Wednesday, November 23, 2016

ARC Review: Lone Wolf by Sara Driscoll

Lone Wolf
Author: Sara Driscoll
Series: An F.B.I. K-9 Novel (Book 1)
Publication: Kensington (November 29, 2016)

Description: In the first book in a thrilling new series, FBI Special Agent Meg Jennings and Hawk, her loyal search-and-rescue Labrador, must race against time as they zero in on one of the deadliest killers in the country . . .

Meg and Hawk are part of the FBI’s elite K-9 unit. Hawk can sniff out bodies anywhere—living or dead—whether it’s tracking a criminal or finding a missing person. When a bomb rips apart a government building on the National Mall in Washington D.C., it takes all of the team’s extensive search-and-rescue training to locate and save the workers and visitors buried beneath the rubble.

But even as the duo are hailed as heroes, a mad bomber remains at large, striking terror across the Eastern seaboard in a ruthless pursuit of retribution. As more bombs are detonated and the body count escalates, Meg and Hawk are brought in to a task force dedicated to stopping the unseen killer. But when the attacks spiral wide and any number of locations could be the next target, it will come down to a battle of wits and survival skills between Meg, Hawk, and the bomber they’re tracking to rescue a nation from the brink of chaos.

My Thoughts: Meg and her dog Hawk are FBI agents who do search and rescue and tracking. When a bomb explodes in a busy DC government building, Meg and Hawk are called in to look for survivors. A tour group of 5th graders happened to be there that day. They find some survivors including a young girl trapped in the rubble.

This bombing was just the first. Reporter Clay McCord gets a communication from the bomber and lets the FBI know as soon as possible. He was a former war correspondent and now in a well-respected journalist with the Washington Post. However, the bomber strikes again before the clues in his communication can narrow down the search. This time he chooses an IRS office. Meg and Hawk are again called in but this time there were no survivors.

Meg is determined to find the bomber and enlists Clay who also happens to have an unruly puppy. She tracks him down at a dog park to ask if he wants to help her investigate.

This story was quite exciting as the FBI tracks down the disgruntled bomber. Along the way we learn a lot about K-9 dogs and their relationships with their handlers. I especially liked Meg's close relationship with Hawk and her grief at the loss of her previous dog who died in the line of duty.

Fans of dogs and mysteries won't want to miss this one.

Favorite Quote:
While pit bulls weren't outlawed in DC, many people still believed the "breed" was dangerous. Meg wanted to sit each of them down and explain which end of the leash was the problem.
I got this one for review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

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