Daily Archives: July 15, 2011

Lily Hates Goodbyes by Jerilyn Marler and Illustrator: Nathan Stoltenberg

Lily Hates GoodbyesReviewed by Teri Davis

What can any of us do to help a military family who has to deal with being sent overseas?

Jerilyn Marler wondered about that exact thing when her granddaughter was having difficulty with her father’s deployment with the Navy. From four-year-old Lily’s perspective, her life was ending.

This book allows a young child to talk about their temporary loss and feelings through Lily in the book. Dealing with a deployment is difficult for any family, Lily Hates Goodbyes even guides the family through this time and how to effectively deal with it.

Particularly for military families, this little book is excellent. Guiding through with some survival skills such as looking at the moon and talking to it as if it were her father, talking to her mom, hitting a pillow allows strategies for trying times. Also, the memory box for her father is a wonderful way for sharing for any parent that has to be gone for any time.

Warlord by Ted Bell (Review #2)

WarlordReviewed by Teri Davis

Thank goodness that somewhere in the world there is one extremely gifted person who can be trusted to do the right thing, even if it involves risking their own life. They truly feel that this is their sense of duty and service to others. These people are rare but those few who feel this commitment are highly valued by their peers, their superiors, and those everyday folks who need a champion. Fortunately for us, Alex Hawke is that person in this fictional novel.

Mr. Smith has a long history of terrorism and now seems to be instrumental in the unification of two known terrorist groups, the IRA and the Sword of Allah who interacts with the Taliban and al-Qaeda. This Mr. Smith seems to be British but was somehow involved with the death of Lord Mountbatten in 1979 as well as Diana’s accident. Now, his target is the royal family beginning with the princes.

Being that Warlord is the sixth in the Alex Bell series, there are continuations regarding the progression in their personal lives. Warlord begins with the James Bond-like character in his Caribbean retreat reflecting on his personal loses from the previous novel, Tsar. Wallowing in his grief, Alex receives a call from Prince Charles who asks for his help in protecting his family who has been threatened. Alex instantaneously changes his attitude in response to his long-time friend that reignites his sense of duty.

Just Like a Taxi: Frontline Ambulance, Italy 1944-45 by Bill Cantrall

Just Like a TaxiReviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

Despite its tongue-in-cheek title, “Artful Dodger” Bill Cantrall learned the hard way that driving an ambulance serving the frontlines during WWII was far different from driving a taxi. Try navigating the roads of your local city in the dark, or curvy mountainous roads in the fog or in the dark, or both, double clutching and laboriously shifting gears, or in the driving rain without windshield wipers, with someone walking ahead, lighting the route you’re taking with the end of his smoldering cigarette. And, try doing this with seriously wounded people in the back of your van, at the same time, worried that the necessary slowness of your pace and the inevitable jarring they will face as you navigate under very difficult circumstances might result in the death of your passengers before you can get them the medical help they so desperately require. If you can imagine doing this, and maintaining some semblance of your sense of humor, while also sometimes coming under enemy fire, you might get some inkling of an idea about what life was like for Bill Cantrall driving for the AFS (American Field Service) as a civilian volunteer during WWII.

His fascinating memoir, Just Like A Taxi’s first chapter, “FUBAR! Thoroughly Bad Show,” opens with a scene of Bill in Italy, being asked–nay, ordered–by a British Indian Army officer to go on a “special assignment.” He was told to drive by himself up a road until he comes to “a farmhouse with two Sherman tanks.” Supposedly, there would be nobody there, and “they’ll bring the wounded to you.” Little did Cantrall know at the time that by driving to where the officer ordered him to go, he would be placing himself “on the 35-yard line for the biggest attack of the Italian Campaign.” With the Allied forces shooting from one direction and the Germans from the other, he didn’t have much choice but to ride out the battle, from the relative safety of underneath the ambulance.