The US Marine Corps says Austin Courtland is dead, but his twin sister Aspen does not believe it. Since his disappearance Aspen has been working with her brother’s combat tracking dog Talon who is suffering from PTSD. No one seems to believe her until Dane Markoski comes forward with new information and she contacts him.
Dane was hoping to enlist Aspen and Talon’s help in finding Austin, but he did not know she was a woman, and he swore he would never work with a woman. Will they be able to work together, and has Talon recovered enough to help find Austin? Find out in Talon: Combat Tracking Team book two of “A Breed Apart” series by Ronie Kendig.
I liked this book but I was a bit disappointed with it. When I read the description I thought it would be an interesting story with lots of action. While I was right on both points, I did not feel like both truly happened until towards the end.
Kendig gives a lot of backstory throughout most of the book which all comes to an exciting climax at the end. However, I think she tried to cram too much story into one book, and I felt a bit lost and confused until near the end. The story is good, but it would have made a better series than a single book. If you can navigate the first two thirds of the book the ending is well worth the read, and comes close to making up for the muddled beginning.
Truth is a major theme in this book. Dane has a lot of secrets in his life, and is afraid of revealing too much about himself and his past. While these feelings are somewhat justified, in the end the truth is the only thing that can save him.
On the whole this is an interesting book if you can get past to the end and not be bogged down and confused in the beginning. I give it four out of five stars.
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