The story was implausible on so many fronts, and although there was supposed to be a twist at the end, it was telegraphed. Even without the telegraphing, it wasn't much of a twist. The writing was simplistic and lacked description. There were a few good lines, such as the rocks in the river being described as civil war tombstones, but it seemed like these were thrown in. Hard to believe that this got good rankings -- I'm usually a very liberal grader.
The story grabbed me -- inspirational and unexpectedly motivational. The writing was detailed and flowed beautifully. Well done!
The story was creative and enthralling. I haven't read Stephen King in many years -- this story reminds me why he is so great. The book was chugging along really well but then got bogged down in the middle with an overly protracted hokey love story. It ended well, however, with a tasteful and emotional loop back. The detour in the middle could have been much shorter and made the book better.
While I'm thankful for the service and devotion that Chris has shown to his country, I wasn't impressed with his book. Separating out the two issues -- service and book -- is important, as it is easy to get caught up in a patriotic spirit high. Nevertheless, I thought that the book was disjointed. In addition, Chris is obviously a guy who prides himself on bar fights and being tough, but he tries (poorly) to cover it up with a humble gloss in the book.
The narration is very poor. I'm from the south and appreciate a good southern accent, but the narrator attempted what seemed to be an overly contrived Texas accent that diminished from the quality of the book and accentuated the impression that the book and Chris were manipulating reality.
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