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Trinity: Military War Dog

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O
THER BOOKS BY
R
ONIE
K
ENDIG

Nightshade
(Discarded Heroes #1)
Digitalis
(Discarded Heroes #2)
Wolfsbane
(Discarded Heroes #3)
Firethorn
(Discarded Heroes #4)

© 2012 by Ronie Kendig

Print ISBN 978-1-61626-594-6

eBook Editions:
Adobe Digital Edition (.epub) 978-1-62029-110-8
Kindle and MobiPocket Edition (.prc) 978-1-62029-111-5

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission of the publisher.

Scripture quotations are taken from the H
OLY
B
IBLE
, N
EW
I
NTERNATIONAL
V
ERSION
®
.
NIV
®
. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Scripture quotations are taken from the
Holy Bible
. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either products of the author’s imagination or used fictitiously. Any similarity to actual people, organizations, and/or events is purely coincidental.

For more information about Ronie Kendig, please access the author’s website at the following Internet address:
www.roniekendig.com

Cover design: Müllerhaus Publishing Arts, Inc.,
www.Mullerhaus.net

Published by Barbour Publishing, Inc., P.O. Box 719, Uhrichsville, OH 44683,
www.barbourbooks.com

Our mission is to publish and distribute inspirational products offering exceptional value and biblical encouragement to the masses
.

Printed in the United States of America.

Table of Contents

Prologue

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Chapter 36

Chapter 37

Chapter 38

Chapter 39

Chapter 40

Chapter 41

Chapter 42

Chapter 43

Chapter 44

Chapter 45

Chapter 46

Chapter 47

Chapter 48

Chapter 49

Epilogue

About the Author

DEDICATION

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!

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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?—
ruff
!

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!

LITERARY LICENSE

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.

Glossary of Terms/Acronyms

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

HPT—High-Priority Target

HUMINT—Human Intelligence

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

RPG—Rocket-Propelled Grenade

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

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