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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2002

    In times of war, friendship can be shown to be stronger than ever

    Friendship is a virtue which should be valued and protected over any challenges; In Gordon Kent¿s novel, ¿Peacemaker,¿ a navy lieutenant commander goes to the extremes in a war-torn country to save a kidnapped CIA agent in the name of friendship. Alan Craik battles overwhelming odds to save a close friend from torturous war criminals in central Africa during the Bosnian-Serb war in 1994. He takes an ex-navy SEAL and heads into the war zone without even considering the danger for his own life. ¿`How far will he go to get his buddy, if he has to?¿ Parsills, who had known both O¿Neill and Craik in the Gulf, thought about it. `Pretty far. Real far.¿ The admiral nodded. `Good for him.¿ He seemed to be talking to himself, looking inward at- the past? `Good for him¿¿¿ (268). Alan would go to the extremes of saving one friend because of how strong he cares for him. This shows how strong friendship can be and how important it is to keep it, even if it means risking everything. Setting is an extremely important factor in developing the theme in ¿Peacemaker.¿ Because the story is set in a brutal and gruesome time of war in Europe and Central Africa, readers are able to get a better sense of just how far a man will go for a friend. A Rwandan uprising is spurred into motion by a marine-turned war criminal, the same man who kidnapped Craik¿s friend. Even though there is unthinkable danger for anybody involved in the mission, Craik fights anyone who tries to keep him from going to rescue Harry O¿Neill, from politics in Washington to ruthless mercenaries in Africa. ¿`Djalik, he¿s my friend and I can¿t leave him. You can.¿ He was padding in his pockets looking for a piece of paper. `For you, it¿s just duty. For me, it¿s my best friend. And duty comes second to friends.¿ Alan was surprised by his own words. He meant them, but he hadn¿t measured them before they came out.¿¿ (292). It is important that ¿Peacemaker¿ is set in a time of war and destruction, when lives and relationships are lost, because it gives readers a strong idea of just how valuable friendship is. Because war is so destructive, to the psyche and feelings of a person as much as to the physical harm, the fact that this character was able to overcome these challenges for love of a friend gives readers realization and determination to keep their own friends in reach, no matter the obstacles. Once Alan truly discovers how valuable friendship is, it is easy for readers to connect and feel the same way. There may be terrifying challenges that humans are faced with when it comes down to keeping friendships alive, but if there is enough will and love, any of them can be overcome. Because Alan is faced with such a dangerous pursuit threatening his friendship and very existence, readers can understand that no matter what obstacles are thrown into the open, there is always a way to overcome them and win.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2002

    Rising star author(s)

    Since others have written of the story line I'll comment on the author(s) who have captured the essence of Counts, Clancey and Griffith. I liked the blending of various characters and plots that circled the globe. While there was a main character and his wife the authors did a great job of weaving them all together with a common mission set in todays military. I started by reading Top Hook first then PeaceMaker and am looking forward to Rules of Engagement. I'd suggest any new readers of the Kents reverse the order to properly introduce the characters and flow of stories. I look forward to their 4th release.

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