Upon receipt of this book, "SOLDIER BOY" I sat myself down to read and I still can't believe what happened. This is absolutely the best story/writing that I have encountered in a very long time. It is a story that draws one in and never lets one go until the very last page and then the reader doesn't want it to end!
"SOLDIER BOY" begins in a small, rural town in Pennsylvania in the 1930's and leads the reader down into the coal mines and details the difficult life a miner would have faced in that time and place.
The main character, Tom, is "bright" by any standards and vehemently struggles with his domineering father who subjects him to ridicule and self-esteem lowering verbiage, in order to get his son to give up what his father sees as a pitiful job in a local grocery store and join him down in the depths of the earth. As time goes by, Tom, though he is becoming weary of his father's demeaning attacks, begins to question that he has indeed done the right thing by sticking to his dreams of going to college. And to make matters worse, America has now become involved in events in Europe that eventually draw America into World War II and Tom, after much agonizing, decided that it is better for him to volunteer to serve in the war and hope it will be over soon. And to further complicate matters, Tom finds that he is attracted to the store owner's daughter and finds that she feels the same attraction to him. (Read More at bookstore.iuniverse.com)
Mr. Green, the author, should be commended for the way he held the reader's attention throughout and his ending brought me to tears if the truth be known. I, for one would love to read anything else he may write. Job well-done.
Would I recommend this book? ABSOLUTELY!!! And please, all you who may read my review, please reward yourself and the author by purchasing this book and telling others about it! As for me, I'm going to read it again and then put it in my office and keep it forever.
Martha Stevens-David Column Magic City
Allan Green taught at the college level for more than 12 years. He earned a bachelor's degree from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa., and received his master's and doctorate degree from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.
by Allan Green