A Special Breed of Warrior
Zip is a military working dog destined to serve in the U.S. Special Operations Forces. Uniquely trained, he joins a SEAL Team and is deployed in Afghanistan's dangerous Korengal Valley with his partner and best friend, Petty Officer Todd Mitchell. Todd, the team, and their new K9 have their skills continually tested by the sinister influence of the Taliban leader dwelling in the mountains. As they battle the insurgents; the team defuse IEDs, uncover caches of weapons and withstand harassing enemy attacks. Eventually, they face dire circumstances when pursued and ultimately trapped where they make a desperate attempt to escape. The circumstances of the ensuing battle and extraction cause the team leader, Lieutenant John Kelly, to make an agonizing decision that tears at Todd's dedication to duty and his devotion to his K9 partner and friend. Can Todd and the team carry out their orders knowing that it will probably cost their most beloved member his life?
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 8.75 out of 10
Plot: This charming novel is skillfully plotted and wholly enjoyable. The story moves along smoothly and the narrative will have readers turning pages until the very end.
Prose: The prose is one of this book's great strengths. The writing is effective, clean, and engaging.
Originality: This novel is original, fresh, and very appealing, especially to animal lovers.
Character Development: Both Todd and Zip are well-developed, realistic characters with whom readers will identify. Supporting players are also skillfully crafted.
Date Submitted: July 24, 2018