Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Explosives Detection Dog

(A Breed Apart, Book 3)
Ronie Kendig
ISBN: 978-1616266394
Jan 2014/320 pages/$12.99

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. . . .


Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her hunky hero husband have a full life with four children and a Maltese Menace in northern Virginia. Author and speaker, Ronie loves engaging readers through her Rapid-Fire Fiction. Ronie can be found at www.roniekendig.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rapidfirefiction), Twitter (@roniekendig), and Goodreads (www.goodreads.com/RonieK).


"Hooah!" The muzzle comes off of Beowulf on January 1 and this canine hero is all business as he sniffs out explosives with his A Breed Apart handler, Timbrel Hogan. Ronie Kendig once again singes the pages of a novel with the heat of conflict, both politically, militarily, and relationally as the Special Forces team races to stop terrorists in their tracks. Kendig raises her own bar with rapid-fire action and dialogue, gutsy and dynamic characters who give no quarter when challenged, and tension that sizzles. Tenacity wars with obstinance when Timbrel and Tony "Candyman" VanAllen go head to head, and Beowulf is right in the middle, prepared to have the last growl! (I could totally relate with Candyman's reactions to the gargantuan bullmastiff's slobbers, snaps, and snarls, but if I'm ever in danger, please send Timbrel and Beo my way!) Kendig tackles a variety of tough issues in this novel (including faith, post-war trauma, family dysfunction, and death & injury) with gut-wrenching candor. A parallel story thread provides a glimpse into the life and thoughts of the terrorist(s) in Afghanistan, ratcheting up the suspense and making the book impossible to put down until the final climactic scene. Beowulf is a must-read; don't miss it!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Barbour Publishing as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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