Fiction: A Soldier's Son

by Jack Estes

ASIN: B01I0YDZ0O

ASIN: B01I0YDZ0O

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In 1968 Mike Kelly's chopper is shot down over the jungles of Vietnam.

The enemy is near. His crew is dead, most of his team is dead and Mike must make a life altering decision, to leave a wounded marine behind.

Now it's 2004 and Mike is a successful journalist and author. He's living a good life, living in a big house on the lake with his wife Claire, 20 year old college daughter Katie, and 18 his son Jake, a senior in high school.

He loves his son but is driving him to play college baseball. Mike is still haunted by the Vietnam war, and the fighting in Iraq is raging.

This triggers the pain he is trying to hide. Claire is threatening to leave, unless he gets back on medication for post traumatic stress disorder and seek counseling at the Veterans Hospital.

Katie is depressed and Mike is ignoring her and Jake is tired of being controlled my Mike and pressuring him to play baseball.

When Jake and his best friend Griff join the marines and are sent to Iraq, Mike implodes. He watches the news on the war incessantly and when he sees marines killed on TV, he can't stand it anymore.

He travels to Iraq as an embedded reporter, in a desperate attempt to save his son



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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 18, 2016


Oregon author Jack Estes has won acclaim for his Vietnam memoir A FIELD OF INNOCENCE and form that book we first learned about jack the person: ‘Jack Estes volunteered to fight a war in a faraway country he couldn't even locate on a map.

He was a kid, eighteen years old. Married, broke, flunking out of college-and about to become a father. The Marines seemed like a good way out. He figured the Nam couldn't be any worse than home. He was wrong.’ That is the flavor of his writing.

And despite that he suffers form PTSD he formed the Fallen Warriors Foundation to help heal the emotional scars of American soldiers while at the same time supporting the poor Vietnam villages with money and supplies to ‘carry humanitarian goods instead of a machine gun.’

Knowing the facts of Jack’s life supports the awe of his second book – the immensely moving A SOLDIER’S SON – and while the characters and story are fictional, they relate very closely to Jack’s experience.

The synopsis deals with some of the facts: ‘In 1968 Mike Kelly's chopper is shot down over the jungles of Vietnam. The enemy is near. His crew is dead, most of his team is dead and Mike must make a life altering decision, to leave a wounded marine behind. Now it's 2004 and Mike is a successful journalist and author.

He's living a good life, living in a big house on the lake with his wife Claire, 20-year-old college daughter Katie, and 18 his son Jake, a senior in high school. He loves his son but is driving him to play college baseball. Mike is still haunted by the Vietnam War, and the fighting in Iraq is raging. This triggers the pain he is trying to hide.

Claire is threatening to leave, unless he gets back on medication for post traumatic stress disorder and seek counseling at the Veterans Hospital. Katie is depressed and Mike is ignoring her and Jake is tired of being controlled my Mike and pressuring him to play baseball. When Jake and his best friend Griff join the marines and are sent to Iraq, Mike implodes.

He watches the news on the war incessantly and when he sees marines killed on TV, he can't stand it anymore. Mike travels to the battlefields of Iraq as an embedded reporter, secretly hoping to save his son – and maybe himself.’

With this second book dealing with (if not coping with) the wars this country has fought, Jack Estes is elevated to the level of important spokesmen about the wars of Vietnam – Philip Caputo, Tim O’Brien, Karl Marlantes, Harold G. Moore, Neil Sheehan among others.

His ability to create the tension both on the battlefield and in the home following the war is razor sharp, and to this he adds the insights of the effects of PTSD on families – perhaps one of the saddest aspects of these wars. It is a brilliant work and highly recommended. Grady Harp, July 16




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