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- Print Length: 211 pages
- Publisher: Italics Publishing (September 23, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 23, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B075PD7SZH
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As with other novels by Wolfe, this story includes factual information and insights, in this case into PTSD, and this detail adds credibility and believability to the plot without at all slowing the pace. In addition, like other Wolfe novels, even the lessor characters leap off the pages as real people one might actually know or have met in passing.
"Stories Untold" clearly took either personal knowledge or serious research as background to the writing, and the result is an important work that is quite entertaining, and perhaps far more importantly, also a valuable contribution to understanding what far too many veterans face during and after the sacrifices they make in service to us, their fellow citizens.
As you can see from the cover, there is also an important canine component to this story - one that is realistic and very cool! Read it. You'll be glad you did.
There are too many good things about this novel to write a thorough review, but I will summarize why I found it impossible to put down. 1. The premise of the novel is unique, a psychologist, Dr. Blackwell (Angela) is going through a grieving process of her own while trying to help save an angry man from damaging himself and his family and friends. Why is she so determined to save him and can she? 2. The twists and turns of the plot will leave you astonished, angry, sad and hopeful, but you'll be guessing how it is that Angela can help and beat the self imposed deadline of DJ, her client--who does not want her help. 3. The ending will leave you in tears and you'll never see it coming. 4. Not only does her work with DJ help him, it quite possibly saves her life as well. (There's a moral in there!) 5. Angela will amaze you with her creativity in working with a client quite unlike any she's had before and I was quite impressed with her ability to see through to the heart of the matter as she weaved her magic solutions and requirements from so little information supplied by DJ. 6. Probably the greatest triumph is how this novel sheds light on suicide and our veterans and allows us a glimpse inside a population subset that we often overlook through our own ignorance.
The main characters are well fleshed out and you will be able to identify with Angela, Taylor, and even DJ. There is such a feeling of reality and regret and hopelessness to much of the storyline that, at times, its hard to like DJ, as he appears so self absorbed, angry, and unapproachable. You'll want to shake him, but that, of course, is the wrong response and only a well trained thoughtful caring therapist like Angela would comprehend that. Most of us don't understand how veterans land on the street, homeless, trapped in their reality and quite often we don't seem to care--this novel will pull back the curtain on some of this. The greed of corporate America shines through, allowing us to see how eliminating jobs for profit only, affects the line worker who is living paycheck to paycheck. America has lost the "safe" haven that jobs once provided to its workers as we lose the concept of caring for our employees as we would our own family. Its all about the bottom line and this is an increasing problem in America that will eventually topple us all.
The only negative comment I have is that it appeared that DJ was drawn so tight, so angry, so seemingly unaware of his actions and their impact on those around him; especially his loving faithful wife Taylor, that while trying to relate to him and his situation, I often found myself disliking him, even deploring him. Perhaps this construct was necessary, in order to bring it all together in the final session between Angela and DJ. I actually bought this novel because of the cover and the title. I was expecting a different kind of psychological thriller, but was pleasantly surprised by this wonderful honest portrayal of a slice of Americana.
Highly recommended. Don't miss this one.
PTSD....me...a Marine veteran...fought in Vietnam. As I read this book, I was angry, cried....War is a killer of bodies and souls..it does not end, does it?
Please...do your part...read this book...tell others about it....you may never know that you saved a life...I hope Leslie Wolfe knows that she did.