After nearly 20 years serving in the Marine Corps, Captain Kramer thought he'd been prepared for anything life had to throw him. He returns from deployment to Afghanistan with a new dog, Shadow. The ugly sport of dogfighting was one experience Kramer wanted to leave behind but back in Oceanside, California he and Shadow are drawn into a struggle to oust local gangs involved in the bloody sport. Kramer and Shadow's activities capture the attention of the FBI who quickly enlist their help in an operation to bring down a major crime lord based in Florida. Captain Kramer, USMC and Corporal Shadow, USMC
soon find themselves in their deadliest fight ever.
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About the Author
Originally from Sydney, Australia, Smith now resides with his wife, two border collies and one cat in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Your enjoyment of this book will vary depending on your feelings about dogs. I struggled with the first few chapters which I found cheesy and sentimental but that may be because I have never kept a pet; it could be that they reflect the real affection that an owner can have for their dogs. Once the main story got under way I found the relationship more palatable and the book a little easier to read. 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.
This story begins when an animal loving U. S. Marine adopts an Anatolian Shepherd puppy while at war in Afghanistan. After both recovered from injuries of war, and on leave in the states, they pursue the task to eradicate the area of dog fighting. The FBI and local law enforcement combine forces with the Marine and his dog to take down a notorious crime lord and his dog fighters. While the overall story has merit, some of the scenes described are gruesome, and nauseating. A shout of caution to those with a weak stomach.