Sergeant Rex

Sergeant Rex

The Unbreakable Bond Between A Marine and His Military Working Dog

Book - 2012
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The thrilling and inspiring story of a U.S. Marine and his dog Rex, a bomb sniffing German Shepard, who forged a bond of trust and loyalty while serving on the war-torn streets of Iraq's most dangerous city.

Called "a deeply affecting tale of courage and devotion in the cauldron of war" by Publishers Weekly, Sergeant Mike Dowling's heart-pounding account of an unbreakable bond between man and dog takes us into the searing 130-degree heat, the choking dust, and the ever-present threat of violent attack in Iraq's infamous Triangle of Death. In 2004, Dowling and his military working dog Rex were part of the first Marine Corps military K9 teams sent to the front lines of combat since Vietnam. It was Rex's job to sniff out weapons caches, suicide bombers, and IEDs, the devastating explosives that wreaked havoc on troops and civilians. It was Mike's job to lead Rex into the heart of danger. An extraordinary chronicle of loyalty in the face of terrible adversity, Sergeant Rex is an unforgettable story of sacrifice, courage, and love.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Atria Paperback,, 2012, ©2011.
Edition: First Atria Paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781451635973
Branch Call Number: 956. 7044345 DOW D
Characteristics: 290 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Lewis, Damien - Author


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caj1222204441801 Feb 24, 2015

A wonderful and insightful book about the working military dog and his handler. loved it.

ChristchurchLib Dec 17, 2013

"Sergeant Rex is a bomb-sniffing dog, but this memoir isn't just about Rex - it's about Marine Corporal Mike Dowling and his experiences serving in Iraq with a team that brought K9 units into active combat service for the first time since the Vietnam War. Bringing both the dangers of the Iraq war and the unusual details of working with K9 soldiers together in a compelling narrative, Dowling provides fascinating details of the unit's training, the dogs' work, and, above all, the relationships between the men and their dogs. He also relates the factors in his own childhood that led him to a military career in this "unique testimonial from today's professional, highly specialized military" (Kirkus Reviews)." Biography and Memoir December 2013 newsletter

fayf355 Jun 15, 2012

The book gives a remarkable insight into the lives of military dogs and their handlers, and engenders a tremendous respect for the courage of the US Marines.

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