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Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
If you like humor, military fiction, and dogs, Do Bomb Dogs Dream of Chasing Butterflies? by Kregg P. J. Jorgenson is for you. Written in tribute to the service of military working dogs and their handlers, and told by a talented and witty Belgian Malinois named Thor, it provides a view from the bottom up of battlefield conditions faced in modern warfare. This “bottom” is Thor and his U.S. Army handler and partner, Max. Together, they search for weapons stashes and IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), with the hope of depriving the enemy of assets they would use against us and keeping our troops alive. In the process, Jorgenson describes what it is like operating in these environments, with IEDs hidden along routes of travel, booby-trapped buildings, suicide bombers, and supposedly friendly people who turn out not to be all that friendly after all.
I’ve always felt that a good work of fiction can let you laugh, sit on the edge of your seat, cry, and still feel good at the end. Do Bomb Dogs Dream of Chasing Butterflies? did that for me, and more. Jorgenson’s narrative is descriptive, flowing, well-paced, and balanced between the humorous and the serious. Thor’s attitudes and observations about life, especially about the people and cats he’s encountered, kept me chuckling. I’d love to meet that dog, and I’d love to meet Max. If I were in combat, I sure would want their team, or one like them, on my side. I highly recommend this book. But, a warning: you’ll laugh, you’ll sit on the edge of your seat, and you’ll cry. In the end, I think you’ll feel good. Semper Fido!