Genre: Contemporary Fiction
“For Derrick 'Vez' Vezcheck, dwell time – the period at home between deployments – is a different kind of battle. Swap enemies for civilian expectations and you get a sense of what Vez is up against: a patient and loving wife who’ll stick by him no matter what, a young daughter who’s a little too OK with seeing dad every six months, and a community that’s quick to thank him for his service, even if he himself has long forgotten what he’s fighting for.”
A veteran who fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom, originally from West Virginia, Brandon Davis Jennings now lives in South Bend, Indiana with his family. For more, visit his website.
Battle Rattle is a story that explores the cost of war off the battle field. Even if we've never been, the price paid by soldiers who do battle in injuries and lives is obvious. But what about the difficulties in making the transition back and forth from war zone to home? The price the soldiers pay as well as those around them and the struggles to work through for all concerned is explored in this short novel. If you're looking for a breezy read to escape the world for a few hours, this isn't the book for you, but if you're willing to bite off something more weighty and intense, this is a great choice.
Original review posted August 10, 2016
No significant issues
Rating: ***** Five Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 25-30,000 words