Friday, April 18, 2014

Dogs of War

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): A love story for man, and soldier's, best friend.

Author: Sheila Keenan and Nathan Fox
Info: GRAPHIX, copyright 2013, 208 pages

Hub Challenge Read: Great Graphic Novel #hubchallenge

Some war heroes heard the wind whistling over a hidden trip wire.
Some war heroes sniffed out a sniper 1,000 yards away.
Some war heroes stood tall . . . on four legs!

DOGS OF WAR is a graphic novel that tells the stories of the canine military heroes of World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. This collection of three fictional stories was inspired by historic battles and real military practice. Each story tells the remarkable adventures of a soldier and his service dog and is rendered with fascinating and beautiful detail bringing to life the faithful dogs who braved bombs, barrages, and battles to save the lives of countless soldiers.

~Goodreads Description~

Confession...I only picked up this particular title because it was on the Hub Challenge reading list.  And another confession...I'm slowly making my way specifically through the graphic novels on that list because they're quick to read and my only chance of reading 25 titles.

But I loved it, and it most assuredly deserves the accolade of "Great Graphic Novel." Three stories, three time periods, three tales of heroic men and canine companions in the midst of war, Dogs of War is touching and exciting.  Everyone loves a touching, heartfelt story about the relationship between man and dog, and this small book has it in abundance.  The story weaves its way from an orphaned kid in Word War I surviving the trenches, to a young man in a frozen tundra looking for adventure, and a soldier returned home from war finding it hard to leave the battlefield behind.  It's an interesting take on the armed services and love story to the animals that have helped in the war efforts.

A must have for library shelves.

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