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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
Baggage! by Dana L Turk is a spellbinding novel that fans of military fiction will adore. Crafted with a lot of wisdom and compassion, it offers wonderful lessons on courage, loyalty, friendship, family, and pain. This is a beautifully told story that revolves around five friends — David, Terry, Dizzy, Jonathan, and Kip. The reader is introduced to their world; young people growing up in Colorado and eventually joining the Marines. But what awaits each of them in the Marines is uncertain. In this spellbinding novel, the author explores what binds them together, the choices they make and what drives them, their joys and pains, and the losses they suffer. Follow them in this exhilarating tale and discover their sense of humanity as they face battles, beginning in Viet Nam and going to the deserts of the Middle East.
I wasn’t sure I would read this book beyond the first page when I read the author’s comments about life and his allegory of the baggage, but, as I read on, I quickly got the feeling this would be a great story. Yes, the pace picks up pretty fast and the development of the characters becomes something that grabs readers' interest. Dana L Turk writes well and he has the gift of making readers believe his characters and story. The plot is intelligently imagined and written with great mastery. The prose is beautiful and it is imbued with a lot of wisdom and insight. Baggage! by Dana L Turk feels real and it is a compelling read. I couldn’t put it down. This is a novel with many layers and a philosophical depth that is as astounding as it is fitting.