Friday, May 31, 2013

Book Report: Talon: Combat Tracking Team, by Ronie Kendig

I don't like military fiction. I'd rather watch Hannibal Lector than a military flick. It's no secret here that I'm a die hard historical fan. I mean, "Coffee Cups and Camisoles" isn't exactly insinuating a reconnaissance mission.

BUT! I am changing my tune. No. Strike that. Woman down. I've changed my tune. Death to my disdain of military fiction. Good Morning Vietnam! Or in this case, Djibouti.

Ronie Kendig and I banter on Facebook almost everyday. The woman is hysterical and she loves my son, so hey, she's in. I was introduced to her with her book "Trinity" -- book one of A Breed Apart -- featuring dogs trained for the special forces. I have to admit, I skimmed it a bit and could tell I'd probably be intrigued, but with a huge TBR pile of historicals, it's about three books down yet. Well, not any more. It just got moved to the top.

Ronie sent me Talon and I committed to read it because -- 1. I felt guilty for not yet reading Trinity in full, 2. For some reason Talon's face drew me in and I just really really really wanted to read it bad, and 3. deep in my heart I knew this woman could write and I wouldn't be disappointed.

I'm beyond not being disappointed. I'm elated. Book-shocked. (my new phrase to characterize "shell-shocked").

Ok. Talon is--sheer novel genius. It's a thick book. Meaty. I'm a speed reader. I did not speed read. I read slowly. Devoured. Every. Word.

Aspen Courtland wants her brother back—dead or alive. But only his traumatized combat tracking dog, Talon, knows where to look. Can he muster the courage for one more mission?

The hero, Dane is ... holy buckets of yummy spy, chiseled, mean, soft, broken, hard.
The heroine, Aspen is ... vunerable, vixen, packs a punch, cries a tear, frightened, strong.

The story is- espionage, mission: rescue, dog loving goodness, post traumatic canine stress, Russian lords, and Djibouti heat.

I can write a review about the storyline, plot, blah, blah, blah, but why!?!? With a face like Talon's, who needs a review, just read the book. Isn't that dog the cutest? I just wanted to bury my face in his fur the entire book.

Ok -- enough slobbering. Ronie, you slayed it--or me--or my penchant for purely historicals. I will be reading every stinking book this woman wrote. Starting next with Trinity. No more skimming chapter one and going oh that'd be a nice book to read someday. That sucker is propped open as. we. speak.

And if you think I'm giving away my copy, you're crazy. But, I'll order you one off Amazon. How's that?? So leave a comment as to why or why not you read military fiction, tell me what type of dog you love, and I'll enter YOU to WIN your own copy of Talon. (Winners to be announced next Wed - USA only this time, sorry peeps)

26 comments:

  1. Awww, yay! You loved it! No need to enter me in the giveaway as I already have a copy (should be reviewing in a few days!) but I'm glad you liked it. And yeah...I too thought military books/movies really weren't my thing...until I finished "Trinity" a few weeks ago. ;)

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    1. Oh you'll love it Charity!! (and GREAT profile pic) ;)

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    2. Ahhh, so glad you liked TRINITY. :D

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  2. It sounds like nothing I've ever read! I need something new.

    I appreciate your review. It's nice to know I'm not the only fan girl that flails occasionally. :)

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    1. Umm, stinker, didn't you see you won the double book giveaway last week!?!?! Email/FB me your address and I'll mail them out

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  3. ROTFL!!!!!!!! This is one of the most fantastic reviews I've EVER read. Thank you, Jaime. And hey--there shouldn't have been ANY guilt. I was just bribing you for more pictures of your handsome little guy. :-D

    Aww, thank you so much. I'm in tears (of joy). This is an AWESOME AWESOME review. THANK YOU! I have to share it! :-P

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    1. I was just about to post on FB that I had to scroll entirely too far down to find that handsome mug! :-D

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  4. I have no read military fiction because war was something we never talked about in my family especially with my first love after serving two tours overseas; however, my family has changed their tune and now like little birds talk about the war days and things that have happened in action. My favorite dog is a German shepherd I adopted who was a retired police dog. Never met a more amazing pet.

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    1. Oh how amazing--the GSD you adopted. You can also adopt retired military working dogs. Our family has our application in and are on the waiting list!

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    2. Wow! Great for adopting a retired dog! They need good homes!!

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  5. I love reading military fiction because of the added suspense, whether historical military fiction or contemporary. And Ronie's books are great!
    We've never had any pets (not even a goldfish) because of a small house packed with 8 people. So I don't really love any particular type of dog. Hmm...

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    1. Awww ... at least get a goldfish! ;)

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  6. Would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks so much for the giveaway. :)

    Frequentreader19 at gmail dot com

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  7. I really love military fiction--something about the scary circumstances faced by REAL men and women. Something about God and country and loyalty. Love it. We own two golden retrievers and a crazy soft-coated wheaten terrier. I'd really love to have a wire-coated fox terrier someday. I trained German Shepherds and Shelties for 4-H growing up. Loved them all.

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    1. Oh yes -- it's crazy to me what our service men and women endure!!! Honorable!

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  8. I haven't read much military fiction, but the few books I have read, I love! I love the adventure and suspense!

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  9. I love that... Book Shocked! :-) I call this condition "Full of Story", and it comes with the side affects of sleeplessness, general far-away look in your eyes, an ache because the story is over, as well as a sense that your life is richer because you went there and met those people. Yes, Full of Story. And it is worth it. :-)
    I would love to be entered in this giveaway!
    Faith mickeydog AT myfairpoint DOT net

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  10. Loved TRINITY and can't wait to read TALON. I love military fiction. Thanks for the giveaway!

    superstarsarah94(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Fabulous gushing review, Jaime. Can't wait for No 3.

    And I'm now committed to reading everything else Ronie has written and writes in the future. I've got a lot to catch up.

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  12. I really enjoy military fiction and have read all I can get my hands on from Ronie! Honestly, I don't have a favorite dog but I would love to win the book anyway :)

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  13. Oh My Word...when I saw on fb that you were reading this book, I thought, well that's interesting. I'm usually right on with what Jaime's reading, but not this time. You have completely changed my mind! I now cannot wait to read this book! Sounds fabulous!! =)

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