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I finished Fourth and Forever yesterday and have been ruminating about it ever since. I loved this book! With its cast of positive and inspiring characters, I lapped it up from start to finish in just three sittings.
It was a pleasure for me to be brought back to Missoula, Montana, a place I lived for three years. Fourth and Forever tells the story of a man whose character is shaped, on the one hand, by his relationships to friends and loved ones, and on the other by his experiences in the U.S. military. The author weaves the themes of love, war and football together in a fresh and masterful way. I love the concept that "camaraderie is a guy-word for love." This book is full of nuggets like that. The title refers to an impossible, hail-mary situation on the football field, but fourth-and-forever situations obviously happen on the battlefield, too.
Fourth and Forever is filled with such convincing details, it almost has the feel of an autobiography. This is partly due to the use of first person narration. The characters really come alive on the page. The characters are buffeted by life and the trials that life brings, whether it's being under enemy fire in a Vietnam kill-zone, or being arrested at a Montana bar. These conflicts, and the bonds that form between people as a result of them, wonderfully illuminate the stuff these characters are made of.
This is an uplifting story which will appeal to a wide audience. I think everyone is still searching for answers about the Vietnam War as well as more recent ones, and the effects they have on us as individuals. This book will appeal to those people as well.