Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Revenants: The Odyssey Home by Scott Kauffman

Revenants: The Odyssey Home
by Scott Kauffman

My rating: 5 stars MUST READ

Publisher: Moonshine Cove Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: December 23, 2015
ISBN-13: 9781937327811
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 306
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

A grief-stricken candy-striper 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 skullduggery of a congressman who not only controls the hospital as part of his small-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 the families of those who fail to return home but of those who do.

Revenants: The Odyssey Home by Scott Kauffman

Revenants: The Odyssey HomeNo one can be prepared for the death of a loved one. When Betsy’s older brother, her hero, dies in the steamy and unforgiving jungles of Viet Nam, her family begins a slow downward spiral into grief, depression and devastation. Betsy carries the guilt of her final moments with her brother, the look in his eyes, her anger and how she never said good bye. Her change in demeanor and attitude leads her to a punishment that will become a gift that will change her life forever.

Follow Betsy as she sees the aftermath of war’s horrors as a Candy Striper in a Veteran’s Hospital, learns to see these damaged warriors as the people they are beneath their broken bodies, their tortured minds as they are hidden from the world they swore to protect. For Betsy, these men became her friends and like all friends, they talk, they share and they give her a mystery to solve. There is a door at the top of the stairs, and a very old secret behind it, a secret that will torment your very marrow.

Heroism comes in all forms, pain and injustice, too. Behind that door may lie the biggest injustice ever brought down on humankind. From the day she opened that door, Betsy became determined to never allow another soldier to not make it home, to be remembered and to bring comfort to those they left behind. One death, one door, one deceitful glad-handing politician will give Betsy a purpose in life, a way to heal and a way to help others heal and to another soldier home. The past collides with the present and the future with the tapping of a hand.

Scott Kauffman’s Revenants: The Odyssey Home is one of the most powerful and memorable books I have read in a while. Written with great care, displaying the love that runs through families, the love that lives among brothers- in-arms and the love for those long forgotten, we are given a heartfelt look at the true heroes in war, while seeing the true colors of a coward hiding behind the mask of a politician. If you are looking for a book that will absorb you into its pages and hang on to you long after that last page, I cannot recommend Revenants: The Odyssey Home enough. Be warned, you will find yourself gutted to the core more than once.

I received this copy from Moonshine Cove Publishing, LLC and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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