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After losing his wife and young daughter in a plane crash, US journalist Fletcher Carson joins the flagging war effort in Vietnam, where he plans to die. But when he rescues a critically wounded Labrador, whom he names Jack, and helps nurse him back to life, Fletcher slowly regains the will to live.

But the ceasefire brings with it news that no dogs serving with the US will be transported home. But Fletcher knows that if he abandons Jack, he will be lost too.

©2008 Gareth Crocker; (P)2008 Oakhill Publishing

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  • Sandy
  • McGregor, TX, United States
  • 07-11-10

Intense Read

Since I grew up with Vietnam and have a huge love of dogs I got the book not expecting the intense read this book delivers. The author gives a good view of life and the intensness of the situation. Many people do not realize what WE did to the animals that saved so many all for a couple of bucks. So many handlers to this day are haunted by the action of the government. Thousands are alive due to the dogs and we as a nation let them down. Hopefully it will never happen again.

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  • Penny
  • United States
  • 01-08-13

I loved this book about man's best friend!

Where does Leaving Jack rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is one of my favorites....because I love books about dogs...man's best friend and cats.
The pets in our life are so very special to each one of us and this book is no exception....it will bring tears to your eyes!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Why Jack of course!

Which scene was your favorite?

Towards the end when they were rescued by the incoming helicoptor.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes...the beginning when Jack was shot and the ending when he passed away.

Any additional comments?

Besides the cussing...it's a very endearing book.

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  • Joyce
  • Cincinnati, OH, United States
  • 01-23-11

For doglovers everywhere

This is a great book for those of us who love and are loved by a dog. It tells of how far man will go for his "best friend" and how that friend remains faithful to the one he loves. If you have ever looked into the honest, innocent eyes of a dog...your dog, you know how it feels, and why people are so passionate about these animals. I will definitely listen to this book again.

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my first audiobook

this was my first audio book that I've ever listened to, I was very much involved with story, I found it very interesting and didn't know that dogs were actually left behind after the war. Very good book and it will be one that I'll listen to over and over again.

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  • Sandra
  • cedar rapids, IA, USA
  • 10-23-09

Book Review-ok

The book was ok. Not great, but ok and in my opinion dragged on a little more at the end than it needed to.