I will definitely recommend this book to a friend. If you love dogs, murder mysteries and suspense this is the book for you. I really loved that he wrote sections from Maggie (the dog's) perspective. I laughed, I cried, I bit my nails. Just what I want from a good story
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Absolutely gripping from the start . . . the scene in Afghanistan with Maggie and Pete . . . it tore at me like a saw into raw meat . . . Then as the story continued in LA when Maggie was donated to the police department and began working with Scott, the two wounded warriors began a journey that I couldn't stop listening to . . . both struggling against deep physical and emotional injuries so devastating that most folks have given up on them. As they team up together though, dog and police officer, you can't help but start rooting for them. There's a lot of mystery and suspense, and the deck is stacked against Scott and Maggie. This is a great listen!
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
This is as good as it gets. This time the bad guys took on a pair of that they shouldn't have . Maggy is a wonderful heroine. Crais's style involves getting into the heads of many of his ensemble casts and this time he's roamed convincingly inside the head of Maggie-The-Marine-Dog with convincing power. This is a book to love! Oh... and not as an afterthought... MacLeaod Andrews deservers a ton more work, great job.
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
This book has been hovering on the edge of my awareness for some time and I can’t really say why I haven’t downloaded it before now. Getting it on sale tipped the balance and I am very happy with the outcome.
When it comes down to it, this is a fairly standard police procedural at its core, but the characters that flesh out the bones make it exceptional, especially Maggie the Marine dog who joins Scott in his quest for redemption. Crais’ genius was to let us into the thoughts of Maggie, how she perceived her partnership with Scott and the evolution of them as a “pack”. This added an emotional punch unlike any human partnerships I’ve read. It also added welcome humor, as when we see through Maggie’s eyes her thoughts about Scott trying to get her to fetch a ball. (I guess I know now what my dog Charlie is thinking when I try the same thing.)
The central mystery is well developed, avoids red herrings and thankfully avoids ridiculous romantic entanglements that only serve as distractions. The tension builds believably and we worry for Scott and Maggie at the same time we are rooting for them. Mostly well read, but as too often happens, the male reading of the female voices left something lacking. But I loved the gruff canine unit sergeant. Good entertainment reading recommended for mystery/thriller lovers. Will likely check out future entries in the series, mainly to revisit Maggie.
A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.
Excellent narration. I liked the story, and want a sequel. I smiled, chuckled a little, and teared up a time or two. This is my first book by this author, but I've seen plenty of his crime-drama television series. This felt similar, with that general expectation that everything will turn out okay for the good guys in the end. Mind you, not without loss, and I had my doubts at one point, when things went south for the Pack.
And that's the part of the book I liked best. The dog Maggie, rejoicing to form a new pack. How she loved her new alpha, Scott James. Her joy at being able to protect and serve him. He may be all about saving the world and avenging his dead partner Stephanie, but Maggie Girl is all about him. Whatever makes him happy. Whatever keeps him safe. Whatever keeps the pack together.
Such a simplistic mindset must be easy on the psyche. But even Maggie suffered from PTSD, so it's not always a walk in the park.
The POV is 3rd person. It hops around from Scott to varied other characters, including the dog. The setting is Los Angeles. The language includes some swearing and religious profanity, which I don't like -- especially in audiobook -- but there wasn't much of it.
I liked the stuff about how a dog thinks and how a German Shepherd's nose works. Amazing olfactory ability, and the author wove it into the story without creating an info-dump feeling. I liked the director of the K-9 division, Dominic Leland.
I figured out who done it half-way in, so it was predictable, but that's fine with me. And I didn't know how or why or who else was in on it, so there's some suspense.
I wanted to see how other important characters responded to the denouement. Other detectives, retired and on active duty. But that ain't how he wrote it. Bummer.
There's the potential for a budding romance between Scott and a particular woman, but Maggie is his best girl.
Top drawer narrator. Would listen to him again.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
DOGS DO WHAT THEY DO TO SAVE US OR TO PLEASE US.
I am a dog person and that is what held my attention in this book. This is about a damaged human and a damaged dog. Having owned a couple of dogs who had been damaged by previous owners, I know the love it takes to help a dog and the love received in return is something special I can not put into words. In this case the human may be more damaged then the dog. I have been a dog owner for over 30 years, but I was still able to learn something in this book to help with my dogs. If you are a dog lover, then you want this book. YOU ARE A DOG MAN.
The mystery that needs solved in this story is good and should hold the attention of the non dog lovers. And as another reviewer has mentioned this is a feel good type story. As Paul McCartney would say, What's Wrong With That?
The way that he tells half the story through the dogs eyes is incredible. I have a whole new respect for our k9 friends. I was absorbed by the explanations told through the dogs eyes as I think most readers of this book will find themselves.
Tell us about yourself! I am retired. I was born January 27, 1945. I enjoy listening and read books. Mystery/thrillers are my favorite.
I have not read Suspect, however, after listening, I believe reading it would be just as
good. It's a great story.
The plot kept me listening because, the bad guys were a pretty good mystery.
All the scenes with Maggie and Scott are my favorite. listening to their relationship develop was the best. I really liked how the author wrote some scenes from Maggies point of view.
Scott growing protective of Maggie. Maggie coming to accept Scott as "pack".
I would like more stories of Scott and Maggie. They are just getting started!
I really enjoyed this short, sweet book about a broken detective that teams up with a broken dog to solve crimes and heal each other along the way. If you've ever had a dog that you loved than this one will bring tears to your eyes (and keep you on the edge of your seat!)
Grew up during the last vestiges of the radio age. Loved 'The Shadow' and 'Green Hornet', etc. I prefer my own images of characters overTV
I've listened to maybe 300 plus audiobooks, so many that I lose track. But when it comes to books featuring man's best friend, this is the best.
Perhaps one by Nora Roberts (can't remember the title). Otherwise no comparison. The other books are too sentimental.
Don't know if I have or not.
My wife is a dog trainer (make that a trainer of people who have dogs). She listened up to the explosion and almost quit. I promised her that this really was a great book about a brave man and dog and please don't give up on it.
So she got back into it. AND absolutely loved it.