Sometimes life takes a turn that we aren't expecting. Discouragement can set in, even despair. But God uses all things to refine his children, making us into who we need to be.
Former Green Beret Heath Daniels and his Military War Dog, Trinity, are an inseparable team. After a career ending injury, Heath and Trinity become members of A Breed Apart, a unique program to boost morale for active military personnel. Their first assignment finds them in Afghanistan where they meet Darci Kintz.
Darci is illusive and careful to keep herself distanced from relationships due to her job but there's an instant connection between her and Heath. When she goes missing, Heath and Trinity are asked to join the Special Forces Team that's going into enemy controlled territory to find her and bring her back.
There's just no disappointment when I read book written by Ronie Kendig. Action. Faith. Suspense. Romance. It's all there, expertly written and woven together to keep me focused on one thing only...the story.
I love how my whole being felt suspended while reading this book. I was full of anticipation, anxiety, and joy; on pins and needles to see what was coming next. If even a fraction of what is written in this book could possibly be true concerning the MWD and handler relationship, then I have to say BRAVO to our military for cultivating some of the finest soldiers out there! And certainly a huge shout out to the author for educating me on such an important aspect of our military, creating fascinating scenarios that unequivocally make my heart pound and my soul weep for the dangers our men and women volunteer to put themselves in, all so I can have the privilege of being an American citizen!
I highly recommend this book to any lover of suspense, actually to anyone because if you're not a fan of high level military suspense now, you just may be after reading Trinity: Military War Dog. I'm looking forward to all the books in this exciting new series!
Barbour Publishing provided an electronic copy of this book through NetGalley for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review, just my opinion of the book, which I have done. No compensation has been received.
GOOD SUSPENSE BOOK WITH THE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE OF A DOG. DOG TRAINED TO SAVE HUMAN LIVES AND TO TAKE A BULLET FOR THEIR MASTER. I AM GLAD TO KNOW THAT THESE SERVICE DOGS HAVE A CHANCE TO RETIRE WITH THEIR MASTER WHEN THEY RETIRE....
After three tours in the Special Forces, she outranked most of the men she worked with. Especially her handler Heath "Ghost" Daniels. War dogs and specialized search dogs were high-value targets. Terrorists paid big for dead military working dogs. She has countless lives saved under her belt and her final tour almost cost her and Heath their lives in Afghanistan. Thanks to the efforts of the new resolution signed into law by President Clinton a few years back, which allowed dogs to live out the remainder of their years rather than being euthanized after the military decided they were done with the dogs, Trinity has a second chance.
As one of three dogs working with their handlers at A Breed Apart Ranch in Texas, each of these teams is once again training for contract work from companies who have contractors on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan, even their own military. They've seen the great benefit of war dogs and will pay nice fees to have a for-hire availability. Especially since his latest request to rejoin his team as a chaplain was also turned down. It seems to Heath that God is keeping him from finding his true calling back into active service and soon grows frustrated in his own faith. For Heath this is the opportunity for them to get back into action since the IED concussion from the blast and shrapnel sliced through his skull and left him with a traumatic brain injury. This is a program designed by Jibril Khori, former Green Beret and colleague for former military war or working dogs and an opportunity to continue to utilize what they were trained for once again but in a different capacity.
When Heath and Trinity get called to Northern Afghanistan under contract for the Public Affairs Office, as part of a morale-boosting for the troops, he meets Darci Kintz. It seems they have a lot in common but Heath has to make sure to keep his stress in check. In fact that is why the other handlers, Timbrel Hogan and Aspen Courtland are also on this trip, to ensure he doesn't black out. The truth was spelled out on the three faces of the other ABA( A Breed Apart) members: They didn't trust him to do his job. They expected him to fail. God just wouldn't give him a break. And the more he stressed about it, the more he kept blacking out. Is it possible she can find someone who can truly love her despite her secrets or will Trinity be the only girl for Heath? When Heath receives word that a military intelligence officer, Darci who is gathering evidence tracking the Taliban as an undercover geological survey team member has been kidnapped, it will be just the golden opportunity for Heath and Trinity to be called back into action once again. Will he be able to keep his focus or will he put all their lives in danger?
In Trinity, Military War Dog by Ronie Kendig, we get an opportunity to see what its like to work with these handlers and their canine companions in the various military forces and see just how dangerous and truly rewarding their work can be in this fictional novel. Ronie did an exceptional job at her research into what it takes for both the canine and their handlers to work together in some dangerous assignments. I am so honored to be able to look into a different side of serving in the military and just how far loyalty and honor go hand in hand with these service dogs. I also got an opportunity to view the Belgian Malinois that is Trinity's breed of dog and learn more about them after I finished this book. Truly a remarkable breed of dog that is highly intelligent for this line of work.
Trinity was a fast paced read full of action, twists and plenty edge of your seat moments. I had a hard time putting the book down as, just when I thought I'd found a place to stop, something exciting happened and I was hooked again.
The characters were by far the best part of the book. They were all very realistic and the way their voices were written felt natural. Two of my favorite characters turned out to be Timbrel (who will be getting her own book sometime soon, yay!) and Candyman, who was just funny. The real star of the book though, was Trinity, Heath's MWD. She was a truly amazing animal with such a strong personality and so much love for Heath. She was a great reminder that our four legged soldiers are heroes as well as our men and women in uniform.
At the beginning I was confused by all the different characters and plot points that seemed to be introduced rather quickly but once I got everything figured out it was smooth sailing from there.
Trinity is the first book I've read by Ronie Kendig and I can't wait to read some more! If you're a fan of action and intrigue I would absolutely recommend this book.
*I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest review.*
Trinity combines Kendig's trademark discarded heroes with the military war dogs. The result is a book I couldn't put down and thoroughly enjoy. Kendig writes military very well, placing the reader in the middle of the action and not letting go. At the end there were a couple times I had to stretch what I thought could really happen, but I willingly did it because I wanted the characters to win. And the twists and turns were great. Combine a broken hero with a broken heroine, an international crisis on the horizon and one amazing dog and this is a great military thriller/suspense. Thoroughly enjoyed it and CANNOT wait for the next book!