01 January 2013
Sunrise over Fallujah
Walter Dean Myers
read by J D Jackson
young adult audiobook
Robin enlists in the Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His unit is to serve as liaison between civilians and military. What kind of impossible task is that? Myers brings his brilliant style to this book.
James and his wife live a comfortable life in their Chicago penthouse. James has no intention of ever re-connecting with his family and old friends back in North Dakota. He would rather spend his time in warm, snowless Hawaii.
He is told that his uncle back in ND is dying and that he should visit before it is too late. Grumpy to be reminded of the past, he begrudgingly tells his pilot to prepare his private jet for a flight to the frozen north.
Will James, like Scrooge, and the Grinch before him, find some joy this Christmas or can that only be had in Hawaii?
This tale rambles and roams with some bizarre characters and odd situations. Once the reader realizes that James, like Scrooge, is being confronted by his version of Marley, et al, then the story makes more sense.
This is recommended for someone who wants a quick holiday read, but is no great classic.