About the Book:
Benito Olson should have been a statistic.
That’s what often seems to happen to children when their father heads to prison. Besides, everyone considered Olson an underdog. Too scrawny. Too young. He let that mindset sink in—for a moment. Ultimately, he chose to follow another path, which the military provided. As a United States Navy Master-at-Arms, he discovered a new passion that eventually led him to work with Naval Special Warfare ———– —–, better known as SEAL Team —.
There, Olson met his partner, a Belgian Malinois military working dog named Digo. Some considered Digo too scrawny, too crazy—another underdog. A dog so incorrigible that one SEAL team had given up on him. However, Olson had the patience, resolve, and talent to redirect the dog’s spirit, making the pair one of the most effective handler/dog teams in modern combat.
Olson overcame many obstacles and thrived on serving his country with Digo. Then, it all came crashing down. Quite literally, when an Iraqi suicide bomber detonated himself in a structure Olson and Digo were in. Would they survive? Could they do another deployment as underdogs? Benito Olson’s story promises a raw insight into the human spirit and a roadmap for how perseverance and brotherhood can help you climb the most insurmountable mountain.
Benito Olson began his naval career as a Master-at-Arms serving in Bahrain and Kingsville, Texas. His work with military dogs opened the opportunity of a lifetime to serve with SEAL Team — for multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. He earned a reputation as a go-to handler for dogs at the tip of the spear and was awarded multiple decorations, including a Bronze Star with Valor and Purple Heart. After medical retirement from the Navy, Olson started Patriot Dog Training for law enforcement, estate protection, or household pets.
Darren Sapp has authored multiple works of fiction and nonfiction and serves as a guide for other authors crafting their memoirs. He served in the U.S. Navy as a yellow shirt on an aircraft carrier flight deck.