By Ronie Kendig
Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
Beowulf—a hulky, brindle-coated bullmastiff—is the only “boy” for Timbrel Hogan. And she has a history to remind her why. But when Timbrel, a handler at A Breed Apart, embarks on a mission to detect WMDs in Afghanistan, she reunites with Tony “Candyman” VanAllen and her no-other-man philosophy is challenged. While tension mounts between Timbrel and Tony, the team comes under fire after Beowulf gets a “hit.” When tragedy threatens Tony’s career and Timbrel’s courage, they must maneuver through an intricate plot and a mission like no other. . . .
This book is a book that a man likely would enjoy as well as the other books by Ronie Kendig. They for sure have a more manly feel to them, rougher or something. Timbrel is a rough and tumble girl, looks like nothing would touch her, but you realize quick, she has a reason for that exterior. Intertwined thoughout Timbrel and Tony’s story, is the story on the Muslim side. The flip-flopping back and forth was a bit of a challenge to follow at first, making this book tougher to get into, but once I did, I didn’t put it down until I was done.
I am not a dog person. So, I related to Tony and the dislike of the slobber and the aggressive nature of Beowulf. However, as the book went on, he grew on me. This insider’s look at what some of the men and women of combat face, what the security teams go through to protect the country was truly enlightening and admirable. The characters were raw and real. The book is not graphic, but it alludes to swearing, loose women, bombs, violence and other parts that by nature are a little more graphic.
I have enjoyed all of Ronie Kendig’s books and even though the dog based books were not my favorite, I really enjoyed this one. It had me riveted today!
This book was given to me to review by NetGalley. The opinions contained therein are my own.