I laughed, I cried and I learned.
A decade ago, Special Forces warrior Jason Morgan parachuted into the Central American jungle on an anti-narcotics raid. He regained consciousness in a US military hospital with no memory of how he’d gotten there. The first words he heard were his surgeon telling him he would never walk again. At a very dark, very low point, Morgan found light: Napal, the black Labrador who would change his life forever.
The first few chapters are alternating – you hear about Jason’s accident and recovery, and you also hear from Jim and his experience training Napal for service. Once Jason is given Napal, the story switches strictly to that of Jason only and his continued recovery with Napal by his side.
As with other books about our nation’s military, I always learn something and walk away with much respect for what they endure. I not only learned more about the military but I learned about CCI (Canine Companions for Independence). It was interesting to see the time and money that is put in to training these dogs. I’ve never heard of the program before but I am so glad that it exists. What an awesome way to give back to those that are hurting!
My one issue with the book was that it was disjointed and didn’t flow. This caused me too be unclear about the passage of time and made it difficult for this reader to keep the timeline straight. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! A Dog Called Hope did not end how I thought it would end. Surprises are always good, right? I won’t say anything else for fear of spoiling the story, but I encourage you to grab your copy today! Laugh, cry and learn with me.
I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley.
Rating: 4 stars
Title: A Dog Called Hope: A Wounded Warrior and the Service Dog Who Saved Him
Author: Jason Morgan and Damien Lewis
Release Date: May 16, 2017