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Author: Katie Mattie
Genre: YA Fantasy
Sixteen-year-old Alice Payton and her four best friends are all that stand between the universe and its greatest threat. After centuries of captivity, the Titans have escaped from the underworld and returned to Earth seeking vengeance. Bound by an ancient curse that prevents them from defending the planet, Zeus and the Olympians send their powers to the only beings who can help: Alice and her friends.
With the guidance of the Olympians, Melanie, Alice, Jenn, Izzy and Colleen embark on dangerous journeys through the dimensions of the universe, encountering mythical creatures and legendary lands. Equipped with bravery, wit, and the magic of the gods, they will discover the ancient secrets that hold the keys to defeating the Titans once and for all.
A recent review from a very respected reviewer and bibliographer:
5.0 out of 5 stars An Engrossing, Phantasmagorical Book,
David A. Willson (Maple Valley, WA USA) - See all my reviews (REAL NAME)
This review is from: Everything Happened In Vietnam: The Year Of The Rat (Paperback)
This is an engrossing, phantasmagorical book. I've read a lot of Marine Corps memoirs, and this is an unusual one, but very readable on every page.It's hard to explain why I find this book so singular. The author gives us some clues on the verso of the title page. "This is not a work of fiction although I have written it more like a novel than a narrative." He goes on to call the book, "true fiction," and he warns the reader the final chapter contains an event that isn't "digestible as literal truth." He is right about that, but the book is filled with such events and is the better for it. Some scholars of literature call this sort of writing, "magical realism." It works well with the material in this Marine Corps memoir.The language of the book is a mytho-poetic style that is often more poetry than prose, and the book is arranged in short, powerful chapters. It is very novelistic as Thompson warns us early on. Many of his phrases were so memorable that I found myself jotting them down. I loved his phrases for the view from a helicopter. "the emerald embrace of the vegetal world." My favorite chapter is The Letter. It packs such a powerful punch in three and one half pages that I recommend buying the book just for that chapter alone. It is worth it.In his chapter, "Mamason" is the best description of what Agent Orange is like on the ground that I have read. "...I was walking through some bush that was black and withered and the only way that I can describe it is that it was slimy, like a million snails had oozed across every leaf of every bush and turned them black and shriveled in their wake and the slime was getting all over me." A bit later he says, "This must be Agent Orange." He goes on to offer a defense of the use of the stuff, as the defoliation aspect of it enabled him to see a landmine before he stepped on it. Agent Orange saved his legs and his life.If you are up for reading another Marine Corps memoir, this is a fine one. It is short and sweet and can be read in one or at most two sittings. I read it in a great rush, eager for what was coming next. You will too.
All the best, Robert Peter Thompson Author of:
Everything Happened In Vietnam: The Year of the Rat – Kindle $3.99
Everything Happened In Vietnam: The Year Of The Rat – Print $10.34
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Greetings! The Vietnam Veterans of America just posted a review of my book on their online "Books In Brief" site under the 'Memoirs' category. Take a look if you like. Thanks! http://vvabooks.wordpress.com/category/memoir/ .
Everything Happened in Vietnam by Robert Peter Thompson
This is a phantasmagorical book, and often takes the form of a meditation on the deaths of his friends Tater, Johnny the New Guy, and Sandy. I’ve read a lot of Marine Corps memoirs, and this is an unusual one, and one that is very readable on every page.
The language of the book is a mytho-poetic style that is often more poetry than prose, and the book is arranged in short, powerful chapters. It is very novelistic, as Thompson warns us early on.
Many of his phrases were so memorable that I found myself jotting them down. That includes this one, describing the view from a helicopter: as “the emerald embrace of the vegetal world.”
My favorite chapter is “The Letter.” It packs such a powerful punch in three and one half pages that I recommend buying the book just for that chapter alone. It is worth it.
((parts of review clipped for brevity - see link))
This fine book is dedicated to the author’s friend, Sandy, who died in Vietnam, leaving a beautiful “18 year old fiancée.” Thompson shows us Sandy as a wraith at the end of the book. But our author is one of the lucky ones who goes home as living flesh and blood. As he tells us, he “snuck back into the world. Like a thief.”
If you are up for reading another Marine Corps Vietnam War memoir, this is a fine one. It is short and sweet and can be read in one or, at most, two sittings. I read it in a great rush, eager for what was coming next. You will too.
Everything Happened In Vietnam: The Year Of The Rat – Print $10.22
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For the past fifteen years no one questioned the Sacred Hour in the town of Candlewick. Until one night a mysterious conch shell sounds throughout the Sacred Hour, only to be heard by two young teenagers. Aurora Alvarez is a misfit amongst her peers, desperately trying to fit in but failing to live up to the expectations of her parents and society.
She unexpectedly discovers she is fated to ally herself with none other than rebellious Boreas Stockington, who allegedly escaped from the impenetrable Candlewick Prison. These two young teenagers must embark on a perilous adventure where they need to help Otus, a thirty-foot giant, prevent a cataclysmic event from occurring—the Geometric Storm.
The journey will take them far from the safety of Wishbone Avenue and into the depths of the unknown and the secrets of the past. However, nothing could prepare these unlikely heroes for facing their own inner demons and the realization that Aurora and Boreas are on this quest together, whether they want to be or not.
This is NOT your average War Story.
"EVERYTHING HAPPENED IN VIETNAM:
THE YEAR OF THE RAT"
A Memoir by Robert Peter Thompson (USMC 1967-1969)
An excerpt from the chapter: “THE RAT”
“The Rat had found and eaten parts of guys I knew. Guys I worked with. Bullshitted with. Guys I had laughed with, drank with, smoked with or tried to ignore. A guy I had just met the night before it happened. I mean the night that it began. You see I knew that the Rat, immediately before the boot, before my eyes flew open and I saw… Only for an instant. The eyes, face, mouth and claws of fully fledged rat expression magnified to the size of a drive-in movie screen. It was that close. I knew and I could somehow feel the lingering presence of the Rat's lips close to the point of touching my own then slightly open, slow breathing, deep sleeping mouth. And I also knew that it wasn't about to kiss me.
Everything happened in Vietnam. Not to me but to someone or something. Everything happened.”
3 Book Set ~ A Quiet Strength, A Searching Heart & The Tender Years By Janette Oke
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