Beowulf

Explosives Detection Dog (A Breed Apart)

Christian - Fiction
320 Pages
Reviewed on 09/24/2013
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Reviewed by Faith Farrell for Readers' Favorite

This is the final book in the A Breed Apart Series. These three books follow the adventures of military working dogs and their handlers as they complete difficult missions in dangerous parts of the world. The title comes from the lead dog in this book, a big, very slobbery, brave mastiff named Beowulf. Not only is this dog calm, cool, and collected in a combat zone, he is preciously protective of his best girl Timbrel. And Timbrel wants that protection... or so she thinks. So why was this book on my Must Read List? Because of Anthony James "Candyman" VanAllen, of course. He's a tough guy with a heart of gold and a great smile. A Green Beret, he's brave and has proved himself in combat many times. He has a ton of personality and a very interesting tattoo.

What first stood out to me was his sense of humor, his personality, and his heart. Candyman is confident in his faith, unashamed of his identity in Christ, and hopelessly in love with a girl who's walled in her soul to keep him and everyone else out. Yet this guy just keeps coming, answering Timbrel's barbs with jokes, making her laugh, tolerating her big attack dog, Beowulf, and not backing down from anything she throws at him.

I would not have thought that a book about Timbrel, who really knew how to ignore/insult Candyman, and Candyman, who was such a pro at deflecting pain and infusing seriousness with humor, could be so emotional and deep. This story intensifies because even very good-natured Candyman couldn't take an infinite amount of rejection. He couldn't absorb all Timbrel's hurt. He was a steady, accepting presence in her life, and although he wanted more than friendship and he knew when not to push, eventually he needed her to choose whether or not to trust him. But if I say anymore I'll ruin the adventure of finding out what happens for yourself. A great read, and I loved this book!