Short Story: Over The Line

Rated 4.83/5 based on 6 reviews
Special-ops veteran Keith R Parker takes us on his final recon operation into Vietnam's deadly Ashau Valley. His vivid prose fuses brutal combat, the Brotherhood and fatigue-induced delirium into a taut narrative about the deep-rooted emotions of human conflict and in the end, finding inner strength.
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  • Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
  • Words: 9,830
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9780979043017
About Keith R Parker

Keith R Parker served in US Army Special Forces in Latin America and Vietnam. In Vietnam he served on the I Corp Blackjack Team (A-100). He was awarded a Bronze Star with "V" device for valorous action in Vietnam's Valley Of Death. An environmental scientist, he worked worldwide and authored over 30 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

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Laure Edwards Reminick reviewed on June 15, 2015

Depth: of experience, of raw memory, of in-the-moment-blood-and-monsoon, of vision, wisdom, redemption. I've always instinctively known "war is hell" and am lucky to have not experienced it first hand. But Parker lends the experience. And goes beyond, to why any one soldier would lend himself to that undeniable Hell -- for his/her duty to self, friends and ideals.
The lucky come out the other side with some kind of understanding. It's our great luck that Parker did just that.
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CapnCrunch reviewed on May 26, 2015

A terrific story. Keith Parker puts the reader where so few have ever been, in the mind, heart and soul of a warrior. By juxtaposing those brutal combat experiences into the warrior's now post-combat conflicts, he clearly identifies the deep-rooted emotions so often plaguing our veterans. Ultimately, however, Parker clearly demonstrates how one's military experience so often leads to a strong sense of self-awareness and personal growth on many different levels. A story worth reading.
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Cowgirl reviewed on May 24, 2015

Seldom do I read war stories but Over the Line was suggested by a friend. I couldn't put it down. From the beginning you see the main character is launched on a perilous and fateful journey of survival and self discovery. There are visions of war that let you know it was hell - I have never understood how men, and now women, can survive the ordeal. OTL showed me how it can be accomplished. The imagery is perfect and the Leonard Cohen lyrics were a great and moving addition. Highly recommended.
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DurangoHome reviewed on May 23, 2015

This is a fine story of love, service and sacrifice, and finding one's self. Mr. Parker served in Special Forces and OVER THE LINE is his metaphor for growth experienced on a recon operation in Vietnam. Mr. Parker posits a contrarian idea: military service promotes growth in self-awareness. Cultural blockage to see the regimen of military duty as a means for growth may prohibit some from getting this aspect of his story. However, t's is a good read with a perfect ending. He's having fun with it: see his Q&A (from his Author page) and why he paired some of Leonard Cohen's with OVER THE LINE.
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Tom Hathaway reviewed on May 20, 2015

OVER THE LINE is an extraordinary addition to the literature of the Vietnam War and provides insights that can help us understand all wars. In this category-defying book special-ops veteran Keith Parker takes us over the line not just of conventional warfare but also of conventional fiction. He fuses philosophy, action-adventure, romance, and delirium into a work that captures the spirit of the times and also the complexity of human conflict. The metaphysics will chase some readers off, but those who stay will be glad they did. Parker's spare and vivid prose makes the narrative taut and increase the story's impact. The ending is particularly effective. OVER THE LINE is a war story. It's a love story. It's a fine story!
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Jarod Powell reviewed on May 19, 2015

Wow, this book offers great wisdom. I just finished it, and will be reading it again soon. So much more than meets the eye here. If you like your fiction heavy on authentic philosophical pondering and spirituality, (or even if you don't - it's just a very good book!) - I recommend OVER THE LINE.
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