Finding Jack by Gareth Crocker
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When the war ends, how do you leave your best friend behind?

After losing his young family in a tragic accident, Fletcher Carson joins the flagging war effort in Vietnam. Deeply depressed, he plans to die in the war. But during one of his early missions, Fletcher rescues a critically wounded yellow Lab whom he nurses back to health and names Jack. As Fletcher and Jack patrol and survive the forests of Vietnam, Fletcher slowly regains the will to live.

At the end of the war, the U.S. Government announces that due to the cost of withdrawal, all U.S. dogs serving in the war have been declared “surplus military equipment” and will not be transported home. For the hundreds of dog handlers throughout Vietnam, whose dogs had saved countless lives, the news is greeted with shock and disbelief. For Fletcher, he knows that if he abandons Jack, then he too will be lost. Ordered to leave Jack behind, he refuses—and so begins their journey.

Based on the actual existence and abandonment of canine units in Vietnam, Gareth Crocker’s Finding Jack is a novel of friendship and love under desperate circumstances that will grab your heart and won’t let go.
 

About Gareth Crocker

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GARETH CROCKER has worked as a journalist, copywriter, news editor, public relations manager, publishing editor and, most recently, head of communications and spokesperson for a multinational corporation. Finding Jack is his first novel.
 
Published February 15, 2011 by St. Martin's Press. 304 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, War, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Soldier finds dog. Soldier loses dog. Soldier finds dog.

Jan 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Finding Jack: A Novel

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This debut is undone by improbable action scenes and glaring errors of fact, resulting in a sappy and unbelievable story. In 1972, 29-year-old Fletcher Carson enlists to fight in Vietnam after his fam

Dec 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Finding Jack: A Novel

Crosswalk.com

They're used to finding booby-traps, body parts, and any number of horrors in the jungle .

Feb 28 2011 | Read Full Review of Finding Jack: A Novel

Heart to Heart: The Barnes and Noble Romance Blog

It’s about camaraderie and deep friendship, about doing the right thing, it’s about fate and it’s ultimately about faith in the face of terror and destruction.

Apr 25 2011 | Read Full Review of Finding Jack: A Novel

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