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About the Author
- ASIN : B086MB11FZ
- Publisher : Hawkeye Publishers (April 14, 2020)
- Publication date : April 14, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1282 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 410 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1946005401
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,238,150 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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And Dave Knight lives on the edge the whole time, never making it easy on anyone who cares for him – or, for that matter, on anyone forced to deal with him by circumstance, be they teachers, superior officers, or employers.
Today, Dave would likely be one of those kids said to be suffering from ADD, kids who are often very bright but just can’t sit still long enough to concentrate on their studies. But in the fifties, Dave is diagnosed simply as a pain in the butt by his teachers and, more importantly, by his strict Army officer father who sees him as an embarrassing failure. Dave is such an avid reader that reading is pretty much all he wants to do, no matter what class he is in or how far ahead of his reading class he might already be. Otherwise, he cannot sit still and he cannot shut up, neither of which do anything to endear him to his teachers. The pattern is set early in his life, and Dave’s father gives up on him just as early.
That tells you a lot about Lieutenant Colonel David S. Knight Jr., Dave’s father, but it doesn’t tell you just how often, or how tragically, the colonel lets down his wife and children. Dave and his brothers and sisters spend most of their time trying either to please their demanding father or avoid him altogether. They usually fail at both – sometimes with life-scarring consequences.
Dave, though, is a survivor, and this is his story.
Bottom Line: As Good as Can Be may be primarily a coming-of-age story, but it is also quite the page-turner, and it’s easy to get caught up in the Knight family’s tragic story, one largely written by the family’s alcoholic patriarch, a man unwilling ever to put his wife and children above his own military ambitions. It’s one hell of a ride.
(Review Copy provided by Author or Publisher)
I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to think of this book, but as an Army Brat myself (we moved every 6-9 months) and having my own daddy issues to boot, I was curious to see how this book would play out. This story spans over several decades with a focus on the 50’s-70’s time period. This book follows the Knight family and their adventurous, but at times complicated and quarrelsome life in the U.S. Army. As with most active military families, the Knights, are bounced around the world from base to base. Sometimes, even traveling to many unknown, and often unsafe countries. Then, add in a father with both an alcoholic addiction and an aggressive temper; a mother who is often sick in bed; and five siblings all vying for attention – not much stirring needed to set this time bomb off. While this book features the entire Knight family, the main focus is on their son, Dave, and his difficult, rocky upbringing. Dave struggles in school with a learning disability that nowadays most professionals are trained to easily spot and help children not only understand their disadvantage, but also guide them to overcome their disorder. Dave was not so lucky. He was often viewed as rebellious, rambunctious, uncontrolled, weak, lazy, and incompetent. It didn’t take long for Dave’s acting out to get him roped in with the other “troublemakers,” and labeled as so. Dave’s struggles only continue to progress in a downward spiral in both his home life and school life. Be sure to buckle in for this bumpy, emotionally charged ride!! Glass engagingly tells the story of hard times and dark days but offers hope that there is still light at the end of the tunnel.
This book features an array of interesting, compelling characters that are both well described and spotlessly captured.
This book included strong historical content with extensive military knowledge and etiquette. It is clear Glass is very familiar and well-versed with such tactics as he was able to easily convey these procedures throughout the story. This truly added an authentic, realistic layer to an already stimulating read.
This book effortlessly connects with a wide range audience. Whether you grew up during the same era, were part of a military family, had an alcoholic parent, had an ailing parent, had a learning disability, or just simply felt misunderstood and were the black sheep of the family – this book will be easy to connect with and relate to.
I have to admit this book seemed a bit on the longer side at 403 eBook pages. However, not only does this book stretch across several decades, but it also covers a wide range of topics, events, and thousands of miles as the Knight family deploys across the globe.
At this time, this book is not part of a book series. Therefore, this book can be read as a standalone.
All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it! I think all historical fiction fans and coming of age readers will like this book too! So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading - you won't be disappointed!
**Warning!! Please note this book contains violence, alcohol addiction, drug references, adult language, and other adult content**
**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations**