Bond of Brothers

Danger Close

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
280 Pages
Reviewed on 01/22/2022
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Author Biography

Robert is a published author with five books in print so far and more coming soon. His latest work Danger Close, now with added content is a military, political thriller that touches on events taking place in the dangerous world of Terrorism. Robert enjoys writing stories his readers enjoy and the positive feedback keeps him writing for more. All of his work is dedicated to our Veterans and those who serve our military. In his spare time, Robert enjoys the great outdoors, reading and riding his bike.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite

Bond of Brothers: Danger Close by Robert James Saniscalchi is unapologetically a novella that focuses on the bonds that are formed in times of war and on the armed forces of the United States. When seventeen-year-old Emma Sincol was contemplating life after high school in small-town Maryland, one of the colleges she was considering was St. John’s College in Annapolis, where her high school friend Linda was going. As she sat in her room contemplating her future, the thought struck her that she could enlist in the armed forces, like her father, who had met her mother whilst he was serving in the Navy. The Air Force, however, had more appeal and she dreamed of the possibilities of learning to fly and possibly flying fighter jets. Meanwhile, at the Army Special Forces Training Camp at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, U.S. Army Corporal Jason Patrick, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, had decided to make the Army his career and was about to embark on the grueling journey of attempting to qualify for the Army’s Special Forces unit. Both Emma and Jason would find their paths in life bringing them together in the white-hot environment of Afghanistan, where they would be part of the coalition fighting against Iranian state-sponsored, terrorism.

Bond of Brothers: Danger Close is as realistic a portrayal I have read thus far of the extremes of calm and frantic action that define a conflict in today’s modern, highly-mechanized armed services. Author Robert James Saniscalchi has created a set of characters that are real, believable, and as prone to doubt as any normal person but who also believe they owe a greater duty to their fellow combatants, their missions, and their country as a whole. The author’s no-nonsense, tell it as it happens style of delivery is easy to read and absolutely riveting. That he also manages to incorporate a sweet romance and love story into the action-packed adventure is a real credit to both his research and his obvious extensive base knowledge of military procedures and protocols. I particularly appreciated that he presented the military actions of the “heroes” in this story with little to no hyperbole and did not shy away from the idea that in war even good people can die. For me, the book was a single sit-down read as each chapter begged the reader to see where this went next. That there is excellent character development of Emma and Jason despite the brevity of the novella is again a credit to the author. I really enjoyed this story and only wished it had been longer. This is a book that I can highly recommend and will definitely be seeking out more of this author’s work.