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Trident K9 Warriors Audiobook

Trident K9 Warriors: My Tale From the Training Ground to the Battlefield with Elite Navy SEAL Canines

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Publisher's Summary

As a SEAL on combat deployment in Iraq, Mike Ritland saw a military working dog in action and instantly knew he found his true calling. While the SEAL teams had used dogs in the past, they never had dogs trained specifically by SEALs, for SEALs. To fill this void, Ritland started his own company after he retired, training and supplying dogs for the West Coast SEAL teams. He knew that less than 1% of all working dogs had what it takes to contribute to the success of our nation’s elite combat units.

He searched the globe for animals who fit this specific profile. These specialized canines had to pass rigorous selection tests before their serious training could begin. The results were a revelation: highly trained working dogs capable of handling both detection and apprehension work in the most extreme environments and the tensest of battlefield conditions. Though fiercely aggressive and athletic, these dogs develop a close bond with the handlers they work side by side with and the other team members. Truly integrating themselves into their units, these K9 warriors are much like their human counterparts - unwavering in their devotion to duty, strong enough and tough enough to take it to the enemy through pain, injury, or fear.

For the first time ever, listeners get an inside look at these elite K9 warriors - who they are, how they are trained, and the extreme missions they undertake saving countless lives asking for little in the way of reward. From detecting explosives to eliminating the bad guys, these powerful dogs are also some of the smartest and most highly skilled working animals on the planet.

©2013 Michael Ritland and Gary Brozek (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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  • asa
    Beaverton, OR, United States
    22/04/13
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    "A unique story written and read very well"

    This book is definitely worth every penny. It delivers a unique story that is both written and read very well. I'm really not sure why one of the other reviewers says this is a boring history book. There is some history in the book, but(as the author states) it really serves the listener, as to really understand what goes into the "making" of these dogs, you need to know some of "military-dog" related history. But this book is by no means only this(history). It delivers exactly what the title says, giving many different accounts/stories of the dogs and their SEAL handlers, both state side and down-range. And, just as the books title states, you also get some of the authors background along with detailed accounts of his training of the dogs as well as working them.
    The narrator of the book(Jeff Gurner) does a great job reading, putting just the right amount of emotion into it. Mr.Hurner has also clearly done his "homework", since he pronounces the military-terms correctly. I point this out because, most unfortunately other "Navy-Seal" book narrators have not. I'm specifically referring the pronunciation of BUDS, which for some reason always ends up getting pronounced incorrectly, like having each individual letter spelled out or a myriad of other incorrect ways.

    So, I guess if I were "forced" to find fault in this book, this only thing I could say is that it's to short.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Bel Air, MD, United States
    17/05/13
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    "Silent Partners"
    If you could sum up Trident K9 Warriors in three words, what would they be?

    Paws, Teeth, Duty


    Any additional comments?

    I am sure this is a book many will not purchase unless they have a passion for working dogs and what they can do for us as humans. The stories in this book however, demonstrate how little we rely on what I would call a low tech solution to the problems we are facing today in modern warfare. K9's have a sense, we as humans have only begun to scratch the surface of what these animals can do. They protect us and lead us to safer environments through a growing need find peace in a difficult and challenging set of problems. These animals and trainers/handlers demonstrate how useful of a tool these animals are to the soldiers they support. This book is a great account of this low tech solution has been overlooked by our leaders to solve problems. These animals, when used in combination with technologies will help our soldiers and police officers to serve and protect us more in the future. This book is a great account of how these animals are used in conflicts today around the world.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Selma, Nc, United States
    14/05/13
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    "Excellent!!!"
    Would you listen to Trident K9 Warriors again? Why?

    Yes, story line was great very informative.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have to say the various SOF dogs based on the stories he told.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Mainly the part where a Seal had to give his dog up due to him having another deployment left and the Seal leaving active duty. It was such a great story.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book. I highly recommend it to anyone slightly interested in MWDs.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • James
    28/12/15
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    "the same as Navy Seal dogs!"

    they have the same story under 2 different titles!? It's misleading I wasted 15$. wish I could get a refund....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Superman
    OLIVE BRANCH, MS, United States
    1/07/13
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    "Excellent read."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Excellent read.


    What other book might you compare Trident K9 Warriors to and why?

    None.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Gurner – was your favorite?

    All.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Same as title.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading this book if not famililar with working dog breeds, do not get the bright idea to purchase one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • #24 fan
    Wisconsin, USA
    27/06/13
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    "Incredible book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Trident K9 Warriors the most enjoyable?

    The knowledge and thoughtfulness and attention to detail of the author.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Trident K9 Warriors?

    Descriptions of some of the training the dogs go through. I didn't realize they do aerobics and lift weights (for lack of a better term) to build their endurance. Makes sense, I was just surprised to hear it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The MWD that chases down an Insurgent trying to get away on a moped.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    To me it was fascinating from cover to cover, but no, not all in one sitting. I like breaking it up.


    Any additional comments?

    If not the best book I've listened to it is certainly in my top 3. If you like dogs, and the military, this is your book. Most of it covers selection of the dogs, training them and what is expected of the handlers and team mates. The last 1/3 or so is stories about events that take place down range.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • M
    Naples, FL
    19/05/13
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    "Great book"

    A really interesting book that kept me awake long hours, could'nt stop listening.
    To those who like war books and dogs, this is a must.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • DS
    NH
    25/04/13
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    "Dogs have become indispensable in war"

    I've owned many different breeds of large dogs, and I thought I knew about training them, but this book was an eye opener on the abilities of dogs and how they're trained to go to war. Great read and I learned a lot.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sandy
    Charlotte Hall, MD, United States
    3/09/15
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    "Great book!"
    Would you listen to Trident K9 Warriors again? Why?

    I liked this book A LOT!! I have performance dogs and compete in Canine Nosework with them. This book goes into great detail on the training and working with scent detection dogs and it all makes great sense and confirms what I've been taught. LOVE the positive reinforcement training aspect too!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked how the main character explained in detail the training and how the dogs worked in the field.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    don't really have a favorite, but I really liked the funny scenarios.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    How the handler dealt with the dog who didn't have an IED to find for several days started to shutdown. I liked how he returned to several positive training moments to rejuvenate the dog's drive. Reminded me of working too many empty rooms for NW3 training.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't know dogs worked with navy seals and I feel proud that they do.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • RichKolivoski
    6/06/15
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    "almost the same as Navy Seal Dogs "

    Covers the same material as Navy Seal Dogs. There is enough fresh stuff to make it worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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