Author: Scott Kauffman
Title: Revenants - The Odyssey Home
Genre(s): Historical; Historical fiction; War
Review: This novel starts out as a slow burner that quickly ignites and develops into an enthralling tale full of twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages. As Betsy begins to work through the stages of grief after the loss of her beloved brother, she finds herself at the VA hospital surrounded by reminders of him. Scott really portrayed how loss can heavily impact a young person through Betsy's sudden shift from being cheerful and inexperienced to heartbroken and oppositional. Although her brother's death clearly takes a hard toll on her well-being, she eventually finds distraction when secrets within the VA and her hometown begin to unveil themselves. The beginning of the novel sets the stage for Betsy's potential growth and development and as the story progresses, Scott unleashes a wicked tale of lies and deceit that helps Betsy to find strength and power in the loss of her brother. Her motivation to find the truth evokes her ability to move through the stages of grief and to use her experience as a tool to work through other difficult things that come to be. Overall, I enjoyed the development of this novel as it started out with heartbreak and loss, then turned into a mystery and an adventure to find the truth. Those who like historical fiction with interwoven mystery and intrigue will find Revenants: The Odyssey Home to be quite enjoyable!
Book Description: "ONLY BETSY CAN GET HIM HOME IN TIME; ONLY HE CAN BRING HER BACK BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE. A grief-stricken candy-striper serving in a VA hospital following her brother’s death in Viet Nam struggles to return home an anonymous veteran of the Great War against the skullduggery of a congressman who not only controls the hospital as part of his small-town fiefdom but knows the name of her veteran. A name if revealed would end his political ambitions and his fifty-year marriage. In its retelling of Odysseus’ journey, Revenants casts a flickering candle upon the charon toll exacted not only from the families of those who fail to return home but of those who do."
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