- File Size: 826 KB
- Print Length: 278 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1546374973
- Publisher: K100Books; 2 edition (February 13, 2011)
- Publication Date: February 13, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004NNVJHI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,861,207 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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But first, let me briefly give you my credentials to review this wonderful work. This WILL be brief because to be honest, I have no credentials. I have read some books, it is true. It's tough to get through 7 years of college without reading SOME books. And, there are few books I have not finished. I have read Atlas Shrugged (900 pages of what some consider the worst prose ever). I also finished a book called Giles Goat Boy by John Barth. Also about 900 pages, and something about computer tapes. That took me 10 years, but I stuck it out. So why should you read A Private War? Because my neighbor Ernie Stapleton who really is qualified says it's a good book. Ernie is a professor, and if you can't believe a professor, whom can you believe?
A Private War is about a Vietnam era deserter and his struggle to bring conclusion to the disordered events of his life. As a Vietnam era veteran, I can vouch for the angst and conflict of the era that Steve so carefully and thoroughly describes. He was obviously there. I can also vouch for the conclusions that he draws about the meaning of the war and its effect on society and history. More than just a story, A Private War documents the struggle of one man that mirrors the struggles of many of that era. Steve analyzes the emotions without being trite or phony. He also has a wonderful way of keeping you guessing which must be the mark of a good story teller. I hope you get as much enjoyment from it as I did.
In 1968 Thomas Kindred walked away from his unit in Vietnam. Along with 3 others he hid out in Saigon then returned to the US and ended up in Canada where he is living under the name Michael Park. One day he checks his answering machine and finds a message from one of the 3 from Vietnam, saying he was afraid that someone had killed one of the other guys and he was afraid he was next. And thus begins a trip that will take Thomas to Seattle, then San Francisco and then to New York with a side trip to New Jersey to see his father. His girlfriend goes to Seattle with him then leaves. In San Francisco he meets Angela who was with his friend when he overdosed and died. During his travels he has many questions, will any be answered?
Pros: As stated this was from the author/publisher. I do not know if this was a final edition but there were so editing mistakes that although minor were present. The author did a good job of moving from one point to another and describing the story.
Con: The author did not give the reader any real reason to care about the characters. Why are they doing what they are doing? What do they expect to do or prove? These points could have been done better and given the reader a reason to care what the characters. In other words, the story was okay but could have been a lot better.