This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Scott Kauffman. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Revenants: The Odyssey Home by Scott Kauffman
Genres: Historical Fiction
Release Date: December 15, 2015
Source: Author, Scott Kauffman
Purchase at: Amazon
ONLY BETSY CAN GET HIM HOME IN TIME; ONLY HE CAN BRING HER BACK BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.
A grief-stricken candy-striper serving in a VA hospital following her brother's death in Viet Nam struggles to return home an anonymous veteran of the Great War against the skullduggery of a congressman who not only controls the hospital as part of his small-town fiefdom but knows the name of her veteran. A name if revealed would end his political ambitions and his fifty-year marriage. In its retelling of Odysseus' journey, Revenants casts a flickering candle upon the charon toll exacted not only from the families of those who fail to return home but of those who do.
..".Revenants will not fade quickly as less substantial novels do but will resonate in the reader's heart and mind for years to come."-Mark Spencer, Dean, School of Arts and Humanities, Professor of Creative Writing, Master of Fine Arts Program, University of Arkansas at Monticello.
"Kauffman writes with a divinely inspired descriptive power that draws you in and leaves an image in the reader's mind to muse upon long afterwards."-John H. Byk, Writers Alive.
"The true damage of war is ... the damage done to the survivors and their families. ... we see this damage portrayed movingly in his characters. This is a book you must read to see the truth of war."-Robert Mustin, Sam's Place: Stories.
..". beautifully written ... an intriguing story which will linger in the reader's mind far after the final page has been turned."-Florentine, Readiculously Peachy Blog.
..".compelling ... skillful character development ... makes us see just exactly what it is like to be wounded, in soul and spirit .... "-Brian Francis Heffron, Poet/Filmmaker, Author of Award Winning Novel Colorado Mandala.
Set mostly during the Vietnam War era, this story follows Betsy at the start of her downward spiral that is brought on after the death of her cherished brother Nathan. I appreciate that the author truly set the scene in the beginning with pop-culture references and ideas from the seventies. It made it very clear the time setting and therefore easier to settle in to the story.
The heartbreak and grief of Betsy and her family feels raw, real, and honest. Following Betsy on her journey is well worth reading this book. The memories of her brother are endearing and I really enjoyed their relationship. It really helps cement your understanding into why she was had such a downward spiral after his death. Her time as a candy-striper was a bittersweet torment. It warmed my heart. Her role with the soldiers and their characters were written with respect, dignity and humor but it wrenched my heart to think that it is a reality for so many wounded warriors not just then but now.
The mystery for me was not really a mystery. For me a really good mystery element involves a true villain and it carries through the story and it is at the end where you get the big reveal. The “mysterious” patient is discovered just as quickly as who is responsible and that character is not a good villain. Just a bad person with selfish intent. Still a really emotional read that casts light on love, loss, and how helping others is truly a boon to the soul.
*Thank you to Author Scott Kauffman for this complimentary copy of Revenants*