I enjoyed the book for different reasons. A moving story of how a man and a dog developed complete trust in each other in the face of terrible adversity, Sergeant Rex is an unforgettable tale of sacrifice, courage, and love. The Marine was deployed in 2004, where he served with the battle-hardened Warlords unit that was based in the ultraviolent Triangle of Death. Rex was an amazing Dog. The story was well written and was a good read for most age groups. Dowling had turned twenty-five and Rex three just after they arrived in Iraq.
Dowling does a terrific job of transporting the reader to Iraq circa 2004, describing in heart-pounding detail how Rex, despite searing heat and the specter of constant danger, sniffed out scores of the bad guys' improvised explosive devices, bomb-making materials and ammunition caches. A combat dog known as Sgt. Please add this book to your literary collection, especially if you're an animal lover or have served our armed forces. Rex's handler in Iraq, former Cpl. A moving story of how a man and a dog developed complete trust in each other in the face of terrible adversity, Sergeant Rex is an unforgettable tale of sacrifice, courage, and love. Megan experienced hearing loss from an exploded eardrum.
Then go do the research and you'll how bad the food is. Dowling had turned twenty-five and Rex three just after they arrived in Iraq. Don't expect to encounter life-altering prose in this novel. His best hope was Corporal Leavey being allowed to adopt him. It's hard for me to not love a book about 1 dogs; 2 German Shepherd dogs. Filled with harrowing tales of knife-edge bomb-detection work, including an extraordinary baptism of fire in the infamous Triangle of Death, Sergeant Rex is both a heart-pounding and heart-warming account of how an unbreakable human-canine bond helped Mike and Rex to stay focused on their mission and save countless lives. In his letter, Schumer wrote of the bond that had been forged between Leavey and Rex, in addition to the countless lives they had saved.
In Iraq, he received the moniker of Mr. Leavey has a cameo as a drill instructor who gets in Kate Mara's character's face. Mike Dowling tells a little about his life before he joined the Marines and how and why he joined the Marines. It brought out every emotion I have in me. So, that being what it is, I enjoyed it enough.
Dowling had turned twenty-five and Rex three just after they arrived in Iraq. The handler must be patient, strong-minded, a self-starter, somewhat of a loner, and someone who takes the initiative. This book was a quick read, and more of a conversation between Dowling and the reader. He frequently began a paragraph focused on one topic and then switched to another, and then to a third topic that didn't appear to have any clear relationship to either of the other two topics of that paragraph. The plot shows how Rex and Mike developed complete trust in each other while facing dangerous situations. During that period, the pair spent about 350 hours searching for explosives, and they performed more than 200 vehicle searches in support of the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment based out of Camp Lejeune, N.
I really enjoyed this and would recommend it. Signal Corp is his basic branch, and Public Affairs is his functional area. The intelligence that they have is beyond amazing. He recounts missions with Rex wherein they encountered situations so dangerous it' Mike Dowling is a Marine and a K9 handler, he is not a professional writer. He is independent in politics and covers topics including journalism, military, weapons, preparedness, space, science, cooking, food and wine, product and book reviews, and even spirituality. Dowling takes us into the searing 130-degree heat, the choking dust, and the ever-present threat of violent attack that seemed to permeate Iraq's streets.
Dowling saw plenty of combat, yes, but he and a colleague were charged with saving lives, not taking them. He and his five siblings always had two dogs growing up, and his family raised guide dogs for the blind. I also found it fascinating and horrifying to read about what the war is truly like when they are in the depths of the fighting. But he wants Rex to end up with Leavey because of all they went through together. On their first patrols in Iraq, Rex suffered a seemingly incurable fear of explosions and gunfire, but with Mike at the other end of his leash, Rex gained the courage to perform his duty. There are reasons I shouldn't have connected with this book - I am not a military buff, I am not particularly an avid dog lover, and I look for strong writing in a book.
I made me feel bad that my German Shepherd just lays around all day napping and going for an occasional walk. The intelligence that they have is beyond amazing. A working military dog needs to have stamina, loyalty, athleticism, intelligence, and a drive to learn. Dowling said Leavey took Rex to the vet because he was acting strange, and fluid was detected on his heart and lungs. I could be wrong, but I have a feeling he had a great deal of help writing this. In 2005, they were deployed to Fallujah for seven months and then to Ramadi in 2006.