- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: AuthorHouse (April 13, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1434302024
- ISBN-13: 978-1434302021
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,051,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Chorito Hog Leg, Book 1: A Novel of Guam in Time of War Paperback – April 13, 2007
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About the Author
Pat Hickey is proud to have been of some service to Leo High School for many years. As Development Director for Chicago's Leo High School, Hickey developed his first book and the main character of The Chorito Hog Leg, Books 1-2, Tim Cullen. A graduate of Loyola University of Chicago Undergraduate (Bachelor of Arts -English) and Graduate (Master of Arts - English) Schools, Pat Hickey has spent most of his life as a high school English teacher . A native Chicagoan and a career educator, Hickey taught at Bishop McNamara High School, in Kankakee, IL and La Lumiere School, LaPorte, IN. In 1990, he began doing fund-raising work which he continues at Leo High School. Hickey is a free-lance writer for GAR Media, Capitol Fax Blog and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. His first book Every Heart and Hand: A Leo High School Story has been a Chicago favorite. In the Fall of 2007, the second book of The Chorito Hog Leg story will follow the adventures of Tim Cullen through the mopping-up actions on Guam, the Iwo Jima Campaign, the sinking of U.S.S. Indianapolis, the Atomic Bombings of Japan, the beginning of the War Crimes Trials on Guam and return Cullen, through the great Pacific Typhoon of 1945, to Chicago. Again, the author will employ the 'intrusive narrator' technique used by William Makepeace Thackeray in his 19th Century historical fictions. Pat Hickey, widowed (Mary) in 1998, is the father of Nora, Conor and Clare Hickey. The Hickey's live in St. Cajetan's Parish in the Morgan Park neighborhood of Chicago.
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This novel purports to describe an important battle in Guam's history, and to tell about that battle through the eyes of some men who fought in it. But the novel is so disjointed and poorly edited that it is, for all practical purposes, unreadable. It is almost impossible to tell who the main characters are, as the author jumps without explanation from place to place, and from situation to situation, without apparent reason. The novel is badly in need of a very good book doctor.
I was very disappointed in this novel, since I wanted to understand more about Guam, and am keenly interested in its history. But this is not the book to read for that purpose. It is quite unfortunate since the author seems to have a great deal of information to impart, but he just never gathers this information into any kind of understandable or coherent form.
Hickey's penchant for names and facts from Chicago's history during a time of war are also vivid and, to this reader, allow time to reflect on some of the "good times" spent as a youngster growing up in the neighborhood.
The author warns early on in the "About the Author" section (see back inside page) that his style employs the "intrusive narrator" technique.
I believe he carries it out beautifully and to be honest should have used it more freely. It was a refreshing connection with the reader.
I was most impressed by the seemingly meticulous research Hickey put into his work. The decriptions of planes, both Japanese as well as American, naval vessels, armaments, and "vocabulary" were extremely well done.
Without giving the plot line away, if you are a Marine, Navy, or a general WWII buff... If you enjoy the "Grunt" point of view in armed conflict...and if you enjoy the days when a man's word was gospel. This is a book to enjoy.
I am looking forward to the second book of this set.
The scenes of Tim catching and then shooting the shark, the LCI taking the torpedo attack, the death of Gunny Higgins, the (Homeric) catalog of ships, and (the punch that I didn't see coming) the telegram about Tim that reaches the Cullen women just as the sisters are in the parlor talking about the Dormition--there's wonderful variety here.
For my money, it's a very moving "greatest generation" book also, partly because I know the kinds of guys Hickey is celebrating and the gone world they lived in. (I'm thinking of my uncle who died on Anzio Beach, my dad's buddy who was on Kwajalein, and others.) Great stuff.
Hickey pulls no punches in his description of Pacific combat operations. The Japanese occupying force in Guam, the Marines who landed on the island, and the stricken inhabitants caught in between are presented to the reader with brutally direct detail. The author's grasp of WWII military lingo is so good that I sometimes wondered if this was some sort of cloaked memoir. But it isn't- Pat Hickey just has an innate ability to absorb his subject and create a truly believable peace of historical fiction.
Some very intense combat sequences, plenty of colorful dialog and down right funny one liners from gruff old Marines that will get you grinnin' if you have ever been in the service.
Well worth reading and the sequel is due up later in 2007.
The meaning of the book's title will be revealed as you read as Pat Hickey weaves a compelling web of characters, the tale of the 1860 Colt revolver, its previous owners, the Japanese and the Marines who risk their lives in 1944. Brutal, honest and well-researched.
Check it out.