The Revenants: The Odyssey Home
: Moonshine Cove Publishing, LLC
: December 15, 2015
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’s 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
Review By: Brittany Perez (Oh My Bookness)
December 20, 2016
This book of Scott Kauffman is a story base on the war that a lot of people protested of which our men were sent to fight, the much controversy the Vietnam War. It was a long war with continuing protest of anti-war and other marches conducted by students and of the hippie movement and others that felt the war was no place for us.
Of course what of the volunteer worker without pay, the candy stripers that work under the supervision of the nurses in the hospitals. If anyone is wondering and doesn’t know why they are called ‘candy striper’ here's a little tidbit. The pinafores that is worn has red and white stripes which is remindful of a candy cane, henceforth candy striper. That is what Betsy decided to become working in a V A hospital after her brothers death from the war.
Scott Kauffman describes in his story the destruction the Vietnam War had left behind, not only for the for the families that had a family member that fought and died but also the political outcome of a war and its hidden secrets. This is a story of empathy, deceit and determination. That's what Betsy has a whole lot of determination to set forth her plan as if she was fighting a war herself. I highly enjoyed this book, it's not just a book about a war but getting someone home that Betsy doesn't know but has a lot of empathy for. Some may think why? What is the point since he didn't have long to live. That's not the point, it's also about a family that needs closer, doesn't this soldier have the right to return to his family even though his last breath might just to say good-bye. I know if it was up to me I would act as Betsy did, even for a moment of his life it's knowing a family was brought back together. A act of kindness goes a long way. Read the book I dare you to be swept away.
Scott claims his fiction career began with an in-class book report written in Mrs. Baer’s eighth-grade English class when, due to a conflict of priorities, he failed to read the book. An exercise of imagination was required. Scott snagged a B, better than the C he received on his last report when he actually read the book. Thus began his life-long apprenticeship as a teller of tales and, some would snidely suggest, as a lawyer as well, but they would be cynics, a race Oscar Wilde warned us knew the price of everything and the value of nothing. Scott is the author of the legal-suspense novel, In Deepest Consequences, and a recipient of the 2011 Mighty River Short Story Contest and the 2010 Hackney Literary Award. His short fiction has been appeared in Big Muddy, Adelaide Magazine, and Lascaux Review. He is now at work on two novel manuscripts and a collection of short stories. He is an attorney in Irvine, California, where his practice focuses upon white-collar crime and tax litigation with his clients providing him endless story fodder. He graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and in the upper ten percent of his class from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, where he was a member of the Environmental Law Review and received the American Jurisprudence Award in Conflict of Laws.
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