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    Kept me spellbound!

    I just finished reading War Hawk, the second Tucker Wayne novel collaboration between New York Times best selling authors, James Rollins and Grant Blackwood. I grew up an Air Force 'brat' (from birth to the age of 16) so I'll admit, I am partial to all things military. I have enjoyed reading books by both of these authors separately and have found their collaborations to show a seamless integration of both their writing styles. Each man is extremely proficient in his areas of expertise. Grant, with his military/action/adventure background and Jim, with his historical/adventure/science knowledge. Their words are so beautifully blended that it is hard to tell where one man stopped writing and the next man started. These two 'Wizards of Words' adeptly maintain the suspense and take us on an engrossing odyssey into the world of drones, be they privately manufactured or by the military, that literally scares the bejesus out of me! We first encountered former Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his MWD (military war dog) Kane in the stand alone novel The Kill Switch (actual first introduction was the Sigma Force novel Bloodline, 2012). Globe-trotting across Russia, Istanbul, South Africa and the United States, Tucker and Kane worked in tandem to stay one step ahead of villainous enemies in order to stop an apocalyptic biological threat inflicted on the world. In this new release, War Hawk, we are reunited with Tucker and Kane as they are enlisted to help an army colleague from their past, unknowing that their involvement will unleash a torrent of mystery, intrigue and the revealing of decades old secrets. Join Tucker and Kane as they chase down a diabolically evil man. This mission also dredges up an old physiological issue Tucker has over the combat related death of Kane's military partner and litter mate, Abel (briefly mentioned in the first novel, The Kill Switch). Journey through time, from the days of World War II up to the present, and follow in the footsteps of Alan Turing and witness the fruition of this remarkable mathematician's mind. Myself being a dog lover, I was especially intrigued by the relationship between Tucker and Kane that was portrayed in these novels. It is amazing how co-ordinated a man and dog can become, to the point of appearing as one entity when at work in the field. Another aspect that really piqued my interest was reading passages in these books from the dog's point of view. How perfect the world would be if dogs could talk. Who better to express what a dog is thinking than a veterinarian! Most animal lovers would agree that a special bond does exist between owner and pet (be it dog, cat, bird or turtle) to the point that owners 'understand' what their pet is thinking simply by looking in the animal's eyes or reading their body language. With Rollins being a 'semi-retired' veterinarian and professed dog-lover, he was able to give a convincing and believable voice to Kane. I enjoyed being able to see the 'dog' side of Kane as opposed to the well disciplined 'soldier' side. Although MWD's are highly trained animals, they still like to play. Dogs have been used in warfare since the Civil War through Viet Nam (I even believe they have been used in wartime service since Ancient Egyptian times) and especially into Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan. I throughly enjoyed this book. Military working dogs and their handlers have become so much a part of our lives in the civilian world, due to novels like these. They are the unsung heroes. These 'teams' have saved countless number of lives. Hopefully, these books, by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood, will help educate the general public to see how vitally important their roles are in our lives. I literally could not put this book down. It was like the dust jacket was infused with glue that was activated by the heat emanating from my hands as I clutched the book with unbridled anticipation. You will spend the majority of your time sitting on the edge of your seat, holding your breath and gritting your teeth! If you are a dog lover, it will also bring a tear to your eye while reading about Abel and the debilitating effects of Tucker's 'moral injury'. All this suspense and intrigue is lightly salted with intermittent lines of comedy. Just enough to allow you to catch your breath and carry on reading. I also found another reason for Tucker's character to be my favorite - he eats fried bologna sandwiches! I grew up (military budget) on fried bologna sandwiches! I love fried bologna sandwiches! Upon completion of this book, every unknown buzzing sound you hear after stepping outside will have you searching the skies for drones. If you spot one - run and hide!
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    War hawk

    Held my interest until the end . Full of suspense .absolutely love the characters Tucker & his dog Kane looking forward to my next read by James Rollins
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    Fast paced,exciting,clear use of technology,excellent incorporation of the dog Kane.An excellent novel.
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    A fantastic thriller

    I know dogs are used extensively in military and police units, but I don’t know much about how those partnerships work. I was intrigued when I read the synopsis for War Hawk and saw an opportunity to learn more about these unique partnerships between handlers and their dogs. The bonus here is a fantastic adventure by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood. Tucker and Kane must traverse the world, working against time to stop media mogul Pruitt Kellerman from sparking a war for personal gain. Non-stop action through swampland in the South, the islands of the Caribbean and the mountains of eastern Europe provide the opportunity for unique fight scenes that will keep you turning the pages. I loved the interaction between all of the characters, but especially enjoyed how Kane and Tucker work together seamlessly and trust in each other without reservation. War Hawk is Book 2 of the Tucker Wayne series, but is easy to follow if you haven’t read this series from the beginning. As soon as I finished it, I downloaded the Sigma Force book, Blood Line, where Tucker and Kane are first introduced – I can’t wait to go back and read their story from the very beginning. When you finish War Hawk, keep reading for the Author’s Notes at the end. Interesting information is included, and reading recommendations made, to learn more about war dogs, PTSD and the use of drones in modern warfare.
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    Good read

    Any book where an intelligent dog is involved, along with action, good character building and a reasonable dose of romance is book worth reading. I look forward to Mr. Blackwoods next novel [with the dog Kane involved].
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