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)