Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson
This is a true story which is a departure from my usual reading fare. It told the story of how a blind man and his guide dog escaped safely from the twin towers on 9/11.
The parts of the story where he told about the escape were especially interesting. I was expecting a little more heroism from the dog, but apparently just because he remained calm and did his job among such chaos, that was heroic and unusual even for a trained guide dog.
It was a little annoying to me that the author kept jumping back and forth between the long ago past and the 9/11 past. I understand he was trying to give us some background to help us to understand himself, his dog, and blind people in general but the stories into the further past did not seem to relate to what was happening in the 9/11 story line.
Mr. Hingson also had a very strong agenda. He is trying to educate you on how blind people are and how they want to be treated—basically to be treated as “normal”. I wasn’t expecting that either but apparently I needed the education.
The other thing that surprised me was the amount of Christian content. Because this was published by a Christian publisher I expected it to contain more. It barely mentions God at all, although to the author’s credit he does give God the glory for saving him after they escaped the lobby right before the tower fell.
Apart from the small annoyances and unexpected things I found the story line involving the actual escape to be very entertaining and as a whole educational. You will especially enjoy this story if you are a dog lover.
To purchase your own copy of this book go here: Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust
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