I recently read a book called Leaving Jack by Gareth Crocker. Originally published in the United Kingdom, it is a moving and compelling story that pays tribute to abandoned war dogs. This story moved me to tears more than once throughout the book. Simply put, it is a constant “page turner”. As stated in the plot summary below, it literally grabbed my heart and wouldn’t let go.

Today, I found out that this same book will be launched in USA February 15, under the name Finding Jack (click the title of the book to watch this brief video). I strongly recommend it and hope that everyone reading this post will get a copy. It is well worth every penny and every word. Below is a brief description of the book and its launch.

Heartwarming new novel pays tribute to hundreds of abandoned war dogs 

Finding Jack goes on sale, February 15 

When the war ends, how do you leave your best friend behind?

After losing his young family in a tragic accident, Fletcher Carson joins the flagging war effort in Vietnam. Deeply depressed, he plans to die in the war. But during one of his early missions, Fletcher rescues a critically wounded yellow Labrador whom he nurses back to health and names Jack. As Fletcher and Jack patrol and survive the jungles of Vietnam, Fletcher slowly regains the will to live. At the end of the war, the U.S. Government announces that due to the cost of withdrawal, all U.S. dogs serving in the war have been declared “surplus military equipment” and will not be transported home. For the hundreds of dog handlers throughout Vietnam, whose dogs had saved countless lives, the news is greeted with shock and disbelief. For Fletcher, he knows that if he abandons Jack, then he too will be lost. Ordered to leave Jack behind, he refuses — and so begins their journey. 

Based on the actual existence and abandonment of canine units in Vietnam, Gareth Crocker’s Finding Jack  is a novel of loyalty and love under desperate circumstances that will grab your heart and won’t let go.

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Finding Jack goes on sale on February 15 and is available for pre-order from the following online retailers:

The information in this post was used with permission by the author, Gareth Crocker. All rights reserved. ©


2 thoughts on “FINDING JACK

  1. I have read about the horses used by the horse artilleries during both wars, and how the men hated to leave them behind, or in some cases, have to euthanize them when they were injured. It teared me up every time I read the story. My father talked about a guard dog they used in WW2 and how it needed to be shot as it became too vicious for everyone. They have served us well and it would be heartwrenching to leave them behind.

    • thanks for the comment, Barbara. I never heard about the horses, and to be honest, i never knew about the dogs until I read this book. My father and grandfathers never went to war, and even though my husband is retired military reservist, he didnt serve overseas so the “old” war stories are unknown to me. Bery true, they serves us well and it’s unimaginable to leave then behind. This may sound extreme, but we wouldnt leave our injured soldiers out there, why leave the dogs. And before anyone says they’re just animals, they protected and saved a lot of lives, thus, they are as valuable as our soldiers.

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