Midnight Mile, The
Author: Denis W. Flood
Publisher: Word Association (2009)
Binding: Paperback, 260 pages
When Marine Corporal Jackie Carroll's body comes home from Vietnam, the family and townspeople of Peekskill, New York, try to cope with the loss of a son and star athlete. The author captures the spirit of a town filled with quirky and endearing characters whose animosities and friendships bring about an unexpected celebration. A fast moving story that both charms and disarms. The Midnight Mile is a vibrant tale with a surprise ending that will move the reader to tears.
Novelist Denis W. Flood's action thriller The Midnight Mile will make you laugh, cry, be on edge, maybe even angry, but it is always entertaining. His characters come across strong and vivid in your mind as you read his narrative. His book does not take the normal easy path with his story telling - this tale is fresh and totally new.
This would actually make a great action movie - with just enough edgy humor and drama mixed together with enough action to satisfy those who like good plot movement. A good book to sit down while on a airline flight or while stuck at the airport. It will be well worth your investment of time.
As a Vietnam Veteran myself, I could see how well the realities of that war and of those veterans who fought there were captured by the author's creative writing style. This book is for more mature readers.
Reviewed by: Bill McDonald (2010)