Author – Nick Jacobellis
Another superb Nick Jacobellis historical fiction that captured my attention from cover to cover. To me it reads like a movie script and I can see this becoming a Hallmark-type of movie. The motif here is good versus evil but with a surprising twist at the end when you find out who the hero is. We all need more feel good stories like this in our life especially in the times of pandemic and marginally acceptable politics. A treat to read and I hope you can related to some of the contemporary themes present in the book.
The plot is set in the US during World War II. The main characters are from an solid Nordic family that is well entrenched in the community and have multiple sons off to the war effort while the patriarch and youngest son are home bound. The former served his time during World War I and the later is not old enough or mature enough yet for the service but is doing everything in his power to volunteer, sign up for service and do his part in the war effort. I wont spoil the story for you but I will tell you that the plot is historically accurate and detailed enough so that you would not second guess the validity and flow of the story line.
Our main character, Danny, was disabled at birth, walks with a slight limp, and has a speech impediment. After trying to enlist in each and every branch of the US service he reaches desperation when he travels to Canada to try and sign up for the armed service there. No Go! Stuck in a world were fate has dealt him a worn out set of cards, Danny does what he can to overcome the mental and physical obstacles, persevere, and stay sane with a lot of help from his family. Another sub plot tells us that the family lives close enough to the Atlantic that German spies are infiltrated into their home town. The suspense and action build from there. Again, I wont blow it by revealing the story line but I think most red blooded Americans will truly enjoy the book.
Danny’s character portrays all that is noble in a young man. Everyone, regardless of abilities or disabilities is a valuable part of our communities and families and can serve in some capacity. Most times there is a long path to find that way to serve, but rest assured with a little patience, hard work, and a positive attitude it will happen. As the author comments in the book, ” A Special kind of Hero is a smorgasbord of all the wholesome values that were once captured on the silver screen…The plot of good versus evil transcends time and will always capture the hearts and minds of the general public.” And who serves as the evil forces in this book? Nazi U-boat commanders and commandos!
- Publisher : Badge Publishing (17 May 2021)
- Language : English
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 192 pages
About the Author – Nick Jacobellis is a medically retired U.S. Customs Agent and a former NY police officer who was physically disabled in the line of duty while working undercover as a federal agent. To date, the author has published over 180 magazine articles and nine other action-packed nonfiction, historical fiction, and fiction books: Controlled Delivery Books One and Two, The Frontline Fugitives Books I, II, III, and IV, and Buck Banderas U.S. Marshal Books One and Two. Available on Amazon and Kindle. Nick was born and raised in Flatbush section of Brooklyn NY and has an BS Degree in Police Science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Nick’s other books can be found here, https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?i=digital-text&rh=p_27%3ANick+Jacobellis&s=relevancerank&text=Nick+Jacobellis&ref=dp_byline_sr_ebooks_1
Readability- five stars
Historical Accuracy- five stars
Historical Value- five stars
Details- five stars
Overall Rating – five stars
Review by Christopher (Moon) Mullins