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Vows to the Fallen by Larry Laswell
Book 2: The Marathon Series
Publisher: Marshell Publishing
Publication Date: August 14, 2015
Format: Paperback - 277 pages
Kindle - 528 KB
Genre: Historical Fiction / Military / Sea Story
Buy The Book:
Buy The Series: The Marathon Series
Book 1: The Marathon Watch
Book 2: Vows To The Fallen
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Pump Up Your Book.
Vows to the Fallen
An Officer’s Journey Through Guilt and Grief
Another techno-thriller from the author of The Marathon Watch
August 9, 1942, 01:42 hours
USS Green on patrol off Red Beach, Guadalcanal
Bridge Officer: Lieutenant Patrick O’Toole
Lieutenant O’Toole’s goal is simple: someday he wants to become an admiral. But in a few moments, his life will change . . . forever. Yesterday, the marines stormed the beaches of Guadalcanal. Today, the Japanese Navy will strike back. The sudden and horrific carnage scars O’Toole for life and throws him into the abyss of survivor’s guilt and posttraumatic stress.
The Pacific War does not wait for O’Toole to heal. Duty calls, each new assignment brings more responsibility, and the roll call of the fallen grows. At the Battle of Mujatto Gulf, O’Toole faces a superior battle-hardened Japanese fleet and discovers the strength within him to climb from the abyss and find his true life’s mission. To the fallen, he vows never to abandon that mission no matter how high the cost.
My Book Review:
In Vows To The Fallen, author Larry Laswell weaves a thrilling World War II historical military sea story that follows Lieutenant Patrick "Terror" O'Toole's tour of duty in the Pacific theater.
The author utilizes his extensive military experience to weave a compelling tale that captivates the reader from the beginning by transporting them into the middle of the war with Lt. O'Toole and his crew. The reader can't help but get caught up in this story, the richly descriptive settings in the Pacific in addition to the vivid war time details puts them on the edge of their seats and turning the pages.
The author provides factual historical data from World War II and interweaves it with a captivating story about one man's vow to uphold his responsibility for each assignment given and complete the mission to defeat the Japanese for his comrades who have fallen.
Lt. O'Toole is a driven man determined to make admiral, but the demons that haunts him from the words of his grandfather: always a failure and not adequate, it shakes him to his very core, making him question his ability to prove himself, and surrounds him in doubt. But when a Japanese cruiser ambushes the USS Green off the Guadalcanal coast, he and his surviving crew must push on and face new missions, for the war waits for no man. Lt. O'Toole rises from the abyss of the PTSD that has a hold of him and vows to complete every mission for those who have fallen. You can't help but cheer on Lt. O'Toole and his crew as they embark on each harrowing mission to defeat the Japanese.
This is a well-written story that flows smoothly from the beginning; with realistic characters and witty dialogue; to the various war settings and suspenseful twists and turns; author Larry Laswell pulls the reader into the midst of the wartime action in the Pacific, and doesn't let go until the climatic ending.
Vows To The Fallen is an intriguing and action packed World War II historical military sea tale that will take the reader on one hell of a thrill ride.
RATING: 5 STARS
About The Author
Larry Laswell served in the US Navy for eight years. In navy parlance, he was a mustang, someone who rose from the enlisted ranks to receive an officer’s commission. While enlisted, he was assigned to the USS John Marshall SSBN-611 (Gold Crew). After earning his commission, he served as main engines officer aboard the USS Intrepid CV-11. His last assignment was as a submarine warfare officer aboard the USS William M. Wood DD-715 while she was home ported in Elefsis, Greece.
In addition to writing, Larry, a retired CEO fills his spare time with woodworking and furniture design. He continues to work on The Marathon Watch series, an upcoming science fiction series titled The Ethosians, and an anthology of over eighty humorous sea stories titled A Ship-load of Sea Stories & 1 Fairy Tale.
You can visit Larry Laswell’s website at www.larrylaswell.com
Connect with Larry Laswell:
Enter Larry Laswell’s Vows to the Fallen Poetry Contest!
Pre-release sales of Vows to the Fallen will begin on July 1, 2015 for release on August 14th. One of the characters in the book has a habit of reciting excerpts from classic poems. If you are the first to correctly name all of the poems you win! $150 for second place and $100 for third place.
Here are the rules:
1. Order Vows to the Fallen in Amazon’s Kindle store.
2. At midnight (EST) download Vows to the Fallen and read it to find the poetry excerpts.
3. Leave a review on Amazon (How you rate the book has no bearing on your eligibility to win.)
3. Go to http://larrylaswell.com and click on “Contest.” In the form tell Larry under what name you left the review, and then list the poems by name and author. (Watch your spelling – it must be exact!) 4. The first correct entrant who left a review wins a dinner for two, a night on the town, or whatever they want to do with $250!
5. If Larry cannot identify the entrant’s review they will be disqualified (don’t use an anonymous name!)
6. If Larry receives more than one entry at the same time stamp, Larry will hold a drawing to determine the winners.
7. Any organization, or individual who received an advance review copy, their employees or family are ineligible.
8. Larry is the contest judge, and his judgement is final.
9. Larry is not responsible for delivery delays in the Amazon Kindle system.
10. Larry will post the winners on his website at 8AM EST on September 1, 2015.
Pre-order Vows to the Fallen today!
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