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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
In Back to Serve by Cesare Giannetti, Captain Nico Corretti has spent 25 years serving his country and now he must readjust to life outside the military. Nico begins the long drive home to his wife and boys, during which he remembers the conflicts he has fought and the friends he has lost. Nico meets a mysterious Russian woman in a bar, who says his life is in danger. He is told he must pay the price for his actions whilst on deployment. Nico continues his drive home, making a quick diversion to see his father in New York. With the death threat still hanging over him, Nico contemplates his future, and when he arrives home he discovers that no one needs his skills. He finally finds work with the government and is sent to Hungary. After the mission, he makes the journey to Russia and tracks down the person who is behind the threat to his life. Once home, Nico is called back into service after terrorist attacks against his country, and returns to the Middle East to face the ghosts of his past. Nico is about to face his toughest battle, to find inner peace and avenge his fallen comrades.
In Back to Serve by Cesare Giannetti, the author has written a gripping story that is a real page-turner from chapter one. The plot is extremely well researched and the descriptive writing transports you into the scenes.There are many twists and turns in the story line which I enjoyed, and the relationship between Nico and his father was realistic and heart-warming. I thought the photographs throughout were a very nice touch. The references to Benghazi, Saddam Hussein, and the Bolshevik Revolution brought the whole story and characters to life. This is an excellent story of a war hero who is battling not only outer enemies but inner demons too. This book will engage you throughout and is a must-read for everyone. This is my first military novel and I will be reading more from this author.