Traiteur's Ring, The
Author: Jeffrey Wilson
Publisher: JournalStone (2011)
Binding: Paperback, 340 pages
A man who has spent his life defending his country discovers that fate has presented him with an even higher calling. Ben Morvant is not what you would call ordinary and as a Navy SEAL, he never expected an ordinary life. But when a routine mission to protect a local village in a war-torn region of Africa goes terribly wrong, Ben is presented with truths beyond what his military training and experience have prepared him to accept. With his dying breath, a village elder passes to Ben a gift--a simple ring, unremarkable except for its ever changing color and the feeling of power emanating from within.
Soon after accepting the ring dark visions begin to haunt Ben's dreams. Images of pain and death, of evil and destruction. But some of the visions are hauntingly familiar. Soon Ben must return to his childhood home in Louisiana to face a dark secret from his past, one that may explain why he has the power to heal with a touch of the hand . . . or kill with a single thought. After discovering the truth about his family and himself, he comes to realize that he is a soldier in a greater battle than he could ever have imagined. And if he cannot find a way to wield the power concealed within him, the forces that prey on mankind's anger and fear will destroy not only him, but everything he holds dear.
Author Jeffrey Wilson mixes two not normally related genres together in a fast moving novel called The Traiteur's Ring. The author weaves jungle warfare in with a supernatural and mystical element that creates a whole new kind of reading experience for readers. The key here is that he successfully pulls it off. The author carries the reader along on one great adventure story. The characters are fleshed out well so we have a good idea who the hero and the bad guys are. More importantly - we are allowed to get inside their heads and find ourselves following them along in the story as if we were a part of the action ourselves.
There are no other stories like this out there-this is totally an original idea. It is both creative and explosive. It will provide readers of war and adventure genre with more then enough action while still giving us an inside look at all those involved. I enjoyed the book. I feel that most readers will have a difficult time walking away from this once they begin to read it. You will find yourself actually wondering where this story will take you next. There is mysterious elements not normally found in books dealing with warfare.
An entertaining book for those traveling on an airplane, through airports, or on vacation - just download it and take it along with you. I love this new way to read books - it allows me to take many books along on my journeys. My recommendation is to take this one with you and add it to your collection. It will be money well spent.
Reviewed by: Bill McDonald (2010)