Book Review: Revenants: The Odyssey Home by Scott Kauffman

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BW Synopsis

ONLY BETSY CAN GET HIM HOME IN TIME; ONLY HE CAN BRING HER BACK BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.

A grief-stricken candy-striper serving in a VA hospital following her brother’s death in BC Revenants - The Odyssey Home by Scott KauffmanViet Nam struggles to return home an anonymous veteran of the Great War against the skullduggery of a congressman who not only controls the hospital as part of his small-town fiefdom but knows the name of her veteran. A name if revealed would end his political ambitions and his fifty-year marriage. In its retelling of Odysseus’ journey, Revenants casts a flickering candle upon the charon toll exacted not only from the families of those who fail to return home but of those who do.

BW My Review

A realistic novel about what war could do – to a country, to a family, and to individuals.

Betsy, a teenager whose brother was killed in the Vietnam War, started to act inappropriately that resulted in her being out of the school, and then she became a Candy Striper in a VA hospital. Afterward, a person named father Kaplan offered her to become a volunteering nurse at a local Veterans’ hospital. Staying there, she sees what happened to those soldiers who fought at war, and she tells herself that she will do her best to help them return home. She also found this mysterious guy that was kept on the top floor with no identity – no name and nothing about where he comes from. Betsy became eager to help him get back to his families.

This book really makes me see what it looks like before when there’s a war. How the people, especially the families, grieve when one of them was killed. How it breaks them when they lose someone they loved. The concept is wonderful yet heartbreaking.

The characters are easy to love. The main character, Betsy, shows great character development. From how she grieves for her brother’s death up to how she helped an unknown veteran.

The whole story was superb even if I had some hard time getting into the story in the first few chapters. Nevertheless, it didn’t destroy the story that much. The mystery around the veteran and how Betsy unveiled it will leave you amazed. This is another good book to read that I recommend to everyone.

Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author via NetGalley.

BW My Rating

Rating 4

BW Book Details

Publisher: Moonshine Cove Publishing, LLC

Publication Date: December 23, 2015

Genre(s): Literary, Historical Fiction

Language: English

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Scott claims his fiction career began with an in-class book report written in Mrs. Baer’s AP Scott Kauffmaneighth-grade English class when, due to a conflict of priorities, he failed to read the book. An exercise of imagination was required. Scott snagged a B, better than the C he received on his last report when he actually read the book. Thus began his life-long apprenticeship as a teller of tales and, some would snidely suggest, as a lawyer as well, but they would be cynics, a race Oscar Wilde warned us knew the price of everything and the value of nothing. Scott is the author of the legal-suspense novel, In Deepest Consequences, and a recipient of the 2011 Mighty River Short Story Contest and the 2010 Hackney Literary Award. His short fiction has appeared in Big Muddy, Adelaide Magazine, and Lascaux Review. He is now at work on two novel manuscripts and a collection of short stories. He is an attorney in Irvine, California, where his practice focuses on white-collar crime and tax litigation with his clients providing him endless story fodder. He graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and in the upper ten percent of his class from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, where he was a member of the Environmental Law Review and received the American Jurisprudence Award in Conflict of Laws.

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