WHEN THE WAR ENDS, HOW DO YOU LEAVE YOUR BEST FRIEND BEHIND?
A Tribute to War Dogs
Last month, we introduced you to the movie ‘Max.’ Continuing with the theme of War Dogs, it gives me great pleasure to share with you ‘Finding Jack.’ A rare gem of a book written by Gareth Crocker.
I take my time working through a book. I’ll pick it up ‘now and then.’ Finding Jack is a book that captivates the reader early on and is not easy to put down. The short chapters are deceiving; it’s easy to justify ‘just one more,’ over, and again. Immediately, we connect with Fletcher, the main character and learn of the heartbreak that motivates him to sign up for the Vietnam war.
In a world where, understandably, if men survive, many find it difficult to overcome the stress, emotional and more often than not, the physical trauma endured. A dog would be a welcome comrade. Our introduction to Jack is anything but wagging tails and kisses. Tissues required. This story depicts how even the darkest world is made brighter with the presence of a very special dog. Jack not only protected the soldiers in his unit, he boosted morale among the entire base. Except for a few good men, this comradery, lasts only as long as the war.
This beautiful, poignant story is a tribute to the Vietnam war dogs,
many of whom gave their lives to protect American and allied soldiers. Shortly after troops began to pull out of the war, it’s believed the U.S. government ordered that the dogs be left behind. It was proving too expensive to transport them home. They were labeled as ‘surplus military equipment’ and left to fates unknown.
Fewer than two hundred dogs made it home. This beautiful story about loyalty, perseverance, and hope, is dedicated to the dogs that saved the lives of more than ten thousand soldiers.
Note: this novel contains language that may be offensive to some readers.