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The Pits Kindle Edition
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I am sure that most of us find the idea of setting dogs against one another in a fight to the death totally abhorrent so we will all be behind Kramer in his determination to stop it.
The storyline was generally feasible but as with much fiction, it stretched reality at times. It must be a challenge to get a dog into nearly every scene! As the book moved on the pace increased and my interest picked up but I could not call this a real page-turner.
The minor characters were at times stereotypical but I was pleased to see that the author gave several senior roles to females, reflecting modern society.
The character of Captain Kramer has all the makings of a serial all-American hero. He is in his mid-30’s, rugged, single and with a passion to do good. He also has the most amazing pockets because there were no end of useful objects that he could whip out at difficult times. That said, his character is not perfect; his relationships with the much younger students is questionable and I was unsure that a glass of Riesling with his beach-side lunch was appropriate but it’s possible that this is the author’s version of ‘shaken but not stirred’.
I can see how the partnership of Kramer and Shadow could sustain a series of stories and that the sequel ‘You Can Run’ has already been published. Lovers of dogs may disagree with me but from my personal experience, I can only give The Pits three stars.
Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
*I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed
As the story continues Smith explores the character of Kramer via his previous relationship with a childhood dog, Rusty. He shows us a man who loved his childhood dog as a brother, the barriers of species proving no obstacle for familial love and loyalty. We watch as Shadow grows and so too the budding friendship between dog and man. Shadow, a tan dog the size of a small horse, seems to have a temperament suited perfectly to military life, complementing Kramer’s life to perfection. It is a proud moment when Shadow officially becomes Corporal Shadow.
When Kramer’s team comes under ambush fire and both man and dog are seriously injured, Smith makes a smooth transition to civilian life while the Captain heals and recuperates from his ordeal. While out and about with Shadow, Kramer is accosted by a group of college kids who mistakenly associate his scarred appearance and Shadow’s presence at his side with dog fighting. After a few tense moments the situation is averted and Kramer is quickly educated in the group’s cause to wipe out dog fighting in the area. As an advocate for humane treatment of animals Kramer is appalled and drawn to the cause, both for the sake of the animals and in looking to protect his new compatriots using his unique skills as a Marine.
Smith clearly knows his subject material and is as passionate about it as Captain Kramer. It was this obvious passion that carried the story and ensnared my attention. Throughout the book Captain Kramer and Corporal Shadow see quite a bit of physical action and combat. Smith’s skill in driving a plot forward through a perfect balance of action, dialog, and information delivery gives us a well paced story, keeping us turning the page in order to find out what will happen next.
Due to a wealth of personal experience Smith’s characters ring true to life, his attention to the details precise and riveting. It wasn’t long before I became invested in the outcome of the book. “The PITS” wraps up well in the end and leaves ample room for a continuation of the Kramer and Shadow’s story.
A compelling, informative read on all fronts, and beautifully edited, “The PITS” earns a full five star rating.
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Captain Kramer is a career lifer Marine. OORAH! Corporal Shadow is his Anatolian Shepherd dog … just a puppy when he found him during a tour in Afghanistan. Because dog-fighting was so prevalent in that country Kramer takes the pup with him. Kramer and Shadow develop a bond that will never be easily broken.
While home on extended leave, Kramer runs into a small group of college students who have invested their time and energy into stopping the atrocities of dog-fighting. Little do they know that these ‘events’ are being staged by a nationally known crime drug lord.
When they get the FBI involved, Kramer finds himself going undercover.
This is an extremely well written book. While I was rooting for Kramer at every step, it was Shadow who stole the show. Kramer was developed slowly, giving the reader a glimpse of him as a youngster and his best friend, Rusty. Unfortunately, Rusty died and it took Kramer many years to accept that death until he found Shadow. He still feels a little guilt replacing Rusty.
Warning: The dog-fighting scenes are so realistic … my emotions were all over the place. The author does a great job in creating a balance in a most barbaric practice.
I absolutely could not put this one down. I eagerly look forward to reading the sequel.
From beginning to end "The Pits" resonated with this reader evoking a myriad of emotions. Mr. Smith masterfully develops the characters of Captain Kramer and Corporal Shadow bringing them to life for the reader to love. Action, deceit, mystery and love combine in this fast paced thriller.
"The Pits" is sure to please.
Although Shadow is a somewhat personified character, he still reads as an authentic trained pooch. Kramer also has an air of legitimacy about him, sharing a number of personality traits with real men his age who have seen military action. These characterizations give the novel a distinct air of credibility, portraying author Greg Smith as a man who is either highly knowledgeable or who certainly does his research.
A few classic story elements are combined to form the plotline of “The Pits.” First and foremost is the story of the trained soldier who refuses to allow crime to fester in his backyards, especially crimes against which he has a personal bias. This basic plotline provides the foundation for the evolution of one of the most touching and intense relationships between man and beast ever put to paper.
This novel does merit a few words of caution. Those who love dogs, or who have light stomachs in general, will find it difficult to make it through some scenes. Even the starkest of activists, who are already well aware of the nature of dogfighting, will find some of the fight scenes in this novel to be absolutely gruesome. Even so, this book merits reading by those who are able to stomach its grislier content and are in search of a well-written crime novel by a talented writer.