New York Times
It was one of those moments in which history splits,
And we define the world as “before” and “after.”
September 12, 2001
On the morning of September 11, 2001, Michael and Roselle took a 10-minute taxi from their Jersey home to the local transit station and caught a train to the underground lot of the World Trade Center. They navigated through the bustling crowd of people to the fourth sublevel elevator that took them to the North Tower, Tower 1. From there, they rode to the 78th floor, where Michael, Regional Sales Manager and Head of Operations for a Fortune 500 Company, greeted out-of-town guests and prepared for the day’s presentations.
It was just an ordinary day until 8:46 a.m., when Michael heard a loud boom and felt the North Tower lean twenty feet on its side…
Thunder Dog tells the amazing adventure of Michael and Roselle – two survivors of the September 11th terrorist attacks – who not only escaped the collapsing tower, but were instrumental in leading dozens of people to safety that day.
That, in and of itself, would be reason enough to pick up this book for most people. What makes this story extraordinary – and catapults the story into the must read category for anyone in search of a truly inspirational tale – is that Michael is blind – and Roselle is his guide dog.
I loved this book from the moment I picked it up. The book is masterfully written, interweaving several stories into one volume.
First is the story of Michael and Roselle, who must climb down 1, 463 stairs in order to escape the burning building.
Then, there is the story of the blind, who Michael advocates for. I learned so much on these pages – starting with the bombshell that many blind people, including himself, actor Tom Sullivan, and musician Stevie Wonder – were not born that way, but were premature infants who were blinded as a result of the standard but improper medical treatment they received at birth.
Next is the story of the miraculous Guide Dogs.
Finally, is the story of our protagonist Michael, who says:
The real story, in my mind, isn’t how I got out of the World Trade Center.
It’s how I got there in the first place.
Do yourself a favor. Read this book. Then, share it with a friend.
Five Out Of Five Stars
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as part of the Thomas Nelson Booksneeze Program for review purposes. I did not receive any form of monetary compensation for this review, and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.