Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Dog (Paperback)
Called “a deeply affecting tale of courage and devotion in the cauldron of war” by Publishers Weekly, Sergeant Mike Dowling’s heart-pounding account of an unbreakable bond between man and dog takes us into the searing 130-degree heat, the choking dust, and the ever-present threat of violent attack in Iraq’s infamous Triangle of Death. In 2004, Dowling and his military working dog Rex were part of the first Marine Corps military K9 teams sent to the front lines of combat since Vietnam. It was Rex’s job to sniff out weapons caches, suicide bombers, and IEDs, the devastating explosives that wreaked havoc on troops and civilians. It was Mike’s job to lead Rex into the heart of danger. An extraordinary chronicle of loyalty in the face of terrible adversity, Sergeant Rex is an unforgettable story of sacrifice, courage, and love.
About the Author
Mike Dowling enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps in 2001. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for his Iraq operations with his dog, Rex.
Damien Lewis has spent the last twenty years reporting from war, disaster and conflict zones across the African continent, with a particular focus and expertise in Sudan. He was the co-author, with Mende Nazer, of SLAVE, the first hand account of a young Nuba woman sold into slavery in Sudan. This book was published in twenty-one languages and has topped bestseller lists world wide, and it won the Index on Censorship Book Award (2004). His reporting this year from Darfur won the BBC One World Award, and he continues to report regularly from across the African continent.
"The best kind of nonfiction -- an impossible-to-put-down true life story."
--San Francisco Chronicle
“Briskly written. . . a moving portrait of a relationship between battle buddies that transcends gender and species.”
-- Washington Post
“This is a truly heartwarming and moving story.” —Hollywood Reporter
“Packed with colorful characters and dramatic incidents, Sergeant Rex is a moving story of true grit cast seamlessly amidst tough realism, rich, insightful detail and mutual respect.” —Seattle Kennel Club
“A first-rate buddy story from the front lines of the Iraq war.”