Monday, May 22, 2017

Under the Cover of Light by Carole Engle Avriett

No matter how you or I might feel about the Vietnam War, so many patriotic Americans served during that time.  USAF COL Thomas "Jerry" Curtis's story of being a prisoner of war for 7-1/2 years in Vietnam was one that I was glad that was told. 

I have never read a POW account before and found it hard to put down.  I was amazed at how these men communicated, tried to keep their spirits up through "American humor" that their captors could not understand, and later shared skills or knowledge with each other in their "university". 

Although Col. Curtis faced incredible hardship, his faith saw him though, as so with so many other POW's.  His testimony makes our troubles seem so small and insignificant. 

My only criticism, if you will, is that for such an incredibly horrific experience, I really didn't "feel" that in his memoir.  Col. Curtis seems like such a matter-of-fact kind of guy, that most of the emotion that you might expect from a book of this nature was missing, whether that is just from his strong faith or just who he is as a person, or both. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest opinion.

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