "Candyman" VanAllen is the best at his job being a Green Beret Special Ops soldier and he loves serving his country. He has always been a flirt and a charmer with the ladies and he enjoys annoying Timbrel with his jibes. However, no matter how badly she treats him, he can't stop thinking of her. What will it take on his part to prove he's the real deal in her life, that he won't fail her?
What I loved in this story:
Candyman's team of soldiers, they make things lively and interesting, they stick together through everything
Tony's family back home; his parents, his siblings, and his niece and nephew_.they enhance the storyline tremendously
Without a doubt, Beowulf, an ugly beast (that I easily fell in love with) who never fails his handler or their missions_.he was the real hero in the story all the way!
The conversation between Timbrel and Tony's mom_.seriously loved that scene between these two women who are very special to Tony
Loved that Candyman and Timbrel get to work together in more than one emergency/mission
Really loved the movie lines between Tony and Timbrel
There is no profanity or inappropriate content and there is plenty of constant action
Kendig includes a small glossary explaining what EDD (and others) stand for
I thought of the movie Turner and Hooch and that's kind of the idea I had of Beowulf. This video conveys that even though I'm convinced that Beowulf is much better trained and more deadly than Hooch, they are both vicious dogs to cross paths with.
"No, I'm trying to make you understand that Timbrel won't give you that chance. She's been hurt. You pose a threat. She's had enough training through hard life experiences to know not to let anyone in, that even if she wants to, she can't take that risk. So like I said, Timbrel won't give you the chance you want."
Jaw set, Tony refused to back down. "Then I'll take it."
"Take it, how?" Ghost scowled. "You hurt her and I'll--"
"No, I mean_Listen, I've got a dad at home who doesn't recognize me half the time. I work some of the most dangerous missions in some of the darkest places on earth. I don't scare easily. I'll do what I do in the field with the candy bars, gaining the trust of the people."
"You're going to give her candy bars?"
Tony grinned. "I'm going to make her life sweet."
Kendig doesn't just describe combat, she places the reader in the heart of it with honesty and respect. The story is filled with action, humor, loyalty, passion, intensity, with some sadness but always hope, romance, faith, anger/frustration, integrity, an amazing explosives detection dog who never fails, a few misunderstandings, forgiveness, learning to let go and redemption. I was in amazement over the way Timbrel spoke and her attitude (did she just say that? no way, she did not just take that risk!) in much of the story, but I wouldn't have her ANY OTHER way. You will NOT be able to put this book down once you've started it and you will have new respect for military dogs and their handlers. There are characters from Trinity and Talon in the story, but I consider Beowulf a standalone read. The entire series is awesome, but Beowulf was my favorite and a great conclusion. God bless EDDs, their handlers, and amazing writers like Kendig who tells their stories with passion, humor, and authenticity! Go Beowulf and rock on Timbrel!
I want to thank the author for the review copy and giveaway copy provided. The opinions expressed are my own.