Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Books read in 2013: No. 15 -- The Road to Grafenwöhr

by Edward C. Patterson

Started: March 5
Finished: March 13

Notes: I originally received this e-book as a gift from the author a year or more ago when I joined up with Operation eBook Drop, a program the author helped start to send out free e-books to men and women in military service. Since then I've been intrigued by the subject matter, and I'm glad to finally getting around to reading this one. I've been told this novel is fantasy with elements of horror, and it is about a U.S. soldier stationed in Germany during the 1960s around the time of Vietnam and fighting in Czechoslovakia. I find this an unusual and interesting mix for a fantasy story, so I'm interested to see where the tale goes.

Mini review: After what I felt was a somewhat slow start, this turned into a damn fine read. It's difficult to discuss without giving away too much of the plot, but in my mind this novel would be like if Neil Gaiman teamed up with Neil Simon to do a dark fantasy version of "Biloxi Blues," with a touch of Joseph Heller's Catch-22 thrown in. I realize that description probably seems to make no sense, but one would have to read this novel to see what I mean. And yes, I can recommend reading this novel.


Virginia Llorca said...

You made me buy this.

Ty Johnston said...

Ha! I'm glad. I'm sure the author will appreciate it.

Charles Gramlich said...

Definitely an intriguing description!