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Publisher's Summary

The uplifting and unforgettable true story of a US marine, the stray dog he met on an Afghan battlefield, and how they saved each other and now travel America together, "spreading the message of stubborn positivity".

In 2010, Sergeant Craig Grossi was doing intelligence work for Marine RECON - the most elite fighters in the corps - in a remote part of Afghanistan. While on patrol, he spotted a young dog "with a big goofy head and little legs" who didn't seem vicious or to run in a pack like most strays they'd encountered. After eating a piece of beef jerky Craig offered - against military regulations - the dog began to follow him. "Looks like you made a friend," another marine yelled. Grossi heard, "Looks like a Fred." The name stuck, and a beautiful, life-changing friendship was forged.

Fred not only stole Craig's heart; he won over the RECON fighters, who helped Craig smuggle the dog into heavily fortified Camp Leatherneck in a duffel bag - risking jail and Fred's life. With the help of a crew of DHL workers, a sympathetic vet, and a military dog handler, Fred eventually made it to Craig's family in Virginia.

Months later, when Craig returned to the US, it was Fred's turn to save the wounded marine from post-traumatic stress. Today, Craig and Fred are touching lives nationwide, from a swampy campground in a Louisiana State Park to the streets of Portland, Oregon, and everywhere in between.

A poignant and inspiring tale of hope, resilience, and optimism, with a timeless message at its heart - "it is not what happens to us that matters but how we respond to it" - Craig & Fred is a shining example of the power of love to transform our hearts and our lives.

©2017 Craig and Fred INC. (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Looks like a Fred

I highly recommend this book. Listening to Craig tell his and Craig's story was time well spent. I enjoyed getting to know Craig and Fred. It was interesting and inspirational getting to hear from Craig directly on how he got Fred home.

My only critique is that Craig is not a professional performer. There were a few times it seemed like the flow wasn't quite there. Having said that, I wouldn't want anyone else to tell the story and enjoyed Fred's contribution as well (he makes a few noises in the background). For the most part Craig did great!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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My Favorite Book!

I am so happy Craig Grossi decided to share this amazing story! This book was absolutely amazing, I felt moved with every single chapter. I LOVE FRED!!! I didn’t want the book to be over. I literally cried. Definitely a must read!

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Nice story

the story he had to tell was enjoyable and well written. i found the most interesting parts were when he talked about fred. Im not sure the author was the best person to read the story.

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not the average feel good story about a dog/ owner

Craig is not a personal narrator, but i also think the editor and producer could've done a better job. please please please don't let that stop you from listening to this amazing story. it is well written and attention gripping all the way from the beginning to the end.

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Marine Mom

I probably listened to this story with a little bit different perspective. I absolutely enjoyed the story and deep down cheered Craig on... already knowing that Fred makes it out. More than that tho, I thought about our Marine son who came home and maybe just smiled and grinned not really sharing. I absolutely THANK all Service people everywhere for serving this great nation. Thank you Craig for opening avenues for Vets who are not sure if they need help and showing them that it is OKAY!

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A diamond in the rough.

The preview made it look interesting and it was indeed. It has great structure, great story and pleasant voice I could listen to all day.

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not an exciting story, poorly read out

The reader is monotonous, the book is very lackluster, missing adventure or a real point. This book will not hold you spellbound as many often do.

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