- File Size: 898 KB
- Print Length: 235 pages
- Publisher: Black Rose Writing (March 17, 2016)
- Publication Date: March 17, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01D58N69K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,008,397 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"A captivating and poignant story of an anguished soldier and the gossamer thread that anchors human sanity." L.E. Fraser, Author of Skully, Perdition Games.
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After he got tired sitting around getting disability benefits, he went to school and became a Registered Nurse.
He's an average guy, overweight, on a multitude of painkillers, tranquilizers and more and he loves his dog Tiffany.
He now works at the VA hospital and starts being haunted by other veteran's war experiences...and the haunting will continue unless he helps them finish tasks that tie back into their war experiences.
I loved this book and the character of Joey. This is definitely a crazy, mixed-up look at returning vets, PTSD, and all the horrors they have gone through on the battlefields.
Gruesome in spots but it definitely felt possible. If you are shocked easily, this might not be the tale for you. But if you want to read about war, paranormal experiences, or just read a wacky good book, try this one out.
Oh, and the way the book ended, this might be the first in a series.
I received this book from Black Rose Writing through Net Galley in exchange for my unbiased review.
Top international reviews
Joey Sullivan returns from Iraq wounded in body and soul. Struggling with PTSD and chronic pain, he defers suicide when he secures a RN position at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. But his traumatic brain injury has created a conduit for dead soldiers from past wars to communicate to him. And they have unfinished business. Until Joey agrees to their terms, the ghosts force him to suffer their battle degradations first hand.
The opening line of the novel sets up Joey’s conflict, and the story flows to his final decision. This novel crosses into the psychological thriller genre, as it depends upon the reader’s outlook how to interpret the events that unravel. Is it supernatural or is it a glimpse into the distorted reality of a disturbed mind?
Written first person through the eyes of Joey, the informal writing produces a strong connection to the protagonist and his tribulations. His dog, Tiffany, deftly creates a layer of complexity to Joey’s character that supports the plot.
One of Hirsch’s strengths as a writer is his ability to paint a three-dimensional setting. From the streets of Cincinnati to the horror of a Japanese POW camp to the sweltering jungles of Viet Nam, this book doesn’t disappoint. Some of the scenes are sexually and violently graphic, which is a necessary stylist choice to depict the terrors that live in Joey’s mind. If profanity and distressing images upset you, give it a pass. Visiting disturbed minds is a fondness of mine, and I enjoyed Hirsch’s newest offering.
A captivating and poignant story of an anguished soldier and the gossamer thread that anchors human sanity.