By Robert Quinn

Writers Club Press, iUniverse.com, Inc.

Reviewed for Keeping APAce by Byron D. Varner

America's culture in the 1930-40s era was vastly different from what it is today and, to a great extent, accounted for the unabashed patriotism and love of country by its youth.

After the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor brought the nation headlong into WW II, recruiting stations of all services were inundated by millions of young men and women eager to do their part in the war effort. A surprising number who were too young to serve lied about their age and entered the services under false pretense — a feat that today would be almost impossible.

DAMON is the story of one such lad of 16, written as fiction but paralleling to some degree the actual experiences of its author. However much he embellished the facts is of little consequence as far as the entertaining, well-written and compelling story is concerned. Having become personally acquainted with him, I would suspect much of it falls under the category: “Truth is stranger than fiction.” It kept me up until the wee hours two nights in a row from start to finish.

DAMON will bridge the generation gap. Veterans of WW II (and their wives) will love it. So should youth of today - who have no idea about the hard times their counterparts (the grandparents of today) experienced growing up in that time — nor about the war itself — nor about the culture of that era. Through Damon they will learn vicariously about these things while enjoying great adventure, a touching love story, a form of history they will actually enjoy, and the reason why this so-called “greatest generation” is so special.

It is a great read for all age groups, but a “must” read for teenagers.

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