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Light The Hidden Things by [McQuinn, Don]
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"Light the Hidden Things is a beautiful story about the haunting weight of the past, the hope that comes from second chances, and most of all, the healing power of love. It's written with power and skill by a seasoned author who understands the nuances of the human heart. Carter Crow's emotional journey is deeply personal, yet universal. Recommended for romantics everywhere."
-Susan Wiggs, #1 New York Times Best Selling Author

Unflinching View Into Heart of a Warrior
"This book should be celebrated, not just because it is deeply moving and elegantly written, but because its theme of the warrior returned from war gives voice to the hard reality of our times. The wars we embark on don't end for the military men and women when they get home. They carry a war within, some more buried than others. The main character of this novel, Crow, illuminates this hard and timeless story. I loved the inner journey McQuinn takes us on--written with the authority of one who seen it all--and who also knows the joys of fly fishing and of a loyal dog (the unforgettable Major.) I was utterly seduced by the ensemble cast who flicker at the edges of Crow's inner conflict and fire, adding texture to the story as well as its plot of greed and betrayal. I raced through this story, enjoying every minute. Highly recommended."
-Kay Kenyon, via Amazon Review

About the Author

Don McQuinn is an American best-selling author and retired U.S. Marine. He was born in Winthrop, Massachusetts, and lived in several places before moving to Texas. Don graduated from Galena Park HS, and after a year of military school in Minnesota he won a USNROTC scholarship to the University of Washington. After graduating with a BA in English, Don served twenty years in the Marines -- retiring in 1971 as a Major -- before becoming an author. His books have won major awards and been on bestseller lists, and he's written in genres that range from contemporary women's fiction to science fiction. He lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with his three grown sons.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1703 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Raven's Call Press (May 26, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 26, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087308ZY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #607,940 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Don McQuinn is a master at turning a phrase. So often, we are treated to drivel that is churned out for the masses. This man is an artist of the highest caliber. In writing the phrase 'show don't tell' is bandied about quite frequently, yet so few authors actually follow through. Not here. Don has a way of sucking you into a scene like few others. From the beginning, you feel like you are right there in the story, feeling their emotions, reading their thoughts...when they hurt, you hurt. When they laugh, you laugh. The scenery isn't just some hastily painted backdrop either. The land comes alive with every page. The result is a near total immersion into the story.

Not only is this a heartfelt, beautiful, and engaging story, it serves a purpose. I'm not going to give anything away here, BUT: Anyone who has a loved one, or knows someone who has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) NEEDS to read this book. This book is titled "Light the Hidden Things" for a reason. Read and be illuminated. You won't be disappointed. I promise.

Seriously...BUY THIS BOOK.
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This book is a departure for the author; McQuinn has spent his career writing military and science fiction with a rip-roaring pace. Now he's slowed down, and given his unusually fine sense of character and romance more room to breathe . The result is a book that deserves to be read. It's well-crafted, real, and will stay with you long after you finish reading.

Additionally, this is must-read material for anyone with a family member in the service. The book's portrait of an old soldier trying to make sense of things is not to be missed. It sent chills down my spine, and it will do the same for yours.
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By Vicki L on October 24, 2012
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This was fairly well written, and clean. But I did finish it feeling like I wanted more information about Joe. I read a lot of books and it is possible that I just got distracted and missed something. I wasn't sure if he died or if he and Crow were just estranged. I also felt that the story's pace just suddenly changed at the end. The pace was fairly slow throughout and then all of a sudden, bada bing bada boom. Done. I gave it 3 stars, but I felt like it was better than just "okay," but not quite up to 4 stars either. When I finished, I had to go back and check to see if this was part of a series because it seemed like there were a lot of characters kind of just dangling.
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By Cookie on October 29, 2012
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This book was slow to get into. I listen to swear words out in the public and on TV. I don't want to read them in a Christian book. Also, the name Lila was changed to Lisa several times. Whoever edited the book obviously didn't catch that mistake. I read it, but it was not one of those "I can't put it down books". It took a long time to read.
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I very much enjoyed this book.It had characters I wanted to root for and a happy ending - worth the price simply for the wonderful writing voice. This man can turn a phrase!
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While this book is not completely bad, it is absolutely nothing like what I expected. In fact, in these terms it was actually pretty disappointing, but maybe it was the fact that I knew what I wanted to read that ended up making this book seem rather dull. As it happens, the book does not focus on the recovery process of a soldier who has been psychologically wounded by war. In fact, the book, doesn't even focus on a single character. And while I'm not opposite to several characters in a romance, the fact that most of the are not exactly relevant for the story makes it seem very slow-paced and, in some moments, even boring. Characters that had the potential to be relevant to the story end up as some sort of background/supportive characters, specially Vanderkirk, who only seemed to be in the book because it needed a contemporaneous villain to serve as an obstacle for the main couple (as if they didn't have enough problems to face).

The main character, Crow Carter, had everything to be an interesting one and ended up being under-developed. He had PTSD, but sometimes you forget this because his romantic interest, Lila, drowns his story with her seemingly irrelevant problems. Okay, maybe "irrelevant" is too strong to define her problems, but comparing her dreams of building a memorial for her deceased relatives just for the sake of the whole things doesn't really seem to be more important than a guy who has served in the army and is haunted by the memories he gathered in combat.

I'm not the biggest fan of how Lila was developed. I'm not into stereotypes of fragile, obstinate girls who are actually able to solve every single problem using the power of love. Wait, did I say obstinate? For most part of the book, she doesn't really know what she wants to do with her life.
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This is not the "usual" McQuinn book. The books I've read by him have been space operas and adventures. They've had their share of adrenaline. This book is gentle, and touches on a difficult subject, PTSD. While it doesn't get into the clinical aspects of PTSD, it does show what someone living with it goes through; how it affects them and those around them. I think this book is a marvelous book for anyone who is either living with PTSD, or knows and loves someone who is.

The primary protagonist, Crow, suffers from PTSD. He's a war vet who has seen more than any human needs to see of death. Fortunately, we don't have to relive a lot of what he does. Crow—a loner, and his dog Major, come to a small town in the Washington Cascades, not too far from Seattle. Here, Crow meets people who help him face his demons to get them off his back.

Dare I make a generalization here? Dare I say Crow is like many men who have PTSD in that he knows he's broke, but he'll fix it himself? He doesn't need help. He's a Marine.

There is no "ah-ha" moment when Crow realizes he needs others; there is no "ah-ha" moment when he is suddenly "fixed." We travel with him as he comes to the realization he really does not want to be a loner any more, he wants companionship, and he wants friends to stand by him and help him.

The chapters of this book are written in the point of view of whoever is narrating that chapter. Most are written by either Lila, who has her own demons or by Crow. Some people find this type of writing irritating, I for one love it.

I would have liked to know just a little more about how Crow's wife died, and a little more about Joe, their son.
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