The post Vietnam War novel, Tarnished Valor, a year following release has just received the tenth reader review on Amazon. Each review has received a five star rating by the reviewers. As the author, I am elated by the quality of the reviews.
The reader review by L. R. Brown follows:
Valor is bravery, courage, daring, and fearlessness. Author Terry Wilson uses historical events in his intriguing novel of valor in Viet Nam and again some 22 years later at home. Two friends, Sam Davis and Paul Morse, were combat brothers under Viet Com fire when fate separated them. Davis saw Morse take machine gun fire across his body.
Years later at a Washington, DC rally, Davis, wheelchair bound since Nam, is protesting for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act when he meets Judy Thomas. Following the protest Sam and Judy visit the Viet Nam War Memorial in search of Paul Morse’s name. What happens next sets into motion a chain of events that pulls lives together in unexpected ways. Tarnish Valor deals with the difficult problems that wars create and, sadly, reveals these problems are still relevant today. This book is a discovery journey of people who had valor on the battle line, on the home front, and the courage to always do the right thing. Well done Terry Wilson.
Today my novel TARNISHED VALOR received a ninth reader review written by Ann Kinhara. This review, as the eight before it, is rated with five stars. The following is the review provided:
An amazing story from the Vietnam era
This is the first book I’ve read by Terry Wilson but it sure won’t be the last. What a beautiful story this is. It tells of the returning servicemen from Vietnam with their spirits and their bodies broken. Mr. Wilson has told this story so well I felt like I knew these men, and I was totally immersed in their stories. I couldn’t put it down until I knew what happened. I highly recommend this book to all.
Ann also comment in a Facebook group (Second War Club) as follows:
I am almost finished with Tarnished Valor and I have to say this book is magnificent. I’m having to stop once in a while to wipe my tears. They are happy tears and sad tears. This story is so well told and moving. I want to meet these people!!!
The Kindle link for TARNISHED VALOR is http://amazon.com/dp/b01dt1q6hm.
Each of my three novels ends a Kindle reduced price of 99 cents tomorrow, Tuesday, September 6 (also available to Kindle Unlimited subscribers). On the 7th the prices revert to the normal $3.99 and $4.99 (Depending on the novel). Kindle links for each of these highly reader rated novels are:
THE BLANKET HILL INSURGENCY, a novel of Baby Boomers caught in the slowly developing cultural war of the sixties fueled by the War in Vietnam resulting in the shootings at Kent State University. Kindle link of http://amazon.com/dp/b01b26ljfu
BREAKING LIBERATOR’S SHACKLES, an inspirational novel of an American Airman’s enslavement as a Japanese Prisoner of War during World War Two. Kindle link of http://amazon.com/dp/b019xyor8y
TARNISHED VALOR, a novel depicting the struggle Veterans of the Vietnam War endured when returning home bearing scars of war while facing a society that changed during their absence. Kindle link of http://amazon.com/dp/b01dt1q6hm
Should you read any or all, I encourage your placing a review on Amazon.
I am pleased to share the wonderful five star reader review of TARNISHED VALOR written by Marjorie Appleby. It is available (along with my other two novels) through September 6 on Kindle at a discounted price of 99 cents. It is also available for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. http://amazon.com/dp/B01DT1Q6HM
This author is pleased to share the following reader review for my novel, Tarnished Valor:
By Diana Wilder, an author, on May 12, 2016- 5 star review on Amazon.
Tarnished Valor– a story of persistence, justice and friendship after the Vietnam War
It is March 10, 1990, a day that is of crucial importance in the fight for fair treatment of disabled Americans. Thousands of supporters of the Americans with Disabilities Act have descended upon the Capitol to support the passage of the Act. And in a dramatic climax of the day’s events, many of them abandoned their wheelchairs and crutches and participated in the famous ‘Crawl’ up the steps of the Capitol. Sam Davis, who lost a leg in the Vietnam war during the Tet Offensive, is there to show his support and then, once the Crawl is over, to visit the Vietnam Memorial to find the name of his buddy, Paul Morse, who was killed in the same fighting that cost Sam his leg.
But Paul’s name is not there, and Sam, whose life he saved, and who watched him fall to Vietcong bullets, is determined to learn the true story.
This is the start of a tale of courage, persistence, justice and friendship. It touches upon times that many of us can recall, when the veterans of the Vietnam conflict who returned home to scorn, hatred and abuse, were finally given the recognition they deserved by a country that had turned its back on them. Reading it and remembering my feelings, as a child of a military family during that time, brought back memories. I might suggest that it be read in history classes as an illustration of its moment in time.
The author conducted a goodly amount of research for the background of TARNISHED VALOR. Any official character – congressman, senator, associate – that is named in the story actually existed, and their part in the ADA movement is well-documented. I found myself remembering the time before wheelchair ramps and curbs adjusted to accommodate the disabled. Wilson expresses the difficulties and frustrations through Sam’s eyes, and somehow sheds a feeling of hope for those of us who know that their struggle will meet with success.
I would recommend TARNISHED VALOR to anyone interested in the aftermath of the Vietnam conflict, aware of the struggle to accommodate Americans with Disabilities, and interested in a little bit of detective work by an attractive, determined hero. And if you like to have a very nice love story added to the mix, you are in for a treat.
Disclosure: I assisted with proofreading this manuscript. I also gave some feedback on the book. I purchased this book because I enjoyed it and the bittersweet memories it brought along with its good, compelling story. I recommend it highly.
The first Reader Review for TARNISHED VALOR, a 5 star review, has been received for this just released novel. The complete review follows:
Tarnished Valor is the story of Sam Davis, a Vietnam vet who lost a leg during his tour and nearly died in an ambush. He owes his life to his quick-thinking friend, Paul Morse, who Sam believes sacrificed his own life to save Sam. But years later as Sam travels to D.C. to pay his respects to Paul at the Memorial Wall, he is astonished to discover Paul’s name is not listed there. Could he possibly still be alive? Thus begins Sam’s journey to find his friend. This touching story examines the scars carried home by war veterans, both physical and emotional, as well as what it truly means to be a hero in the face of great adversity. Tarnished Valor is a tale of redemption that will stick with the reader long after the last page is read.
Kindle copies at http://amazon.com/dp/B01DT1Q6HM
Regular print copies at http://amazon.com/dp/1530563216
Large print copies at http://amazon.com/dp/153056333X
Happy reading, and if you enjoy your read, please post a reader review on Amazon.