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About Bert Carson
I have lived in Trussville, Mentone, Childersburg, and Mobile, Alabama; Palatka and Jacksonville, Florida; Georgia, South Carolina, Indiana, Texas, Laurel (Mississippi), Memphis, Tennessee and Vietnam.
I've been a construction worker, soldier, corporate manager, car dealer, minister, professional speaker, small business owner, and writer. I've been married four times, bankrupt twice, homeless once, and a millionaire once.
I live, very happily, with my wife, Christina, whose CV is as long (or longer) than mine. Christina is also a writer.
I love to read and write. Amazon facilitates both of those passions.
War brought them together and separated them.
Love overcame both war and time and brought them back together.
Captain Kathleen Timmons was winding up her third tour at the Evac Hospital in Saigon when the call came for a medic to fly with a dust off crew to the site of a downed helicopter. All of the medics were on other assignments. Kathleen hesitated a moment and responded, "Send the dust off, a medic will be on the pad."
Though it was against regulations for a woman to go into a combat situation, Kathleen was waiting at the landing pad when the chopper sat down. The pilot tried to talk her out of going. Kathleen said, "It's me or nobody. We're wasting time here."
The wreckage of the downed Huey was scattered over a large area and the landing zone was still a target for VC snipers. Kathleen and the dust off crew loaded the two survivors they found and were preparing to leave when one of the wounded men grabbed her arm and shouted, "Did you get Maddog."
Straining to be heard above the sound of the screaming turbine, Kathleen shouted, "Who is Maddog?"
She leaned close to the wounded man and heard him say, "Maddog is our crew chief.)
Kathleen stood, leaned across the back of the dust off aircraft commander's seat and shouted into his helmet, "Hold here. We've got to find Maddog."
Before he could reply she jumped from the chopper. Kathleen spotted Maddog fifty feet from the the main fuselage and with one of the dust off crew men, carried him back to the chopper.
As they lifted out of the landing zone Kathleen touched the door gunners arm. When he opened his eyes, she shouted. "We've got Maddog."
˃˃˃ Maddog left Vietnam on the hospital flight that took Kathleen back to the states.
A reader said:
"I don't read war stories. Ever. This is not a war story. This is a life story.
There are bits of romance, bits of joy, bits of pain, and a lot of reality.
As always, Bert Carson grabs you by the heart and gently carries you through a world that you never thought you could love.
Honestly, I never would have read this book if I hadn't met the author. It is far from my usual world of light-hearted fiction and mystery. I would have really missed out. Bert's ability to mix reality and fiction makes history come alive and often leaves you wondering how much of the story is truly fiction.
Read it, you won't regret it."
˃˃˃ Maddog and Miss Kitty is a Novella with four short stories.
A reader said this about the short stories:
"The four short stories following the novella are not to be overlooked. They are touched with divine hope. "Tennessee Waltz" is a reminder of how much veterans see beyond the names on "The Wall" in Washington D.C. There are unexpected angels in the midst of horror. The "Medic" finds unexpected duty is tinged by a hint of the miraculous. "Lady" helps a veteran find freedom again. "Snow" is heartwarming and magical.
This is a book worthy of five stars. It shines for all Vietnam Veterans."
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Leonard was on automatic until he met Whispers. Luke didn't want a partner then he met Traveler
Whispers, an awesome German Shepherd and Traveler, his amazing great grandson change the lives of two men.
Leonard Jacobson, a charismatic, unassuming genius, was drafted three months after he finished high school. He spent sixteen weeks in basic training, twice the normal time frame, before moving on to advanced infantry training. In AIT, his company commander, Captain Kennedy, a recent returnee from Vietnam recognized a kindred spirit and introduced the young man to the world of Scout Dogs. Leonard took one look at the dogs and determined to become a Scout Dog Handler - a year later he met his partner Whispers, and his life was changed forever.
Luke Jenson had two brothers. One was a lawyer, the other a doctor. Luke's father, Robert, a long haul truck driver, told Luke to choose a profession and he would pay for his education. Luke told his dad he wanted to be a long haul truck driver. Robert tried to talk him out of it, to no avail. Finally he agreed to teach Luke to drive. After a long apprenticeship, Robert made Luke his partner. A few years later Robert passed away. Luke elected to continue trucking alone. On afternoon, half way up Mount Eagle, in central Tennessee, Luke saw a near-dead German Shepherd on the shoulder of the interstate, struggling to reach the top. Without think he pulled the rig over, carried the exhausted dog to the truck, and delivered him to nearest vet. A few weeks later, Traveler, the great great grandson of Whispers became Luke's partner.
Ultimately, through the most unlikely event, Luke and Jake meet.
˃˃˃ "Not only a warm and unusual story about a couple of dogs and their best friends, but with adventures that will make you forget dinner just to read more pages."
˃˃˃ "This is a different kind of war story, uplifting and wise, eloquent and yet with a tendency toward the paranormal. The writing is beautiful, as are the bonds between men, and between man and dog. Highly recommended."
The real war starts when the battles are over.
Three Vietnam vets and the widow of a Vietnam vet know they have to stick together to survive the aftermath.
David, Shirley, and Tim grew up together on Lookout Mountain, in Northeast Alabama. Tim was killed in Vietnam. David, Robert, and Bill served together in Vietnam. They survived the experience, but barely. After the war, David and Shirley formed a lawn care company and called it Southern Lawn Service. Bill hated cutting grass so they revamped and renamed the company, becoming private investigators and calling their company Southern Investigation. Robert joined them a number of years later, just before Southern Investigation took on it's largest case - the rescue of fifteen American POWs who had been captured by a war lord and held in a remote area in the south of Vietnam.
˃˃˃ Can the four partners of Southern Investigation, along with David's dog, Mojo, pull off the rescue?
The answer is worth discovering.
One reviewer said:
"This book grabbed me by the gut, but the reason for that is as much about what it does as a piece of storytelling as it is what it does thematically. It's as much about the characters and how I grew to care about them as it is the questions the story asks, and how much these matter to my life - to all of our lives, really. The fact that I can't really separate my emotional and my intellectual responses to this story speaks to how excellent it is.
Obviously I know this is a book , but my emotional investment is such I just can't quite analyze it as a piece of fiction - not just yet. Don't you love when this happens? When a story feels so real that until you finish it you walk around in a daze, worrying about the characters? The story is well crafted with all the twists, turns and clever moments of the best thrillers. It's charged with suspense, wonderful humor...and rife with sparks of unpredictability. Best of all, the author's incredibly warm humanity and personal senses of loyalty, honor and harmony with the cosmos lend their lambent glow throughout."
˃˃˃ Another reviewer said:
"Southern Investigation should be required reading for active duty servicemen and -women as well as veterans, and anyone else who is interested in understanding what might go through the minds of the men and women who are charged with defending our freedom."
Josh and Bobby were devastated. Finally Josh realized they had to go on with their lives regardless of the pain. After many late night discussions, that usually ended with both of them crying, they decided to leave Fort Rucker, Alabama and find a school far away from anything that would remind them of their loss. A few weeks later they enrolled at the University of Montana in Missoula.
Bobby tried out for the football team and thanks to the skills he had acquired in long practice sessions with Josh, made it as a wide receiver. The Grizzlies coach, Brent Jenkins, had seen Josh working out with Bobby and asked if he would work with the team's punter, explaining that their field goal kicker had just dropped out of school for personal reasons.
˃˃˃ A 44 year-old college football quarterback! Are you kidding me?
Samuelson's three-year injury-free streak ended in the third quarter of the Grizzlies first game. Seconds after the starter went down with a broken collarbone, Josh found himself, at age 44, the quarterback of a college football team.
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˃˃˃ Another Reader Said
The style of the prose is clear and unadorned. This is an unashamedly Feel Good book about success and winning by virtue of personal effort. We all know that our lives offer no such guarantee. In these times of jangling dissent, isolation and uncertainty, Fourth and Forever puts a team around you. I would read this writer again.