Publisher Description

When one door closes … second chances open another …

Ethan was lost after a major accident abruptly shifted him from a military life to a civilian one, from working with dogs to odd jobs … In that time, he’d spent months healing from his physical injuries. When he connects with Badger and the rest of his Titanium Corp. group of former SEALs, Badger offers Ethan an opportunity he can’t refuse. A chance to do the work he used to do … with a twist.

Cinnamon works from home as a project manager plus is heavily involved in global dog rescues—dogs of all kinds. When Ethan walks into the next door’s vet’s office with an injured shepherd in his arms, she sees another lost soul—just like the canine ones she helps.

Ethan knows he’s about to take a dangerous step, but he’s on the job, and no one—on the job or not—hurts animals while he’s around. This poor shepherd has taken enough abuse, and Ethan fears she is only the tip of a nightmare he’s determined to uncover. But he knows she’s going to lead him in the right direction.

He has his sights set on saving one dog in particular, Sentry: K9 File 01.

April 10
Valley Publishing, LTD
Valley Publishing Ltd.

Customer Reviews

Bun Brrabbid Lop ,


This is the first book of the K9 series. Action-packed, riveting, kept me wanting to keep reading for long periods of time. There is no slack in Dale Mayer's way of weaving the story!
Brilliant in all the characters-- from persons to the dogs. Gave me insight into some of the PTSD(s) of being in the military. 🐰🐰🐰

Dkirkha ,

Dogs and veterans

Great story, can’t wait to read more. War dogs and veterans and the need for love.

Cris Ipod ,

Promising, but didn’t fulfill

Love the idea of a military working dog story, it’s a great topic to explore the relationship between the handlers, soldiers, and the expertly trained dogs that serve.

That said, this story is a little flat.

Personally, I don’t think you can name a main character “Cinnamon” and then have no one ever question the name. It’s a dang rare name. Cinn is an unremarkable character whose family, friends, job, history, thoughts, dreams, etc. are never present. She has dogs, she talks about rescuing dogs, and she runs with her dogs. That’s it. 3/4 of the way through the book we find out she’s a redhead. No other character development.

The military/retired soldier angle doesn’t get a lot of depth, either. The dog whisperer parts are the best parts of the book, TBH. Ethan has some excellent scenes caring for and bonding with badly treated attack dogs, all of whom had their own emotional journeys to trusting again. There was more suspense in “will this abused dog accept a new master?” than “will these main characters survive the drug war full of interchangeable bad dudes they are in the middle of?” The story has good bones, it just isn’t satisfying for me.

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