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Publisher Description

When the war ends, how do you leave your best friend behind?

After losing his young family in a tragic accident, Fletcher Carson joins the flagging war effort in Vietnam. Deeply depressed, he plans to die in the war. But during one of his early missions, Fletcher rescues a critically wounded yellow Lab whom he nurses back to health and names Jack. As Fletcher and Jack patrol and survive the forests of Vietnam, Fletcher slowly regains the will to live.

At the end of the war, the U.S. Government announces that due to the cost of withdrawal, all U.S. dogs serving in the war have been declared "surplus military equipment" and will not be transported home. For the hundreds of dog handlers throughout Vietnam, whose dogs had saved countless lives, the news is greeted with shock and disbelief. For Fletcher, he knows that if he abandons Jack, then he too will be lost. Ordered to leave Jack behind, he refuses—and so begins their journey.

Based on the actual existence and abandonment of canine units in Vietnam, Gareth Crocker's Finding Jack is a novel of friendship and love under desperate circumstances that will grab your heart and won't let go.

Fiction & Literature
February 15
St. Martin's Press

Customer Reviews

Tannor Eikey ,

Greatest book I've ever read

This book hooked me from the start. Every time in read something new happened and I was crying by the end of the book. I really enjoy these kind of books and this is no different. In fact it beat every book I've ever read. I wish to make it a movie in the future. Maybe even start a petition to put it on the big screen.

Bugr1 ,

Finding jack

I can relate to this story very much.
I now own a cocker that I feel the same way about.

Jordanbice ,


I love this book! This isn't my normal type if reading but I'm soo glad I read it!

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