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.
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A look into a brutal form of organized crime
Yes. The story was good enough that I want to go back to hear what I may have missed.
The dog fighting scenes
The almost sex scene!
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.
- Laura T Emery
A gripping tale that listeners will enjoy
Author: Greg Smith
Type of Book: Audiobook Unabridged
Narrator: Kevin M. Connolly
Length: 9 hours, 2 minutes
Genre: Action, Thriller, Mystery
Release Date: January 16, 2015
Publisher: Greg Smith Images
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.*
Kramer is a US Marine. Deployed to Afghanistan he comes across a stray dog that follows him around. Naming him Shadow and training him to go on missions, the two become close companions.
Both man and dog are injured by shrapnel in a Taliban attack and are sent home to the United States to recover from their wounds.
Due to the dog's (and Kramer's) extensive scarring from their shared shrapnel wounds, they are mistaken for participants in a local dog fighting ring.
Unaware how popular this despicable "sport" has become, Kramer and Shadow feel compelled to try to do something about it.
Kramer does not realize it at first, but his decision to help will thrust him into danger.
The police and FBI also get involved and Kramer learns just how big the dog fighting business is. He also learns that some people will do just about anything to keep the fights going.
Anyone who has ever had a dog will recognize the genuine emotion and the bond that Kramer and Shadow share. Dog lovers will also understand Kramer's outrage and horror upon learning about dog fighting.
I wish I could say that this story is pure fiction and that no one in either the US or Canada would be vile enough to participate in, or even watch, such a disgusting event as a dog fight. However, dog fighting actually does happen.
I hope that after reading or listening to this book people become aware of this "sport." I also hope that if anyone ever hears about something like this happening in their area that they report it immediately to the police and to their local SPCA. Dog fighting is animal abuse - plain and simple, and participants should be thrown in jail. Ok, I will get off my soapbox now, but this issue really bothers me.
The narrator for this book has a wonderfully expressive voice. He speaks mostly in an American accent, but also has a gorgeous Irish accent when needed. The speed at which he narrates is just right and he is skilled at changing the tone of his voice to reflect different emotions and to convey urgency when necessary. The only thing I didn't like was the voice he sometimes uses for female characters, the high pitched whiny voice was annoying. Fortunately this voice was only used a few times. I rate the narration as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I rate this audiobook as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Greg Smith had a successful career as a graphic designer for more than 30 years before trying his hand at writing books.
He is originally from Sydney, Australia, but moved to America in 1999 and now lives with his wife, Trish, two border collies - Shadow and Sydney, and one cat, The General (Bugsy). They live in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States
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