Aaron Miller knows a thing or two about loss. He’s lost love. Dignity. Second, and even third, chances. Once honored for his heroism, he now lives in near obscurity, working as a handyman in a humble trailer park. But God is a master at finding and redeeming the lost things of life. Unbeknownst to Aaron, someone is searching for him. With deep insight into the human heart, consummate storyteller Dan Walsh gently weaves a tale of a life spent in the shadows but meant for the light. Through tense scenes of war and tender moments of romance, The Reunion will make you believe that everyone can get a second chance at life and love.
©2012 Dan Walsh (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Where do I start? Dan Walsh is an excellent writer . . . The Vietnam war era was a blight on our country and the way the veterans who served so courageous in that unpopular conflict were treated upon their return home, well, to me it is one of the most shameful times in the history of our nation. This author, who has never served in the military, has somehow been able to capture the pure essence of what it is to serve, to give up one's dignity, one's honor, everything one has, including life itself for another human being. Having two son's who have served in Iraq, and one of them headed soon to Afghanistan, this book touched me in the deepest parts of my being . . . I started listening and couldn't stop. My husband and I grew up in the era of the draft and my husband joined the army at the end of the Vietnam war, when every young man was terrified of being drafted. Something that our young people have no concept of today. WWI and WWII had it's heroes. Vietnam was a disgrace supposedly, so those young men who came home disfigured and disillusioned, didn't come home as heroes. The humility, faith and care that Aaron's story is told will stay with me a long, long time.
Oh my yes, I just finished it-and want to just listen to it again. It was just that good!
Aaron's surprise(s) at the reunion.
When his family came up hugged him and poured out love and affection to him-and his emotional overload of sobbing.
When the crippled Vietnam Veteran hurled the painful truth to him having even more reason to hate God and his reply in turning the tables to show that he did in fact have reason to believe in God in his own life.
I don't know when I've enjoyed a story more than this one-it truly is now my 2nd favorite book! Holy Bible being my #1.
Definitely. I'd recommend it for someone who appreciates the sacrifices of our men and women serving in the military. Not that it's a "military" novel, it is about a group of men who carefully and proudly exhibited comradery.
The effects and aftermath of serving in the millitary.
As a veteran, I can really identify to the closeness you develop with fellow military members. There are pieces in your mental and emotional psychy that civilians will never get. There were many parts where it brought me to tears and this is an absolute "must-read". If you want to understand the military member in your life, past or present, PLEASE read this.
Dan Walsh has written a very meaningful book that covers a full range of emotions and choices---courage, fear, pain, despair, forgiveness, love, and redemption. Aaron Miller is a Vietnam vet in his sixties, who works as a beloved handyman in a trailer park in Florida. His home is the storage shed within the park. Not fancy by any means, but so much better than the streets he had been living on previously. He hasn't seen his grown children since they were toddlers.
Dave Russo is a reporter, in his mid forties, who is writing a book about Vietnam vets in honor of his father who died in Vietnam, when Dave was just a baby. The one thing he especially wants to do is honor these war veterans who had returned home to hate and neglect because of the unpopular war in which they were fighting before returning home.
In the process of interviewing vets, Dave comes across a millionaire vet who wants him to find the man who saved his life and the lives of his two friends. The men have a reunion every year but have no idea where the Medal of Honor vet is who saved their lives.
This story runs parallel lines for a while before closing in a five hanky junction. I feel that this is the first book I've read that gives the truth of the Vietnam soldier without becoming maudlin, or falsely glorying the feelings of those who served our country honorably.
God also plays an important part for so many of the survivors who eventually got their shattered lives together In one form or another. Jesus said that "There is no greater love than one man should give his life for his friend". Walsh takes that one step further when Aaron risked his life saving soldiers who were not his friends. Also showing that the average man can also choose to risk his life for his fellow neighbors at home.
This is a tremendously meaningful story that everyone should enjoy, and many will find meaningful for lives that they may be passing by without ever noticing or caring about everyday.
Karen of Northern Michigan
I listen to audio books while I work, and I found myself excited to get to work so I could pick up where I left off on this one. It's a great story of vietnam vets and what happened to them during the war, and after the war. The war was coming to an end the year I graduated from high school, so I didn't have any fellow students who went to war, however, I do remember older kids who went, and know of some that came home badly damaged. This story is loosely based on a couple of hero's that came home damaged. I did find the story very interesting and liked the way everyone was connected in one way or other, however, there are Christian messages spewn throughout the story, and I wasn't very happy with that. I'm a spiritual person but do not agree with many of the Christian beliefs, so I was a little taken aback by a story that is not described as having a Christian message.. If the book had spoken of God and prayer, that would be great, but to throw in the Christian message of salvation was not so delightful. I personally don't enjoy people who feel the need to "save" everyone by demanding, ever so kindly, that you believe what they do or you're headed right for hell, and this book did carry that theme somewhat. That was the only disappointing part of the book...And I will undoubtedly receive some marks for my review not being helpful because I dared to state I didn't enjoy the Christian message. And that is exactly what I'm talking about when I say I don't enjoy people who, ever so kindly, demand you believe like they do or you are wrong...
Everything Aaron touched was thoughtful and responsible.
The author of the fictional book
Yes, lots of twists and turns. Good performance.
I read most of the reviews before I picked out this book to listen to and not one mentioned that this was a heavily leaning Christian book. The story skips around a lot in the beginning to get in all the characters stories then hits you with the god loves you message. The narrator was not right for this book at all! His voice is more suited to a western or something along those lines. I couldn't finish it. Between the story and the narrator I just gave up.
This is a great story. Dan Walsh's books have a "fullness" to them that is hard to come by... they're like Hallmark movies without the sappy overtones. Sweet, but with unexpected emotional depth.
The narrative was fine... until you got to a female character. It was very hard to believe that the female character was attractive or intelligent because she came off as a bit brainless and fairly transvestite-like. I know it's hard for a guy to pull off a woman's voice, but... it's been done before and done well. Not so much here. Reading the book is preferable to listening in this case (I did about 30/70).
Like I said before, this is a wonderful story. If you can keep your disbelief suspended through the dialogue, don't let it pass you by.
I love getting a book that you just can't put down. The Reunion kept my attention from the very beginning. I especially liked the ended when Dan Walsh discussed the Vietnam Veterans. A must read for all.
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