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Fatal Error: The Final Flight of a Navy WWII Patrol Bomber
Fatal Error: The Final Flight of a Navy WWII Patrol Bomber
by Gary D Cooper
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, well written, and thoroughly researched, February 25, 2015
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Once I began reading, it was difficult to put this book down. The emotional investment on the part of the author was almost palpable and it drew me in. The thoroughly researched details (factors such as height, weight, and hobbies) depict the crew members as real, everyday folks as opposed to abstract characters-- in a way that both makes them human and enhances the humanity of the reader. I found myself wanting to know more about each of them.

For readers such as myself who aren't particularly well-versed with WWII history, the Pacific theater, or military aircraft of the time, the photographs were invaluable in understanding the experiences and emotions the crew members--some of whom were barely out of high school--went through during what, for many, turned out to be the last few months of their lives. I even found myself reviewing the notes section of the book as I read each chapter to get a fuller appreciation of these men and what they encountered.

This gripping read serves as a tribute not only to those whose story is documented but to the untold millions who served in this and other wars and whose lives were inextricably changed forever. Finally, the book reminds readers of the vagaries of human life and that some things--such as retrieving the suitcase minutes before it was to be trashed, and indeed, the responsibility for the "fatal error" itself (i.e., the inaccurate position report) are mysteries that may never be solved or understood.


She's My Dad
She's My Dad
by Iolanthe Woulff
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love and Redemption Triumph Over Evil and Hatred, August 26, 2011
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This review is from: She's My Dad (Paperback)
Most of my prior reading relating to transsexual and transgender issues has been of an academic/scholarly nature, or first person accounts; so the prospect of a novel about a transsexual woman returning to her alma mater several decades after having unknowingly fathered a son sounded interesting. Interesting, it turns out, is a HUGE understatement! I could barely put this engaging book down--and what I had planned for a leisurely weekend read turned out to be an almost non-stop read in one afternoon!

Ms Woulff's richly drawn characters and gripping, intertwined subplots both elucidate and subject the reader to a whole range of emotions--hatred, fear, sadness, contempt, but throughout-- and ultimately--love. One needn't be a member of the LGBT community to be inspired by this book. Indeed, only the most jaded among us would fail to see--and grow by--the valuable lessons it offers.


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