by Alex Kava
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Alex Kava’s Reckless Creed (Putnam’s Sons 2016) is the third in the series about former detective Ryder Creed, now the owner of K9 CrimeScents, a small company of working dogs in Florida that tracks scents for law enforcement. In this story, he is hired to find a runaway teen. Finding her is the beginning of the problems when he also stumbles across two dead birds that have no evident reason for dying. When it turns out they may have been killed by an illegally-formulated avian flu, it ties in with a case FBI agent Maggie O’Dell (the star of a separate Alex Kava series) is working trying to find a scientist who disappeared while illegally morphing avian flu into a deadly human virus. Creed agrees to train his dogs to sniff out the virus as part of the plan to stop the spread despite numbing reservations about how deadly it would be for his dogs to be around the disease.
I grabbed this book from NetGalley because I’ve enjoyed every one of the books in this series so far. This one continued the trend. Creed’s love of dogs comes through constantly as a guiding light for the story.
“Tails stayed down. Hair at the back of the neck stood on end. Eyes were locked. Ears were still pitched forward. Creed dug a remote from his pocket.”
As a dog lover, there were numerous times I flinched as he chased down this deadly and unknown hybrid of avian flu, often running into dastardly characters who would kill anything that got in their way as they unleashed the disease on an unknowing nation. I wasn’t worried about mankind as much as Creed’s dogs–Grace and Winnie and the entire crew–knowing they would stop at nothing to make their master happy, and only death would stop them. If you don’t love dogs, you will still enjoy the story, but might not understand some of the motivations that drive the plot.
Overall: highly recommended for anyone who loves detective stories, murder-mysteries, dog stories, and thrillers.
–I got this book for free from NetGalley in return for an honest review
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.