Facing the Dragon

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Facing the Dragon is the first war mystery thriller novel that I read, and after finishing it, I have to admit it’s a very interesting genre that I will continue to read. As far as the story is concerned, the book’s main character is a fifteen-year-old boy named Jim Peterson, who, after being expelled for pulling off quite the prank on school grounds, he and his family go on vacation for a few days. While being on the road driving from one part of their trip to the next, they find a soldier, Travis Nickels, sitting on the side of the road and decide to take him with them in order for him to reach the first part of his destination, which is in Oakland so that he can move on to the destination he desires the most—Vietnam—where he can join thousands of U.S. soldiers in the jungle paradise as they were used to say. What nobody knows is that PFC Nickels will go to war; he’s just not going to be the same person Jim met. It’s going to be Jim himself.

The plot is well written and executed. Throughout the story, we come across locations, events, army tactics, techniques, and procedures that make the whole novel even more real and believable—something that I appreciate in an author’s work. Even though it’s more than 300-pages, it’s a quick read because the plot is structured in a way that makes you want to read the next chapter to find out more details that will fill up the story’s gaps and answer the story’s questions. The characters are unique and genuine. Jim Peterson becomes a man, even though he’s just fifteen years old. The soldiers went through hell; most of them didn’t make it, some of them returned home, but they were never the same as before. A small percentage returned home and got the opportunity of a lifetime—the opportunity to start over.

All in all, Facing the Dragon is the story of a boy who would travel to the other side of the world, join the war, and risk his life countless times in order to face his own dragons.

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Author Philip Derrick
Star Count 4/5
Format eBook
Page Count 332 pages
Publisher Sunnyslope Press
Publish Date 2017-Jun-15
ISBN 9780999120200
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Issue March 2018
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller
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