Your regular complex crime novel overlaid with the perspective and personality of a military/police dog, who deep down, is not so different from any well trained dog. It had me looking for the next book in the Maggie series!
Maggie. An honest, straightforward, no-nonsense and after therapy, courageous sidekick.
He brings Scott James to life and clearly has spent time studying, experiencing and understanding dog behavior beyond the superficial level many people experience dogs.
The crime story was first rate: convoluted and entertaining. But the acknowledgement and description of Maggie's feelings was so excellent; perfectly capturing my own dog's character and behavior. An unusually insightful homage to dogs.
This is a cops vs. bad guys whodunit with a terrific twist. One of the main protagonists is a K-9 police dog whose understanding of her role and awareness of what is going on around her is wonderfully portrayed in compelling doggie thoughts. As a long time guide dog user, I can tell you that the author's understanding of how a dog thinks and how it responds is masterful.
This is the second book I've read featuring a German Shepherd as a main character [see Burning Man] and if this is a trend I'm all for it!
Every book by Robert Crais is taught and exciting and always has a little, but not too much, humor. I'm a dog trainer and a German Shepherd owner and Mr Crais is one too, or has done enough research to be very accurate in his description of the processes.
I'd give this 6 stars if I could.
I usually don't read this genre ... but the USMC working dog that ends up a K-9 police dog ... I couldn't resist her.
Maggie, the dog, brought it all home for me. The story line is exceptionally well written and the story draws you in quickly.
The narration was perfect. This is a book that is difficult to set aside. You want to keep listening to the very end!
I can't give away any spoilers but the prologue and the end of the book were both momentous to me.
I am recommending this to everyone I know ... not just with this review but by word of mouth as well.
The narrator was excellent. I don't think the print version could match his enthusiasm.
The beginning, the middle and the end - seriously!
Leland - Sgt. Leland and Maggie, I cannot choose one over the other
The scene towards the end when Maggie almost got shot.
I want to thank the author for not letting Maggie die.
start of a new series. I'd love to hear more about Maggie and her pack. Enjoyed hearing from different view points. Great character development and a surprise ending I didn't see coming.
Awwwww. Loved this book. It had me at "dog". I really liked the interaction between the damaged Maggie and the damaged Scott, especially at the beginning when they were developing trust. My favorite part was the Maggie viewpoints. I don't know where Crais learned to speak dog but it really felt like you were in Maggie's head. I especially liked Maggie referring to Scott's apartment as their crate. I hope he writes more books about this pair. I will certainly read them.
The narration was spot on. There was nothing "off" or annoying. Good job from MacLeod Andrews.
Not a big fan of reading. But I Love Listening!!!
Within the first 5min I was hooked.
Meggy, The dog, (read the rest of the review)
I am not a Dog person, and this books subplot revolved around a dog and her owner, even going as far as having a complete sections of the book narrated as first person from the dogs prospective. At first I thought it was sort of strange, but I ended up feeling like it was very insightful. Suspect, kept me engaged, laughing and rooting for the characters the whole time. I really enjoyed this book.
No, I can't say that I have heard this performer before, but I really enjoyed it.
As always, Mr. Crais delivers a well planned, thoroughly researched and compelling story. I don't write many reviews and hardly ever discuss the content. I'm just here to say...read the book, you won't be sorry.
Musician, composer, entertainer. I travel around Australia presenting clinics on drums and percussion. I write music from my home studio. I love film music and salsa music. Love being with Audible and listen constantly to comedy, thrillers etc on my iPhone when I'm setting up my show, packing the van or driving to and from the gigs. It's my friend in my ear!
I was aware of a 'buzz' surrounding this book when it was first released on Audible but thought "why would I buy a book about a guy and a dog? " I recently went browsing for something new and decided to give it a go. I'm glad I did. This book is really great. The first few chapters are especially refreshing and show a wonderful insight by the author when describing what an animal thinks and how it works. The interaction between the human and his new K9 partner, both of which have issues and are recovering from mental and physical trauma, is terrific. Together they solve the crime which initially killed the guys original, human, partner.
This is an unusual but thoroughly entertaining story and I can recommend it to my fellow Audibles. Thumbs up!