Ethan - Dale Mayer


By Dale Mayer

  • Release Date: 2019-04-10
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4.5
From 298 Ratings


When one door closes … second chances open another …

Ethan was lost after a major accident abruptly shifted him from a military life to a civilian one, from working with dogs to odd jobs … In that time, he’d spent months healing from his physical injuries. When he connects with Badger and the rest of his Titanium Corp. group of former SEALs, Badger offers Ethan an opportunity he can’t refuse. A chance to do the work he used to do … with a twist.

Cinnamon works from home as a project manager plus is heavily involved in global dog rescues—dogs of all kinds. When Ethan walks into the next door’s vet’s office with an injured shepherd in his arms, she sees another lost soul—just like the canine ones she helps.

Ethan knows he’s about to take a dangerous step, but he’s on the job, and no one—on the job or not—hurts animals while he’s around. This poor shepherd has taken enough abuse, and Ethan fears she is only the tip of a nightmare he’s determined to uncover. But he knows she’s going to lead him in the right direction.

He has his sights set on saving one dog in particular, Sentry: K9 File 01.


  • Promising, but didn’t fulfill

    By Cris Ipod
    Love the idea of a military working dog story, it’s a great topic to explore the relationship between the handlers, soldiers, and the expertly trained dogs that serve. That said, this story is a little flat. Personally, I don’t think you can name a main character “Cinnamon” and then have no one ever question the name. It’s a dang rare name. Cinn is an unremarkable character whose family, friends, job, history, thoughts, dreams, etc. are never present. She has dogs, she talks about rescuing dogs, and she runs with her dogs. That’s it. 3/4 of the way through the book we find out she’s a redhead. No other character development. The military/retired soldier angle doesn’t get a lot of depth, either. The dog whisperer parts are the best parts of the book, TBH. Ethan has some excellent scenes caring for and bonding with badly treated attack dogs, all of whom had their own emotional journeys to trusting again. There was more suspense in “will this abused dog accept a new master?” than “will these main characters survive the drug war full of interchangeable bad dudes they are in the middle of?” The story has good bones, it just isn’t satisfying for me.
  • Dogs and veterans

    By Dkirkha
    Great story, can’t wait to read more. War dogs and veterans and the need for love.
  • Good reading

    By Bluedoggy72
    Nice story that flows well.
  • Great story

    By Maltimom
    Thanks for writing this story about the dogs and all of the wonderful people who care about them. ETHAN was both interesting and enjoyable. I loved it!
  • Ethan by Dale Meyer

    By vlmckune
    Loved it
  • A wonderful start to a new series!!!

    By 777sails
    I received a complimentary copy of this book and I also purchased a copy. I just love all of Ms. Mayer's work. This is a great story about Ethan who takes an assignment from Badger to locate a former military K-9, Sentry. Through a series of unfortunate events, Sentry's whereabouts are no longer known. A Commander is wanting to make sure that these former K-9s are receiving the best possible care because of their service to their country. Ethan goes to Texas to Sentry's last known whereabouts. He sees and rescues a female shepherd and takes her to a local vet clinic. There he meets Cinnamon, a local volunteer rescue worker. The chemistry between these two was evident right from the beginning. This story is a great one. I made myself put the book down in order to fix dinner. I was glued to my e-reader as the story was so engrossing. It was a highly intriguing plot that just hooked me in right from the beginning. The story was also written in my favorite dual POV format. This really helps me as a reader to understand the character so much better seeing how the character thinks about a given situation. I highly recommend this story to anyone. I look forward to reading more in this series.
  • Fabulous action and suspense!

    By Cheryl SDS
    4.5 Stars This is book 1 In the K-9 Files series and it features Ethan and Cinn. These two have a quick, strange friendship with an implied attraction. Any other book would have had me pulling my hair out at the slow pace of their romance but considering his personality, state of mind and her sort of prickly (not sure that’s the correct word to describe her) personality, their romance moved at the perfect pace. The story line was so good, full of action and adventure, that the romance took a back seat until much later in the book. The dogs were awesome and Ethan confidence in working with them was exciting. I love the concept and this first book in the series hits the mark! The story line has great flow and the characters are all mostly familiar from other series. I can’t wait to see what adventure the next book takes us on.
  • Ethan the K-9 files

    By Virginiatoo
    I loved this book. Could not put it down. I have a shepherd and know how loyal they can be. I’m looking forward to reading all in this series
  • MWD suspense story

    By D. Mama
    I was kindly provided this book as an ARC; in exchange for my honest review. This is book 1 in The K9 Files series. This book centers around Ethan and Cinnamon. (yep Cinnamon is a human not the K9...) Ethan out of the military and lost after a major accident abruptly ended his career and took the life of his working dog. Seemingly drifting, Ethan connects with Badger (see the SEALs Of Steel series) and Badger offers Ethan a chance to work with service dogs again… Tracking down several Military Working Dogs that have gone missing. Cinnamon works as a project manager and is involved in global dog rescues. (I suppose this “matches” them. Ethan finds a shepherd that’s injured and meets up with Cinnamon at the neighborhood vets office. And the story moves on from there. I’m going to preface this; I felt there was just not enough backstory and information in order for me to get firmly involved and committed to this story. The whole thing felt rushed and almost like an outline was followed and little boxes were checked off in what could have been a great beginning to a new series. Working dogs, in my opinion are the greatest heroes in the world. They serve and protect those they love, for cuddles and belly tickles (and maybe a few tennis balls..) I was very excited about this series and just didn’t feel it hit the mark. I have read everything Ms Dale has published, and I know her work usually flows much more smoothly. Also, I wouldn’t really classify this as a romance, but as more of a mystery/suspense story. I still think the book is worth your time and money. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
  • Ethan, The K9 Files

    By Book Addict KJB
    The start of a new series. Heroes, Navy SEALS who can no longer serve due to life changing injuries, find a new mission. K9 soldiers, dogs trained for military service, have been retired and now are missing. Ethan is the first SEAL to look for a missing dog, K9:01. The goal: to find the dog and to make sure he is safe, whether in an appropriate home or working for good. Ethan is a former K9 trainer and a dog lover. He meets Cinn, a dog rescuer. The two meet challenges and obstacles to make rescue their dog and more. Dale Mayer, author of the series SEALS of Steel, Heroes for Hire, and SEALS of Honor, has another great series emerging. This book follows SEALS of Steel and there are a few characters from these other series. These are stand alone books (and wonderful). The characters are rich and inspiring, the plot page turning (yes, I missed sleep to find out what happened next), and am eager to read the next book (and the next and the next . . .). I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.