A Police Action

A Police Action

by AA Freda


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ISBN-13: 9781480943513
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
Publication date: 10/31/2017
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

This is AA Freda’s second novel. The first, Goodbye, Rudy Kazoody is also a coming-of-age story of teenagers growing up during the tumultuous 1960s. The first novel received excellent reviews from Kirkus, Clarion Foreword, and Readers Favorite and maintains high ratings on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads.

Freda served in Vietnam with the 1st brigade 5th infantry during the time period covered in the book. A graduate of Baruch College, the City University of New York, Freda was also an adjunct professor at Fashion Institute of Technology. He now resides in Easton, Connecticut. In addition to writing, he enjoys shooting pool, fishing, hiking, and climbing.

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A Police Action 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ChantalSpeed More than 1 year ago
A Police Action is yet another gripping novel by the fantastic AA Freda. It encapsulates the exciting and turbulent time of the start of a new relationship, which will resonate with many. Albeit not verbatim. A young soldier meets a young girl who is in trouble. Amongst the chaos of his impending deployment, this hero finds the time to help her in her time of need. The two naturally fall in love. The protagonist is faced with the inner struggle of his unwillingness to make any commitments due to his uncertain fate. Their love story is beautifully real. The incredible story-line takes the reader directly into the heart of what life was life for a young soldier who was bound for Vietnam. Written with focus on one man is an interesting interpretation that serves to teach the reader a lot. There is much to be learned from AA Freda’s style of writing. It is a book that you will not be able to put down. Fully recommend it!
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite A Police Action by A.A. Freda is a romance novel that will get your heart racing and make you wish for a happily ever after for the two protagonists. Set in the time of the Vietnam War, the novel follows nineteen-year-old Samantha “Sam” Powers and soldier James Coppi; both of them fall in love at a time when their lives are at a standstill. When Sam meets the charismatic and charming James, she knows that she has found her forever kind of love. She instantly falls in love with him, thanks to his smile and gentle nature. The two find the perfect chemistry, but much like everything in life, nothing is easy for them. James is all set to be deployed to Vietnam to serve his country in the war and Sam is pregnant with someone else’s baby. The two young lovers have no idea what the future has in store for them, yet they cannot seem to stay away from each other. They want the life they have dreamt about, but it appears that it is not in store for them. Can they form a relationship when the two of them are at such odd times in their lives? What can they do when they will be at opposite ends of the earth? Will James ever return to Sam? Or is this the only taste of true love Sam will ever get? This is a gritty romance, just the way I like it. The story flows naturally in a very non-hurried way. Both of the main characters are given enough page space to develop and grow. Even though it is sort of insta-love for Sam, she is not rushing anything and that makes the story and her character relatable. James, on the other hand, is one of the most cool and calm characters, which is the perfect characteristic because he has to be in a war in the midst of chaos. Together, James and Sam complement each other and make a powerful story! I loved the novel and I truly enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book about the Vietnam War from a combat veteran. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great story about a compelling time in history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A POLICE ACTION/Angelo Freda Raising the bar… In a substantial and gripping look at military life, author Angelo Freda has stitched together a rivetingly clear pattern of his character’s inner growth against the background of the U.S. campaign in Vietnam, one of the more bitter and divisive wars the U.S. has been part of.
 His novel, A Police Action, invites readers to be privy to the conflicts that lurk behind conflict — two countries hurtling end-game desires against each other, officers and infantrymen jousting, lifers arguing with short timers, the con man grappling with his better side … and soldiers going off to war while their lovers’ fingers trail desire in the air after them … Freda’s war is a messy business, messy in personal relationships with those left behind, messy in relationships with others on the front, messy in the effort just to eat and to stay clean. Freda puts his Bronx good guy, James Coppi, in the midst of all of the above and allows the emergence of a man who knows how to look into the heart of what he is about and to create there something of worth. Good Read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Specialist Fourth Class James Coppi thought he was going to escape seeing action in Vietnam. After all, he has only ten months left to serve; and it'll be only six month left after he's completed training. The differences between career Army veterans and untested new men becomes clear as Coppi works with a platoon, is entrusted with a special job, and finds ways to mitigate the relentless duties and stresses of military life. Changing strategies, ambushes, a suicide mission into near-certain disaster, Texan girl Samantha Powers, who takes a soldier boy home and faces an unexpected friendship at a time when she needs it the most, and circumstances which lead James to help a young woman who is pregnant with another man's child in the wake of war makes for an engrossing story of lives changed both abroad and at home. "When you want something, you don’t let anything stand in your way.” But what do James Coppi and Sam wish for in this changing world? Sam thinks she knows, but her best efforts still don't result in her heart's desire. As military actions turn into romance, readers are lead through the grueling battlefields of Vietnam to an emotionally demanding landscape where two very different individuals explore their choices in a tumultuous world. From issues of independence and control to military living far from the peace of paradise, Sam and James's worlds come together in unexpected ways to form a different kind of military saga in which two wandering souls face the trials of war to forge new lives in ways they hadn't anticipated. Readers seeking a blend of Vietnam saga and romance will find A Police Action an engrossing tale that moves deftly from the battlefield to the heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fabulous, un-put-down-able coming-of-age drama by A A Freda. Set against the back drop of the Vietnam War, our young couple - Sam (Samantha) & Coppi - meet shortly prior to Coppi being deployed, and facing the horrors of war leaving his young lover back home to cope alone. The odds are stacked against the couple from the outset of their beautiful, turbulent romance, and we are drawn in to their chaotic story, hoping and wishing all the way. A A Freda writes brutally honestly and has a real gift for character writing. His characters are so vividly real, so beautifully flawed in their humanity, you feel as though you are sitting at the table catching up with old friends. These are not fictional characters, they are human beings with heart, soul, fragility and failings. He also writes so authentically about a period of recent history unimaginable still to so many of us, and yet the reality for so many such young people, who took war in their stride when they were little more than boys. Your connection will be instant, deep and long lasting and you will fall in love with A A Freda's gift for story telling.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite A.A. Freda’s A Police Action has international and historical settings in the US and Vietnam, and a love story that starts with great challenges. On a weekend before his deployment to Vietnam, James Coppi meets Samantha Powers and there is an electrifying attraction between the two. With James leaving the country for his new assignment and Samantha pregnant by someone else, what are the chances that they can be together? I must say that I was hooked from the very beginning of the story and couldn’t help following the characters, wondering what would happen to them. There are many dramatic moments. The plot is excellently thought-out and constructed to keep the reader glued to the pages. I had many questions to ask regarding James’ involvement, because they just met each other. However, the characters are well-explored and A.A. Freda’s writing is excellent. I loved the well-written dialogues, the insightful and emotionally charged passages, and the descriptive prose that unveils the different elements of the setting. The conflict is well-handled as well and the reader is keen on watching out for what happens to the characters. A Police Action is a spellbinding story with a powerful setting; the characters are interesting, and the plot has many surprises for readers. This book will most certainly appeal to readers who are into stories with strong historical settings.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite A young soldier set for deployment to Vietnam and a young woman already pregnant by someone else. What are the odds that they can be together? A Police Action by A.A. Freda is a romance with strong historical settings against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, a story with powerful elements of coming-of-age literature, a gripping plot, and a conflict that is both psychologically and emotionally intense. When James Coppi and Samantha Powers meet at the Country Honky Tonk in Colorado Springs, the attraction between the two is immediate and strong, but what are their chances of being together? It’s for the reader to find out. A Police Action by A.A. Freda is a story that is well-plotted and the reader is immediately transported into the inner workings of the hearts of the characters. The author makes readers feel their emotions of fear and youthful anxiety and passion. The conflict is strong and the characters are so real that readers will find themselves feeling for them and caring about what happens to them. I was seduced by the author’s narrative style which combines powerful prose with exceptional, plot-driven dialogues. The dialogues are crafted to read naturally and they help in character development and plot enhancement. The economy of language and the exciting diction make for a wonderful reading experience. The narrative voice is strong and it pulls the reader into the plot right away. The setting is clear and readers are left in no doubt that the author researched this story, because it comes across vividly. This is a precious gem, a work of great entertainment.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite A Police Action by A.A. Freda is a historical romance that begins under challenging circumstances. When nineteen-year-old Samantha Powers meets James Coppi at the Country Honky Tonk in Colorado Springs, she is pregnant by someone else. The attraction between them is very strong, but apart from the fact that Samantha is pregnant, the hope of the two being together is marred by James’ imminent deployment to the war in Vietnam. Can what starts as a “coup de foudre” be strong enough to keep James faithful for his time in Vietnam, and can Samantha have the patience to wait until their being together becomes a reality? It’s for the reader to find out. Intelligently plotted and set against the backdrop of a turbulent political environment, A Police Action reads like a thriller, but it is a well-crafted romance whose pathos feels so real that readers will root for the characters. I enjoyed A.A. Freda's knowledge about the military and police, and how the author makes this world real for readers. The characters are strong and readers can feel their humanity. This is not the kind of book that disappoints readers, and A.A. Freda does the finest job of holding readers in suspense until the very end. The plot is gripping and the pacing just right to keep the pages turning. This is the work of a master and, no matter what your favorite genre is, it won’t be easy to part with these convincing characters.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Whether you are a student of human history or if you lived through the Vietnam (not a) War era, A.A. Freda’s A POLICE ACTION will resonate with true emotional grit, while carefully sidestepping the raw horrors of the war that wasn’t. This is as much a love story as it is the story of war. Two young people, one, a young and brash soldier entrenched in the nightmare of Vietnam, the other, the idealistic young woman he left behind. Samantha and James met by chance, a twist of Fate, and their budding relationship would be tested from the very beginning as Samantha opens both her heart and life to James, a young soldier who, in many ways was a fixer, seeing a problem as a solution not yet created. They were each young and naïve, but James’ street savvy would pull them both through the trials they each would face as he became a larger-than-life hero in the eyes of Samantha. Was he ready to assume that responsibility? Was he good enough for the kind-hearted girl he barely knew? Was he ready to settle down when he came home from Vietnam? Would he be the same person? Would Sam? James is a hustler, he became the go-to guy for his fellow soldiers, he also became a knowledgeable thorn in the side of his superiors, but he was smart and rode the envelope with apparent glee. James also saw death, the ugliness of war, the heroes, the cowards and the innocence of the “newbies.” Even as Sam’s letters told of her love for him, she kept her own struggles as a young woman alone in the 60s to herself, her dreams of James’ return like fluffy pink hearts in her mind. James never gave completely of himself, his letters were short, black and white, both sparing Sam the details of battle and holding his heart back. Was it insecurity that kept him from admitting his feelings? Was it the unknown he faced every day? A.A. Freda has captured the "human" atmosphere of the era, the young love, the desperate need to feel alive and as normal as a young soldier could feel when tossed into a land where he became both political and cannon fodder. This is a story of self-doubt, coming of age and learning to trust in a future. Mr. Freda has done a remarkable job of serving up a slice of the life lived by so many while still providing some humor and heart! I received a complimentary review copy from A.A. Freda!