Lone Survivor meets Marley & Me in this “inspiring and very moving” (Bear Grylls, host of the hit TV show Man vs. Wild) memoir of an extraordinary service dog whose enduring love brought a wounded soldier back to life.
A decade ago, special forces warrior Jason Morgan parachuted into the Central American jungle on an antinarcotics raid. He’d served with the famous Night Stalkers on countless such missions. This one was different. Months later, he regained consciousness in a U.S. military hospital with no memory of how he’d gotten there. The first words he heard were from his surgeon telling him he would never walk again. The determined soldier responded, “Sir, yes, I will.”
After multiple surgeries, unbearable chronic pain, and numerous setbacks, Morgan was finally making progress when his wife left him and their three young sons. He was a single father confined to a wheelchair and tortured by his pain. At this very dark, very low point, Morgan found light: Napal, the black Labrador who would change his life forever.
A Dog Called Hope is the incredible story of a service dog who brought a devastated warrior back from the brink and taught him how to be a true father. It is the story of Napal, who built bridges between his wheelchair-bound battle buddy and the rest of able-bodied humankind. It is the story of Jason, who found life’s true meaning with the help of his faithful companion. Humorous, intensely moving, and uplifting, Jason and Napal’s heartwarming tale will brighten any day and lift every heart.
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Best I have read in sometime!
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
First, I must tell the reader, this is a 2 Kleenex box novel. Character driven and emotionally charged from the first pages, the reader's sucked into a world of endless pain as Jason holds on to hope by his finger nails. If you can read the story of this magnificent dedicated warrior brought low without tears in your eyes, nothing will ever make you cry. Secondly, Morgan and Lewis captured the devastation of a severely wounded body, the raw emotions, and the affect on the family unit.
Telling the story from the view-point of veteran Jason, and Jim who raised Napal, gave the reader a look into the mechanics of how the service dog foundations operate. As well as, how closely knit the people are with each other and their charges. I did not realize the time, effort, or countless hours which go into raising each service dog at a final cost of $50,000.00. Nor did I realize how many of our wounded and others need these dogs in their lives, forming bonds which turn lives around.
Finally in concluding my review of memoir, A Dog Called Hope, I found a well-developed story-line with realistic characters which will tear your heart out. I found the depth of love, devotion, and companionship, Napal imparts to Jason magical. As result, Jason discovers his reason for surviving and a purpose driven life. This book will cause the reader to think and ponder our warriors. They deserve the best our country can provide. Whether they are physically or mentally wounded each one should received the best this country can give. I live within miles of Camp Lejeune Marine Corp base and feel strongly about our service men and women. Although, Jason's an Air Force Veteran, I would say, Semper fi my friend, Semper fi.
Additionally, I received this book from Netgalley and chose to voluntarily review the book with an honest memoir novel review.