Less than one week after the release of Second Watch, I’ve received wonderful feedback from you, my readers. Those of you who are reading, or have read Second Watch, and those who’ve been to signings, understand how deeply emotional this book is. I want to share these emails, and thank you for being a part of this tour. Personal information has been removed for privacy.
Read it in less than 2 days.
As always, a good book! When I got near the end, the part set in Bisbee, it really hit me. When you listed the names of the men lost in Vietnam from Bisbee, I was so hoping that these were the real names. And they were! I was in tears from then on, through the end of the book. I grew up in Tombstone. We were relatively lucky–we lost only one man, Micheal Montijo. He, like Doug, was a few years older than me. My brother service 2 tours in Vietnam and came home with a cast from his hip to his ankle. My sister served during the Vietnam era at Walter Reed hospital. Cousins, friends, my ex-husband–so many. I see this book as a tribute to all who served.
Thank you for another winner!
Thank you for telling about Lt Leonard D. Davis and our soldiers who were in viet nam. As a ’64 graduate of West Point, I was a company commander of an Infantry Company and had so many great people that I served with, most of whom returned home and did well, but I still get calls from some of our “walking wounded”, and I worry that I have never visited the parents of my KIAs. I have been blessed many times over, but still feel uncomfortable when Viet Nam is discussed. Than you for your kind words and putting a face on our soldiers during that time.
You did it again!
This is another nearly-impossible-to-put-down book. You have woven a tale that has seamlessly melded fiction with non-fiction. (I have never seen that done before, even at your hands.) If I had not been aware that you truly knew and lived (as part of Doug’s life) that non-fiction part of the tale I would have been startled at the epilogue-like afterword.
(You also hit the bilateral-knee-replacement portion of the story spot-on. I’ve worked in that world; the “why did I wait so long to have this done?” reaction is the most delightful and repetitive afterwards commentary that I hear. And thank you for the underlying urging of patients to truly engage in the post-op physical and occupational therapy part of the healing process!)
Your description of The Wall is accurate – and it is why I have avoided going to see that most heart-wrenching structure and its Travelling sibling. I grew up in the Vietnam War era and those are not just names on stone, those are lives carved in blood and pain. I have too many friends there.
I have not (except for one time – to encourage a newbie to keep writing) asked for an autographed copy of a writer’s work. I do not want to contribute to a chronic case of writer’s cramp – you may wiggle tired fingers in response to that statement if you like. But I will raise a verbal (written?) glass of congratulations and salute to skill, good humor (that Marge had me chuckling and shaking my head!), and capitalized-on-purpose Heart.
Blessings on you for your salute to our too-often under-appreciated Vietnam veterans. They had to face war on two fronts: here and in Southeast Asia. Their families and loved ones had to face their fears for their warriors and their (and their neighbors’) conflicted feelings about that war.
Now to get out of your face and let you get back to your writing. Again, God bless you.
Second Watch is your best book yet!
Enjoyed getting to know more detail and why you wrote the story. What a beautiful tribute to those who served in Vietnam and to dedicated policemen. Thank you for writing this story.