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