Saturday, May 10, 2014

M.B. Feeney's Review Tour

From Goodreads: The world is filled with people destined to help and to serve. Doctors, nurses, police, and firefighters—each and every day, these special people work to help others in times of need. Often, this means putting their own lives at risk in order to do their jobs. They give of themselves to benefit society, and they do it without any expectation of thanks.

And then there is the military…

These are the men and women who don’t head home to their families and safe homes to relax at the end of a shift. They are on the front lines, far from home and often fighting someone else’s battles because it is the right thing to do. Military families struggle to cope with the constant worry and the long periods of separation, staying strong to support those who serve in everything they do, and often are left to pick up the pieces when the highest price is paid.

Servicemen and women are heroes in the purest sense of the word. Even when the world’s gone mad and their hearts are breaking, one thing remains unchanged.

My Review of Honour

Honour * Deserter * Silence is Deafening * Letters to No One * Night Terrors * Welcome Home

By the time you put this quick read down, you’ll have reached for tissues and been left to ponder a lot, like the meaning of life. The author’s talent for crisp writing and emotional banter will pull you in easily, which is why I was a tad disappointed on the multi-chapter stories. There was so much potential for them to be developed further, yet Feeney held back for the sake of letting the reader assimilate and digest. I wanted more, but the abrupt endings were poignant in their own way. 

This is a collection of six fictional short stories; some are multi-chapter, and some are simply a ‘one-shot’, but they all have to do with the central theme of how the military affects lives. What Feeney has done with her anthology, is present a series of scenarios that could be found all over the world, regardless of the country being served.

I loved how Feeney chose to show the different angles of being involved in the military: as a soldier, a family member, a spouse, a child, a  friend. Her presentation order of the stories is also a tale in itself. She shows good times and bad, from the dreaded knock on the door from a uniformed officer to looking up and seeing your soldier home safe and sound.

Honour is a powerful reminder that freedom comes at a cost to more than than just the enlisted and should be read. 

Check out my earlier reviews of Feeney's other works:

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About the Author: M. B. Feeney is an army brat who finally settled down in Birmingham, UK with her other half, two kids and a dog.  Currently at university studying for her BA (Hons) in primary teaching, she procrastinates on her assignments by listening to music of all genres and trying to get ‘just one more paragraph’ written on whichever WIP is open. She is also a serious doodler and chocoholic.  Writing has been her one true love ever since she could spell, and publishing is the final culmination of her hard work and ambition.
Her publishing career began with two novellas, and she currently has a novel under way whilst Honour, a compilation of her own military based shorts, is due for release 1st November 2013. Always having something on the go can often lead to block which eventually gets dissolved by good music and an even better book.

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