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Heading back to Iraq was never in Parker’s plans …
But, when his brother is killed in action, he makes the journey to bring his brother back home to his final resting place.
When one of the K9 War Dogs disappears at the military airport in transit, and all attempts to locate him fails, Parker agrees to investigate during the few days he’s there.
Sandy is making the same journey as Parker—both of their brothers were killed in the same incident. Both brothers had been the best of friends, but this is the first time she’s met Parker. From that initial moment, she realizes something odd is happening in his world. When they find a K9 dog in a rebel stronghold, she’s sucked into a much more dangerous trip than one of compassion and grief.
There’s a reason why the first investigation didn’t turn up anything. … As Parker rattles cages and shakes up a ring of thieves, the bodies start dropping, one by one.
Parker is going to Iraq to escort his brother’s body home. Saying goodbye is never easy and having been injured himself, he’s made the decision not to re-up.
Sandy’s brother was also killed in the same incident as Parker’s brother. The two men were best friends so it’s not a hardship for her to get to know Parker. A military nurse, she has also decided it’s time to leave the service.
After visiting with some friends at the base, both are restless and Parker invites Sandy to accompany him as he tries to find out what happened to the missing K9 Samson.
This is a favorite scene.
Parker used the ground cover to his advantage, crawling up the hill far away from where he’d seen the light. As he crested the top, he could see a little bit of a rise, and nestled on the other side were several huts and small buildings. A compound with dogs was around the back. He was too far away to see if the shepherd was there, but it would make sense that, if these guys had the shepherd, it would be with the other dogs.
Time was tight. He didn’t want to leave Sandy too long. He’d rather not leave her alone at all. It would be inexcusable to have something happen to her from this decision. But the opportunity was here. And if there was one thing he’d learned from his navy days, it was to make the most of those.
Making a quick decision, he slid down the hill along the back behind the dog compound. As he approached the fence, he saw a big black male shepherd. He gave a slight whistle that he knew the dog should have heard many times in the military. The dog jumped to its feet and came racing to the back fence. Parker gave a second whistle on a different octave, wondering if the dog was capable of jumping to that level. The dog, from a standstill, soared over the fence and ran toward him. Parker had no lead for him, but, carefully maneuvering back the same way he came, Parker slid down the hill on the other side, keeping the dog at his side.
Once they got to the trees, he stopped and hugged the dog. Samson still had a collar on him with his name. Parker crept to the jeep, holding the dog by the collar.
Sandy stared at him. “That easy?”
“It’s never that easy,” he said. Just then shots were fired over his head. He swore and got the dog into the back seat of the jeep.
Before he could head to the driver’s side, Sandy slid over and already had the jeep running. “Get in, get in.”
He jumped into the passenger side. At his feet, he found a piece of rope for a lead for the dog.
Sandy drove like a crazy person, leaving a huge plume of dust behind them. As they hit the small village, everybody was already undercover and hiding, but Parker knew people were coming after them.
“We have to be prepared for them to gain on us,” he cried out as he watched behind them.
yelled, “I’m going as fast as we can.”
He nodded. “After the village we have to find a place to hide. We don’t want to hide close to the village, in case the rebels attack the villagers.”
“No, that’s not happening,” she said. “If we can get to the base or to the airport, that would be the best.”
He nodded. “They were at least prepared for us. I don’t have any weapons. Do you?”
“No,” she said. “I wasn’t issued one. I’m just here as a visitor. Remember?”
“I know. Me too,” he said. “Doesn’t matter what we used to do. It’s what we currently do that matters.” He looked behind them to see a vehicle coming faster than they could drive. “Do you want me to take over?” he yelled.
She shook her head and noticed the vehicle behind them. “I can drive faster.”
“Go cross-country. We should be able to lose them on the other side of the village.”
She didn’t hesitate. He really admired that. She took directions and drove fast.
Dale Mayer. Parker (Kindle Locations 438-464). Valley Publishing Ltd..
Finding the dog and being chased by rebels is only the beginning. They’ve managed to open a whole can of worms and now don’t know who they can trust.
Samson is an awesome dog and is quite the hero in this one. I love how he bonds with both Parker and Sandy.
Lots of action, hold your breath scenes, and a romance that blossoms in the midst of the chaos and grief.
In addition the lead in to the next book has me wanting it now!
5 Contented Purrs for Dale!
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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).
She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!
To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.