Virals (Virals #1) by Kathy Reichs

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Published: November 2, 2010

Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage “sci-philes” who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer’s scent.

Fortunately, they are now more than friends. They’re a pack. They are Virals.

Review –

This is the first young adult book that I’ve listened to or read in a long time and I found it very refreshing and fun.

This group of teens, one girls and three boys, live on Morris Island off the coast of South Carolina and are “science nerds” and best friends.

They rescue and diseased wolf-dog and get infected with a strain of the parvo virus, which alters their DNA and gives them wolf like senses and strength. 

In the story they travel from island to island, discover Vietnam era dog tags, a grave holding the bones of the daughter of the soldier, a plot to kill the girl to cover up the discovery of bald eagles on one of the islands that would have stopped the sale of the island to a pharmaceutical  company and the discovery that one of their classmates father was the killer. It is very fast paced, unbelievable and very humorous in parts.  I loved it and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

The min character, Tory Brennan, is a very strong female role model which you don’t see very often and makes this a great series for teen age girls.

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Suspect by Robert Crais

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Published: January 22, 2013

APD cop Scott James is not doing so well. Eight months ago, a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty—until he meets his new partner.

Maggie is not doing so well, either. A German shepherd who survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before losing her handler to an IED, her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s.

They are each other’s last chance. Shunned and shunted to the side, they set out to investigate the one case that no one wants them to touch: the identity of the men who murdered Stephanie.  What they begin to find is nothing like what Scott has been told, and the journey will take them both through the darkest moments of their own personal hells. Whether they will make it out again, no one can say

 

Review –

This is not what you would expect of a Robert Crais book.  He is best known for his Elvis Cole character and series and this is as far away from Elvis  as you can get.  It’s about a man and a dog, a defeated policeman and a shell-shocked bomb sniffing dog and it is a love story.  A love that comes from supporting one another in any situation always.  This is a great read and I highly recommend it.