Dog Tags & Wedding Bands

Dog Tags & Wedding Bands

by Joe Rosato

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ISBN-13: 9781480951358
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
Publication date: 01/09/2018
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,288,503
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Dog Tags & Wedding Bands 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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"Dog Tags & Wedding Bands by Joe Rosato is a tragic and brutal story about the Vietnam war in the summer of ’68. Starting in the present day, Chet, the main character, who served on a Swift Boat in the Mekong Delta is troubled by disturbing dreams that involve a consistent gurgling sound. Remembering the dreams, Chet’s sub-consciousness brings back that sound over and over to haunt him. He decides that he needs to go back to Vietnam to investigate why this is troubling him even if it just quiets his troubled mind. What unfolds from his findings is truly horrific in its cruelty of two volunteer Red Cross nurses. The novel follows two women and their desire to be close to their husbands in a time of war and what becomes ultimately their demise. The story goes back and forth, following the women and the path that leads them to Vietnam and also to Chet in the present, getting closer to the source of that gurgling sound. What he uncovers is humanity at its worst. He also discovers that love, however brief, can be immortalized in a few pieces of metal. Rosato is a very passionate writer. He writes from the heart and from his experiences. Even though this is a fictional novel, you can definitely surmise while reading it that he brings a lot of his own feelings and thoughts into the characters and their surroundings. If I can fault anything, it may be that there was sometimes too much detail that only those reading from the era would appreciate for its historical significance. Rosato does an admirable job of showing how many Vietnam vets are still dealing with the traumas of that war. He shows that some can, not only survive, but also find closure from much needed retribution of the past. Although it was a fictional novel, I was hard hit about half-way through. The women’s stories shocked me with their child like naiveté about war and the obliviousness of love that can lead you down a dark path. Tie that in with fate’s cruelty and the fact that you can be wiped out of existence in a millisecond reinforcing that life is fleeting. That does not mean the past can’t be uncovered and that is what the author’s message is in Dog Tags & Wedding Bands. Evil can still be found out even from the past and the bravery of those forgotten can still be honoured." TBR-TopBookReviewers