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5 Star Review: Excellent writing by Author Glen Carter. The gripping story opens with a woman making her way to an American shelter, in hopes of giving birth in the arms of forgiveness. With nowhere else to turn, she walks toward the door. I quote “A pain suddenly split her abdomen, and it took all her strength just to stand. She dropped the small case and clutched her stomach as another contraction took her to her knees. Phantom gunshots rattled through her. She hugged the dirt, tasted it, wanted to claw her way into the earth’s crust.”
The infant survives, but not without consequences. As a young boy, he is haunted by visions. Visions of unknown places, war, soldiers and blood. I found the boy’s visions troubling and curious at the same time.
I quote, “The cockpits were dark, and with their night-vision goggles, the pilots appeared as alien invaders. The lead checked his outboard shoulder. Satisfied, he nudged the cyclic, and both choppers banked steeply over Iraqi territory.”
As a man, he lived in the shadows, on the edge of the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada. I quote, “Samuel Bolt’s pockets were stuffed with money. Wads of it. Folded and rolled, in twenties and fifties. It had weight, and if you looked closely, there were bulges at the front of his jeans. He was not feeling cocksure, and there was no swagger in his walk. He was a nobody, his face shadowed within a thrift shop hoodie, trying to stay invisible.”
Afraid to say too much, I leave you with this and invite you to read Soldier Boy,Bolt couldn’t move. The sand was deep, and he was in it to his knees. He tugged free a boot for another impossible step and then sank again, deeper this time. A storm of grit stung his eyes. It took everything he had to pull himself forward. To the tree and the squirming bundle at its base. The baby was covered in blood, its fat little arms reaching out to him. The face of an angel bathed in the flash of lightning. Bolt stooped low and placed both hands around the trembling flesh. Suddenly, the child began to scream. Scream so pitifully that Bolt had to cover his ears. The infant tumbled out of his hands and was swallowed by a whirlpool of sand. In a second, it was gone. Flames burst from the tree, forcing Bolt backwards. Away from the nightmare, to his bed in Harbour Rock.”
I love the author’s characters, story and his quote, “I’m a believer in things. It’s my default position, unless they can be proven not to be. As humans, we are sadly limited in our understanding beyond the horizons of existence. Do I believe in reincarnation? Prove to me that it doesn’t exist.
As an award-winning journalist, author Glen Carter worked most of his life in a high-pressure news environment. His experiences in research and fact driven stories has motivated him to apply his story telling craft to fiction, like this book titled Soldier Boy and Last Witness.
I encourage you to read Soldier Boy, understanding that it is adult content and adult language.
Review by Theodocia McLean (Book Marketing Global Network).
Genre: Literature, Fiction