The Final Salute

The Final Salute

by Kathleen M. Rodgers


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At a small air base in Louisiana, family man and seasoned fighter pilot, Tuck Westerfield's life could literally crash down around him. In this business of flying fighter jets, the odds of staying alive are stacked against him.
Haunted by the memories of dead friends killed in air mishaps, this Vietnam vet and father of three must deal with a devious commander, an animal-crazed neighbor, whose husband hates pilots, a beautiful, but suspicious wife and a rebellious teenage daughter. The last thing he needs is another war.
But when Iraq invades Kuwait in the middle of a muggy Louisiana summer, duty calls. Tuck and the other pilots in his squadron head to the Middle East.
Back in Louisiana, Gina Westerfield and other military wives learn that war is hell on the home front, too.
Later, when tragedy strikes, everyone at Beauregard Air Force Base must pull together and live on or forever be consumed with grief.

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ISBN-13: 9781625969743
Publisher: Deer Hawk Publications
Publication date: 08/23/2014
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)

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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite The Final Salute is a military fiction by Kathleen Rodgers. Colonel Tuck Westerfield, a fighter pilot at Beauregard Air Force base who flew in the Gulf war, mourns the death of his friend and colleague. His unhappiness rises after catching his Commanding Officer cheating with another officer, as his boss constantly threatens him. Gina, Tuck’s wife, worries about his moodiness, which the neighbour’s dog provokes; and Michelle, her rebellious, gothic-attired stepdaughter who visits. Tuck travels down Memory Lane, reliving his childhood while remembering his friends and colleagues who died courageously, and wonders why life deals such blows. He is assigned to the Middle East after Iraq invades Kuwait and his experiences there make him more determined to consider adjustments to his life if he survives.  Kathleen Rodgers has created an engrossing military fiction appropriately called The Final Salute. She gives a very realistic account of what life is like in the air force, both from those who serve and from their family members’ point of view. It is an intriguing story that has so many emotions as the diverse characters express their joys, fears, pains and sadness in different ways. The author also demonstrated quite nicely how a few military careers may be tarnished and how some scandals or other conflicts are quickly covered up. The Final Salute is a book I did not want to put down, and I think Kathleen Rodgers writes descriptively and with compassion. She shows readers another side of military life in an original and interesting format.
shrone More than 1 year ago
The final salute Tuck was a fighter pilot.   He is having a hard time dealing with the death of the men that he uses to fly with.   Now he is stationed at a base in Louisiana, living with his wife and 2 of his children. Gina his wife is having her own hard times.  Gina doesn’t know how to deal with Tuck’s up and down moods.    Now on top of everything Tuck’s daughter from his previous marriage is coming to live with them.    Gina knows that they have not gotten along in the past and hopes that things will be different this time.    After being on the ground for so long, Tuck gets his orders to go to Kuwait when Iraq invades them. Will Tuck come back to his wife and children and be able to deal with his past. Kathleen M. Rodgers writes a fantastic book.   Kathleen really gets the true meaning of what a family goes though when their lives are military.    I can’t even image what it must be like for the spouse has to go though, every day hoping that there would not be the knock on the door giving them the bad news. Wondering if they are just there to tell them they are wounded or worse yet have been killed.   I found myself sadden by how hard this has to be on them.   I had a very hard time putting this book down.  I read this book in two days. If you want a great book to read, this is it.    Here’s to the people in the military that protects all of us every day.    If you loved this book as much as I did, you will also love her book Johnnie Come Lately 
JeanieL1 More than 1 year ago
This is the best depiction of military family life I have read since I lived it. So true and real, I felt I was back in the Army. There really is drama, more than you can imagine, since many are stationed without family. My hat is off to Kathleen Rodgers! She nailed it! — Jeanie Loiacono