If you care about our veterans and if you care about animals, you must read this book. I chose to listen to it in audible form, told by Captain Montalvan himself. Would that every wounded soul could have a dog like Tuesday; the world would certainly be a better place.
My overall feeling for this book is bittersweet ...or sweet and sour. The times that Luis is talking about his war experiences, his life after Iraq, and all the political portions are all pretty bitter...for him and the listener too. The times he is talking about Tuesday are all very redemptive and sweet. Both portions are interesting but the experiences with Tuesday are what really keeps you going. It is almost a vicarious experience of the PTSD Luis experiences. You feel like you want to cut your throat at some points in the book and other times you just want to cry and hug Tuesday for being such a great dog. I guess what I am trying to say is that this book will really pull you in to Captan Montalvan's world, both the good and bad. In the end it is a real roller-coaster with the ups and downs but it is definitely a worthwhile journey.
It was disjointed and hard to follow. Jumped around in terms of time frames. I kept waiting for it to end. Never finished it. It became too tedious and repetitious.
The premise of the story is nice. It just went on and on and on saying basically the same thing. I stopped listening a couple hours before it was finished and I never do that.
I was hoping / expecting this to be a great book about a dog trained for therapy and it's helping of a victim of some disabling condition. As the book progressed, I was put off by the author's (a self professed patriot) continual dissing of or government's policies regarding our involvement in the middle east. His putting down of the two Bush administrations and how happy he was that Obama was elected clued me into his program. Leave your political views out of your manuscripts. I don't care how great your book may have turned out. I will never know (or care) because you totally incensed me with your political viewpoint.
The relationship between Luis and his dog was beyond heartwarming. I also learned what it's really like being a soldier. Luis did an excellent job reading his own book , which is not always the case for authors I highly recommend this book.
Luis tells us a lot about himself, his service, the army and it's failures, more than I wanted to know. Like Luis's life, Tuesday saves, no, makes the book. As a Vletnam vet it is good to see that the treatment of returning men and women is improving. As I am sure Luis agrees though, the best part is God's great gift, Tuesday!
Mr.Montalvan is a true American hero in every sense of the word. His story is compelling and educational. Tuesday is an angel dog, one you can't help but fall in love with sight unseen. This book brings home that war is hell, even after a soldier leaves the battlefield. My only objection is there is a bit too much repetition of events. This lessened the impact of the events to a degree. I would also like to have the book to include an update on Mr. Montalvan current status. Also Tuesday's.
Hearing the author read with his careful inflection was wonderful and made it more genuine for me. I learned a great deal on PTSD and the hidden wounds of war. Knowing that working dogs are so highly trained as to monitor respiration sand racy accordingly gave me deeper respect for service dogs and those who train them. Good to hear Tuesday bark his 2 cents worth as well.
I thought this book would be all about the dog. And that's how it started.
However the story would not be complete without the heart rending description of PTSD and it's complicated mental effects.
I now have a clearer understanding of modern warfare. The author tactfully included some political views but did not force any strong opinions. Leaving this reader with much to think about.