Say Goodbye by Robert Capko is a novel that starts with the word, “Crazy!” and that is what I thought I was for reading it. Only because it is not the usual storyline that I would choose. Since I usually don’t read military-type stories, I appreciated that Mr. Capko educated me along the way. He wouldn’t put acronyms in as if everyone understood what they meant, he would instead efficiently explain them. Not far into the story I was hooked. Hooked by the twists and turns that kept me wanting to know more about how the main character, John Paxton, was going to overcome every obstacle thrown in his path. Hooked by the genuine dilemma he was placed in, love of country versus love of family. The importance of saying, “Goodbye,” to those you love as an underlying turmoil had a personal connection for me. Capko’s use of life’s humor, vivid descriptions and images (“He had salt and pepper hair, cut in the style of a Marine, and piercing blue eyes.”) made Say Goodbye believable, relatable and enjoyable. I caught myself thinking about the characters and their situations, even when I wasn’t reading. Because the further I read the harder it was to put down, I have recommended Say Goodbye to friends and family. Even once I completed Say Goodbye, I felt a connection to the characters and the John Paxton story. Congratulations Mr. Capko on a story well told. I look forward to your character Paxton’s next adventures in, The Long Road Home.