When I received my latest book to review, "Comes a Soldier's Whisper" I immediately began reading it. It is a compilation of wartime letters written by an American soldier to his sweetheart back in the United States. I couldn't wait to begin reading his letters, but for me personally, they were disappointing. The letters were so "sanitized" that there really wasn't much of interest left in them.
Having just read "Cairo Unzipped" and all the "factual" war information included in that book, I guess I felt that there would be at least some interesting stories about the poverty, suffering and survival of the war-torn countries and their inhabitants in which the American Soldier fought. There wasn't.
My attention was drawn to what seemed like the Soldier's repetitious pleading that his "wife to be," write, write, write!
Throughout his military assignment, he was wounded/injured several times, but he always recovered and then traveled to many different cities, saw movies and found entertainment where it could still be found.
Having had two brothers, one who was called to serve in Viet Nam and later went on to work for our "NSA" and another who joined the Army and went on to work for the "CIA," I can well-understand how the family left behind feels. I felt sorry for the lovely lady left behind because she had "put her life on hold" to wait for a man that to me, did not seem to understand what she was going through.
If this book were a novel I might have reason to recommend it, but given what it is, "a series of sanitized love letters," would I recommend this book to others? No.
Martha Stevens-David, MCMS Reviewer
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