Monday, March 25, 2013

Thunder Dog

This one came across as a suggestion on my Kindle when another book about dogs that I want to read wasn't available. I was intrigued so I downloaded it right away.

Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust as Ground Zero by Michael Hingson is the story of a blind man and his seeing-eye dog. That in itself is interesting but their tale also includes an escape from the World Trade Center on September 11th.

Good Reads' Synopsis: "First came the boom―the loud, deep, unapologetic bellow that seemed to erupt from the very core of the earth. Eerily, the majestic high-rise slowly leaned to the south. On the seventy-eighth floor of the World Trade Center's north tower, no alarms sounded, and no one had information about what had happened at 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001―what should have been a normal workday for thousands of people. All that was known to the people inside was what they could see out the windows: smoke and fire and millions of pieces of burning paper and other debris falling through the air.

Blind since birth, Michael couldn't see a thing, but he could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and his guide dog, Roselle. However, Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle's judgment and not to panic. They are a team.

"Thunder Dog" allows you entry into the isolated, fume-filled chamber of stairwell B to experience survival through the eyes of a blind man and his beloved guide dog. Live each moment from the second a Boeing 767 hits the north tower, to the harrowing stairwell escape, to dodging death a second time as both towers fold into the earth.

It's the 9/11 story that will forever change your spirit and your perspective. "Thunder Dog "illumiates Hingson's lifelong determination to achieve parity in a sighted world, and how the rare trust between a man and his guide dog can inspire an unshakable faith in each one of us."
What I Thought: I liked this one a lot. Hingson and Roselle's story offers a different perspective on the event of that historical day. I also learned much about growing up blind and striving for independence in a busy world. Fast and easy-reading, give this one a try!

Rating: * * *

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