Authors: Ronie Kendig
Tags: #General Fiction Romance
THER BOOKS BY
(Discarded Heroes #1)
(Discarded Heroes #2)
(Discarded Heroes #3)
(Discarded Heroes #4)
© 2012 by Ronie Kendig
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Table of Contents
To a special breed of heroes—military working dogs
and their two-legged handlers.
Thank you for your grueling work and heroism,
which often goes unnoticed or unthanked!
Brian, you will forever be my hero! Ciara, Keighley, Ryan, and Reagan—thank you for enduring fast food, on-your-own nights, and even forgotten meals as I vanished into foreign countries and other people’s lives. Thanks to my amazing in-laws, whose support is unending! I love you, Mom and Dad!
To Al Speegle—Thank you for sending me that e-mail that launched the idea for this series. You are a gentleman with razor-sharp wit. It is an honor to count you as a friend!
Various MWD handlers and military “experts” who have replied via e-mail or in person to my plethora of questions, including John Burnam, Richard Deggans, Elgin Shaw.
My agent, Steve Laube, who believed in this series from the first bone I threw his way. Without your encouragement, things would’ve been—are you ready for it?—
Jaime Wright Sundsmo—Thanks for your help and expertise regarding climbing. Hopefully I didn’t inadvertently kill a character with a climbing mistake (which would be my fault, not yours, LOL).
Julee Schwarzburg, editor extraordinaire. I am so humbled by you, sweet lady. THANK YOU for your sacrifice of time/wisdom, your calming and encouraging guidance, and your genius!
My dear writing friends, without whom I could not survive this journey: Dineen Miller, Robin Miller, Shannon McNear, Rel Mollet, Jim Rubart, Kellie Gilbert, Lynn Dean, MaryLu Tyndall, Kimberley Woodhouse, Becky Yauger.
The amazing Burnett Sisters—I hope General Burnett does you proud. I hear he has amazing daughters. Thank you for such incredible encouragement!
Thanks to my Audience of One, who has gifted me with this writing dream, enabling me to follow in His Son’s steps by telling stories to impact His kingdom. What a joy and treasure!
In writing about unique settings, specific locations, and invariably the people residing there, a certain level of risk is involved, including the possibility of dishonoring the very people an author intends to honor. With that in mind, I have taken some literary license in
Trinity: Military War Dog
, including renaming some bases within the U.S. military establishment and creating a new order of warriors within the Chinese Army. I have done this so the book and/or my writing will not negatively reflect on any soldier or officer. With the quickly changing landscape of a combat theater, this seemed imperative and prudent.
ACUs—Army Combat Uniforms
AFB—Air Force Base
AHOD—All Hands On Deck
BAMC—Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio
CJSOTF-A—Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan
DD214—Official Discharge from Active Duty
DEFCON—Defense readiness Condition
DIA—Defense Intelligence Agency
FOB—Forward Operating Base
Glock—a semiautomatic handgun
HK 9mm, HK USP—Heckler & Koch semiautomatic handgun
IED—Improvised Explosive Device
klicks—military jargon for kilometers
lat-long—latitude and longitude
M4, M4A1, M16—military assault rifles
MRAP—Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle
MWD—Military War Dog
ODA—Operational Detachment Alpha (Special Forces A-Team)
PLA—People’s Liberation Army of the People’s Republic of China
PTSD—Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
RTB—Return To Base
SIS—United Kingdom’s Secret Intelligence Service, otherwise known as MI6
SOCOM—Special Operations Command
SureFire—a tactical flashlight
tango—military slang for target or enemy
TBI—Traumatic Brain Injury
UAV—Unmanned Aerial Vehicle