Timbrel Hogan is not the girl we thought she was. She has a secret past that will catch up with her in Ronie Kendig's third and final book in the fabulous A Breed Apart Seriesâ€”BEOWULF!
Timbrel's brindle-coated bullmastiff, Beowulf, is a huge dogâ€”some call him ugly and meanâ€”but he is the only â€˜man' Timbrel wants in her life. He is faithful and will protect her with all his might. Beo's sniffer is trained to find bombs, drugs, and WMDs, but could it be possible that the dog is mistaken when no one can find the source for his â€˜hit'?
Tony VanAllen is part of a Special Forces team. He and Timbrel have worked together earlier in the previous books in this seriesâ€”Trinity and Talon. In Beowulf they team up again and are sent on a dangerous mission to Afghanistan.
Tony really likes Timbrel and wants to be a part of her life, while she is trying to keep him at a distance. But if Timbrel is really honest with herself, she must admit she likes Tony's attention.
Throughout this storyâ€”that is filled with action, intrigue, and suspenseâ€”we get to know the real reason why Timbrel is such a difficult character that keeps men on a distance. Inside she is fighting a personal battle and Tony doesn't make it any easier for her when he doesn't give up on trying to win her heart. While growing closer to each other, tragedy strikes that will change the course of their lives. Both must find their new paths in life and learn to give God control of everything and trust Him above all.
As always, Kendig writes a fantastic, fast-paced novel and honors the men and women in the military. She also creates awareness of how much soldiers give of themselves for the freedom and protection of their country.
I really loved the characters! Although I didn't like Timbrel so much in the previous books, I truly have learned to love her in this one. Beowulf made me giggleâ€”he added a cute twist to the story. And Tony is an admirable character that will surely steal the hearts of the female reader.
This was a great seriesâ€”all books were worth five stars in my opinion, but I think Beowulf is my favorite of all.
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!