- File Size: 804 KB
- Print Length: 284 pages
- Publisher: Pipe Dreams Publishing; 2 edition (January 30, 2013)
- Publication Date: January 30, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00B8TX90U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,957,683 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Good Servant (The Good Servant Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Lessons learned in childhood, in Vietnam, in marriage, in parenthood, in joy and in sorrow, all fall nicely to the page. The story is convincingly told and reads like listening to a beloved grandpa’s musings. There are clever lists of things to remember, wise ponderings on mortality, zany escapades, animal shenanigans, war stories, and more, all enjoyably gathered in a comfortably long package. But the highlight is an incredible funeral scene, and the book’s worth reading just for this. When you reach it, you’ll know what I mean.
By the end of the this tale, Eli seems a very real person who the reader might almost have known. He’s convincing. He’s flawed. He’s a great speaker, a born leader, and a fascinating character. It’s a long slow read, but it’s worth it and I’m glad to know I’ll learn more by reading the Good Servant’s Wife next.
Disclosure: I bought this when it was free.
Published By: Pipe Dreams Publishing
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"The Good Servant" by Doug Lucas was really some read that kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. We find that Elijah B. Connors was dying and realizes that there has been a lots of questions that had gone unanswered...so he write a book and explains it all to his wife, son, and daughter. I found this somewhat sad that he had carried this with himself but as I read the novel...I was able to understand his reasoning.
I don't want to give too much away but here are some of my thoughts on the read: ELI'S RECORD IS SET STRAIGHT in "The Good Servant" ...you must pick up the read to find out what it is all about.
Camels...cancer?...Eli was born on a 'brisk winter day'
Many things left untold to his wife, son and daughter....now he tells all... Eli father died when he was just eleven by a drunken driver, so he took it on him to be his sister's protector...from her dates!
Was Eli hard headed? ... just ask him mom, grammy and pap
Liked the words: Actions always speak louder than words...for Ray
Always watch what people are doing around you.
What was up with the fire of the tool shed?
Just how did Eli meet Sue....she beat him up in the church parking lot?
Trust everyone but keep them honest.... poor Ben Randall?
Eli's Best Friend ...like a twin brother...Jerry...Jeremiah Jacob Collins
Sugar Cookies and Root Beer!...Grammy's special for for only Eli
...Senior Gala...the snake?...strippers? No smoking Camel's ever when hunting and/or shooting...taught by Pap and Mr. Collins
NOW....WHO DECIDES TO JOIN THE MARINE CORP AFTER GRADUATION?
What did the moms, grammy and Sue (Sorority Affair)... do sending them what? What had happen to Uncle Dan Vette that would come back and bite
Eli somewhat later by having to give it up.
MARINE LIFE...What was up with the Sea Bag Shuffle, Alpha Company... more camels...mike boats...Happy Valley?...Cap Pendeton...Hill 22..Hoa Cam Hue...in the Republic of South Vietnam...More Camel's...
Jerry getting married to Lynn...omg!....twins....
BOHICA....FUBAR....? Why did Eli stay in Vietnam? answers....
coming home... song heard from church Just A Closer Walk With Thee....
Poem stitched by Sue for Eli...'Footprints in the Sand'...'Be thankful for all God has continually blessed me with'....for Ray
Hospital stay for Eli at Bethesda Naval in Maryland. Eli and Sue???
Momma Mae has gotten the grand babies and they have names...JP and Marie
Last days in the Marines..The Vette and Dart story...and Ansel Story....WHAT A EULOGY! leading to Eli becoming a pastor because of "Sister Marie's insight, Grand Pere showed him what God's love looked like and Father Maurice showed him that you must live as a servant sharing God Peace and love with others."
Now, if you can take this all in ....pick up this read "The Good Servant" and see for yourself .... all of the why, what,where, when and how of it all. You will not be disappointed with this read because it will really leave you with thoughts... "Trust only people whose words match there actions...A true friend will stay by your side in the worst or best of time...People don't have to be related to be family and Humor is the very best form of retribution....Find your own joy filled memories and share them from time to time with yourself...but remember memories are even sweeter with they are shared with to other."
This only leaves me to say Wow... this was some excellent novel..."The Good Servant" by Mr. Lucas. Well done Doug Lucas. I can't wait to see what you have in store of us next.
"A man is judged by his actions, not his words". Eli knew his beloved Camels had a firm grip on his breath as well as the remaining days of his life. He was a man who had done more than his duty. A man who knew he was dying and wanted peace for his family. He was providing it the only way he knew how - by coming clean.
Part of Alpha Company, the 1st squad of Weapons Platoon, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Division when he was sent to Vietnam, Eli became quite familiar with the acronyms BOHICA and FUBAR, and knew he was now well beyond the latter. His family was about to get answers to their ageless questions. He only hoped God would grant him enough time to complete one last mission. He wanted time to explain what Hoa Cam Hue was and had meant to him when he was later assigned to a program that allowed him to really meet the people of South Vietnam. He tells his family about the JAC, CAC, CAP program in an effort to show why and how it affected the rest of his life.
Seldom does one come across a novel of such lingual magnificence and caustic humour wrapped so effortlessly beneath a bow of divine sarcasm. The Good Servant is a story that will beseech your every emotion. Author, Doug Lucas pries open the emotional gates of his characters and places them in your hands. Your heart will ache. Your voice will be heard as you laugh out loud. The character of Eli will stay with you long after you've read his last words. Mr. Lucas is a phenomenal storyteller. My words to you, Sir, are "Well done, good and faithful servant".
Review by Jen Lynn - Crimson Flower Review