Can’t Wait Wednesday: No Ordinary Dog by Will Chesney (with Joe Layden)

A military working dog and his Navy SEAL handler at the Bin Laden Raid and life afterward for both

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

No Ordinary Dog: My Partner from the SEAL Teams to the Bin Laden Raid

by Will Chesney (with Joe Layden)

Series: None

Published by St. Martin’s Press

Publishing Date: April 21

Genre: Nonfiction

Synopsis: Two dozen Navy SEALs descended on Osama bin Laden’s compound in May 2011. After the mission, only one name was made public: Cairo, a Belgian Malinois and military working dog. This is Cairo’s story, and that of his handler, Will Chesney, a member of SEAL Team Six whose life would be irrevocably tied to Cairo’s.

Starting in 2008, when Will was introduced to the DEVGRU canine program, he and Cairo worked side by side, depending on each other for survival on hundreds of critical operations in the war on terrorism. But their bond transcended their service. Then, in 2011, the call came: Pick up your dog and get back to Virginia. Now.

What followed were several weeks of training for a secret mission. It soon became clear that this was no ordinary operation. Cairo was among the first members of the U.S. military on the ground in Pakistan as part of Operation Neptune Spear, which resulted in the successful elimination of bin Laden.

As Cairo settled into a role as a reliable “spare dog,” Will went back to his job as a DEVGRU operator, until a grenade blast in 2013 left him with a brain injury and PTSD. Unable to participate in further missions, he suffered from crippling migraines, chronic pain, memory issues, and depression. Modern medicine provided only modest relief. Instead, it was up to Cairo to save Will’s life once more–and then up to Will to be there when Cairo needed him the most. 

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I’m fascinated about the many different abilities dogs have–especially military working dogs. The bond between their handlers and the dogs is wonderful to read about.

I think reading about the Bin Laden mission as well as life afterward for dog and handler will be so interesting. I also think in these days when our military is deployed around the world it’s important to remember the individuals who’ve volunteered to go to the dangerous places in the world and too often are forgotten by those of us who stay home.

Review: A Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier

A Borrowing of Bones by Paula MunierA Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier

Series: Mercy & Elvis Mysteries #1

Genre: Mystery

Setting: Vermont

Source: Hardcover book, Library

Publishing Date: 2018

352 pages

Synopsis: First in a gripping new mystery series about a retired MP and her bomb-sniffing dog who become embroiled in an investigation in the beautiful Vermont wilderness.

My thoughts

I liked this book so much! The dogs in the book are great. I am so enjoying reading so many books about dogs. They are wonderful animals! I also thought the author did a great job with the military portions of the story. Both Mercy and Elvis (her Belgian Malinois) are Army veterans. She was an MP in the Army and Elvis was a bomb sniffing dog. His human partner was Mercy’s fiance who was killed by a sniper while out on patrol. Mercy promised him she would take care of Elvis and she was finally able to adopt him when Elvis retired.

A baby in the wilderness

Both Mercy and Elvis are still suffering from the aftermath of Afghanistan and she has closed herself off from other people. Mercy does take Elvis on a walk almost every day in a Vermont wilderness near their home. Usually they see a few people on the trail, but it’s the Fourth of July weekend so she expects to see more people on the trail. However, she doesn’t expect Elvis to find a baby or to alert for explosives. Thus, starts a mystery! Who left a baby in the woods? Are there explosives where Elvis alerted? She isn’t an MP any longer, but it’s hard for Mercy and Elvis to stay away from this case especially when the baby disappears from the hospital.

Troy and search-and-rescue dog Susie Bear

When she calls in the discovery of the baby, Troy Warner a game warden answers the call. He has a part Labrador Retriever and part Newfoundland search-and-rescue dog (Susie Bear) with him. When Mercy shows Troy where they found the baby both Elvis and Susie Bear search for any further clues about who left the baby. The dogs don’t find clues to the baby, but they do find a shallow grave with bones in it. Lots of mysteries in this forest!

Mercy and Troy team up–sometimes with mixed results

Mercy and Troy plus their dogs team up on several occasions to search for more clues. However, this case belongs to the state police and the detective in charge doesn’t take kindly to either Mercy or Troy investigating the case. That was probably the weakest part of the story for me—that Mercy continues to investigate. I did understand why she did so. She had discovered the baby plus a dead body plus she doesn’t have any confidence in the state police detective. She drags Troy into several of the investigations which endangers his job. That’s not good for either one of them.

At any rate, I enjoyed this book a lot. Elvis and Susie Bear are wonderful dogs and Mercy is a great character. I’m looking forward to more books in this series and want to read more about the dogs, Mercy and Troy. I’m hoping Mercy gets a job in law enforcement so she has good reason to investigate crimes and mysteries!

My Rating: B

Have you read any books by this author?

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday: A Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

a borrowing of bones by paula munierA Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier

Series: Mercy Carr #1

Published by Minotaur Books

Publishing date: September 11

Genre: Mystery

352 pages

Synopsis: First in a gripping new mystery series about a retired MP and her bomb-sniffing dog who become embroiled in an investigation in the beautiful Vermont wilderness.

It may be the Fourth of July weekend, but for retired soldiers Mercy Carr and Belgian Malinois Elvis, it’s just another walk in the remote Lye Brook Wilderness—until the former bomb-sniffing dog alerts to explosives and they find a squalling baby abandoned near a shallow grave filled with what appear to be human bones. U.S. Game Warden Troy Warner and his search-and rescue Newfoundland Susie Bear respond to Mercy’s 911 call, and the four must work together to track down a missing mother, solve a cold-case murder, and keep the citizens of Vermont safe on potentially the most incendiary Independence Day since the American Revolution.

A Borrowing of Bones is full of complex twists and real details about search-and-rescue dog training that Paula learned through the training of her own dog. With its canine sidekicks and rich, dramatic story, this debut will be a must-have for mystery fans. 

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I really like books about dogs especially working dogs–whether search-and-rescue, military or police dogs. I like to read about their interactions with humans plus the amazing work they do. And I love a good mystery! I really want to read this book!