Thunder Dog- Michael Hingson

Leah Courtney
Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero

Thunder Dog is the true story of a blind man and his dog leaving Tower 1 of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.  Michael Hingson and his guide dog Roselle went to work that Tuesday morning and were stunned by what Michael later learned was a terrorist attack.  With Roselle's guidance, Michael was able to make his way down from his office on the 78th floor and even be an encouragement to those he met along the way.

This was a very interesting story co written by Michael himself.  Most of us in the United States will never forget what was happening to us on 9/11.  We were all touched in some way by the attacks.  So a story that shows the triumph of the human spirit in the midst of the crisis touches us too.  And this is more than the story of 9/11.  It is Michael's story about what it means to be blind in a sighted world.  It is touching for that reason also. 

I was a little let down after reading the description of the book.  I looked for some dramatic encounter of a blind man and his dog saving lives and saving the day. Michael and Roselle's story is not quite so dramatic.  But, they were quiet heroes as they made their way to safety on a day when many of us thought the world had gone crazy.  Michael is a good story teller, and I enjoyed reading, not only about his day on 9/11, but also about his life story and the challenges he had faced and overcome.  Don't look for an outstanding, dramatic tale.  But, do expect to be inspired and challenged when you pick up this story.

I received a free copy of this book for review purposes from BookSneeze.  All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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