A Dog Called Hope: A Wounded Warrior and the Service Dog Who Saved Him

Morgan, Jason & . Atria. May 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781476797007. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781476797038. PETS
Morgan, with cowriter Lewis (The Dog Who Could Fly) tells his recovery story. A former Air Force Special Forces member from Texas, he suffered horrific injuries during an antinarcotics raid in Ecuador. Several months later, he regained consciousness in a U.S. military hospital and was told he would never walk again. After multiple surgeries and numerous setbacks, he was making some progress when his wife left him and their three young sons. Meanwhile, in California, wheelchair-bound Jim Siegfried was raising his third service dog, a supersmart black Labrador puppy named Napal. Siegfried knew that the intelligent and loyal Napal should be placed with a special human; through Canine Companions for Independence, Napal and Morgan became a team. Napal brought Morgan back from the brink of despair, changed his life forever, and helped heal the whole family. Morgan now participates in Paralympics sports and has raised awareness of service dogs for veterans.
VERDICT Morgan's heroic fortitude creates an upbeat narrative, and similar to Luis Carlos Montalvan's Until Tuesday, this bittersweet memoir is truly inspiring.
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