A Police Action
by A.A. Freda
My rating: 5 stars
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing Co. Inc. (November 26, 2017)
Publication Date: November 26, 2017
Genre: War Saga | Coming of Age
Print Length: 409 pages
A Police Action is a gripping coming-of-age Vietnam War-era romantic novel. It is the story of two lost confused young adults. It is love at first sight when nineteen-year old Samantha Powers meets James Coppi at the country Honky Tonk in Colorado Springs. There are just two problems for a storybook ending for Samantha's passion. She is pregnant with someone else's child and James, a young soldier, is heading for a war in Vietnam.
Will this instant attraction be enough to form a lasting bond? What will happen after James is deployed? Will he return home safely, and, if so, will it be for Samantha? Follow along as the young lovers mature through individual hardships and those that they share.
A Police Action by A.A. Freda
Whether you are a student of human history or if you lived through the Vietnam (not a) War era, A.A. Freda’s A POLICE ACTION will resonate with true emotional grit, while carefully sidestepping the raw horrors of the war that wasn’t. This is as much a love story as it is the story of war. Two young people, one, a young and brash soldier entrenched in the nightmare of Vietnam, the other, the idealistic young woman he left behind.
Samantha and James met by chance, a twist of Fate, and their budding relationship would be tested from the very beginning as Samantha opens both her heart and life to James, a young soldier who, in many ways was a fixer, seeing a problem as a solution not yet created. They were each young and naïve, but James’ street savvy would pull them both through the trials they each would face as he became a larger-than-life hero in the eyes of Samantha. Was he ready to assume that responsibility? Was he good enough for the kind-hearted girl he barely knew? Was he ready to settle down when he came home from Vietnam? Would he be the same person? Would Sam?
James is a hustler, he became the go-to guy for his fellow soldiers, he also became a knowledgeable thorn in the side of his superiors, but he was smart and rode the envelope with apparent glee. James also saw death, the ugliness of war, the heroes, the cowards and the innocence of the “newbies.” Even as Sam’s letters told of her love for him, she kept her own struggles as a young woman alone in the 60s to herself, her dreams of James’ return like fluffy pink hearts in her mind. James never gave completely of himself, his letters were short, black and white, both sparing Sam the details of battle and holding his heart back. Was it insecurity that kept him from admitting his feelings? Was it the unknown he faced every day?
A.A. Freda has captured the "human" atmosphere of the era, the young love, the desperate need to feel alive and as normal as a young soldier could feel when tossed into a land where he became both political and cannon fodder. This is a story of self-doubt, coming of age and learning to trust in a future. Mr. Freda has done a remarkable job of serving up a slice of the life lived by so many while still providing some humor and heart!
I received a complimentary review copy from A.A. Freda!