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A heartwarming story of a stray dog and a US marine who met under the unlikeliest circumstances in Afghanistan - and who changed each other's lives forever.

As part of an elite team of marines, Craig Grossi was sent on his most dangerous assignment to the Sangin District of Afghanistan. He expected to face harsh conditions and violence from Taliban fighters.

What he didn't expect was to meet a stray dog, with a big goofy head and little legs - a dog all on his own, filthy and covered in bugs, in a bomb-ridden district, but who carried himself with confidence. And even though the marines have a rule against approaching strays, Craig couldn't help but offer some food and a pat - and was shocked when the dog wagged his tail.

From that moment on, they were inseparable; whether out on missions or back at the base, the dog, named Fred, went along. When the time came for Craig to leave Afghanistan, he knew that Fred had to leave with him no matter what. And as Craig tried to get acclimated to civilian life, Fred was there for him.

This audiobook tells the inspiring story of two friends who ultimately rescued each other and the stubborn positivity and love that continue to shape their world.

Craig Grossi is an eight-year Marine Corps veteran and a recipient of the Purple Heart. After returning from Afghanistan, he worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency and attended Georgetown University. When not travelling with Fred, he works intensively with veteran organizations, including the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program and the Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors (TAPS). He and Fred live in Washington, DC. You can find them online at www.fredtheafghan.com.

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

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Best novel ever

If you ever had a Best Friend, this is the book for you. Because Craig is smart enough to understand and listen to Fred

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Great listen

Great story! I love that Craig narrates his own story! God bless you and Fred! ❤️

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Heartwarming story

Craig Grossi wrote and did a great job narrating his story about finding his dog Fred in Afghanistan and the stress he went through to get him back to the USA. It's a very personal story of Craig's struggles to re adapt to civilian life after what he went through in combat during his tour with the Marines in Afghanistan. Very compelling story.