Count me in on purchasing a copy once it's printed...I don't read much anymore, but I'll pick up a book every now and then and I've always been one where once I start reading something good, I won't stop until I either fall asleep or finish the book...but if it's not good, I get bored in the first few pages and put it away. I wanted to keep reading when I got to the end of yours.
Although I will admit that the last book I read was, "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell" by Tucker Max...hope that doesn't make my opinion any less credible. lol
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The reality of the mental anguish of war is a touchy subject.Most people would rather leave that stone unturned.Entering the military,one is driven by the patriotic duty and hoo-ray that accompanies.Upon returning from actual war,a few men will either drink themselves to death,or just end the suffering quickly.Civilian awareness is slowly becoming accepted,and more things are open to the soldiers as far as mental health is concerned.To be honest,the government still doesn't give two shits for rotating the boys back into society the right way,don't think the manual for that one really exist yet.Any kind of reality check novels like yours,is a positive direction for public awareness.Run with it,I'll read it.
incredibly captivating first scene. like i have said before, i am not an avid reader, it takes a lot for a book to capture my attention and for me to want to read more, not to mention read it until the end. this is that kind of book for me. i want to read more. let me know as soon as it is in print!!
I read quite a bit or at least I used to when I had the elusive spare time. If a book does not capture my attention or peak my curiousity in the first few paragraphs, I am done. It only takes me a few moments in the bookstore to determine if something is worthy of my money and time. That being said, I WOULD purchase this book. You have left me wanting to know where this is going and how it will be played out. You definately have talent.
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Thanks guys. I've been back and forth between placing this scene first or not. The second man, and Distorted already knows this, is not in "reality". His struggle is more ethereal (leaning toward horror/thriller).
I didn't know if this scene was powerful enough to grab or more suited to layout the struggle Jacobs is going through. It's got to "hook" because like JD said, book's got grab right away or the reader puts it down (though I'll admit, I'm one of those who picks it out by the cover and the synopsis on the back.)
The next scene is a flashback to DeHaven's childhood before he wakes up in the train station. The book jumps back and forth between Jacobs dealing with the trauma and nightmares, and DeHaven who's dead and trying to get home.
Distorted, Actively Dying, and Cain have been reading it as I go to help (especially with the terminology). But, Distorted, I've changed a lot and I'm not sure if you've even gotten to the Vietnam scene or the Tomb of the Unknowns. I have the end written, though it's not set in stone, and I plan (new year's plan) to have it fully written within the next two months. I'm almost 50k in.
All I want to know is if the first scene would capture your interest enough to continue reading.
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