When I read work by other authors I consider excellent or exceptional, I provide reviews on both my Site and Amazon. These reviews encompass a wide genre of literature. I have recently added reviews for two works. The two added are The Chaplain’s Cross by Ed DeVos and Light Casualties: A Private War – Vietnam 1968 by J.C. Willis. The two reviews are copied below (Check the Recommended Reads page on my Site for all twelve):
The Chaplain’s Cross by Ed Devos, Inspirational Historic Novel, 204 pages, ISBN: 978-1490834122
An Exceptional Read
As an author of historical fiction myself, I maintain that excellent novels of this genre must be historically accurate, the story must flow as solid literary fiction and the characters must be emerged in a way the reader is immersed in empathy for the characters. In The Chaplain’s Cross the author, Ed DeVos, has succeeded by meeting these criteria with a very enjoyable story.
The novel is built around two distinct characters: Takeo Hiromasa, a Japanese fighter Ace who is out to avenge the death of his brother, and Chaplin Jim Russell who wishes to fly with a bomber crew on a mission… he wants to better understand the tribulations airmen face so he can better administer to their spiritual needs. Both men achieve their mission, but they meet one another through an unexpected circumstance. This meeting kindles an understanding of good between enemies in a time of war.
I highly recommend this inspirational historic novel. It is definitely worth the read.
Light Casualties: A Private War – Vietnam 1968 by J.C. Willis, cross between autobiography and a novel, on Kindle.
In 1968 young adults faced a changing culture spurred by Vietnam. The military draft resulted in a mixture of soldiers… each with beliefs and attitudes covering a full spectrum of who was right or wrong. Some soldiers were gung ho…. They believed in America’s involvement. Others were no different than many who resisted the war back in the states…. These soldiers were labeled as troublemakers, and some were pot heads thrust into the hell of war in Southeast Asia.
Mr. Willis writes, in an interesting and easy to read documentation, about his time as a pot head soldier having a tendency to “screw-up”. It documents some of the worst events of the war such as My Lia. One must remember, while reading, that many who served in Vietnam were not constantly under the influence of drugs, and for the most part, both the “screw-ups” and “gung hos” did their jobs while subject to conditions that were very unpleasant and resulted in thousands of casualties.
I highly recommend LIGHT CASUALTIES for a perspective many Vets have spoken about, but few have written about.