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on Dec. 23, 2011
Excellent war story short - 4.5 stars.
- But As A Soldier, For His Country
on Feb. 28, 2012
Excellent SF short story about a soldier offered a bonus to become a soldier stored away to be used as needed. Somewhat similar to the award winning The Forever War by Joe Haldeman in a very condensed format and as a more typical grunt the soldier is not as educated or intellectual.
- The Tower at Petite Vigne
on July 11, 2013
There is not much American literature about life under occupation, a consequence of our fortunate history. Perhaps the best known would be The Secret of Santa Victoria, about Italians under German occupation hiding their large store of wine.
This novel by Robert Stone plays out much more realistically, how do people react to being occupied? Who can you trust? If an opportunity comes to help with liberation who will step up despite the dangers?
This small quiet village has an opportunity to play a small part in the D-Day invasion by attacking German anti-aircraft defenses. A slow setup leads to a realistic conclusion.
Pro - the editing and writing and historical accuracy is much higher than many of the Ebooks I have purchased. Con - It could use a more vivid exciting portrayal of a POV character, which might run counter to the realism which is the main strength of this novel.
Recommended for fans of historical, military, and occupation fiction.