On March 1st, 1945 five Marines were killed in one of the most horrific battles of World War II, and their bodies were never recovered. Finding these young men after almost seventy years seems an impossible task, but that’s what Tom Sanders plans to do. He has a historian with detailed knowledge of the battle and a crime scene investigator with sophisticated tools, but they won’t be enough. He needs something more, something special.
He needs a couple of good dogs.
Join search and rescue dog, Gunny, and explosive detection dog, Luke as they and their human teammates travel to the island of Iwo Jima. On Iwo, they will face difficult terrain, harsh weather, and an uncooperative Japanese commander, but those will be the least of their problems. On this tiny island, which saw so much pain and death, there are things that none of them, human or canine, have experienced before — the Ghosts of Iwo Jima.
Here’s an Example of What You’ll Read in Ghosts of Iwo Jima
“Webber! What the hell is your dog doing?” Alicia cried. “Get him back here, he’s outside the grid. We don’t have time for his damn silly games. We’ve got work to do!”
Sam only half heard her, all of his attention was on Gunny. He had seen the head snap, and the tail come up, and he watched as Gunny left the grid heading down into a shallow gully. Gunny certainly looked like he was in scent, but was it possible for him to smell seventy-year-old bone fragments from that far away?
Dr. Phillips is right, I should follow the plan. There’s a lot of work to do, and we’re just getting started. Besides, it won’t make my life any easier if I piss her any off more than she already is.
Sam opened his mouth and was about to call Gunny off and put him back to work in the grid when he remembered the three things that every search dog handler absolutely had to do:
Trust Your Dog, Trust Your Dog, and Trust Your Dog
Ignoring the rising volume of Dr. Phillip’s cries, Sam followed his dog down into the gully.