Title: Honor & Entropy
Author: Arthur Spevak (Author), J.E. Rainey (Introduction)
Review: Well this is a long…..long book. The story is interesting and kept me reading, but I thought I would never get to the end. The characters are multi-faceted and the story wraps you up tugging you along. I did have to go back every so often to see what I missed….sometimes the transition from the past to the present was difficult to follow, but wow this story is amazing. The story is simply a treasure hunt gone wrong…language problems, transportation problems, cannibal problems and more and more and more problems and then of course the families left at home.
Choppy language and transitions did make this a struggle to read at times, I think a bit better editing would do great things for this book. The story is fantastic and cutting the telling parts for more showing would have made this tale flow better. It took work to get this book finished, but I have to say that the ending and the journey are worth the time invested. Of course editing could have the potential to make this book a bestseller or made for TV mini-series.
If you enjoy epic stories of war, loss, love and redemption and you have lots of time to read, then I think you will find this to your liking.
Publisher: Published 2011 by Lost Lobo Books
Pages: 1133 pages 1272 KB
Quick Review: 4 Stars out of 5.
Where Did I Get the Book: Sent by the author for review.
Synopsis: Telly Brensen longs for his father, missing since WWII, and despises his mother’s suitors; and when her priceless ring disappears, this ignites his long smoldering rage. He hunts down the ring, maiming the thug who has it; and even though this frees a man wrongfully imprisoned for taking it, he is prosecuted into choosing between the Marines or jail. His choice lands him in Vietnam, where he carries out an act of extraordinary valor. This time, though, a gunfight with a jealous NCO turns a Medal of Honor nomination into a dishonorable discharge. Four years later, with reasons to live fading fast, Telly gets a tip concerning his father. He tracks down old friend Arthur Spevak, solicits him for backup, and sets off alone…for Borneo.
Unknown to Telly, Spevak is a tormented soul in his own right. Once orphaned, a sense of worthlessness sabotages his every attempt at romance, and in desperation, he, too, joins the Marines. When sent to Vietnam, though, anger at the world for driving him to such measures will not abate, and he becomes a notorious rogue – until the death of a brave friend sends him home with new self-loathing. By the time Telly finds him, he is living on a Chinese mountainside, alone, aimless, and broke. Now since they never crossed paths in the war, each is ignorant of the other’s disgrace, and they make an awkward pact. Then Telly vanishes, and Spevak reluctantly picks up the trail, unaware of how far the journey will one day take him.