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The Coldest Night

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

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    Love it or Hate it

    Love it or Hate it
    THE COLDEST NIGHT by Robert Olmstead is like no other book I've ever read. There is no other about which I can say, "This reminds me...."
    I love the style of writing. I hate the subject matter yet I couldn't stop reading.
    I did stop twice but just long enough to let the tears subside so I could get back to the matter at hand.
    Most of the book is about the battle of the Chosin Reservoir, the decisive battle of the Korean War. Never have I read such a vivid battle scene; I don't know if I could survive another. It bolstered my hate of war and what it does to the young people who give their all for the good of the machine. It highlights the friendships bonded in war.
    Before Henry went to Korea, he had a passionate love affair with a girl, Mercy, from the good side of the tracks. Her family disapproved and sent Henry running for his life. He left his mother, whom he loved dearly. He knew nothing of his father. He was seventeen years old. Way too young to face the horrors of war.
    He came home a year later scarred in body and spirit and unable to settle down. I kept wanting him to see Mercy again.
    I'll give nothing away.
    This book will wring you dry.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Not great

    I found this on a suggested booklist. The claim was that it is amazing, heart wrenching, and tear jerking. While not the worst book I have read, it certainly paled in comparision to even mediocre novels. Slow, predictable, and anti-climactic.

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

    Deep, harsh, heavy, unrelenting; a tough but riveting book.

    It's a raw love story. And a gut-wrenching war story. I couldn't imagine identifying with the main character, a teen boy named Henry, but I did. As only a teenager, he loved with such pure and raw and powerful love---if only most men loved like that. And in war, at only 17, he felt and fought and killed and saved and survived beyond imagining. He's the soldier you would want at your side. (The author's description of war is too real and so chilling.) But what it all did to Henry, the tearing away of his love and the agonies of the worst of war, feel so real you begin to understand what he became after. What he became after is so painfully raw, but so true. I totally got it. And the resolution is.....well, I can't tell you that. This is a powerful read. I just wanted a few more chapters, though Olmstead helped me imagine how Henry's story would end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    Prophecy

    The silver shining stars of night will swallow the writhing figures of fright

    The swift claws will rip through the flesh of all who are evil.

    The starry claws will shine with might

    And a new Clan will be bathed with light

    The evil ones will fail their plight

    As the wings of those good prevail.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Kiriu to snowkit

    She pins her and dangles an insect above her mouth

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Flamekit

    *is draged to 2345 result four*

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Titanium

    Kill her! Ive been strangling ger for the last twenty minutes. While keep off other cats. She deserves to die!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Inkstripe

    *grins wickedly then knocks Flamekit out and drags him to 2345 result four*

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2012

    Only started book today

    Have not finished it yet, but so far okay.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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