E. Franklin Evans
NOW AVAILABLE...Stand To...: A Young Man's Journey to Manhood During the Vietnam War   EFranklinEvans.com   The story of a young man who is awakened to the world around him when a tragic event propels him into his journey to manhood.

Reviewed by L. Schelling

Reviewed by L. Schelling, CTA, ECC, DS                             (8/08)

I have to be honest in that it took me awhile to start reading Stand To...because I dislike war and everything about it. I must say, however, as a young woman who was born during the Vietnam War this novel was riveting from Chapter One. It was so compelling and extremely well written that I read it cover to cover in one day!

 I studied the Vietnam War in school like many people of my age and have seen it depicted in movies. Evans' account of his involvement and what he experienced brought a whole new light on the subject for me. I could feel his every emotion personally. I felt as if I was actually there and that is a sign of a superior and excellent writer, particularly when writing autobiography.

I was, at times, a little confused with the terminology but I muttled through those parts and eventually figured out what most of the abbreviations meant. I didn't discover the glossary until I finished the book; normally those aren't provided. I think what really grabbed me personally was that I would have never realized that there were soldiers that actually wanted to extend their tour. That is what patriotism should be!

 God bless E. Franklin Evans for an outstandingly well written novel and to an even greater appreciation for our military than I already had.