Kimo's War

Kimo's War

by James Frey
     
 

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Kimo's War is compelling. The story alone will rapidly seize the attention of fans of military fiction and non-fiction, collectors of first-person histories of the U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and particularly those who have had boots on the ground in either theater. It is a complex psychological and comedic narrative of the life and mind of LT Kimo Kitazono

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Kimo's War is compelling. The story alone will rapidly seize the attention of fans of military fiction and non-fiction, collectors of first-person histories of the U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and particularly those who have had boots on the ground in either theater. It is a complex psychological and comedic narrative of the life and mind of LT Kimo Kitazono and his alter ego, Lapu (Hawaiian God of Darkness), who materializes as a defense mechanism in Kimo's mind during the War. The trifecta of Kimo, Lapu, and sub-textually, the author, emerge through the story as both the main and supporting characters. The writing is raw, and at times, humorous and satirical. The narrative reads like Dave Barry with a healthy dose of PJ O'Rourke and is seeded with heavier verse reminiscent of Joseph Heller. You will laugh and you will cry. But perhaps more importantly, you will experience first-hand wartime conflict and its physical and psychological aftermath through the unique perspective of the author, James J Frey. The book will surely find a permanent place in many personal libraries.

Editorial Reviews

Author's Jounral - David Spellman
Excellent book that I read twice...once two days ago, and next yesterday.
Why?
There are so many nuances, so many details, so much rich material that the first time I read for the plot and the second time for all the sidebars and info and color.
The author (whom I do not know) is a decorated career military man, recently retired. He joined the Army at age 17, served a hitch, and then switched to the Navy for the balance of his career...becoming an Officer through OCS. The author was

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148891765
Publisher:
James J Frey
Publication date:
11/21/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,027,071
File size:
241 KB

Meet the Author

James J. Frey lives in Williamsburg, Virginia with his wife and three children. He enlisted in the Army National Guard at 17 while still in high school in Fairfax, VA, then went into the Navy where he served four years as an enlisted Aviation Electrician making multiple deployments on several aircraft carriers. At the end of his enlistment he went to college and upon graduation worked for the Japanese Embassy teaching English at a very rural high school in Miyakonojo, Japan. Granted an age waiver, he re-entered the Navy from Japan, attended Officer Candidate School in Orlando, FL, then went through Fixed- and Rotary-Wing Flight School in Pensacola, FL, followed by MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter training in San Diego, CA. Jim served as a Naval Helicopter Pilot for 12 years. In his spare time, he earned two Master's degrees and is currently finishing his PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. James is the recipient of over 37 personal and unit awards/citations from the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and United States Marine Corps, including the Bronze Star.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
1969
Place of Birth:
Cleveland, Ohio
Website:
http://www.bigjimindustries.com

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