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Love and hope often arrive in the strangest places and in the strangest ways. During his tour of duty in Iraq, Lieutenant Colonel Jay Kopelman of the U.S. Marines endured the emotional stress common for those involved in bloody battles for freedom. Although the rules forbid pets, Kopelman and his comrades adopted an abandoned puppy left behind after the battle for Fallujah. The dog (named Lava) befriended the Marines and journalists, and was eventually smuggled out of Iraq by the soldiers with the help of NPR reporters, John van Zante and the Helen Woodward Animal Center, Iraqi citizens, and the Iams pet food company. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 2/10/2014

    " A sweet story about a Marine trying to get this puppy home and out of the war zone. Marines do have hearts. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 2/1/2014

    " Sweet story. Heavy material. Fast read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gaile | 2/1/2014

    " I enjoy stories about animals. This one did my heart good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paige | 1/21/2014

    " A wonderful, intense story. Not just a book about a dog...a gritty, real inside look into the Iraq war...its impact on our soldiers and the Iraqi people...one happy ending comes about though! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 1/19/2014

    " Wow, this was heartbreaking. Yes, we know from the back cover that the soldier and Lava the pup come home safe, but the stories from war are nothing you will ever see on the news. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J. Pierce | 1/7/2014

    " Written by a Marine in true Leatherneck style. This story will jump from the pages and rip your heart out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Riesls | 1/7/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. Being a dog lover, of course all dogs should be saved. Author also provides some insight as to what was going on in that war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose Harris | 1/6/2014

    " Great story. Not the greatest writing but still very much worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne weir | 12/9/2013

    " A sweet and heart warming read, with the pictures inside an extra bonus. That dog is just sooo cute!!! You should read this as its funny, heart warming and it just simply has the aaawww factor. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn | 12/9/2013

    " This book is for any animal lover that loves a good ending. The story captivated me from the very beginning when an abandoned puppy finds a group of American Marines and ultimately into their hearts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Meents | 11/22/2013

    " Great inspirational story! One that is worth a second read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iris Robinson | 11/17/2013

    " Loved hearing about Lava! But there was a lot of war statistics and logistics of getting Lava home...fairly mundane after a while. But the story about Amar (spelling?) was heart-breaking. Overall though, this book shows that something good can result from a bad situation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 10/14/2013

    " I really liked this book - although as an animal lover, it was really disturbing to see how dogs are treated in that area of the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 3/18/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It really provided insight into what our troops go through when they are deployed and the story is so touching about trying to save this dog. A great book for animal lovers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marina | 2/12/2013

    " Thought this might be too cheesy for me, but it's a great story, simply told. I might be slightly biased since I've also rescued dogs from war zones and it's amazing their impact on us humans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 12/7/2012

    " Really enjoyed this, just mailed a copy to Paul to read. Its not your typical military-tactical style book. I am anxious to read the sequel that I just ordered! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lexi | 11/22/2012

    " heartwarming tale about a marine and his incredible bond with lava, an orphan dog he finds in Iraq! great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 11/20/2012

    " Fun story. Amazing how difficult it was to get a little puppy into the U.S. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cara | 7/5/2012

    " This was a great way to get an idea what it would be like to be in the war zone in Iraq, but with quite a bit of lightness. It was also fascinating to learn about all the red tape that had to cut in order to bring Lava home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/21/2012

    " Recommend to see what life is like in a war-zone. Your semi-warm fuzzy type of book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LB | 9/6/2011

    " Eye-opening account of one soldier's struggle to smuggle a puppy out of Iraq. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose Ann | 7/16/2011

    " This was a charming lovely book about bringing a little dog back to America from the war zone in Iraq. You will have tears in your eyes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 6/29/2011

    " I cried, cried and cried some more. Our Marines are tough, but they have big hearts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty Serckie | 6/23/2011

    " This was not only a touching story of a man's love for a dog it also took gave some insight to the reality of the war that you don't see on T.V. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/19/2011

    " An interesting non fiction good for animal lovers. Not the best book but certainly entertaining and surprsing as one learns about the conditions that soldiers must live through in Baghdad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sydney | 5/12/2011

    " Better than I thought it'd be. Especially the image of tough young marines talking baby talk to a puppy.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 5/9/2011

    " A simple little book that packs a whallop...a tearjerker. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 4/28/2011

    " What a great book! So many emotions are felt as you read this book. But pure elation at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana | 3/31/2011

    " starts off kind of slow... but paints a nice picture of the war... also gives info about how important dogs are in the military... found out new things... touching story.. . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leland | 2/9/2011

    " One of the most astonishing stories of canine love, of Marine persistence, and of cooperation between the military and the press... This book is a book of celebration, and of a dog who endeared himself to those around him. Anybody who loves dogs will love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 1/29/2011

    " Great story, as an animal lover, it was nice to see how many people tried to help the Marine and his dog, even when they weren't supposed to. And nice to see the softer side of a tough Marine. Good, quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/4/2011

    " Surprising well written and not too gory (considering the subject). Interesting angle to view combat, military. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keith | 1/4/2011

    " A marine and his unit find a puppy in an abandoned building during the Battle for Fallujah. This true story decribes their attempts to rescue the puppy and bring him to the United States despite a General Order that forbids the military from harboring or adopting animals. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maxine | 1/1/2011

    " Although I knew the ending it managed to be suspenseful, bringing tears to my eyes while resenting the fact that our boys are in Iraq being wounded or killed. A truly worthwhile read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 12/15/2010

    " A very good friend of mine served 2 tours in Iraq and told me some about how the dogs are treated over there. This book was a wonderful story about getting one of these poor sweet pups home!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 11/26/2010

    " There was more information about the war in Iraq in this book that what was published by the mainstream news media... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 10/26/2010

    " An incredibly fast read (I read it in less than a day). Well written and kept me entertained. I laughed out loud at some of the descriptions of what Lava did. Only cried a little, and I normally don't read books that talk about the war. Great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi | 10/17/2010

    " I loved this book..it was so heart-warming I believe I read it in 1 day. It had the two of the things I love most...our troops and dogs...who could ask for more?!?! "

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About the Author

Jay Kopelman is a former lieutenant colonel in the US Marine Corps. He lives in La Jolla, California, with his wife and their two children, Cheddar the cat, and, last but not least, two dogs: Koda and, yes, Lava.