Destiny by Don Brown
Author: Don Brown http://donbrownbooks.com/
Publisher: Mountainview Books
Three men, three countries and many readers will get to journey and discover what holds them all together. As I read, I couldn’t imagine the many families who lived through the beginning of WWII. For me, the novel brings to the forefront the many lives affected during the war, along with afterwards. Walter is mailman in a small town and recently married when the war is brought to the shores of the United States on December 7th by the Japanese. Heinrick is a married man with two young girls who works at a factory in Germany when he joins a group who seeks revenge for the assignation of a government official. Darwin is a young man who longs to be an actor and wants to simply enjoy the pleasures of the stage and success.
The action takes place on several continents and readers get to follow the journey of these three young men. Never did these three young men ever think their lives would take the course they have due to the war. It also brings them to a place where they consider their eternal destination as battle rages around them along with seeing death constantly stare them in the face.
Now, on the eve of the Normandy Invasion, each character is very aware that death may truly await them, so they place their thoughts on paper. Will these last words change the hearts or minds of not just their comrades, but more so the enemy they are fighting against? Part of the tale focuses on their families they leave at home and how they try to deal with the fear they may never see their loved ones again. How do the wives keep going while raising children without worrying constantly about their loved ones?
The audience will truly fall in love with each story these characters share. At times, readers will get a glimpse of how a particular character is thinking or feeling, which brings a point of view to the story that otherwise wouldn’t be revealed. I loved how Walter works through or talks through the issues of his heart or his thoughts. I believe the author makes these characters leap off the page by the description of the scene set for the characters to act out. I lost myself very easily in the fictional tale mainly because it seemed so real or at the very least a possible way of an outcome to a problem.
Don’t miss reading Destiny as it is the prequel to the Jag novel series written by Don Brown! Very well done!
My rating is 5+ stars.
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