Trinity: Military War Dog - eBook
You Will Love Trinity!
Ronie is a FaceBook friend, and IÃ¢ÂÂve avidly read everything sheÃ¢ÂÂs ever written and published. Like many others, I was sorry to see the Ã¢ÂÂDiscarded HeroesÃ¢ÂÂ series end, but her new three-book series about military war dogs and their handlers is equally captivating. The first in the series, Trinity, released in September (http://tinyurl.com/9yu295t). The second, Talon, will release in May of 2013, and the third, Beowulf, probably in October of 2013.
I just finished Trinity. As with all of her other books, there are engaging characters, a bit of romance, lots of excitement, intrigue, and suspense. I really Ã¢ÂÂhatedÃ¢ÂÂ the book Ã¢ÂÂ it so enraptured me I had to keep putting it down to keep from racing through it in one sitting. Trinity and her handler, Heath Daniels, are the central characters in the book, along with Darci Kintz, a military intelligence officer. Set in Afghanistan, thereÃ¢ÂÂs involvement with the Chinese, Russians, a couple of blinding snow storms, mountains, tunnels, and lots and lots of action. You will love Trinity! I will have a hard time waiting for the next two to release!
Ronie usually has her characters in mind before she has the locale or plot. Ã¢ÂÂSome [characters] are easier to write than others. She laughingly said one of her characters from Firethorn (http://tinyurl.com/9ptu54f) told her three different stories before he told her the true one. Then he told her she could write whatever she wanted as long as she Ã¢ÂÂstayed out of my business.Ã¢ÂÂ Ronie said on FaceBook recently that when writing the point of view for a villain in one of the new books, she had to keep herself bathed in prayer in order to complete the POV.
Ronie is writing her new series about military war dogs (MWDs) because many people are not aware of them and the important role they play. She was happy about the publicity on the Navy SEAL mission to get Bin Laden because the MWDs were an important part. SheÃ¢ÂÂs been researching the subject for two years and says this series has a different rhythm than the last and shows a new aspect of the military. Writing for her is like a journey; Ã¢ÂÂkind of like getting to know a new friend.Ã¢ÂÂ
SheÃ¢ÂÂs an animal lover and feels everyone loves (or should love) animals. Dogs are famously loyal, but war dogs Ã¢ÂÂtake it one step further Ã¢ÂÂ they are to protect their handlers and will die to do so if required.
Ronie is a military brat Ã¢ÂÂ her dad is in the army. Her husband was, too, until he blew out his knee and had to retire. His dad is army, too. Ronie and her husband met at Ft. Hood.
I asked her what her readers donÃ¢ÂÂt know about her Ã¢ÂÂ she said, Ã¢ÂÂI really donÃ¢ÂÂt know. IÃ¢ÂÂm pretty chatty.Ã¢ÂÂ Then she related that her mom was born in England, then moved to Ireland. Mom was very strict, prim, and proper: she raised Ronie to be that way, too! She loves to paint, decorate, and remodel, but is notorious for starting projects that she says will take two weeks, but end up taking two months.
If youÃ¢ÂÂve not read RonieÃ¢ÂÂs work, youÃ¢ÂÂll want to collect them all. I guarantee excellent reads!
March 4, 2014
Love Trinity and Her Story!!
Wow, this is the kind of book that will make you appreciate military war dogs and their handlers whether you're prepared for it or not! Candace Calvert endorsed this book and this is what she had to say, "Dodge bullets, cling by your fingerprints to an icy cliff--then fall heart first for a wounded hero and his incredible military war dog. You won't sleep, but please remember to breathe." I think Candace PERFECTLY describes what every reader will experience with this book, I made sure to remember to breathe many times while reading this :)
The story becomes so real, I even hunched down every time gunfire came upon the good guys! I actually got tired of the gunshots because it was wearisome for me to see that constant danger for the good guys, but that goes to show how GOOD the writing is :) I couldn't believe anyone would fire at a dog, but that is part of war and one of the many reasons why war is horrible.
There is one torture scene in the story, but it's not graphic at all and the person getting beaten is unconscious for most of it. I couldn't believe her high threshold for pain....shot, kicked, threatened, slapped, punched, electrocuted, and THEN getting through a snow storm and getting caught in an avalanche. My nickname for her was either Mrs. Incredible or Supergirl considering that this brutal environment is what compelled her to believe in God and ultimately gives her the freedom she missed out on while being a spy. She reminded me slightly of Sydney from Alias because she didn't mind getting beat up, but the thought of innocent people being injured or killed on her behalf is what scared her/angered her/pushed her to survive.
My favorite parts of this book were:
Trinity....WOW, what an AMAZING dog!! And we're NOT allowed to pet her?! Loved this canine fiercely and whenever she was in danger, I was HOOKED to the story to see what happened next.
The scene where Trinity, Talon and Beowulf and their handlers all meet one another....WHAT a GREAT scene! Also utterly enjoyed how A Breed Apart team backed up Heath/Ghost, the humans.
Lastly, I loved how Exodus 14:14 was illustrated for Heath after the rescue takes place. That was very precious to me how he learned to let go and trust God and it was exhilarating for him to get this revelation. The author has signed this scripture many times on books I've won from her and it was deeply appreciated how she wrote this scene in :)
God bless military war dogs/their handlers and God bless the author for giving them a voice!
November 7, 2013
For lovers of our heroes and their families.
This book is as good as I expected it to be. It is written with Christians in mind, in that there are no curse words and no sex scenes. It is a book that can be shared with your teenagers.
October 20, 2013
Military / Romantic / Suspense
I'm a little new to the military suspense genre. I've heard wonderful things about Ronie Kendig's talent for story-telling, so I decided it was high time to check her out. Although, I'm not a huge dog lover (don't hate me!), I thought Trinity sounded like an interesting book. The story was great! I liked Heath from the very beginning. He's struggling to figure out what to do with his life after suffering a traumatic brain injury and jumps at the chance to go back to AfghanistanÃ¢ÂÂeven if it's simply to talk to the troops. All of his challenges seemed so realistic, and I had such compassion for him! Darci was a unique character as well. It took me a while to warm up to her, but once I did, I loved her! The back and forth between Heath and Darci and the action-packed story made for a great read!
There were a few things that kept me from completely falling in love with the story. One, the vast number of characters! I had a really hard time keeping everyone straightÃ¢ÂÂeven more so because many of the characters went by multiple names. The Chinese operatives had such similar names (some even overlapping between first and last name!) ... it was too much for me to keep straight. The story also jumped through so many different people's perspectives that I often found myself having to go back to re-read to refresh what was actually going on; the transitions were not clear. Finally, I found the background story to be a little convoluted. I eventually gave up trying to figure it out and just focused on the current happenings, which helped me keep moving.
Even with these "negatives", the good out-weighed the bad and I enjoyed the book! I will definitely read other books by this author. Now I just have to decide which one to read next! [3.5 stars]
I received a temporary e-copy of this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for my fair and honest review.
July 27, 2013