Talon: Combat Tracking Team is a really exciting book, the second one in A Breed Apart trilogy. I am glad the books are connected and the main cast of characters are in all the books. I think this feature adds depth and layers to the series and draws the reader more deeply into each subsequent book.
The plot is intriguing and pulls the story along at a very fast pace. The characters generally fit their parts and I especially like the hero and heroine, Dane and Aspen. I enjoyed the slight romantic thread. I think it adds great tension to the story and is very realistic. The backstory woven into the novel takes it to a much higher plane than the average suspense novel, and gives Talon strength and complexity.
I had a slight bit of difficulty following the action and dialogue in a couple of places, but overall it is a top-notch read. If you like military, spy novels or novels that include dogs as main characters, I think you will enjoy this book.
Wow, another great action book with a dog that's SURE to steal your heart!! My favorite character in this story was Aspen, Talon's new handler since her brother, Austin, went missing in action/presumed dead.
Cardinal is an impressive character, but I didn't like him in the beginning of the story at how easily he "plays" Aspen. It's obvious he's full of secrets and emotionally scarred. To get her to come on this mission he first tests her making sure she's ready to face uncertainty. Reminded me of the scene in Pirates of the Caribbean where Captain Sparrow questions Will about what he's willing to risk to save Elizabeth. Cardinal gets shot and wounded multiple times in the story, but the man WILL NOT SLOW DOWN.
My favorite parts of the story were with the team including Timbrel, Watterboy, and Candyman. The banter between them and trying to figure out Talon's signals were nonstop and kept me turning pages. Also loved how Timbrel wants to protect Aspen from Cardinal.
I didn't feel as connected to Talon as I did with Trinity because Talon is still recovering from PTSD. I really felt protective with this awesome dog until the end when she saves Aspen's life, showing what she's really made of.
I also thought how great it was Aspen wanted to come to her brother's rescue, but there was a twist in the story I never saw coming.
Even though I enjoyed the writing tremendously, this wasn't my favorite book by Kendig. I wasn't as attached to the characters as I normally would like to be. The way this one ends was beautifully done and makes a great opening for the last book, Beowulf!