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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Breaking Creed by Alex Kava
Author Alex Kava’s love of animals, especially dogs, comes through in her latest thriller, BREAKING CREED.
You don’t have to be an animal lover to enjoy the intrigue in this first installment of Kava’s new series, A Ryder Creed Novel.
Narrator Graham Winton does an excellent job giving distinct voice to each of the characters. His cadence and pace enhances the characters’ emotions and tone of the story.
Ryder Creed, a K9 search-and-rescue dog trainer, has gained national attendance after he and his dogs helped in several major drug busts. When Creed and one of his dogs are called to search a commercial fishing vessel, the illegal cargo they discover is unexpected – young children being smuggled.
Days later working an airport detail looking for drugs, Creed finds himself helping a young girl who is being used by the cartel as a drug mule.
Meanwhile, FBI Agent Maggie O’Dell is dealing with a series of brutal murders that are leading to the drug cartel. As her investigation continues, it leads her to Creed and his discoveries. They have to work fast to discover who is giving the orders before everyone close to Creed is eliminated.
Kava masterfully blends the two stories together for an action-packed conclusion. She takes listeners/readers on a trip to various locations and places them in the center of the action.
The characters are realistic likable and well-developed. They are given strengths and weakness that listeners/readers can related to. The dogs are a vivid part of the story with unique personalities of their own.
The story flows smooth and at a quick pace that will hold you spellbound until the end. With twists and turns, this thriller is suspended yet blended with a good mix of humor and a touch of romance for a well-balanced story.
BREAKING CREED is the beginning of a fascinating new series that takes suspense to a new level.
Breaking Creed by Alex Kava, A Ryder Creed Novel Book #1, Narrated by Graham Winton, Recorded Books, @2015, ISBN: 978-1490630731, Unabridged, 6 Discs, Run Time: 7 Hours
FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
On a personal note, I found the author’s message at the end both heartbreaking and inspiring. Alex’s own dog, Scout, was by her side as she wrote this story, but passed away shortly afterwards. She has included a Scout in the series that promises to be a spitfire carrying on the spirit of her faithful companion.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have you ever had any dealings with search-and-rescue dogs? What about other service animals?
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