Not a few books have been written about American soldiers and their involvement in the Vietnam War, however, Bless Me Father has a unique feel about it. One could feel the tension and suspense right from the first page as a group of battle weary US marines trudged through muddy waters, high humidity and thick jungles, trying to make it to their forward operating base. The environment was as treacherous as it was dangerous with landmines and Vietcong guerillas lurking in every corner of the rainforest of Central Vietnam. Among the terrified soldiers hoping to make it to FOB alive were the FNG’s an acronym for fucking new guys.
The plot oscillates between happenings that were taking place at the moment and throw backs from the past. The author did a good job in making the book interesting through his descriptive way of passing information across to the reader. It makes the reader to easily identify with the characters as well as events as they occur in the book.
At 487-page strong, Bless Me Father is relatively voluminous but the good side of it is that there were hardly any fluff or boring lines. However, the back and forth pattern of the plot may appear a little distractive to some readers as you have to switch from past to present and vice versa.
On the whole, it is no doubt a thrilling book.
BIO: Michael Deeze retired as a physician after 35 years in private practice. His life experiences are numerous and he held many occupations before pursuing a health care education and career. In his storied life he has visited every state in the Union and worked on 5 of the 7 continents of the world. From shoveling manure to delivering babies he has many life stories. Honing his skills as a public speaker while he served as a professor and administrator for a major university, Michael Deeze is an excellent story teller.
In his books, Deeze combines his multi-hued experiences with his clever story telling skills to bring the Casey clan to life. Emmett Casey, a wandering soul who learns that intelligence and toughness will only get one so far in life. Deeze creates settings and situations that come to life with color and emotion. His experiences are alive and well told, as Deeze tells parts of his own story to keep you turning the page. Now, with 3 grown children and his grandchildren, he spends his favorite time riding his motorcycle, and walking the woods with his beloved dog, Timber.