Saturday, September 1, 2012

Trinity: Military War Dog by Ronie Kendig

A year ago in Afghanistan, Green Beret Heath Daniel’s career was destroyed. Along with his faith. Now he and his military war dog, Trinity, train other dogs and their handlers. Though his passion is to be back in action, the medical discharge has forced Heath—and Trinity—to the sidelines. Military intelligence officer Darci Kintz is captured while secretly tracking the Taliban. Only one dog can handle the extreme conditions to save her. Trinity. Only one man can handle Trinity. Time is running out on the greatest—and most dangerous—mission of their lives.
My review:
Ronie only has 6 books under her belt now, but she has quickly claimed a spot high on my list of favorite authors. (I don't have one favorite, but a handful). She is also a super-nice lady. With the exception of her first book, all of her books are military in nature, as is this newest one.
Before Ronie started talking about this series on facebook, I was clueless about Military War Dogs. To be honest, I didn't even know the military used dogs. Now I do, and thanks to this new book of hers, I know quite a bit more about them.
The book is, to use an over-used word, awesome. It contains a lot of information about the use of dogs in the military, and the story revolves around one such dog and her handler. But it contains a lot more. Adrenaline packed action, military action, secret maneuvers and military groups, and even some romance thrown in. I unfortunately started reading it on a break at work, and had to put it down, but I didn't want to. I finished it last night close to 1am, and was left with that satisfying feeling I get after reading any of Ronie's books.
As with her Discarded Heroes Series, this series, titled A Breed Apart, will appeal to about anyone: men, women, military, retired military - everyone. Ronie paints a great and realistic picture of life on the battlefield, and does a terrific job of introducing military war dogs. I am looking forward to reading more in this series, and learning more about these wonderful animals.
About the author:

An Army brat, Ronie Kendig grew up in the classic military family, with her father often TDY and her mother holding down the proverbial fort. Their family moved often, which left Ronie attending six schools by the time she’d entered fourth grade. Her only respite and “friends” during this time were the characters she created.
It was no surprise when she married a military veteran—her real-life hero—in June 1990. Married more than twenty years, Ronie and her husband, Brian, homeschool their four children, the first of whom graduated in 2011. Despite the craziness of life, Ronie finds balance and peace with her faith, family and their three dogs in Dallas, TX.

Ronie has a deep love and passion for people, especially hurting people, which is why she pursued and obtained a B.S. in Psychology from Liberty University. Ronie is an active member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and has volunteered extensively, serving in a variety of capacities from coordinator of a national contest to appointment assistant at the national annual conference.

Since launching onto the publishing scene in 2010, Ronie and her books have been gained critical acclaim and national attention, including:
    • 2012 Christy Award Winner – Wolfsbane (Contemporary Romance)
    • 2012 Carol Award Finalist – Wolfsbane (Romantic Suspense)
    • Finalist in Christian Retailing’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards (Nightshade)
    • RWA’s Faith, Hope, & Love’s 2011 Inspirational Readers’ Choice Awards in Romantic Suspense (Nightshade)
    • Named one of the Top 25 Christian Fiction Suspense, Mystery, and Thriller Writers by FamilyFiction (Sept 2011)
    • 2011 FamilyFiction Readers’ Choice Awards – 3rd place as New Favorite Author, 8th place with Nightshade for Novel of the Year.
    • INSPY Award Shortlist final in Mystery/Thriller (Dead Reckoning)
    • The Christian Manifesto’s 2010 Lime Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction (Nightshade)
Check out Ronie's website.
    Trinity: Military War Dog is available from Barbour Publishing.

    I purchased a copy of the book, and the review was done on my own.