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Beaverton, OR, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Trident K9 Warriors: My Tale From the Training Ground to the Battlefield with Elite Navy SEAL Canines

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Ritland, Gary Brozek
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (133)

    As a SEAL on combat deployment in Iraq, Mike Ritland saw a military working dog in action and instantly knew he found his true calling. While the SEAL teams had used dogs in the past, they never had dogs trained specifically by SEALs, for SEALs. To fill this void, Ritland started his own company after he retired, training and supplying dogs for the West Coast SEAL teams. He knew that less than 1% of all working dogs had what it takes to contribute to the success of our nation’s elite combat units. He searched the globe for animals who fit this specific profile.

    asa says: "A unique story written and read very well"
    "A unique story written and read very well"
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    This book is definitely worth every penny. It delivers a unique story that is both written and read very well. I'm really not sure why one of the other reviewers says this is a boring history book. There is some history in the book, but(as the author states) it really serves the listener, as to really understand what goes into the "making" of these dogs, you need to know some of "military-dog" related history. But this book is by no means only this(history). It delivers exactly what the title says, giving many different accounts/stories of the dogs and their SEAL handlers, both state side and down-range. And, just as the books title states, you also get some of the authors background along with detailed accounts of his training of the dogs as well as working them.
    The narrator of the book(Jeff Gurner) does a great job reading, putting just the right amount of emotion into it. Mr.Hurner has also clearly done his "homework", since he pronounces the military-terms correctly. I point this out because, most unfortunately other "Navy-Seal" book narrators have not. I'm specifically referring the pronunciation of BUDS, which for some reason always ends up getting pronounced incorrectly, like having each individual letter spelled out or a myriad of other incorrect ways.

    So, I guess if I were "forced" to find fault in this book, this only thing I could say is that it's to short.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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