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Posted August 30, 2012
Each time Dan Walsh writes a book, I think, "That's it. This is his best book ever." Then he writes a new book. And I say it again. So here I go - "The Reunion is his best book ever." I'm prepared to amend that statement when his next novel is released. The characters are believable and deeply drawn. I especially loved how Aaron demonstrates that a battlefield is not a requirement for a heroic life. The romance is sweet but realistic. And the ending - get out the tissues! I used several, and I rarely cry when reading novels. I highly recommend this novel.
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Posted August 23, 2012
Excellent story with warmth, heart, and characters that inspired this reader. I learned a lot about the Vietnam War. In the process, I was once again made aware of the debt of gratitude we owe to our veterans. Well done, Dan!
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Posted March 14, 2014
Loved it when igot to the end I could not hepl but to cry. All the books that Dan Walsh has written I counld not put down I've read most of them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 21, 2013
I could be no happier. I love to sit down with a good book and read to my heart's content. Dan Walsh has written a beautiful story about a VietNam war veteran that is touching and satisfying. I am so thankful that I read it. His is a book that just reaches out and hugs the reader!
I was a little concerned with the number of characters I was meeting as I read and thought I might have trouble keeping track of them. But it soon became clear who each and every one of them were and what their importance to the story was. Aaron Miller was the main character and he had at one time been a man bent on self destruction. He was an ordinary man who worked as a handyman at a trailer park. He was friendly, but mainly kept to himself unless he felt prompted by God to help an individual in the park. He was quiet and preferred not to be in the limelight...a very private man.
He also had won the medal of honor for his service in the marines, which Dave Russo hoped to write about in his book about VietNam Heroes; those who had been overlooked. For Dave, it was a mystery as to where Aaron Miller might be. Since Dave's own father had been killed in VietNam when he was a toddler, meeting Aaron had special meaning to Dave. Reuniting Aaron with war buddies and family also became a beautiful challenge for Dave.
This writing is definitely Christian themed book; it says much about the folks we encounter each day.
What do we really know about their trials and tribulations? How is what we see different from how God sees us individually? It was written beautifully and I fell in love with these beautiful characters and their lives. Books that make me feel...it's what I love!
Posted October 14, 2013
I loved this book! Although the first dozen pages were a little slow, after that point the story got much better. By the middle I was hooked. To me, great books not only have a good story line but they also draw the characters well and make them seem real. A wonderful, not to be missed story of redemption and seconds chances.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 14, 2013
A bit much on the mention of church, but it is after all a christian book. The story was good and the writing was well done. Even though the mention of church to me was a bit much it did not have a stilted, preaching sound to it like so many christian books do. Although I thought the characters were good I felt they could have been more rounded out, had more depth to them. All in all I enjoyed this book very much.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 4, 2013
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Posted October 4, 2013
Being a college student during the Vietnam War, I relished reading The Reunion by Dan Walsh, a realistic account of one fictitious veteran's life following the war. Not only is it an award winning book, but it is just FABULOUS!!! You've got to read it if you haven't already. Very little of it is actually about the war itself, but most of it is about this veteran's relationships after the war. It's inspiring and uplifting!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted January 25, 2013
Dan Walsh has written a very meaningful book that covers a full range of emotions and choices---courage, fear, pain, despair, forgiveness, love, and redemption. Aaron Miller is a Vietnam vet in his sixties, who works as a beloved handyman in a trailer park in Florida. His home is the storage shed within the park. Not fancy by any means, but so much better than the streets he had been living on previously. He hasn't seen his grown children since they were toddlers.
Dave Russo is a reporter, in his mid forties, who is writing a book about Vietnam vets in honor of his father who died in Vietnam, when Dave was just a baby. The one thing he especially wants to do is honor these war veterans who had returned home to hate and neglect because of the unpopular war in which they were fighting before returning home.
In the process of interviewing vets, Dave comes across a millionaire vet who wants him to find the man who saved his life and the lives of his two friends. The men have a reunion every year but have no idea where the Medal of Honor vet is who saved their lives.
This story runs parallel lines for a while before closing in a five hanky junction. I feel that this is the first book I've read that gives the truth of the Vietnam soldier without becoming maudlin, or falsely glorying the feelings of those who served our country honorably.
God also plays an important part for so many of the survivors who eventually got their shattered lives together In one form or another. Jesus said that "There is no greater love than one man should give his life for his friend". Walsh takes that one step further when Aaron risked his life saving soldiers who were not his friends. Also showing that the average man can also choose to risk his life for his fellow neighbors at home.
This is a tremendously meaningful story that everyone should enjoy, and many will find meaningful for lives that they may be passing by without ever noticing or caring about everyday.
Posted December 29, 2012
Sometimes life isn't about us. It's about the difference we make in the lives of people around us. Aaron Miller is one such person. Thinking he has little to offer the world as a retired Vietnam veteran, he spends his time working as a maintenance man for a little trailer park in Florida. Reflecting back on his life offers him the justification for the life he currently finds himself in. After serving in Vietnam and saving the lives of three men in his squadron, he was injured and thus found a way out of the way. Disabled in both body and spirit, Aaron tried to find his way back to his wife and children. When his PTSD symptoms and addictions to pain medications caused a division in his house, his wife told him that they would be better off without him.
So Aaron left, and spent the next few years eking out a living on the streets. When he finally found the strength to get clean, he tried to make his way back home for a second chance. His wife told him that his kids no longer asked about the whereabouts of their dad and it's for the best to give them a second chance at a better life with her new husband and now father to their kids. Heartbroken, Aaron found solace living in the storage shed while trying to save money to purchase a small trailer in the park he helped to maintain, but that seems to be a dream far out of his reach.
In the Reunion by Dan Walsh, restoration seems to be the theme. Aaron's old habits die hard and soon he finds himself helping people out around him who seem to be filled with no hope. Aaron becomes more than a hero to them. While he keeps his own past buried, he works to offer hope to those who need it the most. Dan Walsh is instrumental at getting this powerful message across in this wonderful inspirational book about looking at the lives of the men and women who serve in our military. It gives us insight into the details we may never fail to inquire about but a story that each needs to share if only given the chance. I think he does a wonderful job at conveying that just because they finish their tour of duty, these wounded men and women still have a much needed purpose in life. This is a book to be treasured and shared. Be warned however, this may require more than a boxful of tissues by the time you reach the end. A well deserved 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
Posted October 26, 2012
Even though this is a work of fiction, the characters were believeable. It is a great story of redemption. It has a strong Christian message of God's ability to salvage broken people.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted September 21, 2012
This author has a way of making you care about the characters from the beginning, in all of his books. He gives you time to absorb each one as he introduces another, and illustrates them so well that you feel like you know them yourself. When this book got to its purpose, the 'reunion' was far more gripping than expected. Make sure you have your tissues ready!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 17, 2012
Dan Walsh has once again touched my heart with his gift of story. From the opening scene where Aaron Miller lives in a storage room at Bentley's Trailer Park and Campground--with a bed that "wasn't much more than a military cot. But it was way nicer than sleeping in cardboard boxes and underneath highway overpasses. He'd done enough of that years back."--I was swept into this book. So many hidden scars he carries from the war as he quietly devotes his days to serving the visitors and residents of Bentley's; hidden away in his room is the highest honor a soldier can receive, the Congressional Medal of Honor, which he received for saving the lives of three fellow soldiers. Walsh has penned a beautiful tale of a life lived in obscurity, yet not unseen by the One who says "the last shall be first." It is also a powerful tribute to our nation's Vietnam Vets and is highly recommended for anyone who served or knows someone who served in that conflict. And for anyone who has felt the heartache of abandonment, only to discover that the truth isn't always what it seemed, this book is for you. Poignant and tender, The Reunion brought smiles and tears. My only complaint is that it ended!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell prior to an interview with Dan Walsh. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."