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The Pits Kindle Edition
|Length: 320 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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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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The story is riveting and gripping in a way that I love, but it wasn't exhausting. In other words, i felt like I could reach certain points and just want to enjoy what I'd read, rather than pushing forward. There were a few moments where the plot faltered, or seemed to get a bit too "over the top action hero", but all in all, it was a tremendously inspiring and enjoyable book. May we all be so lucky to be protected and defended by this type of loyalty, both from the people we trust to keep us safe, and in the animals we love to be there when we need them. What a great novel....
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.
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