A Police Action

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
256 Pages
Reviewed on 10/05/2017
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Author Biography

AA Freda is an award winning author who writes about life experiences he's had or people he's met along the way.

His first novel, Goodbye Rudy Kazoody. A coming of age work about a group of teenagers growing up in a New York City neighborhood during the early 1960's was acclaimed by the critics.

His second piece A Police Action is another coming of age story about two confused young adults caught up during the free love and Vietnam era of the late 1960's.

His third novel, Spike:The Search for Redemption is the sequel to the award winning book, Goodbye, Rudy Kazoody.

Sam and James The Missing Teen is Freda's fourth novel and the sequel to A Police Action.

​Freda grew up in New York City and now resides in Easton, CT, a suburb of New York City that offers him a tranquil environment that allows him to keep his finger on the pulse of the city he loves so much. A graduate of Bernard Baruch College at the City University in New York, he has served as an adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Freda also served in Vietnam the subject matter of A Police Action. In addition to writing, in his spare time, Freda enjoys fishing, hiking, climbing and shooting pool.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

A Police Action by A.A. Freda is a romance novel that will get your heart racing and make you wish for a happily ever after for the two protagonists. Set in the time of the Vietnam War, the novel follows nineteen-year-old Samantha “Sam” Powers and soldier James Coppi; both of them fall in love at a time when their lives are at a standstill. When Sam meets the charismatic and charming James, she knows that she has found her forever kind of love. She instantly falls in love with him, thanks to his smile and gentle nature. The two find the perfect chemistry, but much like everything in life, nothing is easy for them.

James is all set to be deployed to Vietnam to serve his country in the war and Sam is pregnant with someone else’s baby. The two young lovers have no idea what the future has in store for them, yet they cannot seem to stay away from each other. They want the life they have dreamt about, but it appears that it is not in store for them. Can they form a relationship when the two of them are at such odd times in their lives? What can they do when they will be at opposite ends of the earth? Will James ever return to Sam? Or is this the only taste of true love Sam will ever get?

This is a gritty romance, just the way I like it. The story flows naturally in a very non-hurried way. Both of the main characters are given enough page space to develop and grow. Even though it is sort of insta-love for Sam, she is not rushing anything and that makes the story and her character relatable. James, on the other hand, is one of the most cool and calm characters, which is the perfect characteristic because he has to be in a war in the midst of chaos. Together, James and Sam complement each other and make a powerful story! I loved the novel and I truly enjoyed it.

Romuald Dzemo

A Police Action by A.A. Freda is a historical romance that begins under challenging circumstances. When nineteen-year-old Samantha Powers meets James Coppi at the Country Honky Tonk in Colorado Springs, she is pregnant by someone else. The attraction between them is very strong, but apart from the fact that Samantha is pregnant, the hope of the two being together is marred by James’ imminent deployment to the war in Vietnam. Can what starts as a “coup de foudre” be strong enough to keep James faithful for his time in Vietnam, and can Samantha have the patience to wait until their being together becomes a reality? It’s for the reader to find out.

Intelligently plotted and set against the backdrop of a turbulent political environment, A Police Action reads like a thriller, but it is a well-crafted romance whose pathos feels so real that readers will root for the characters. I enjoyed A.A. Freda's knowledge about the military and police, and how the author makes this world real for readers. The characters are strong and readers can feel their humanity. This is not the kind of book that disappoints readers, and A.A. Freda does the finest job of holding readers in suspense until the very end. The plot is gripping and the pacing just right to keep the pages turning. This is the work of a master and, no matter what your favorite genre is, it won’t be easy to part with these convincing characters.

Divine Zape

A young soldier set for deployment to Vietnam and a young woman already pregnant by someone else. What are the odds that they can be together? A Police Action by A.A. Freda is a romance with strong historical settings against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, a story with powerful elements of coming-of-age literature, a gripping plot, and a conflict that is both psychologically and emotionally intense. When James Coppi and Samantha Powers meet at the Country Honky Tonk in Colorado Springs, the attraction between the two is immediate and strong, but what are their chances of being together? It’s for the reader to find out.

A Police Action by A.A. Freda is a story that is well-plotted and the reader is immediately transported into the inner workings of the hearts of the characters. The author makes readers feel their emotions of fear and youthful anxiety and passion. The conflict is strong and the characters are so real that readers will find themselves feeling for them and caring about what happens to them. I was seduced by the author’s narrative style which combines powerful prose with exceptional, plot-driven dialogues. The dialogues are crafted to read naturally and they help in character development and plot enhancement. The economy of language and the exciting diction make for a wonderful reading experience. The narrative voice is strong and it pulls the reader into the plot right away. The setting is clear and readers are left in no doubt that the author researched this story, because it comes across vividly. This is a precious gem, a work of great entertainment.

Arya Fomonyuy

A.A. Freda’s A Police Action has international and historical settings in the US and Vietnam, and a love story that starts with great challenges. On a weekend before his deployment to Vietnam, James Coppi meets Samantha Powers and there is an electrifying attraction between the two. With James leaving the country for his new assignment and Samantha pregnant by someone else, what are the chances that they can be together?

I must say that I was hooked from the very beginning of the story and couldn’t help following the characters, wondering what would happen to them. There are many dramatic moments. The plot is excellently thought-out and constructed to keep the reader glued to the pages. I had many questions to ask regarding James’ involvement, because they just met each other. However, the characters are well-explored and A.A. Freda’s writing is excellent. I loved the well-written dialogues, the insightful and emotionally charged passages, and the descriptive prose that unveils the different elements of the setting.

The conflict is well-handled as well and the reader is keen on watching out for what happens to the characters. A Police Action is a spellbinding story with a powerful setting; the characters are interesting, and the plot has many surprises for readers. This book will most certainly appeal to readers who are into stories with strong historical settings.