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.

Mossingdene, 1944

Title: Mossingdene
Author: David Andrew Westwood
Reviewer: Terry Shoptaugh
Subcategory: Historical Fiction

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): B005E90HW8

Fifty thousand Americans and their hardware parked in a rural English community of a thousand villagers, just a grudging step away from the Middle Ages, on the eve of the invasion of Europe. An effective recipe for mayhem, sex and espionage.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Westwood, David Andrew

Code Word: Geronimo

Title: Code Word: Geronimo
Author: Capt. Dale Dye & Julia Dewey Dye
Genre: Artistic Graphical
Reviewer: Jim Greenwald

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): B0068EQTNY

The leader of SEAL Team 6 uttered, "Geronimo," and the world let out a sigh of relief. The symbol of ultimate evil was no more. Code Word: Geronimo is the amazing, moment-by-moment story of the clandestine raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Told by military insider and Hollywood consultant, Captain Dale Dye (USMC, Ret.), with Dr. Julia Dye, Ph.D., this historic tribute details the bravery and valor of SEAL Team 6 as it descends into a foreign land and achieves the near impossible.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Dye, Capt. Dale
Dye, Julia

Valdinato, 1943

Title: Valdinato, 1943
Author: David Westwood
Genre: Historical Fiction
Reviewer: Betsy Beard

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): B006PW43EQ

The story begins in New York, but since the central character, Ennio, an Italian-American pastry chef, decides he should sign up, the action soon moves to the invasion of Italy. He becomes a cook with a company moving north from Naples, village by village, toward Rome. Meanwhile Lucia is working the family farm in the Liri Valley below the Abbey of Monte Cassino. Ennio and his friends are stopped short by the Germans at their Gustav Line, of which the Abbey forms a crucial part. Lucia’s farm is bombed, and she and Ennio are soon involved personally in one of the worst battles of WWII.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Westwood, David

Lion's Pride: A Tail of Deployment

Title: Lion's Pride: A Tail of Deployment
Author: Grace Anne Remey
Genre: Childrens'
Reviewer: Jim Greenwald

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0985544503

Lion's Pride: A Tail of Deployment is written and illustrated by Grace Anne Remey who is eight years old. She has experienced 7 deployments in her young life. In her book, Grace Anne tells her story from the perspective of an 8 year old lion cub who shares her experiences and feelings through all the stages of the deployment cycle. The book also includes a 'How To' section where Momma Lion describes ideas families can use at home during a deployment.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Remey, Grace Anne

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