Acts of Heroes
Paperback, 202 Pages
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World War II recedes ever faster now from recollection, but it is the intention of the Esterhazy Press to refresh those fading colors with a series of new adventures into the labyrinth of military memories. Leo Davis, sired and trained by survivors of The Great War, faces the fury of Imperial Japan and the intense and sophisticated savagery of Nazi Germany with his four feet firmly planted. Read within of his and others’ acts of courage and determination to prevent the victory of unendurable evil. In the course of his service Davis acquaints those who read of his exploits with determined, doomed generals; beaten tankers with one last fight left in them; SS killers and a donkey-eared pilot out to find and destroy Hitler’s Vergeltungswaffen. From Luzon to the frozen misery of Bastogne, heroes of different minds and bodies act together in a world-wide victorious struggle against foes and beliefs that human and all other manifestations of kindly intelligence could not... More > allow to conquer.< Less
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Dec 5, 2015An interesting set of short historical fiction stories focusing more on characters than any 'what if' alternate scenarios. A good job fitting some unusual characters into familiar (at least for us older folk) locations. Definitely recommend.
Nov 4, 2015I find this novel quite entertaining, involving as it does my favorite mythical species in a historical setting. The details are quite well done, considering the real-world difficulties that a centaur might face, in peace as well as war. There are some passages, though, that could use improvement: the first chapter seems a bit 'detached', consisting of much exposition, and might do with a little more immediacy to engage the reader (I think of the writers' dictum, "Show, don't tell"). Perhaps, as well, the Scriptural references might be toned down a bit: they do well as epigraphs, but tend to slow down the progress of the story. The final chapter is emotionally engaging, but puzzling. Who is Liz? How did she become a centaur? Why does she have this psychic connection with Leo? If she was given a backstory that would explain this (perhaps foreshadowed in the body of the narrative), it would help to tie the chapter in more satisfactorily. I hope this critique has been helpful.
Nov 1, 2015I will start this by saying the author is a close friend of mine. That said, I can say that I do not enjoy reading very much. I tend to have ADD when it comes to the printed page. Also, I'm not a huge fan of war history. So I bought the book, mostly because of my aforementioned friendship, but also because of curiosity. I was not disappointed by my choice. Rice's work kept me enthralled. The personalities, the realism in a 'what if centaurs fought in the world wars' fantasy made for an excellent page turner. I advise you to keep on strong till the near end with Lewis and Davis - there is a story within the story that had me in stitches, and one I won't reveal here. I can't give it five stars because some of the enormous details were lost on someone who does not follow war history, such as myself. That said, I would definitely suggest this to anyone who loves to read about mythical beasts in eras of our history I wish *WAS* mythical.
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- Rob S. Rice (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Esterhazy Press
- October 19, 2015
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.79 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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