In the Shadow Of a Badge
Author: Lillie Leonardi
Publisher: Word Association Publishers (2011)
Binding: Paperback, 192 pages
It is a narrative non-fiction, first-hand account of the spiritual experience
Lillie encountered while serving in her professional capacity as the
Community Outreach Specialist with the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
The book reflects her story of the visitation of Angels in the initial
moments at the Flight 93 crash site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania and her personal interpretation of the historic facts leading up to and following the
events of September 11, 2001.
Lillie's memoir also details her subsequent diagnosis of Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder (PTSD) and her on-going journey to heal and recover from its
effects. Through the reconciliation of heart, mind, body and soul, her
trauma ultimately led to triumph by providing the catalyst needed to regain
her voice through writing.
The plot is clear. The characterization is believable. The author intended to tell the story of how she has been dealing with PTSD by describing past incidents that caused her stress. The book is very readable, she speaks of spiritual experiences and angels being present and talking to her when she was on duty as a police officer and FBI agent. The story line is well laid out in sequential events in a narrative form.
Though action incidents are mentioned, she doesn't describe the scenes in detail because of FBI information restrictions but the reader can clearly identify with what is being said. The cover shows an angel hovering over a badge sending an instant message to the person who picks the book up.
The story is about one individuals experience in dealing with one portion of the events which occurred on Sep 11, 2001, in Somerset, PA and how her life has been forever altered from that experience.
Reviewed by: Dick Hrebik (2012)