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review 2016-04-22 02:27
Shadow-7 (Tracking Jane Book 1) by Eduardo Suastegui
Shadow-7 (Tracking Jane Book 1) - Eduardo Suastegui

Shadow-7 (Tracking Jane Book 1) by Eduardo Suastegui is a remarkable book telling the story of Major Jane McMurtry, canine trainer & handler & her bomb-sniffing dog Shadow.  She is overcoming a bi-lateral amputation because of an IED in Afghanistan.  Shadow is overcoming his own injuries.


Jane is describing herself.  "But then I remember me, how I've pretty much looked since my sophomore year in high school: big, lumbering, menacing & intimidating, like one girl told me using her big words.  As I strap on my second leg I run headlong into the other reason I should stop this flirting nonsense.  I'm damaged goods."


This intense, page-turning suspense thriller is a fast paced, fascinating book to read.  I gave it almost five stars.  It needs editing for typos.


Eduardo Saustegui is a word master & I've got all his books on my wish list.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Amazon. That did not change my opinion for this review.


Link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-7-Tracking-Jane-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00MSAZFH8

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review 2014-10-17 22:40
Waiting for Shadow: Tracking Jane, prequel - Eduardo Suastegui
Waiting for Shadow
Tracking Jane, a prequel
Copyright © 2014, Eduardo Suastegui
Published by Eduardo Suastegui, Smashwords edition, revision 1.0

Waiting for Shadow is a short story following Jane McMurtry, an Army Reservist and a double amputee,
getting fitted for her prosthetics and trying to start her tracking business while waiting for the dog she trained to be released from military service.
Suastegui keeps the story moving quickly. His main character, Jane is written well, and there is not a moment in the book when the story seems to slow down. I am definitely interested in reading more of the Tracking Jane series.

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review 2014-09-24 04:03
A heroic team
It's All About Treo - Damien Lewis Dave Heyhoe

It’s All About Treo is the touching true account of the brave war dog, Treo, and his human, Dave Heyhoe and their six month tour in Afghanistan to where they were deployed as a search team for hidden explosives. Alongside the Rangers, they would go out on a patrol and Treo soon became known and feared by the Taliban as ‘the black dog’. Dave and Treo saved countless number of lives during their tour in Afghanistan and came home as heroes.

It’s difficult to review true stories. This is the account of someone’s life, their experiences. You can’t blame them for plot holes or poor characters. However, in the case of It’s All About Treo, I did find a bone or two to pick (pun intended!) regarding the writing, and the use of words regarding our four-legged hero himself. What I found glaringly obvious in this book, and despite being an all-round animal lover myself, was the anthropomorphizing of Treo. If this had been fiction and the animals the main characters (a la Black Beauty and Charlotte’s Web), it wouldn’t have been an issue. But it’s non-fiction, and having almost finished my Animal Science degree I find these things difficult to ignore. Coupling to that, what I felt was completely unnecessary was Dave constantly telling us what Treo was thinking, or, even worse, when he refers to things that Treo has ‘said’.

I understand the bond between them must be very close, but at the same time, your dog doesn’t think in words. He will think in smells, predominantly as that is the strongest sense, as well as sounds and sights. He also doesn’t ‘know’ many of things Dave accredits him with – his behaviour is simply a reaction to Dave’s, hence Treo seeming depressed when Dave is upset about the death of another dog handling team.

There are also inconsistencies within the writing, such as at one point Dave remarks that searching for bombs is all a big game to Treo, and at another point he says that the dog knows it’s serious now. Which is it? Is it a game or is it serious? Dave is also prone to exaggeration – if he actually froze everytime Treo took a step he wouldn’t get very far. I also feel like, as this a factual account, a timeline would have been helpful. It’s just the little things that detract from the overall reading experience, when I’m thinking ‘well, no, that’s not quite right’.

Treo and Dave were a remarkable team and regardless of whether you believe dogs should be in active military service, there is no doubting the special bond between handler and animal, and the incredible things they accomplished during their time. I wish them both a long and happy retirement.

This review is also posted at Crash My Book Party. More reviews there!

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review 2014-08-01 01:18
The Mice Meet a Hero by Wilde Blue Sky
The Mice Meet a Hero - Wilde Blue Sky
Wilde Blue Sky
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Wilde Blue Sky on Smashwords

Wilde Blue Sky has a winner with The Mice Meet a Hero. Mr Sky uses animals to relate what being an injured soldier means, but he, also, brings to light that there are "service" animals with our men and women in the military.  War Dog, who returns from war injured after his master dies, meets Rolo and Squeak and proceeds to tell them his war stories. War Dog suffers from war injuries and misses his master. Rolo and Squeak proceed to befriend him. This is a children's story, but would be appreciated by adults as well. Wilde Blue Sky does not hide the trauma that War Dog goes through, but he writes it well so a child may have a question or two yet still be able to understand. Mr. Sky's stories are great for a parent and child reading together. I would totally recommend this to others.

***free pdf copy from http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/WildeBlueSky***

please go to :
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22392796-mouse-moonwalk    for a review of Wilde Blue Sky's Moonwalk.



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