I enjoyed listening to this book, although I don't own a dog and am not a dog lover. The mystery held my attention, but I did guess some of the outcome. I particularly liked the chapters from the perspective of Maggie, the police dog. Crais seemed to be able to think like a canine in these parts of the story. I also learned something about the training of dogs which seemed like practical information that someone could use. The writing kept me interested and the end was exciting. The narrator had a feel for the story - his voicing of the characters was excellent; I became thoroughly engrossed in the final confrontation with the "bad guys". Can this book be the beginning of a new series for Crais? All in all, I'm happy I listened to this; however, I still prefer the author's Elvis Cole mysteries.
I admit I downloaded this book only because it was part of a "2 for 1" deal. I'd never heard of the book or its author, but the story description included a dog, so I was intrigued. Robert Crais does a masterful job detailing and delivering the behavior and relationship between human and dog and the "unconditional love" felt by both. Any dog lover will relish the story and its thoughtful evolution. Macleod Andrews delivers an outstanding performance, enhancing an already incredible literary experience. After listening to his narrative talent, I can't imagine enjoying this story as much as I would without it.
I listened to this book a couple months ago and it is still on my mind. It touched me heart, It is a feel good book (not really, but to me it was) about a broken man and a broken dog. Both needed each other. This book is in my top ten just because for some reason at this time in my life, the story touched me and I wanted to listen to it constantly. This book will go on my "to listen to again sometime in the future" list.
Crais does an excellent job of developing this relationship between the cop and his dog, who he didn't really want. They both have PTSD, and the story helps you have an emotional insight into how that feels. I really loved this story. It was complex, suspenseful, emotional, and well crafted. Great use of a credit!!
an engaging book, mainly because of the dog. the scenes told from the dogs perspective are very well done. the cops scenes, not so much. the difference was so pronounced, to me, it was almost as though from two different authors. i found the police officers character, thoughts, and deeds to be stilted, repressed, and extremely idiotic. anyone who is a fan of police or detective procedurals will be rolling their eyes as this doofus blunders though the plotline. his transformation from being completely self-centered and ignorant of even the basics of dog-ness, into a "dog-person" are abrupt and ham-handed.
all that being said, i enjoyed the overall story. Maggie gives 250%, which makes up for any short-comings of her partner. the plot was semi-predictable, but the novelty of having the dogs perspective makes it seem fresh. the stars for story are all for Maggie, and even so I just couldn't go to 5.
I LOVED this book. Fair warning, have a box of tissues for chapter one. The story of two broken but not down officers, one a LAPD officer, the other a retired marine who happens to be a German shepherd. Maggie, the K-9, lost her handler/partner to a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Scott lost his partner in brutal shooting. They find redemption in each other and become stronger for it. The narration is amazing. The writing is moving. I thought the way some of the story was from Maggie's perspective was great and seemed very true if you've ever had a dog. The first chapter covers the bombing in Afghanistan where Maggie looses her handler. I made the mistake of listening to it in the car. I cried so much that I had to wait 30 minutes in the home depot parking lot until my blotchy crying face went away. Truly one of the most moving chapters I've ever read.
The relationship between the dog and her alpha.
When Maggie wouldn't leave Scott's side.
I like hearing different voices of the characters
This book was unexpected in the way it elicited my emotions. I loved the way the main characters helped each other heal and become productive.
I didn't actually listen to very much of this book because of the bad language. I'm sure it's "realistic", but I wish there was a way to know in advance if there is strong language rather than finding out after you have purchased a book. Disappointing.
Bad language. You don't need it to have a compelling story.
I would really like Audible to rate books for language, sexual content, etc. I would rather know in advance what I'm getting.
There could have been so much more character development which would have made for an excellent story. The idea was there, but the author only scratched the surface making it a very light read, not much impact.
The story line was great. It just needed to be developed further.