Ya gotta love the Kindle, I read about the book, bought it and was reading it - all in less than five minutes.
Well, my suspicions were right. I burned through it in less than a day, I couldn't put it down. I was picking up what Dowling was laying down, every single word.
The book covers Rex and his partner's experience working together as U.S. Marines in Iraq during the difficult times of 2004. More than just a war story, it reveals how the author and Rex came to be partners in a very dangerous location performing very dangerous missions.
But wait, there's more. What the book is really about is commitment. A Marine's commitment to his canine partner, a dog's commitment to his handler and the pair's commitment to their fellow Marines.
All was told in a manner that kept me from setting it down. I must admit that it helped knowing that Rex had survived his Iraqi experience and had passed away from natural causes as a civilian. It could have gone either way. I also appreciated the epilogue, which covered what happened to Rex after Dowling left the Marine Corps.
I really enjoyed the book. If I ever get the opportunity to meet Mike Dowling, I'm going to buy the hardcover, just so Dowling can sign it. I'm just bummed that Rex won't be available to put his paw print on it or maybe put some teeth marks on it for me.
If you think this book might interest you, just go and buy it. It is available at the major bookstores and can be ordered both electronically and hard copy from Amazon.com.
Thanks for reading,