Former Navy handler Timbrel Hogan has more attitude than her Explosives Detection Dog, Beowulf, but she’s a tough woman who gets the job done. Green Beret Tony “Candyman” VanAllen likes a challenge and convincing the hard-hitting handler they belong together might just get him killed.
When tragedy strikes and Tony’s career is jeopardized, Timbrel must re-evaluate her priorities—and fast! A terrorist plots to unleash a weapon of mass destruction on American soil. Can Timbrel and Beowulf track the chemicals in time? Will Tony surrender everything to save the woman nobody believes in?
With her thrilling and emotive stories, Ronie Kendig’s name has become synonymous with the military romantic suspense subgenre. Her latest book and the finale to the A Breed Apart Series, Beowulf: Explosives Detection Dog (Barbour), places a magnifying glass on the formidable dangers and challenges that face servicemen and woman on a daily basis, whether deployed or stateside. Beowulf takes readers to new depths in what is one of her most evocative stories yet.
Book 3 of the A Breed Apart trilogy sees the return of Green Beret Tony (Candyman) VanAllen, Kendig’s most combustible heroine, dog handler Timbrel Hogan along with her temperamental guardian and service dog Beowulf. The foundation for the trios partnership has been laid in previous instalments, so readers of the series will already be familiar with the engaging and constant bantering between the main characters, human and canine. Timbrel’s impenetrable defences serve as a protection against the unspeakable trauma of her past. Her personality is unyielding and her tongue merciless against those who defy her or attempt to draw too near. Her character foil, Candyman, is as stubborn as he is charismatic making him the only man brave enough to challenge Timbrel’s volatility and lay siege against her heart.
Kendig’s clever use of wit and comedy in Beowulf and Candyman’s battle of wills gives moments of reprieve to the intense context and plot with laugh out loud moments. Beowulf is an active participant in scenes and dialogue with his antics and role as protector, deservedly earning him the titular rights to the book. In fact, every character, whether animal or human, in this novel and series play a crucial role in the complex plots.
More than just recounting the stories of valiant soldiers, Beowulf exposes the harrowing elements of a life of service: traumatic brain injuries, PTSD, sexual assault, amputations, disintegrating family structures. Never told in an accusatory or belittling fashion, the goal is awareness and appreciation for the personal battles weathered while ensuring freedom. Kendig’s writing expresses the utmost respect and gratitude for the American armed forces, honoring their sacrifices with her tales of tactical and emotional bravery. She keeps their dedication and sacrifice at the forefront of a reader’s psyche while spinning a tale of love, intrigue and adventure. Drawing inspiration from real men and women gives her characters a dimensionality and relatability that burrows them deep in the heart of a reader.
Kendig aims her words with precision, a markswoman with a pen. She can induce terror as easily as affection with her deft use of description and subtext. Her portrayal of the threat from a terrorists point of view is chilling in its authenticity. Scenes of tactical engagement and battles lead readers through gut wrenching reactions that are visceral. Romantic elements are never saccharine but built upon real emotions and the triumphs and failures of human nature. In a word, Ronie Kendig’s writing is gritty.
Beowulf is a bittersweet conclusion to an adrenaline driven series with heart and passion. Dive in to the terrorist underworld and encounter indomitable characters of courage and honor that readers can champion toward victory in all its forms.