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I have a dog and love them as pets. Listened to one dog book before and swore that I would never do that again. OK, so I lied. I should have listened. The book started off well enough, then kinda fizzed out. The narrator doing the main characters "dog talk" was a little much. The book was typical and the ending you could figure out after chapter 2. I give it a shoulder shrug and an "Eh"
Scott and Maggie - LAPD cop-on-the-rise and experienced Marine K9 - have both suffered similar severe losses and both are damaged both physically and emotionally. Unwilling to lose another partner, Scott pushes to join the K9 corps expecting that being paired with 'just a dog' will enable him to continue to be a cop. Maggie is there, waiting in a cage to be shipped back to another new home, having been deemed too disabled - physically and mentally - to be retrained as a police K9.
This is the story of how Scott and Maggie heal each other - and it is told (delightfully so) from both points of view. ("Alpha is safe. Pack is safe.")
It is, at the same time, a 'page turner' crime novel - the bad guys are very very bad, and tracking them down is the edge-of-your-seat, quick-turn-the-page-and-make-sure-they're-ok, whoa!-didn't-see-that-coming experience that it should be.
The narrator handled the different voices deftly.
I originally thought I'd listen to this book over the course of a few days. Boy, was I wrong. This is a compelling story with great characters. The pacing of the book is extraordinary and you'll be wishing the it would slow down a bit so you could take a break. My only criticism is I pretty much knew the where the story was going to end up by the middle of the book, but it was still fun getting there. However, I blame that on reading too many Michael Connelly books, so I'm pretty well trained to see where the twists are leading.
I have a very good friend who was a K-9 officer for a good portion of his career, and I was truly impressed with how well the author was able to represent the unique connection these folks have with their canine partners. More impressive was the authors ability to represent the dog's perspective of this relationship as well.
You won't regret this book in any way.
I liked the book, more for the parts involving the dog than the cop. Decent narration, too.
I did recommend because it's soooo good. I didn't want it to end, so I backed up to the middle and listened again.
Maggie - listen and you'll understand. I'm a DOG girl.
I liked his inflections and especially when he gives alpha commands to Maggie. I may not have read it that way.
Protect the Pack.
I think this is Robert Crais's best book yet! Maybe it's because I have 3 dogs!
A true fan of political intrigue and crime drama, leadership in life and business, and an occasional relaxing sci-fi shoot-em-up.
Probably not, but that is only because the characters and story are indelibly etched into my memory thanks to a well written book. What a great story!
Having worked with Police Dogs - both Belgian Malinois and German Shepherds, for nearly fifteen years and having handled four of them myself, it was truly refreshing to read a story about a service dog that actually captured the spirit of how these animals work and think. "Alpha safe, pack safe, pack happy!" Indeed, it's all about The Pack!More often than not working with these dogs is like dealing with a 2 year old child.However, there are those rare moments that come along from time to time where they emerge from their per-adolescent tendencies to become bigger than life and are so incredibly courageous. Likewise, the cop side of the story was well written too. Perhaps a little over the top, but it made for a great fictional story filled with passion and intrigue. I was listening to this book about the same time that rogue Ex-LAPD cop Chris Dorner went on his killing spree which made this story even more timely and effectual for me.I highly recommend this book for Police drama junkies, especially anyone that has worked with Police or Military K9's.
No, this was my first with MacLeod, and I found him enjoyable and wouldn't hesitate listening to him again. Bravo!
This is an easy one..."Pack"
I can't say this, because I didn't read "Suspect," I listened to it. The narrater was good.
"Suspect" is as good as Crais' other non-Elvis Cole books, like "Two-Minute" warning, for instance.
He gave a solid performance.
I'm a Robert Crais fan, and since Elvis Cole's voice sometimes gets a little stale, I enjoy it when Crais writes outside the shackles of the Cole-Pike partnership.
Yes. I have listened to all of Robert Crais stories more than once. I love all of his characters and the dialogue between them. Alot of raw emotion from both Scott and Maggie in this book.
The prologue...it had me hooked.
Made me want to take both Scott and Maggie home and care for them. He made me want to go out and buy a German Shepherd. The story stayed with me the whole next day.
Yes, yes, yes!!
I listened to this book in 1 night, needless to say I was awake until 4:00 a.m. It was worth it. It could have been longer, I wouldn't have minded.
No but only because I just don't. Anyone who does this will want to.
Scott, because he did what he thought was right, paid the price for his mistakes etc. I hope to see another one of these along with more from Joe Pike and Elvis. Maybe even a "SuperFriends" version with all three and even Det. Cowley (sp?)
All of them. One of my best narrator compliments after well over 500 titles is when I mostly don't think about who is talking. When I can't find new titles by favorite authors I may add MacLeod Andrews to the list of people I check out like King George (Guidall).
I did laugh a couple times, and yes, there were a couple damp eye moments.
If you are new to Crais you are in for a real treat.