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review 2014-12-03 13:57
Wicked Wednesday Book 1
A Wolf's Dowry - Johnny Stone

*Book source ~ Gifted from a friend.

 

Paula Redding is a Homicide Detective, but that’s not all she is. She’s a Werewolf, trying to hang on to her humanity while solving murders. Sometimes those murders are caused by the rare Werewolf infringing on her territory. Keeping her two lives separate hasn’t been too difficult until now. A string of murders indicates a serial killer, but the type of killing tells Paula that the killer is a Werewolf. However, not a female testing Paula’s authority, but a very rare Alpha male. Paula has never seen a male, but now that she has his scent there’s no going back to human for her. Is her carefully ordered world about to implode?

 

This is one compelling story! How do you reconcile two halves of your whole when one half is so primitive as to completely overwhelm everything that makes you human? Paula is between a rock and a hard place. She has a need to protect everything in her territory, but a rare Alpha is in town and her submerged Werewolf will not be denied the pleasure of mating, something she has never done in that form. It doesn’t matter that she has a job she takes very seriously or a man she loves very much. All that matters is the Werewolf and the most basic of urges.

 

This story is dark and is very gory in spots. I would have liked a bit more development of Jenks’ character and seen more of Paula’s relationship with him. I think that would have made what happened more horrific. Not that it wasn’t already, but the connection would have made the ending that much more painful to watch. Though this story technically has an ending, I’d be curious to see what happens later down the road. All-in-all a terrific emotion-filled read.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2014/12/wicked-wednesday.html
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review 2014-11-11 14:21
In Honor of Veterans Day
Always Faithful: A Memoir of the Marine Dogs of WWII - William W. Putney

*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Original review was published in Sgt. Grit’s Newsletter, Vol. 2, No. 5, May 2004

 

Retired Captain William Putney, of the United States Marine Corps, recounts his story of the 3rd Marine War Dog Platoon used in World War II in his memoir Always Faithful. In June 1943, Putney enlisted in the Marine Corps. Fresh out of college with a degree in veterinary medicine, he was hoping to serve his country with honor and courage. It came as a disappointment when his orders sent him to be a line officer in the War Dog Platoon. However, he was soon engrossed in the training of the dogs and handlers for combat in the Pacific.

 

Putney’s writing flows easily carrying the reader along on his journey as he describes the almost seven months of training, the trip to Guadalcanal, and the tension filled, dangerous liberation of the island of Guam. After the war was over he was horrified to learn that the war dogs were being euthanized. No attempt was being made to retrain them for safe return to the civilian owners who donated them. He spearheaded the effort to establish a detraining program of the courageous dogs serving our country with courage and distinction. His efforts paid off when the Marine Corps established the war dog detraining program. The program was a huge success and out of 559 Marine Corps dogs, only 19 had to be euthanized (15 due to health reasons and only four were considered too incorrigible for civilian life). Putney paints the reader a clear picture of what the training, the dogs and their handlers, and war was like. It is at times humorous and horrifying without bogging us down in military slang incomprehensible to the non-military reader. This memoir is a wonderful story for the history buff, military buff, and dog lover.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2014/11/in-honor-of-veterans-day-always-faithful.html
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