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As he leaves his small, Midwestern town behind and heads off to marine boot camp, young farm boy Kramer hopes his new life will dull the recent loss of his dearest friend. Years later, battle hardened and war weary, Captain Kramer rescues a pup at the scene of a horrific car bombing while deployed to Afghanistan, and a new friendship is born. Months later Kramer and his new friend, Shadow, are back home in California, recuperating from serious injuries received in a deadly ambush by the Taliban. Kramer thinks he has left his fighting behind, but his deep love of animals, dogs especially, brings him face to face with a terrible battle raging in his own beloved USA. This is one fight Kramer feels he must take on, but little does he realize the deadly ramifications of his decision.
©2013 Gregory V. Smith (P)2015 Greg Smith
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By Sandi on 11-11-17

Action and Suspense for the Dog Lover in you

This was a great story with lots of action and enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat. It also is a book with heart since it addresses an organized form of animal abuse while also leading you to fall in love with the co-star, Shadow. Shadow is an intelligent, loyal Marine's best friend. The only reason I hesitate to recommend this book whole-heartedly is the inclusion of some immorality and profanity.

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By Laura T Emery on 06-14-16

A look into a brutal form of organized crime

Would you listen to The Pits again? Why?

Yes. The story was good enough that I want to go back to hear what I may have missed.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pits?

The dog fighting scenes

Which character – as performed by Kevin M. Connolly – was your favorite?


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The almost sex scene!

Any additional comments?

This novel shed light on a subject that was not well known to me in an entertaining way. The main character, Kramer, is a captain in the Marines , but his need to be the perfect soldier is overshadowed by his love of dogs. Kramer finds himself investigating organized dog fighting in the US when he returns from Afghanistan, with an Afghan dog named Shadow in tow. There were good, well described action scenes, an enough intrigue to draw me into the next book in the series. I purchased the Audiobook version and was very impressed with the quality of the product and narration.

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