Crack Between the Worlds

Title: Crack Between the Worlds
Author: Carmen Stenholm
Genre: Fiction, Literary
Reviewer: Bob Flounoy

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0980006473

There is an interesting story to tell about all of us and our families. Crack Between the Worlds is such a story. It has universal appeal because, through this family, we have a mirror that reflects our own ancestors --- and the courage, unyielding tenacity, and occasional bouts of luck that
must have occurred in a somewhat similar fashion, to bring each of us into the world. The power of this story comes from an unflinching look at the character's lives. In it, heroism is balanced with selfishness and petty concerns; perseverance is sometimes rewarded and sometimes dreadfully crushed. It's a story of horrific tragedies and unquestioning resolution to keep living despite the cost. It's a story of big mistakes and small kindnesses, of roads taken at great cost and roads untaken, perhaps at greater cost. It's the story best summed up by the words of Johanna, the family matriarch, who, on the day the Nazi soldiers ravaged her town said to her granddaughter in response to the child's desire to simply give up, "You have to care, Ella. That's what this is all about, you know---to care even when it hurts, to have the strength and courage, my little one, to care even when your mind and body want nothing more than to run away."

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Stenholm, Carmen

Letter, The

Title: The Letter
Author: Jerry Yellin
Genre: Fiction, Literary
Reviewer: Kathleen Rodgers

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1590957342

A powerful fundamental End Time Christian Senator, anti-Semitic and anti-Catholic, discovers that his birth parents were Catholic and Jewish through a letter written by his dying Catholic mother to the Jewish father who knew nothing about having fathered a son.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Yellin, Jerry

Digger Dogface Brownjob Grunt

Title: Digger Dogface Brownjob Grunt
Author: Gary Prisk
Genre: Fiction, Literary
Reviewer: Rob Ballister

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0615253431

Digger Dogface... is the winner of "Best New Fiction"and "Fiction & Literature: Literary Fiction" in The National Best Books 2009 Awards. (May 2010) Digger is a winner in ForeWord Reviews' Book of the Year Awards 2009. (May 2010) Digger is the Winner for "The Best Fiction Book 2010" in the International Book Awards. Gary Prisk brings to the art and craft of fiction the sensibility and the facility of a poet, rendering his narrative with a depth and texture that is unique and rare. Raw, gritty and saturated with black humor, "Digger..." is tender in a way most will struggle to understand. *****APEX REVIEWS 5-star. Over the past four decades, countless books have been written about the Vietnam War, often highlighting the experiences of soldiers who fought -and -died in it. Very few works, though, offer the unique perspective of the soldier on the ground, in the heat of battle, detailing the conflicting thoughts and emotions that often consumed them from day to day - and moment to moment.-----Throughout the pages of "Digger Dogface...", though, Gary Prisk provides the reader with just such insight. Based on his own experiences in Vietnam, "Digger..." takes the reader on a vicarious journey through the heart, mind, and soul of a soldier struggling to come to grips with the unfamiliarity of his surroundings, as well as the uncertainty surrounding his future. Deep, raw, and real, Prisk's riveting narrative will serve as an eye-opening introduction to the gritty truths of war and conflict for readers heretofore influenced by pop culture's more glamorous depiction of its true nature. Furthermore, the not-so-subtle commentary that Prisk proffers on the Vietnam War - and such conflicts in general - ultimately proves to be quite difficult to rebut. Equally tinged with humor and gravitas, "Digger Dogface..." is an intellegent, insightful take on a pivotal time in world history that will never be forgotten. A highly recommended, enlightening read.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Prisk, Gary

Constant Bearing - Decreasing Range: A Makeover for Sailor Sam

Title: Constant Bearing - Decreasing Range: A Makeover for Sailor Sam
Author: Skip Vogel
Genre: Fiction, Literary, Navy
Reviewer: Rob Ballister

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1419651455

Skip Vogel's CONSTANT BEARING - DECREASING RANGE: The Collision of Public Policy and National Defense is a compelling character-driven story of intrigue, tragedy, honor, and humor within the U.S. Navy as it was undermined by the questionable efforts of American politicians and social engineers as they attempted to integrate low aptitude personnel and criminals into our naval forces, and the unfortunate consequences that resulted from these policies.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Vogel, Skip

For the Good of the Many

Title: For the Good of the Many
Author: Gary Carter
Genre: Fiction, Literary, Military
Reviewer: Andrew Lubin

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1424138515

After surviving a helicopter crash during the 1968 Tet offensive in Vietnam, Marine corporal Jason McBride and his fellow survivors are captured and tortured by a sadistic Viet Cong captain. Afterward, orchestrating a harrowing escape, Jason is awarded the Silver Star for bravery. Now, in contemporary America, with the world on the brink of war over dwindling oil supplies, Jason finds that he and his men are being hunted down by the CIA, under orders from the President to get them off the streets, dead or alive. What happened in Vietnam to make Jason, now a rich and powerful attorney, the victim of a nationwide manhunt? Betrayed by the country they sacrificed for, can Jason and his fellow Marines get to the bottom of things before they are killed? Or will they go the way of countless other veterans, caught up in a web of lies and deceit with some of the most powerful men in Washington?

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Carter, Gary