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The Stolen Dog

by Tricia O'Malley

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This is the true story of how the author's dog is stolen and how friends, family, and the world of social media reach out to help her and her husband find their precious loved one. It's not a long book, but very touching and shows how this tenacious couple will not give up, and that miracles do happen! ( )
  TerriS | Jan 17, 2016 |
I was hesitant to review this book because Tricia and her husband seem like genuinely nice people and I don't like to insult genuinely nice people. However, when you write a book you invite criticism. The point of a review, after all, is to recommend or warn. I am warning.

This is the sort of story that any animal lover would be drawn to - a beloved dog gets abducted right in front of his home. The problem with this book is the telling of the story. Not much happens in the book so, in order to engage the reader, you need good writing and well-developed characters. This book has neither. The writing is over-the-top. Any fans of M*A*S*H will remember an episode when Radar takes a writing course where he tries to make his writing more interesting. What he ends up with, and the writing found in this book, is unintentionally amusing narrative with too many adjectives and metaphors. An example:

"The late afternoon sun cast a warm glow across the abandoned, concrete jungle, but even the sun's radiance couldn't pierce the cold heart of that neighbourhood."

One other thing - there are several mentions and interactions with psychic-type people. If you do read it, prepare for some eye-rolling.

This is a book that I read only to get to the end to find out what happened. I cannot recommend it. ( )
  Canadian_Down_Under | Oct 15, 2013 |
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When Briggs, a Boston terrier, is stolen from his family's deck and shoved into a waiting car, a chain of events unfold that shakes the city. The Stolen Dog follows Tricia and Josh, Briggs' owners, as they fight a force unknown, enduring death threats, psychic interventions, false leads, fake set-ups, and the threat of dog fighting. A heart-wrenching yet ultimately uplifting story of love, fearlessness, and hope — a captivating view of the best and worst of humanity — The Stolen Dog will make you hug your pets closer. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to animal rescues. The Stolen Dog is a true story.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:03:21 -0400)

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