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Beowulf: Explosives Detection Dog

Beowulf: Explosives Detection Dog

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by Ronie Kendig

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Beowulf—a hulky, brindle-coated bullmastiff—is the only “boy” for Timbrel Hogan. And she has a history to remind her why. But when Timbrel, a handler at A Breed Apart, embarks on a mission to detect WMDs in Afghanistan, she reunites with Tony “Candyman” VanAllen and her no-other-man philosophy is challenged. While tension mounts


Beowulf—a hulky, brindle-coated bullmastiff—is the only “boy” for Timbrel Hogan. And she has a history to remind her why. But when Timbrel, a handler at A Breed Apart, embarks on a mission to detect WMDs in Afghanistan, she reunites with Tony “Candyman” VanAllen and her no-other-man philosophy is challenged. While tension mounts between Timbrel and Tony, the team comes under fire after Beowulf gets a “hit.” When tragedy threatens Tony’s career and Timbrel’s courage, they must maneuver through an intricate plot and a mission like no other. . . .

A Breed Apart Series
Book 1 - Trinity
Book 2 - Talon

Editorial Reviews

The Christian Manifesto - Melissa

I very much enjoyed Beowulf.  The characters are awesome and the spiritual content solid.  As with all of Kendig’s novels, I walked away with a healthier appreciation of our military men and women.  However, the beauty of Beowulf is that it speaks to the reader’s heart and shows God’s active and consuming love for all of us.
USA Today's Happy Ever After blog - Serena Chase

I'm a big Ronie Kendig fan and I have devoured her "rapid-fire fiction," but this third offering in her action-packed A Breed Apart series, which honors military working dogs and their handlers, is my favorite so far.

If you are looking for high-adrenaline action and emotionally charged romance, grab this book! I will offer a word of caution for sensitive readers: Be prepared to gasp a few times (and possibly even cry — I did!) when terrorists and tragedy strike. Beowulf: Explosives Detective Dog is an excellent and pleasing romance with quick-witted characters and a big slobbery dog who will steal your heart.

My Favorite Past Time - Julie Graves

If you like military books then the A Breed Apart series is a definite must read. Add in some romance and tense combat situations and Ronie Kendig's books keep the reader on the edge of their seats.
Fiction Addict - Elizabeth Olmedo

Beowulf contains one of my favorite secondary plots out of all of Kendig’s novels. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Dehqan and watching him change and grow as the story progressed. I don’t want to give anything away, but his story is an intensely gripping and moving journey that will tug at the heart. Needless to say, I strongly recommend the final installment in the A Breed Apart series.
More Than a Review - Donna Feyen

In Kendig fashion she brings the villains to life as writes from their point of view.  You understand the truly evil and the struggle to decipher good vs evil in a war torn world.  
The plot is engaging and suspenseful.  The scenes are action packed both in Afghanistan and on the home front.   The characters were believable and likeable.  The dialogue is realistic and witty.  Candyman is a hero in every sense.    Kendig writes military fiction with remarkable authenticity. 
The Christian Manifesto - Melissa Willis

I very much enjoyed Beowulf.  The characters are awesome and the spiritual content solid.  As with all of Kendig’s novels, I walked away with a healthier appreciation of our military men and women.  However, the beauty of Beowulf is that it speaks to the reader’s heart and shows God’s active and consuming love for all of us.
Labor Not in Vain - Faith Oygard

Ronie Kendig hits another home run with Beowulf a perfect combination of her signature compelling characters and non-stop action-packed plots.
Stuff & Nonsense - Anne Payne

Beowulf resounds with quintessential Kendig. Packed with deep characterization, rich descriptions, and her trademark rapid-fire dialogue, once you start reading you won’t be able to stop.
Marine Corps Nomads - Heather Lammers

Ronie has done it again with this fast-paced, action-packed suspense novel that filled with adventure, intrigue, faith, and romance. Her knowledge and passion for the military and working dogs shines through in this story.

Breath Perfumed - Joleen Graumann

WOW! What an incredible novel! Not only a great story that tugs on your heart and spirit, but one that has such staunch purpose. I wish I could get a copy of this book into the hands of everyone I know. It is impacting in SO many ways! I'm in love with the author--her passion and her gift as a storyteller. I love how she uses the gifts God has given her to now just entertain but to also bring a message and impact lives. There is a mission in her writing that is full of beautiful passion. Instead of telling you about a cause, she makes you feel it--live it.

Well done, Ronie Kendig! Definitely a bookshelf worthy book. Five stars.

GoodReads - Marian Baay

As always, Kendig writes a fantastic, fast-paced novel and honors the men and women in the military. She also creates awareness of how much soldiers give of themselves for the freedom and protection of their country.
GoodReads - Amy Campbell

I found Beowulf to be a real page turner, romantic, full of of action, and informative on what today's men and women in the military face while fighting for our country. I loved how Timbrel and Beo had such a beautiful bond. Throughout the book I found myself laughing, crying, and hanging on to my seat to see what happens next. I was completely surprised to what happens to one of the main characters. I did NOT see that coming!
Positive Grace - Deborah Haggerty

Ronie Kendig has done it again. The third in her series about Military Working Dogs (MWD) is as full of action, romance, and adventure as the first two, Trinity and Talon. The characters are believable and the story exciting. You will want to read about Timbrel and her Beowulf!
TM Woods Books - Michelle Woods

I enjoyed this book immensely and would highly recommend it. The characters are so real and chiseled out that they seem like someone you know when you are done reading. It’s a page turner from beginning to end, but not too ridden with suspense as it has its funny moments.
Over Weight Bookshelf - Lydia Mazzei

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.
Christian Fiction Review Guru - Peter Younghusband

I thoroughly loved this one.  Kendig does show that Christianity is indeed a relationship with God and not a crutch for those who are so called weak and cowardly. She mixes this in very well with the mind set of the strict military and regimented culture of the military who can be very independent in thought and action and masters of their own fate.
All in all I found this a very enjoyable and compelling novel and the best out of this trilogy.
The other two were Strongly Recommended by myself but this one is Highly Recommended.
Love 2 Read Novels - Sherry Kuhn

This is definitely a book that is hard to put down once you pick it up; it keeps you totally engaged and on your toes! This author consistently delivers the 'Rapid Fire Fiction' she promises in her tag line. To gain the most comprehensive reading experience, I highly recommend reading this series in order.
Upon Reflection - Gina Burgess

Kendig does a very nice job of storyline weaving in and throughout the characters. Good book worth the money.
Christian Novels Blog - Abbi Hart

I loved this book so much! From the moment Timbrel and Tony met, the sparks flew and you knew their story was going to amazing! And it was!

The story was definitely gripping and kept me sucked in and wanting more and I loved every minute. This was a stunning conclusion to an amazing series and I can't wait to read Ronie's new series that is about characters that were in this one!

Thinking Thoughts - Emilie Hendryx

I thoroughly enjoyed this, as I did Talon: Combat Tracking Team (review here) and Trinity: Military War Dog . You cannot go wrong when you pick up a book by Ronie Kendig and I highly recommend reading Beowulf or starting from the beginning with Trinity!

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A Breed Apart , #3
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5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her hunky hero husband have a full life with their four children, a Maltese Menace, and a retired military working dog in Northern Virginia. Author and speaker, Ronie loves engaging readers through her Rapid-Fire Fiction. Ronie can be found at www.roniekendig.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rapidfirefiction), Twitter (@roniekendig), and Goodreads (www.goodreads.com/RonieK).

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Beowulf: Explosives Detection Dog 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
KayMKM More than 1 year ago
I love this third book in the A Breed Apart Series. For me, it was a page-turner. Not only does it have a great plot with many twists and turns, but the characters are so full of heart that I became totally engulfed in their lives and their story. This book was hard to put down, because I always wanted to turn the page and see what was going to happen next. Even though there is constant action throughout the novel, which is peppered with military terms, it is easy to follow—especially with the glossary of terms/acronyms at the beginning of the book. The main characters are in the first two books of the series, so readers will already have basic knowledge of each person. Knowing the previous “oil and water” relationship of Timbrel and Candyman, it’s quite interesting to see what the story holds for the two of them. The dog, Beowulf, is an integral character with a huge personality. I think the author does an excellent job of communicating to the reader the single-minded discipline and determined focus that imbues this explosives detection dog. I especially like the humor that comes through the conversations in small bursts. It helps to break the tension—not only for the characters themselves, but also for the reader. The spiritual emphasis is subtle, but definitely there. It is woven naturally into the novel in believable ways. It adds depth to the story and to the individual characters. I recommend this book to those who enjoy action, suspense, and romance. I think readers will appreciate this book with its secondary plots and interesting characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally held my interest...exciting plot...loved every moment of reading it.
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MaryAnnF More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this title, but then I have felt that way about all of the Ronie Kendig books I have read. They are full of action and many plot twists. I highly recommend all of her books.
Mary-Bell-Foster More than 1 year ago
Beowulf Timbrel Hogan and Tony (Candyman) VanAllen are thrust together again, much to Timbrel’s dismay and Tony’s delight. Timbrel must face her demons and though Tony wants to help can he get close enough with Beowulf, the hound from hell, between them? Tony is torn between protecting Timbrel, helping his mom as his dad’s episodes get worse and the mission ahead of them. You’ll travel with ODA452 team, back to Afghanistan where they hope to find their enemy with the help of the team from A Breed Apart, Timbrel Hogan and her MWD bull mastiff, Beowulf. Ronie Kendig has written another gripping story. Beowulf will inspire and challenge you. Her skilled writing is inspiring. She’ll have you holding your breath and hoping for miracles. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this trilogy. Beowulf By: Ronie Kendig Barbour Publishing ISBN 978-1-61626-639-4 U. S. $12.99
VicG More than 1 year ago
Ronie Kendig, in her new book, “Beowulf: Explosives Detection Dog” Book Three in the A Breed Apart series published by Barbour Publishing takes us on a thrilling adventure with Timbrel Hogan and her Explosives Detection Dog, Beowulf. From the back cover: She doesn’t know it, but Timbrel Hogan is on a mission for her life… Beowulf—a hulky, brindle-coated bullmastiff—is the only “boy” for Timbrel Hogan. And she has a history to remind her why. But when Timbrel, a handler at A Breed Apart, embarks on a mission to detect WMDs in Afghanistan, she reunites with Tony “Candyman” VanAllen and her no-other-man philosophy is challenged. While tension mounts between Timbrel and Tony, the team comes under fire after Beowulf gets a “hit.” When tragedy threatens Tony’s career and Timbrel’s courage, they must maneuver through an intricate plot and a mission like no other. . . . In case you are not aware of how explosives work, you set a fuse which reaches the explosive and then it explodes. When it does explode it does a variety of damage and can kill or maim people or animals. I say this in sincerity I want to stay away from explosives as they are deadly. I cannot imagine my job to be hunting for explosives and to make sure they do not go off. So with this in mind I started reading “Beowulf: Explosives Detection Dog” already on the edge of my seat and Ms. Kendig did her level best to keep me there. This is a thriller as all the heroes lives, including Beowulf, are in great peril. On top of everything “Beowulf: Explosives Detection Dog” is also a romance. Nail biting suspense in a wonderful page turner that will keep you up late at night. I am sorry that this series is ending but the good news is another series from Ms. Kendig will be beginning! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Barbour Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
ibjoy1953 More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK I have really enjoyed Ronie Kendig’s A Breed Apart Series and I will miss the awesome stories of these unusual and amazing heroes! I enjoyed getting to know Candyman and Timbrel more in this book, and I especially loved getting to know Beowulf and following his journey of doing what he does so well! But the main focus for me in this book was the relationship between Candyman and Timbrel. There were so many differences and difficulties between these two, and I was rooting for them to finally find a way to get together. Before this series I had never heard stories about Military War Dogs, and each story has amazed me in what these animals and their handlers can do. And I really like that Ronie Kendig writes about soldiers that have returned home for various reasons, and what their life was like after returning home. And Ms. Kendig’s writes the stories so well, throughout this series, I really felt like I was reading about the lives of real people. After each book, I felt like I had a new set of friends. As you can see, I loved Beowulf and as well as Trinity and Talon. And if you enjoy military stories, suspense thrillers, or just plain good, clean fiction, you will enjoy Beowulf and the rest of this series. I received this book from the Barbour Books to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
I say this a lot when referring to Ms. Kendig's books, but it's worth repeating -- this was great. The main problem I had with Beowulf was that it ended. Not how it ended, but that it did. I wanted to keep reading, and reading, and reading. It's destined to be one of the better books released in 2014, well, until Raptor 6 releases because her books keep getting better and better. ***I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
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MarB1 More than 1 year ago
Timbrel Hogan is not the girl we thought she was. She has a secret past that will catch up with her in Ronie Kendig’s third and final book in the fabulous A Breed Apart Series—BEOWULF! Timbrel’s brindle-coated bullmastiff, Beowulf, is a huge dog—some call him ugly and mean—but he is the only ‘man’ Timbrel wants in her life. He is faithful and will protect her with all his might. Beo’s sniffer is trained to find bombs, drugs, and WMDs, but could it be possible that the dog is mistaken when no one can find the source for his ‘hit’? Tony VanAllen is part of a Special Forces team. He and Timbrel have worked together earlier in the previous books in this series—Trinity and Talon. In Beowulf they team up again and are sent on a dangerous mission to Afghanistan.  Tony really likes Timbrel and wants to be a part of her life, while she is trying to keep him at a distance. But if Timbrel is really honest with herself, she must admit she likes Tony’s attention. Throughout this story—that is filled with action, intrigue, and suspense—we get to know the real reason why Timbrel is such a difficult character that keeps men on a distance. Inside she is fighting a personal battle and Tony doesn’t make it any easier for her when he doesn’t give up on trying to win her heart. While growing closer to each other, tragedy strikes that will change the course of their lives. Both must find their new paths in life and learn to give God control of everything and trust Him above all. As always, Kendig writes a fantastic, fast-paced novel and honors the men and women in the military. She also creates awareness of how much soldiers give of themselves for the freedom and protection of their country. I really loved the characters! Although I didn’t like Timbrel so much in the previous books, I truly have learned to love her in this one. Beowulf made me giggle—he added a cute twist to the story. And Tony is an admirable character that will surely steal the hearts of the female reader. This was a great series—all books were worth five stars in my opinion, but I think Beowulf is my favorite of all. Highly recommended!
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
. Beowulf was another exciting novel by writer Ronie Kendig. She has produced several novels reflecting the courage and character of our men, women, and in this case, dogs who protect and serve our country. This was the story of Tony, a Green Beret, and Timbrel, a dog handler, and her dog Beowulf. They become involved in a terrorist plot that may transfer from Afghanistan to the shores of America. The story is very fast paced and difficult to put down as the reader is quite unsure how it will resolve itself. There are several side stories not least of them is the usefulness of dogs both in combat zones and as a service dogs to disabled veterans. In fact, the author gives information as to how readers can get involved with this program at the end of the book. The author also brings both disabled veterans and disabled active duty soldiers into the story. The book also follows the story of the making of a terrorist and how his personal tragedy leads him to follow the path of revenge. It follows the building of his terrorist following and his efforts to brainwash a young man in to his evil way of thinking. We see his merciless taking of lives and the plotting to take many more. To me, the most touching scenes were with a young Christian girl who had suffered much at the hands of Muslim fanatics and a young Muslim protégé. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest opinion.
Homesteading More than 1 year ago
Beowulf resounds with quintessential Kendig.  Packed with deep characterization, rich descriptions, and her trademark rapid-fire dialogue, once you start reading you won’t be able to stop. This military romantic suspense story is filled with delightful scenes between Tony ‘Candyman’ VanAllen and Timbrel Hogan. She wasn’t one of my favorite characters in the first two books of this series but I can honestly say that by the time I finished Beowulf, she endeared herself to me.  And of course Beowulf,  a huge Mastiff that never leaves her side, absolutely steals the show at times. The romance is subtle between the two and yet sizzles at the same time. But how is Tony going to convince Timbrel that he is serious about her with that hulk of a dog around?  Let me tell you, Tony is one determined man and nothing, not even a brute of a dog, is going to stop him. Whether you are snowed in or lounging on a beach, I can highly recommend this book along with the first two if you haven’t already read them. You’ll be hooked on Kendig. I appreciate the author and publisher sending me a copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received.
gjo50 More than 1 year ago
Third in a Fun, Interesting Series This is the third story about the dogs and people at a dog training facility that involves highly trained dogs, love, and military personnel. This book is a little different from the other two books in this series in that although some of this book takes place with the military overseas, a large portion occurs here in the states. I enjoyed the first two books, but this one seems a little more complex making it more enjoyable. The main characters have some family as well as personal problems that they have to work through while resolving the main story line. Since I am a dog lover and enjoy stories that include military people as well as a Christian, this book touched me on several interests. I recommend this for Christian dog lovers that enjoy a more complex romantic suspense story. I received an ARC from NetGalley.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
This novel is so much better than I imagined it to be! I do not typically read action novels that include active military maneuvers, which is why I erringly bypassed Ronie Kendig’s novels in the past. In a style known as “Rapid Fire Fiction”, Ronie Kendig’s book, Beowulf, is nearly impossible to put down. I immediately adored Beowulf, a 120# bull mastiff Military War Dog who was trained to detect Weapons of Mass Destruction. Timbrel Hogan, former military, was Beowulf’s handler. Tony VanAllen, Green Beret, led the special mission into Afghanistan that included Timbrel and Beowulf, while his heart led him toward Timbrel. Wounded and betrayed in the past, Timbrel guarded her heart as closely as Beowulf guarded her. With only limited knowledge of Service Dogs, I have been impressed with their love, loyalty, and work as they assist those with various physical needs. I knew far less of what Military War Dogs do. This book has shown me the necessity and seriousness of their work. God works in our hearts through the animals He puts in our lives – whether they are service animals or pets who seemingly choose us as their owners. Beowulf is a comparably small, earthly example of God’s outrageous, selfless love as the dog is always with Timbrel, looking to protect her and love her as no human ever has. From deep within her wounded heart, Timbrel loves Beowulf as she has loved no human – a love and trust that shows what is in her heart that can be redirected to the Lord. A timbrel is a musical instrument that was used in the early worship lives of the Israelites; it is fashioned similar to today’s tambourine, which is used in many worship services today. Timbrel Hogan’s work is that of a finely tuned instrument as her life becomes a beautiful offering to the Lord. Ronie Kendig has designed an intricately-plotted novel that includes battles, injuries, loss of life and limb, and even quiet demonstrations of gentle faith (Psalm 91) to show what the Lord can do through the characters. Will Tony and Timbrel continue to hide behind their family secrets that they use to keep them from serious relational commitments? Will they grow closer to the Lord through these times or further away when nothing makes sense? Can they learn to trust each other after serious life changes, at least enough to go through one more incredibly dangerous mission that has been building through the background of the novel? This breathtaking, high-energy novel is worth every heart-pounding moment of lost sleep until you have finished reading it – absolutely highly recommended! I won a copy of this book through Goodreads. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this honest review.
SarahsReading More than 1 year ago
‘Beowulf’ certainly didn’t leave me wanting.  In fact, Beowulf had an intenseness that I didn’t really expect.  Now, with a title like ‘Rapid-fire fiction’, you can be assured that it’s going to be fast paced and ‘Beowulf’ is no exception.  This story also puts the reader into the inner-workings of a terrorist cell. I found this to be quite a different story from the others in this series.  Each story in this trilogy deals with war, but this one impacted me more with this point of view.  I was fascinated and saddened at the same time.  I can’t imagine how hard this point-of-view must have been to write. The main characters are awesome!  This is no surprise to you if you’ve ever read a Ronie Kendig book before.  Tony is an amazing hero.  I’ve been a huge fan of Tony ‘Candyman’ VanAllan since he first appeared with his swagger and taunted Timbrel.  Timbrel Hogan is a strong, tough woman.  She needs no one and nothing except her explosives detection dog, Beowulf.  Timbrel, who seems beyond strong, is so soft for this dog of hers.  She lets no-one in to her space except Beowulf.  Tony isn’t one to give up easily, and is up to the fight or so he thinks.  Both dog and handler seem to want nothing to do with Tony. Can he get past Timbrel’s defences and, harder yet, Beowulf? Timbrel and Tony have to work together in spite of the tension between the two of them.  There is much more at stake than Timbrel’s pride and Tony’s attraction.  A search leads to failure but Timbrel is behind Beowulf and knows something more is going on.  Tony is hit with something that threatens all that he is and Timbrel is desperate to prove both herself and Beowulf.  Will they both be able to see past themselves to what they need to do and what God has in mind for them? ‘Beowulf’ is a fast-paced, adrenaline ride! He will draw you in with the first bark and he will not release you until the final page, and then you’ll be begging for more! If you’ve read the first two in the series ‘Trinity’ and ‘Talon’ then you need to pick this one up! If not, you can start here and then I know you’ll want to read the first two! Ronie Kendig knows how to write!  Boy, is that an understatement!  You can almost feel the sweat drip down your neck as you scour buildings in Afghanistan and feel the numbing cold of mountain passes. Once you go Rapid-Fire Fiction, you’ll never look back!
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Having read Talon (A Breed Apart #2) last year, I have been anxiously awaiting the next book in the series, Beowulf. This book can definitely stand alone if you have not read the other two books in the series. However, since I have read Talon, I was really anticipating this story that covers the relationship of Timbrel and Candyman. Beowulf is definitely not a lighthearted romance! This is a hard-hitting, action packed adventure from page one! There are moments of humor, romance, fear, hurt, anger, and many other emotions that make for an extremely believable story. I really enjoyed the main characters. Tony, “Candyman”, is in love with “Timbrel”. He has been for a while now, but she just won’t let him close. It doesn’t take long to realize that this is one traumatized woman. Will she ever be able to trust again? And the action in this book is great. Just like in Talon, we switch back and forth in the book between seeing what the “good guys” are up to and what the “bad guys” are doing. When I start military-themed books, it always takes me a couple of chapters to get into the hang of understanding military jargon. This is just a shortcoming that I have! Nothing wrong with the book at all. Once I got going, though, I had trouble setting this book down. I constantly wanted to know what would happen next. All of the characters in Beowulf just seemed so real. The author did a great job of creating all of the personalities, including those of the dogs. Looking toward this book’s release, I felt that this was going to be a very good book with a great storyline between Tony and Timbrel, but it truly exceeded my expectations. (5 stars) I was blessed to win a copy of Beowulf in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway and was not required to write a review, but happily do so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ronie Kendig has knocked it out of the park again with her third book in her working dog series. Gritty, hard hitting, dangerous real to life moments that drag you along on this roller coaster ride of emotions. The author puts depth into her characters so you feel right along with them. There are heart breaking moments, joyous moments and times where you are on the edge of your seat.  You have the tough-as-nails female dog handler and the hunky confident special ops military man.  This is their story of overcoming their past with the help of trusting God through it all.  And it's not done easily at all - including life changing circumstances.  She also puts in the perspective of the opposite side - so you know the inner workings of the danger that is out there and our real life military is working with.   This wonderful story of danger and intrigue - including a slobbery, monstrous working dog - will strike your heart and challenge you in trusting your every moment to God.  I highly recommend EVERY book by Ronie Kendig. 
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The best of the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait for Beowulf: Explosives Detection Dog to come out but was also wondering how it could ever be as good as Trinity and Talon. I knew it would be an awesome book because it was written by Ronie Kendig. Not one of her books is even mediocre, they are all great, but to top her previous books was not possible! Well, I was wrong. Beowulf was the best of the A Breed Apart series. Candyman was a favorite of mine in the previous books, so I was excited to see where his story with Timbrel would go. I have to say, this book takes you on an emotional ride. It's not too often a book will bring a tear to my eye, but this one did. You can NOT read Ronie Kendig books and go away without feeling a deeper sense of pride and respect for our Military. I knew nothing about the Military Working Dogs before reading A Breed Apart series. These dogs are a huge asset to our country and need to be recognized for their work! I highly recommend these books to everyone and I'm impatiently waiting for May when Raptor 6 from The Quiet Professionals arrives
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Typical Ronie Kendig nail-biter winner! This book will keep you flipping pages late into the night! Timbrel Hogan and Tony "Candyman" VanAllen's story has been one that I have been anticipating since book one. I was not disappointed! Tony and Timbrel are both relentless when it comes to their relationship; Tony not taking no for an answer (even after she called the cops on him!), and Timbrel stubbornly refusing to let him in. Their relationship takes on a new level in this book when they are thrown together once again on a mission. Beowulf- a big, mean, drooling bullmastiff- is the only "boy" Timbrel wants in her life; and he seems to agree, fiercely protecting her from any potential suitor. With his special training in chemical weapon detection, Beo is called to sniff out bombs in Afghanistan, and stumbles across something deadly. This book will have you laughing, crying, and hanging in suspense at its twisting and heart-wrenching plot. So get some coffee, a warm blanket, and snuggle up and settle in for an edge-of-your-seat kind of experience!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're after a lighthearted read to carry you off to pleasant places, don't read this book! If you don't want to have vivid mental pictures and hardhitting action, don't read this book! "Beowulf, Explosives Detection Dog" is the third in Kendig's "A Breed Apart" series, which honors the dogs who serve our military in different ways. It's hard to believe that Ronie hasn't been in the service herself with her fast-moving, tense writing about the members of ODA452, which is a Special Forces military team, and their participation in combat with the dogs and handlers from A Breed Apart Ranch, which trains military dogs. "Beowulf" focuses on Timbrel, Beo's trainer/handler, and "Candyman" Tony James VanAllen. Their story is told with honesty and gut-wrenching emotion. After just two chapters, I was entwined into their lives and story and following every twist and turn of the fast-moving plot and tense action scenes. Again, it's hard to believe that the author doesn't have military experience, as she touchingly deals with the sensitive subject of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the havoc that it can play on families who care for and live with the brave soldiers whodeal with this malady. But don't think that she spouts all of the traditional platitudes that dismiss the real heartbreak that comes with PTSD. One thing that I really loved about this book is the way that the author brings humor and playfulness into a hard, biting, real story, that you just KNOW could be playing out somewhere in the world today, despite the fact that this is a fictional story. And being a Christian myself, I love how Kendig winds the saving love of God into the lives of her characters in a way that mirrors every Christian's daily battle with self, and every seeker's journey towards Christ.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another amazing read by Ronie Kendig! Draws you in from the first two pages and never leaves you disappointed! absolutely her best yet!! What I pulled out of this book was - a story of over coming you past, fears, learning to trust and forgive all the while trusting and drawing closer to God. Just simply can not wait for her next outstanding book! Thank U Ronie for such amazing reads while bringing our military men and women & four legged soldiers to the forefront of our minds to pray for them daily...
MarjiLaine More than 1 year ago
Riveting - Passionate - Engaging I have come to count on Ronie Kendig for intense action, fierce romance, realistic characters, and honor to our military through her novels. But Beowulf took my expectations to a new level. From the moment this story begins during an investigation for weapons of mass destruction by Beowulf, a bull mastiff full of attitude, this story grabs a reader and refuses to release. Kendig has a mastery of timing that grips through the most intense parts of the action. The words romance, affection, or compassion just aren't strong enough to display the friction and attraction between the two main characters. Tony "Candyman" VanAllen has growing feelings for the huge dog's spitfire handler, Timbrel Hogan. She flits through his mind constantly as he struggles to keep his mind on his work, a dangerous situation in his military career. Timbrel hates men as much as her dog does, snapping at Tony with caustic words while Beowulf threatens his hands. But the stubborn, persistent Green Beret, who insists she call him by his given name, breaks down the walls she's built. The chemistry between these two is palpable! Tony and Timbrel and the rest of the crew aren't just characters. They're deeply researched members of teams that likely exist within our military today. They have backgrounds, warts, and hangups with which any reader can empathize. And because of the way Kendig peopled her story, a reader doesn't stand outside and observe. The reader is part of the battle, wearing the skin of the different characters, firmly ensconced within the contours of the written page. Anyone enjoying the tingle of suspense, adventure, or romance, especially with an attitude of faith in Christ, will love this book.