Monday, October 2, 2017

Revenants: The Odyssey Home by Scott Kauffman

Image result for revenants: the odyssey homeActual Rating: DNF (Did not finish)
I about 3/4 of the book; but with a new job and odd shift hours, it became too difficult to finish in order to give a good review. So I'm writing the review before I finish so that details are more fresh.

My Estimate Rating:
Star Rating : out of 5
Content Rating : MODERATE

Backcover :
“A grief-stricken candy-stripper 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 skulduggery of a congressman who not only controls the hospital as park of his mall-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 families of those who fail to return home but of those who do

My Thoughts :
I believe there is a lot of potential in this book. It has some rough edges that with some editing could be easily corrected. However, I would not let that be a deterrent to this book. It discusses topics that many often do not understand or are too scared to pursue for risk of backlash.

It is set during the Vietnam War and follows a teenage girl who experiences the grief and hardships that war brings. She has to regain who she is and does this as a candystripper at a hospital where not all is quite as it seems. She stumbles upon secrets that the hospital has held for years, and she plans to bring to light what those who have run the hospital seem to want to stay a hidden secret.

I gave this a rating of MODERATE because the books covers sensitive and harsh topics. Of what I read, there was some language throughout the book but that is almost to be expected or at least my experience with war books. Since it is during war and the main setting takes place in a hospital, there is death and other things of the like which is not for the kids at home.

What I liked :
  • The Storyline - I loved the story; its a type of story that needs to be told more, the good and the bad. Often people don't understand the struggles that a military family can go through and what military personal have to deal with.
What I didn’t like :
  • Its Rough - It definitely has some rough edges, but it could definitely be smoothed out. It has some punctuation errors and can be hard to read; the hard to read parts included parts of the book that include long dialogues that don't say who is saying what after a while and some events that aren't detailed to the reader but reads as if the reader should know what is going on.
  • Rushed Problem-solving - I did notice in a couple places that some problems that arose seemed to be solved way too quickly or too easily to be realistic.  
My Final Thoughts:
Don't let my dislikes or that I had not yet finished the book when I wrote the review deter you from reading this book. Sure it is rough, but that does not undermine the fact that it covers topics that more people should know and understand. If I had finished and the rough edges smoothed out, this book could easily be a 4 or 4.5 star rating!

Reviewed by Jennifer Snow

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