Book Review: ‘How Can You Mend This Purple Heart.” by Terry Gould.

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: “How Can You Mend This Purple Heart?” By Author TERRY GOULD. T.L Gould.

 

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Winner of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s James Webb Award for distinguished fiction

In this riveting first novel, author T. L. Gould draws on his experiences in a military hospital with severely wounded Marines recovering from the Vietnam War. He has created a plain-truth, no-holds-barred narrative, stark in its simplicity, detail, and humor. From dressing changes and morphine drips to off-site forays under a fence and into neighborhood bars and brothels, Gould chronicles the precipitous journey to recovery of the men of Ward 2B: how they learned to walk again, to love again, and to triumph over crippling injuries.

How Can You Mend This Purple Heart is not a story about combat in the jungles of Vietnam. It is a story about boys who returned from combat as men—men who left the better part of their youth, a bit of their souls, and a lot of their flesh in a battlefield on the other side of the world. It’s a story about their longing to recapture the spirit of boyhood and rekindle the optimism and fearlessness of youth. And it’s about their struggle to be whole again—or at the very least, to feel whole. It chronicles a journey of love, redemption, sorrow, and joy; a journey of pain and anger . . . and a journey of hope. But most of all, a journey of the human spirit and its triumph over the most impossible odds.

How Can You Mend This Purple Heart is a tribute to all the combat-wounded veterans of past and present conflicts. May they find the strength to continue their lives’ missions and know that the entire nation is grateful for their sacrifices.

 

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I am privileged to own a copy of this book. Privileged indeed. Bookshelves hold the things we treasure; those books that linger in our memory and raise a smile, or cause our throats to constrict with unshed tears, our chests to tighten in helpless anger.

‘How Can You Mend This Purple Heart” does all of those things and more.

Do not read this book if you are looking for bloody scenes of war, they exist, but they exist in the memory of the men who returned from that war torn apart from planted mines.

They exist in the screams of night terror that echo through a hospital ward filled with men who survived the blasts, but not intact. They exist in the agony of knowing that for these men, life can never ever be the same again.

Do not read this book if you are looking for an easy read of mate-ship. It exists, but in the way of all things cruel and true, the mate-ship grows from shared terror, loss of limbs and shredding of innocence. Once the trust is established it can never be rent apart again.

Do not read this book anticipating only sadness; oh yes …  It exists, but in the way of the gallant and often surprising ways men reach out with unspoken need it is tempered with humor.

I laughed often during this journey of a book. I cried as well. but mostly I closed the final page with a feeling of kinship with the broken men who refused to just lay down and die. I closed it still angry about a war that they should never have had to fight.

I closed it with a smile at their kinship: and with hope for their futures.

I closed it with reluctance.

I recommend it with a certainty that the human spirit shines strong within those that have seen the worst man has to offer. I recommend it with a heartfelt hope, that their  indomitable  spirit will help prepare those whose innocence remains intact.book-cover-how-can-i-mend-this-broken-heart-terry-gould

‘Talent Spotter’ #3.

Welcome to Talent Spotter #3. Again I’m delighted to welcome a marvelous collection of Authors.

If you care to join in and wish to be promoted on Talent Spotters, the details are at the conclusion of this post.

Please …Welcome, Author Kristen Stone.

             If the world hadn’t changed –

2019. Great Britain prepares for the election of a new prime minister, but just how great is this green and pleasant land? Who holds the power? Can the working man ever affect real change? Or are we destined to repeat the mistakes of the past in a perpetual re-telling of history. As today’s disenchanted, yearn for a rose-tinted yesteryear, the Smith family simply wish for a life without poverty and suppression, a world without the threat of war and disease in which they and their children might flourish amid fairness and equality. But things are rarely that simple… In this unique dystopian glimpse at a world unchanged by labour laws or advances in technology, we discover just how un-halcyon our days would actually be -If The World Ha’tdn Chagned.

 

 A dystopian future … Entrenched in the past.

Historical notes

Not until 1918 were all men given the vote. 1918 Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act, so this act was never passed.

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 Paperback is available at Lulu and coming everywhere else soon.

Please …  Welcome, Author, David Rix.

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A Suite in Four Windows

A fusion of modernist music and horror story.

Four Windows.  Four View of the city from the Haunted House.  Four music students working hard to analyse a unique and extraordinary musical composition.  Four minds about to take a ride through derangement and beyond as the clouds gather over the city of London.  From The Night of the Electric Insects through the Songs of Bones and Flutes all the way to God Music and the return trip, George Crumb’s Black Angels paints a unique picture of good and evil, madness and ethereality.  But listen too hard to it and it can do things to you – especially as the skies turn yellow and lightning flickers like burning alcohol in the distance.  As the sounds shriek out into the night, who shall fly and who shall fall?  Who shall look up and who shall look down?  And when the music whispers into silence – what shall be left?

Contact David,  on the following link.

 http://www.snugglybooks.co.uk/a-suite-in-four-windows/

Please … Welcome, Author, Chuck Lovatt.

“The Adventures of Charlie Smithers”

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THE NUMBER 1 BEST-SELLER!

Harry Flashman, step aside, old son. Make way for Charlie Smithers.

“Poetic prose and humorous undertones that are wildly entertaining.” ~ Serious Reading

The time is the nineteenth century. The place, the Serengeti Plain, where one Charlie Smithers – faithful manservant to the arrogant bone-head, Lord Brampton (with five lines in Debrett, and a hopeless shot to boot) – becomes separated from his master during an unfortunate episode with an angry rhinoceros, thereby launching Charlie on an odyssey into Deepest Darkest Africa, and subsequently into the arms of the beautiful Loiyan…and that’s where the trouble really begins.

Maasai warriors, xenophobic locals, or evil Arab slavers, the two forbidden lovers encounter everything that the unforgiving jungle can throw at them.

“A truly engaging read that will keep anyone’s attention from the hilarious beginning until the last word. I highly recommend this 5 star novel.” ~ Chapters & Chats

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Please … Welcome, Author Taylor Morgan, writing as Phoenix L. James.

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“One choice can change your life…”

Rising from the ashes of her shattered past, Annie Clarke finds redemption in an unlikely place where she has a second chance to start over. With a sense of justice burning within, Annie’s mission is to rescue her little sister. But Annie’s journey is thwart with danger as secrets, lies and corruption seem to prevent her from ever knowing true happiness. Detective Oliver Bradley follows his heart – not the rules. As a third generation New York City police officer, Oliver is tortured by a past that he keeps secret. Living a lonely life, Oliver’s heart leads him astray. When his path crosses Annie Clarke’s, she causes him to rethink and question everything he ever knew about the law. Can Annie and Oliver rescue Annie’s little sister and extract justice from the corrupt system before the one man who has manipulated their lives destroys their future? “A story of healing, courage, love, and strength to rise above adversity and defy the odds. A must read that will touch the human.

This book is also available in Large Print.

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Please … Welcome, Author, RICHARD MCSTAY

SURVIVORS OF FLIGHT 387

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A mechanic who’s been to prison and a highly skilled plastic surgeon are certainly an unlikely match. Richard Buchanan, wrongfully convicted, is now looking for a new start by taking a job in China. Dr. Susan Ryan is taking a break from her controlling family and fiance to do some charity work in Bangladesh. But their plans go awry when their plane crashes into the Pacific and they are the only survivors. Only their ingenuity in building a make-shift raft from debris keeping them alive. After a week of eating raw fish and battling the weather and sharks, they reach a small island, thinking they’ve returned to civilization. But they’re wrong – they only find more problems. They get to know each other and fall in love as they fight off storms, injuries, and drug-dealing pirates who want them dead. If they succeed in returning to civilization, can they also fight public opinion opposing their love?

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And take a look at:

“Acts Beyond Redemption” My Book. Author S. Burke.

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“For those that enjoy a gripping, fast-paced, Psychological, Thriller. Buckle in … It’s one hell of a ride? Reviewer on Amazon.

In Book 1 of the ‘Unintended Consequences’ series Acts Beyond Redemption takes you on a twisted, deadly ,journey.

Mike Matheson is head of a Special Task Force set up by the F.B.I to track down and apprehend the serial killers responsible for 18 brutal murders.

He and his team are exhausted, frustrated, and ready to burn out after almost five years and no leads.

Nothing in their experience has prepared them for this.

Nothing in their imaginations could conceive of the truth hidden in plain sight.

Someone on the inside is deflecting their weary eyes away from a truth too incomprehensible to be permitted to exist.

Revealing it and those that set it in motion would bring the most powerful country on earth to its knees. The corridors of power shake.

Who will be buried in the shattered remains of a country where freedom and honor are treasured above all things?

Just how far will those elected to protect and defend go, to keep the American dream alive?

Available here on Amazon.

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