The two things that really sold me on reviewing this book were: 1) this story was written with a retired military dog as one of the main characters and 2) that 50% of the proceeds from this book goes toward At first I didn’t know what to make of Pojo, the retired German Shepherd who was a military explosives detection dog. He seemed to be a bit off kilter since he witnessed first-hand his military handler being killed by an explosive device. It was as if Pojo was suffering from his own form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Strangely enough, no matter how hard Captain Kelly Bonham, his new owner, tried to have him do some commands for her, he intentionally ignored her until she gave up. It was like this until he did something that saved not only her life, but many of the visitors’ lives that were visiting where he and Kelly lived in McKittrick Canyon Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas.

Overall, this was a good read and I was very proud of Pojo in the end.


Captain Kelly Bonham is a retired electronics intelligence officer who has seen her fair share of combat and is dealing with her own Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder because of what she’s lived through while doing her time in the service. When she adopts Pojo, also a retired service member who is dealing with the loss of his military handler, things don’t go as planned for either of them. Pojo runs away and Kelly had no idea where she can find him since they live in a national park in Texas. But she’s in for the surprise of her life when Pojo turns up and he’s doing something no one expected him to do. What did Pojo heroically do?

Book Blurb for Shakedown

Captain Kelly Bonham, a NATO electronics intelligence officer and combat zone veteran, agreed to adopt a war dog, but when Pojo arrives he's not at all what she expected. This German Shepherd isn't interested in rolling over for a tummy rub; he's a working dog, a retired bomb sniffer who saw his handler cut in half by an anti-personnel mine in Afghanistan. That's serious trauma, and Bonnie wonders if his canine brain is still fully functional.

Now she's shaking it down with a dog who has more teeth than the law allows. A dog whose behavior is puzzling, threatening, maybe even unhinged. And battered by the war herself, all she has to bring to the fight is electronic gadgetry and what's left of her self-confidence.

Will the war ever be over, even on the home front? Can she rescue this war dog... or will he rescue her?


Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2013 3.00