Talon: Combat Tracking Team (Breed Apart Series #2)

Talon: Combat Tracking Team (Breed Apart Series #2)

by Ronie Kendig

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BN ID: 2940158758980
Publisher: Task Force Press
Publication date: 06/29/2017
Series: Breed Apart Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 598,511
File size: 731 KB

About the Author

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author of over fifteen novels. She grew up an Army brat, and now she and her Army-veteran husband have an adventurous life in Northern Virginia with their children and a retired military working dog, VVolt N629. Ronie's degree in Psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters.

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Talon: Combat Tracking Team 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
Just as I thought, Talon: Combat Tracking Team, the second book in the A Breed Apart series by Ronie Kendig, was just as good as the first; maybe a little better since she delved into a story that was first introduced in Trinity: Military War Dog, so I already was familiar with and liked the characters in this book. In Talon, we are reintroduced to Aspen who has been working with Talon, her brother Austin’s dog for two years after he went MIA. Without giving anything away, there are many twists, turns, and surprises amidst a ton of action packed suspense in Ms. Kendig’s books. She has the ability to tell a great story for people who love military action all while weaving a spiritual truth subtly throughout. I was captured by the storyline and it definitely kept me turning the pages until all the questions were answered, and the ending was absolutely wonderful, in my opinion. However, once again, Ms. Kendig did a great job setting up the reader for the next book in the series, Beowulf: Explosives Detection Dog, which will be out in January 2014. As with the first book, Ms. Kendig highlights a real military hero at the back of the book, along with his dog. I love this part as it shows me what our men and women go through in order to keep our country safe. And for that, I thank Ms. Kendig for exemplifying one person to remind us to give thanks to all military persons, all branches, for the comforts and time with family they willingly sacrifice on a daily basis for the rest of us. So many of us are effected by either knowing someone in our family or a friend who is serving in the military. This series, although fiction, is a great opportunity to see firsthand some of the issues that our military face. Thank you, Ms. Kendig for not only entertaining us with a great storyline, but reminding us what we truly have to be thankful for.
More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
In Trinity we were introduced to Talon and Aspen. Talon is experiencing PSTD and is their only hope of finding Austin; Apen's twin who has been missing. Enter super spy Dane, who is determined to find Austin; but needs Talon to do so even if it means manipulating Aspen. You know the flashbacks of Dane's past are going to be important to his character and maybe his future. Aspen is your girl next door with enough determination to find her twin brother. Sparks continue to fly between Candyman and Kimbrel who have active scenes in Talon -- I cannot wait for their story in Beowolf! If you want more details, I included lines from some of my favorite scenes in my blog on More Than a Review. Bottom line - the book is well worth it! Ronie has once again created a series that keeps you on the edge of your seat rooting for our heroes both human and canine throughout the entire ride. WOOF I received a copy through Netgalley for an honest review.
KayMKM More than 1 year ago
Talon: Combat Tracking Team is a really exciting book, the second one in A Breed Apart trilogy. I am glad the books are connected and the main cast of characters are in all the books. I think this feature adds depth and layers to the series and draws the reader more deeply into each subsequent book. The plot is intriguing and pulls the story along at a very fast pace. The characters generally fit their parts and I especially like the hero and heroine, Dane and Aspen. I enjoyed the slight romantic thread. I think it adds great tension to the story and is very realistic. The backstory woven into the novel takes it to a much higher plane than the average suspense novel, and gives Talon strength and complexity. I had a slight bit of difficulty following the action and dialogue in a couple of places, but overall it is a top-notch read. If you like military, spy novels or novels that include dogs as main characters, I think you will enjoy this book.
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debhgrty More than 1 year ago
“Her brother is missing, and her only chance of finding him lies with a combat dog that has lost his edge.” TalonAspen is sure her twin still lives – she would have known if he was dead. But her brother’s tracking dog, Talon, suffers from P.T.S.D. and quivers at the slightest noise. She’s about to go to her brother’s last known location by herself, with Talon along hopefully to help and not to tuck tail under and hide. As she’s readying for the trip, help appears from an unexpected quarter. Dane Markoski, a puzzling and enigmatic military intelligence agent, also wants to find Austin – he’s never lost an operative. He appears by “chance” to help Aspen, but he really only wants Talon – he’d never work with a woman. Should she trust the shadowy Dane? Is he friend – or foe? With them both putting misgivings aside, they finally join forces, but can be successful only if Talon can rise to his old state of competence. Full of twists and turns, this tale of a tail will have you troubled one moment and touched the next. Talon, the second of three novels in Ronie Kendig’s series on Military War Dogs, is as much a winner s the first, Trinity, was. Her third, Beowulf, will release soon. If you like action, adventure, romance, and most of all, dogs, you’ll want to buy the series. Ronie is one of my fave authors and will become one of yours, too, I’m certain.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
I had been dying to read Talon, the second book of the "A Breed Apart" series, knowing it was going to be a great book! I was not disappointed! If you've read any of Ronie Kendigs' books, you know that they are hard to put down. This one was no different, I found myself reading at stop lights and while walking through the grocery store (not recommended lol). Kendig is not only super talented with words, but she does the research and knows her stuff. In this book you not only learn about the main characters present but also about their past. She gives you insights to why they act the way they do. I could not help but fall in love with them, and be rooting for them the whole time. If you like action, this book has plenty of it. I was on the edge of my seat dying to know what was going to happen next. Kendig also throws in plenty of suspense and just the right amount or romance. Get this book! You will not regret it! As a matter of fact, you better just buy the whole series... Trinity was awesome and I know Beowulf is going to be too. I have Beowulf sitting right here, and it's calling my name! :)
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
TALON: COMBAT TRACKING TEAM by Ronie Kendig is an exciting Romantic Suspense. #2 in the "A Breed Apart" series, see, "Trinity",but can be read as a stand alone. Another action packed series by this talented author. Filled with tension,traveling through foreign cities, exotic ports,unsung heroes, Military combat canines,faith,forgiveness,passion and the power of love. Talon, must muster his courage to help is handler's sister,Aspen, find her missing twin brother,Austin....Enter the sexy Dane. Together, they must find her brother,when you add in a spy or two, a kidnapping, a blast or two and you have an action packed story! Ms. Kendig is a true Military romance writer who lends her expertise to creating an exciting plot, filled with action and adventure. Her characters are heroes to be sure, they are engaging and realistic. What not to enjoy about a fast paced story. While, "Talon" is a Christian title, please do not let this slow you down or deter you from reading this amazing title. You will not regret the time to read this story. A must read! Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: SWEET REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Mary-Bell-Foster More than 1 year ago
Talon; by: Ronie Kendig Aspen needs to find her brother. Austin was lost in Afghanistan eight months ago. Aspen doesn’t buy the notice from Marine HQ that he’s dead. No way. She’d know. But, what can she do? Dane has sworn he will never work with a woman again. It costs too much. He’s tired of being told by his superiors what to do and how to do it, where to go, and when. But quitting is no option right now. They own him. Talon is suffering. PTSD has taken its toll on the once top MWD. Aspen has given him a home and the space he needs to recover. Perhaps he can help her find Austin. Is he healed enough to handle going back? Walking into danger is what she chooses for herself and Talon. Is she asking too much? Is she risking too much? And where exactly is God in all of this? Ronie Kendig’s story, Talon will keep you on the edge of your seat, turning pages as quickly as you can read them. Ms. Kendig has a way of weaving a story together that lets you into the deepest part of the character’s lives while keeping the adrenaline pumping. If you enjoy drama, action, mystery or all of the above you’ll love this book. Talon By: Ronie Kendig US $12.99 ISBN 978-1-61626-601-1 Reviewed by: Mary Bell Foster
granddame More than 1 year ago
Just what I was looking for! Great story. High-packed action. Couldn't put it down. Sad to see it end. But set up for the next in a series. Plenty of bad language, violence, if you like that sort of thing, but it was all impled. Something you'd be willing to hand off to your grandmother. Hey, what am I saying?! I am your grandmother!
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Aspen is a young woman on a quest to find her brother, Austin, who has been declared legally dead by the military. Dane is a man that no one really knows much about. As we read, we see that he has some real strange flashbacks from his childhood. We also know that he doesn't want to hurt Aspen, but feels that he inevitably will, and is trying to help her locate her brother. In order to determine if Austin is really still alive, the combat tracking dog, Talon, needs to be on the team and as Aspen is his new handler, she is on the team, too. I have to admit that for the first quarter of this book, I was lost! I realized that the jumping back and forth between past and present and combat and childhood was the author's plan, but it did confuse me. However, I will say that I stuck with the story and I am glad that I did. I finally started piecing things together and figured out a bit of what was going on. The author slowly revealed more and more about Dane and who he was, while also developing the feelings that he and Aspen were beginning to have for each other. After I got about halfway through this book, I absolutely loved it. The storyline was complex and the author did a great job of weaving a lot of tension into it. I am now excitedly looking forward to the third book in the series that will be releasing soon. The upcoming book will cover the story of Timbrel and Candyman. That is going to be one good story! I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given.
amb32 More than 1 year ago
Non-stop action and sizzling chemistry best describe the experience of reading Talon! The suspense scenes make your heart beat faster, and I'm not quite sure how once again Kendig is able to create such intense chemistry between her hero and heroine. She describes how the characters simply look at each other with skill, so that you feel like you are actually there watching their romance develop in person. Yet, the book is not just about a romance relationship. Kendig has definitely researched her topic, and her knowledge of military practices really enhance the suspense scenes, and the plot is interesting and keeps the reader turning page after page. Just like with Trinity, the first book in this series, I was drawn in by the idea of a war dog being one of the main characters. This is the first series I've ever read that uses that particular theme. Thanks again to Ronie Kendig for creating a memorable, enjoyable read!
GodBlessAmericaJB More than 1 year ago
Talon by Ronie Kendig is packed full of adventure. This is a new genre and author for me, but I will be reading more by this author. First up will be Trinity, book #1 in the A Breed Apart Series, which introduces the reader to the world of military war dogs. The suspense, romance and danger kept me reading long after I should have been asleep. With the unforgettable characters of Cardinal, Aspen and the "star" of the book Talon, this is a book and series for men as well as women and sure the please both. I give Talon a 5++ rating. I received this book from Net Galley and Barbour Publishing for my honest review and was not paid in any way for the review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book that was hard to put down.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Ronie Kendig, in her new book, "Talon: Combat Tracking Team" Book Two in the A Breed Apart series published by Barbour Publishing takes us on a thrilling adventure with Aspen Courtland and her military war dog, Talon. From the back cover: Her brother is missing. And her only chance of finding him lies with a combat dog that has lost his edge. All Air Force veteran Aspen Courtland wants is her brother back. The US Marine Corps says he's dead, but Aspen won't believe it till she sees his body. Her only hope is her brother's tracking dog, Talon, but a brutal attack has left the dog afraid of his own shadow. The truth is something Military Intelligence Operative Dane Markoski has never faced. But now it's the only thing, along with Talon's help, that can save him. But working with Talon means teaming up with Aspen as well, and Dane swore he'd never work a woman. Eventually they join forces to battle the elements and extremists. But if Talon can't rise up to his former glory for one last mission, the only outcome for all three will be game over. The A Breed Apart series just keeps getting better. I thought the first book was exciting wow, this book is even more so. I think that this is Ms. Kendig's best book yet. Get ready for a high-speed adventure that involves a rescue mission in enemy territory. This is a thriller as all the heroes lives, including Talon, are in great peril. On top of everything "Talon: Combat Tracking Team" is also a romance. Nail biting suspense, rugged enemy territory and a dog that may not be up to the mission all combine to create a wonderful page turner that will keep you up late at night. I think you are really going to enjoy this one. And I am looking forward to the next book in this series with enthusiasm. Well Done! If you missed the interview for "Nightshade", of the previous series, and would like to listen to it and/or interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. 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."
gjo50 More than 1 year ago
Less Romance, more Suspense Though Talon is still, basically, Christian romantic suspense, it is heavier on the suspense than the romance. The characters spend more time attempting to unravel the mystery, and the Talon’s skills are less of a priority. The story has several plot lines running throughout giving the story a full and interesting feel. This is definitely a book that has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end. I will admit that I love dogs, and the efforts of the Military War Dogs and their handlers fascinates me, but I don’t think I’m too prejudiced. I enjoyed the book very much. If you prefer your books to be heavy on the suspense, with a twist of romance, you will enjoy Talon.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
Book 2 in The Breed Apart series is just another example of Ronie's devotion to our military. While I recommend reading Trinity (book 1) because it's good, Talon can be read as a stand-alone. Ronie is now on my short list of favorite authors. I read Talon in one day. I couldn't not. I wasn't feeling well, so I had a good excuse to stay in bed and devour this novel, and devour it I did, stopping only for the absolute necessities. Talon is another outstanding book full of suspense, danger, and love. I can hardly wait for Beowulf. January is so far away. :) ***I received this book from the author/publisher for purposes of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
Mocha_with_Linda More than 1 year ago
Whew! Since Ronie Kendig burst onto the scene a few years ago with her first Rapid-Fire Fiction military suspense novel, Christian fiction hasn't been the same. And that's a very good thing! The second book of her A Breed Apart series (I reviewed the first book, Trinity here), Talon, is a boots-to-the-pavement, no-holds-barred adventure that will fully engage your senses and leave you breathless. While plenty of adrenaline-laced, heart-stopping action with grenades and bullets flying will satisfy the most ardent fans of military fiction, lovers of intricate plots and masterful character portrayals will be equally captivated by the many layers of intrigue, suspense, and even romance. An expert wordsmith, Kendig's keen abilities to depict the many elements of a scene (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual) while maintaining the rapid-fire pace made this book impossible to put down. Dane and Aspen are both stars in their own right in this novel, but the real hero is Talon, as Kendig's quest to honor the often unknown and unsung heroes of our miltary forces shines the spotlight on this incredible military working dog. I don't even like dogs but Ronie Kendig has made me a fan of Talon! This is her best novel yet, which is quite an accomplishment considering the awards she's received for her previous books. I predict this will be another award-winner; don't miss it! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from Ronie Kendig and Barbour Books. 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.”
Susan21 More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical to read this series about combat dogs, but it was Ronie, so I had to give it a try. Now I'm sad I waited until book two and cannot wait to get my hands on Trinity--not to mention I'm counting down the days until Beowolf comes out.   As usual, Ronie delivers her trademark Rapid-Fire-Fiction with a punch. With great intrigue she kept me guessing on who I could trust, all the while delivering romantic tension between the two leads, both aspects keeping me flipping pages eagerly. If you've been waiting to dig into this series, wait no longer! Pick up Talon today!
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MaryAnnF More than 1 year ago
One thing that tells what I think of Ronie's books is that I purchased Talon. I rely primarily on the library, but just didn't want to wait to read this installment of her A Breed Apart series. I wasn't disappointed. We had met Apsen and Talon in Trinity, both have been through a lot with the disappearance/death of Aspen's twin Austin. Aspen just can't accept how the disappearance was handled and believes he may still be alive, if she can just find a way to look for him. This is when Dane enters the picture. He provides a way, but her best friend Timbrel doesn't trust him. There seen to be to many secrets. You want and need to keep reading to see why he and things are. It was a fantastic read and based on the interactions between Timbrel and Candyman I look forward to their story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Talon: Combat Tracking Team was great, just like Trinity. It had all the things that make a good story (at least according to me): action, adventure, romance, suspense and comedy. It was fun getting to know Talon and Aspen better along with Timbrel and Candyman (can't wait for their story). I liked how Ronie developed Talon and Aspen's relationship and managed to incorporate Dane into that group as well. The story pulled me in and held me right up until the last page. I for one highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hehehe that's me on Xmas. I'll just keep eating til my sis tells me to stop eating sugar or I'll go insane. XD