- File Size: 407 KB
- Print Length: 136 pages
- Publication Date: April 21, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007WL4CPE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,682,936 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
As I was born in the seventies, I never saw the reality of Vietnam. I've heard the smoothed over statements from history class. I have known the uncle who cannot be asked about "the war". I've seen the ragged scrap of the man with the cardboard sign proclaiming his history of "vet".
This is just a little glimpse into their world. It's a drop of the reality of PTSD that so many cannot escape. It's without excuse or blame. It just is.
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.
The story speaks of the enduring power of memories forged in youth, the defining of character through trauma, the barriers to moving on created by the discrimination and ostracism of veterans, the striving to re-find fulfilment and self-worth, the pervasiveness of feelings of alienation and loss, and the steadfast bonds of mateship.
One of the notable points of the story was the explanation that in understanding the insanity of the war they had been sent to fight, and potentially die for, soldiers often viewed their duty to be foremost about taking care of each other, while nurses saw their duty to be foremost about 'fixing the damage'. As neither duty could ever be safeguarded from failure, many of those who survived the war would always be haunted by the tragedy of it. In this respect, the story also underlines the enormous importance of the Memorial Wall for grieving veterans. A lasting thought from reading this story is that while Maddog and Miss Kitty, by a beautiful chance, eventually found that special human connection that offers real hope for healing, many veterans would never do so.
This novella and the bonus short stories that complement it are fiction that stems from lived experience, and they are well worth reading.
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.
This is the story of a helicopter door gunner named Gerald who fought in Vietnam, then came home to find the world had changed. If you've ever wondered what it is that troubles our returned soldiers, what really goes on in their minds, and why they are so troubled, you will understand it much better when you have read Gerald's story. Gerald earns the moniker Maddog on his first day in Vietnam because of his grit and determination.
The novella alternates between Maddog's point of view and that of one Katherine Timmons, who has been christened Miss Kitty during her years as a medic saving lives in Vietnam as soldiers are helicoptered back from bloody battles. Like Maddog, Miss Kitty is no perfect person with no flaws; the author puts the spotlight on both characters' flaws, and they become real.
Our country has been at war in faraway countries for the last ten years, and has been almost continuously at war for the last 70 years, if you consider our declared and undeclared engagements in Korea, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Grenada, Panama, Somalia, Iraq (twice), Afghanistan and Libya. There is no more topical issue for modern fiction than the issue Bert Carson is exploring in Maddog and Miss Kitty and his other books: the human costs of war. I can think of no better way to begin your own exploration of this theme by spending a few hours reading this book.
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