Book Reviews

Reviews of books by MWSA members. Reviews appear in reverse chronological order, with the most recent review posted appearing first.
Note: Some older reviews are being reposted to this site and those will appear out of order.

ABCs of OCD! (The)

by Kathleen Dunn (8 years old)
Published by (date): The Creative Cabin
ISBN (links to MWSA Amazon store): 978-1-60725-809-4

A whimsical look at a child's view of dealing with her Obsessive Compulsive Disorder experiences ...'maintaining a sense of calm to cope with the challenges of daily life help keep things in perspective' ... perhaps there's a lesson for all of us. Life Will Be OK! "The insight, humor and warmth of this book is an example of the best resources of the human spirit! Healing comes in many forms and Kathleen Dunn has captured the essence of a difficult disorder that has affected but not defeated her family. To me 'The ABCs of OCD spell H-O-P-E!', Dr. Brand, PhD. Psychologist, Alliance Psychological Services, LLC. Kathleen dedicates this book to both of her war veteran 'Paps', she is sure one of them had OCD!

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Dunn, Kathleen

Waterfall in a War, A

by Daryle McGinnis
Published by (date): Deltamike Publishing (July 2010)
ISBN: 978-1-933177-26-7
Price: $18.95

Derek Malloy doesn't like one-size rules, and flying a short field C-7 in 1970 Vietnam is a good place not to. But when he breaks several and lands at an abandoned dirt strip to explore a mountain waterfall, his reasons change. Liet emerges and tells him a story that launches their kindred spirits on a harrowing quest born of a waning war. In the last stand of freelance military flying, in an aviation world the news or Washington never saw, Liet's honor and an ancient gold Buddha ultimately hang in a balance Derek understands...the one where rules lose and humanity wins.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
McGinnis, Daryle

Matter of Honor, A

by William C. Hammond
Published by (date): Cumberland House Publishing (October, 2007)
ISBN: 1581826095 / 978-1581826098
Price: $26.95

The first volume in a series of maritime novels set in the early years of the United States, A Matter of Honor is a dramatic account of a young man's coming of age during the American Revolution. Introducing Richard Cutler, a Massachusetts teenager with strong family ties to England, the novel tells his story as he ships out with John Paul Jones to avenge the death of his beloved brother Will, impressed by the Royal Navy and flogged to death for striking an officer. On the high seas, in Enland and in France, on the sugar islands of the Caribbean, and on the battlefield of Yorktown, Cutler proves his mettle and wins the love-and allegiance to the infant republic-of a beautiful English aristocrat from the arms of Horatio Nelson himself.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Hammond, William C.

Beyond the Call, Memoirs of a Medical Visionary Vol I

Title: Beyond the Call, Memoirs of a Medical Visionary Vol I
Author: William E. Mayer
Genre: Non-Fiction, Reference
Reviewer: Don Arndt

Beyond the Call, a gripping account of the life and times of William (Bud) Mayer, a distinguished citizen-physician-soldier, in frequent conflict with the status quo and in combat with bureaucrats in and out of uniform and the entrenched politicians. He speaks out about the unconscionable treatment of the mentally ill and alcoholic persons among us; the mind-twisting methods of tyrants, past and present, who seek to destroy freedom; and about the miracles of modern military medicine that keep countless soldiers alive. Seen from the inside of the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Army and the Public Health Service and at the end, the Pentagon itself, these thoughts and experiences are essential to an understanding of what freedom allows us to do, and what our adversaries would destroy.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Mayer, William E.

182 Days in Iraq, 2nd edition

by Phil Kiver
Published by (date): word association (10/2006)
ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 159571135X
Price: $15.95

Phil Kiver's real-life, moment-to-moment journal of his assignment as an Army journalist in Iraq is honest, irreverent gripping and emotional one moment a howl the next. Kiver's journals are raw reaction, impression, and introspection. This, folks, is what it feels like to be Phil Kiver in this war in Iraq missing home, lounging at one of Saddam s pools, angry with the brass, witnessing the deaths of children and comrades, nighttime explosions too close for comfort, pasta with the Italians, toasting the fallen with the Ukrainians. It s a delirium of experience with this journalist sorting through the rubble and smoke in search of the story that will one day be history.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Kiver, Phil