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Talon (MWD) by Ronie Kendig

Title:  Talon
Author:  Ronie Kendig
Pages:  352
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Barbor Books
                Talon is the second novel in the A Breed Apart series with the first being, Trinity: Military War Dog.  Before I read either novel, I knew nothing about how much dogs have been used and are a part of the military.  Ronie Kendig writes a very active and engaging thriller that follows Talon and his handler, Aspen, through various adventures.  Aspen’s twin brother has disappeared and declared MIA.  Since it seems no one is going to try to find out what happened, she takes it upon herself to do so.  Even more intriguing is a man known as Cardinal who is asked to take Aspen with her dog to another country and Cardinal is fighting this assignment.
                Most know the man only by the name Cardinal.  Now, he has come forth claiming to have been with Austin in Africa two years prior on a mission.  On A Breed Apart Ranch in Texas, Talon has been recovering from wounds and his trauma from a former mission.  Aspen feels like her twin brother is alive, though no one believes her.  Talon has grown close to Aspen as his new handler.  Please read Trinity before reading Talon to fully appreciate the depth of the story Ronnie has written as well as the continuing of the characters from Trinity: Military War Dog.
                There is action, adventure, romance and bringing to the present the past of a couple characters lives in order for them to find peace.  Do they acknowledge God?  You have to read this intriguing and engaging fast-paced novel.  The chapters are short, making it easy to enjoy the story in short snippets of time, plus occasional use of flashback helps the reader understand the broader horizon of the story.  The tale will take you from the United States of America to Russia to Africa with each place having a unique place in the lives of the characters in this novel.
                A third novel is already in the works titled, Beowulf: Explosives Detection Dog.  In the back part of the novel, the author shares an introduction to a real handler and his dog plus an organization known in short as RMWDAO.  The letters stand for Retired Military War Dog Assistance Organization, which was founded in 2011.  The organization can be located on FaceBook and to read about these amazing animals and the handlers.
                My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at
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