- Paperback: 242 pages
- Publisher: WestBowPress (March 26, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 144978741X
- ISBN-13: 978-1449787417
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,862,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Honor Paperback – March 26, 2013
About the Author
Kenneth Scherer has a lifelong fascination with writing and the perils of war. He enjoys backpacking in the Idaho mountains and endlessly dreaming up the next great story. In Honor, his first novel, he explores love, loyalty, and the intricate complexities and horrors of warfare. Kenneth lives in Boise, Idaho, with his wife and daughter.
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Top Customer Reviews
Okay, enough of the negative stuff. The characters were likable and I really enjoyed the conclusion to the questions, "Who is Ericka and what are her motives?" Overall it was heartwarming and heartbreaking, and worth reading. It serves to remind and humble the reader, as some of the horrors of war and the long journey for returning veterans are highlighted in a sensitive way.
This is one of those books that I read and sincerely wish that the author would send it off to be professionally edited, as it could be outstanding.
on not only the receiptiant but also on those touched by it. I truly hope that all of Mr. Scherer's efforts are as good as this one. Firmly believe everyone should take the opportunity to read this and convince others to do likewise.
When critically wounded veteran Brent Edwards takes his therapy walk to a secluded area in the park a beautiful woman, Erika, asks to share his bench. His self esteem is in the tank and he feels a great deal of unwarranted shame. He lives a solitary life believing that no woman would want what is left of him.
Erika has been through her own hell but she is just what the doctor orders to help Brent wrestle his demons and learn to live again. She is a beautiful, gentle, soft-spoken woman who soothes him like no one else can. Suspicions begin to cloud his mind with doubt and he contemplates why she loves him. He thinks she may want to seek her own fame since he is being honored at the White House. Something just seems a bit off to him.
This book will take you on a journey. I could not put it down until I was finished with it in the early morning hours.
I recommend this book unless you are like me and dislike the humiliation of being with a man who blatantly flirts and teases with other gals every time he is in public...with or without you. I did not think the 'harmless touching' with the waitress and the nurses and techs were harmless at all. For someone who was supposed to be such a hero, a good, caring, honest man, someone who wanted to have an exemplary reputation, why would he conduct himself in such a manner. Why was it necessary to have dinner with the woman he loved and then sit and flirt with the hostess and waitress and struggle to keep his eyes off them. What message does that send?Not a good one!! It wasn't a one time thing as it happened every time they went out. It was very troublesome for me. I don't think I would read it again if I knew that was involved in the story that was otherwise great. But this ruined the read for me. Maybe it won't bother you at all and should try it for yourself.
Why I rated this book a 3.0 stars when I could not put it down rather than a five star which it could have easily been. 1. Because of the minute details throughout the book, it moved the story along at a slower pace than I like. Yes, details are a very good thing. Very important. I have read a few books lately that the details were so scarce the ending left me thinking...what the heck just happened and there were too many unresolved questions and situations. Not so in this book, but there may have been a bit too many details that slowed the story's progress leaving me wanting to skim or skip...but I did not.
2. You may view me as very picky but there was also one thing in this book that stood out to me that was bothersome, even troubling. I did not care for Brent's continual flirting, winking, and teasing with nearly every female he came across. Many of those instances, I felt, were inappropriate with the ability to falsely lead the gals on, which is something he stated he did not want to happen but, yet, he made no effort to discontinue the behavior. This happened when he was alone as well as when he was with Erika. That gave me an immediate uncomfortable feeling in my gut as it made me wonder if his actions would further lead to unfaithfulness, betrayal, and/or compromise in their budding love relationship. It was a disappointment to say the least. His actions showed disrespect and I would have been deeply hurt and insulted if I was Erika, the woman he was in love with. I have to say I was troubled when it continued to happen, even on the very last page. So is this honoring the woman you are with? Not in my books. Is it showing respect for the one you are in a relationship with as well and the waitresses/nurses/med techs you are flirting with, teasing and touching? Nope...nada...zilch...no way. So does this book tell insinuate that he may have thought this action wrong or unacceptable since he did not touch others in front of Erika? Even if he was on a one time date that would never amount to anything, it would still be inappropriate, insulting, disrespectful, and humiliating for him to flirt the way he did in front of his date. I know that I would have certainly developed qualms about a relationship with a man who flirted and teased other women the way he did. Brent had this great character and always wanted to provide a superb public image every where he went to honor the military he served in and his father who taught him to act like a gentleman and treat a lady respectfully and with honor. He claimed he NEVER wanted to engage in anything that could/would tarnish his reputation and image. He wanted to do the Army proud as well as his family. The flirting was a kink in his armor. With his conservative beliefs, that he held onto so adamantly, I would not have expected his behavior to be so blatantly flirtatious because it did not go along with his belief system nor the public image that meant so much to him. It just did not fit him and I disliked it a great deal. In fact, it made me begin to somewhat dislike Brent although he had other likeable qualities. From that point on it put a damper on the story for me. Others may not think a thing about it but I tried to take into consideration his personality, (remember he was living a solitary life and a few weeks later he is flirty and teasing with all the females he came across while he is discovering a new love, the fist love of his life. I was so very disappointed that he did not curtail this behavior. This demeaned their relationship and he reminded me of the types of men who had done that very same kind of flirting with me years ago. Most just wanted something...that they did not get. I viewed them as slimy jerks who were arrogant fools. I did not like to think of Brent in that way.
THE KICKER with all of Brent's flirting, which is bothersome and even disgusting to me is this: He just about goes ape crazy if another man looks at Erika. He has the nerve to ask her to wear conservative clothing (which she usually does not do) because he cannot stand the thought of any man looking at her beauty and great body. If a guy shyly flirts with her or just talks to her, Brent is already picturing them in bed together and wishes he could destroy the guy. His jealousy is over the top. BUT...HE can FLIRT with and even touch any woman in his presence. Don't forget that he is the one who is so obsessed in having an excellent, perfect, unquestionable public and private reputation, appearance and image, but yet he flirts like mad and gives the women a thrill...some who probably think he may be interested in them. I know...I know...I will remove myself from my soapbox. I just think it is important for a man to have a very clear vision of what affect a his actions can have on the woman he is with and the other women he is flirting with. Maybe there are some women who would not care or be bothered if their spouse was flirting and teasing other women but there is not a woman I am acquainted with who would find it acceptable or tolerable behavior and not be upset by his thoughtless actions. And whether or not others realize it, flirting can be the beginning of the end for a relationship. It can be the beginning of your own man looking a bit differently at other women he comes in contact with. People tend to get a bit chummy with those who they tease with, bumping elbows, a quick jab in the ribs, can lead to copping a feel and more. So, therefore, the blatant flirting and teasing can lead to the destruction of a relationship, betrayal and a barrel full of other negative things. I know for a fact that there have been many affairs that began just this way and they were so destructive. This is dishonoring your woman, disrespecting her, sending her silent messages about yourself that may not be so good.
Mr. Sherer, I am so sorry for my rant but until I saw Brent's behavior was not going to change or he was so void of an Aha moment, your book went from a 5-star read to a 3.0 - 3.5. I hate that because the story itself was great, well told and well thought out. But, a man's actions speak very loudly about himself and Brent's actions did not match up with his beliefs nor did they agree with the image he was creating for himself, the way he wanted to be perceived, the way he wanted to be. I believe he, at one point, commented that he did not want his flirting to lead anyone on but yet he did it anyway...even though there were squealing, giggling girls flirting back as he asked himself how rock stars and athletes handled all the attention. And then he had to work at not looking at the backside of the pretty waitress as he waited for Erika. I know men look...all the time, but when flirting is so blatantly added it changes the game and the trust. It really broke my heart that this was a part of his personality. It lessened him in my eyes. I lost respect. I felt he was not nearly as trustworthy as I thought he was. I was appalled at his disrespect of the woman he was falling in love with. It began to make his character questionable and I no longer had much faith in him. If my husband would have behaved that way in my presence he may not have lived to change his ways. Brent's behavior has such potential for destruction. So very sad because I loved him at first... I read this a day ago and it still troubles my heart and the thought of his disregard for Erika as he flirted away. It has made me sick at my stomach multiple times last night and today. I will have to start a new book today to get this out of my mind. I guess I just don't understand why anyone would think it was okay/acceptable to flirt and tease with other women when you are in a loving relationship. Especially at the end on the way to the elevator...after the sign in desk. Wow!! No respect for his woman at all.