Bond of Brothers

Danger Close

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

Robert is an Award-Winning Author with six 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.

K.C. Finn

Bond of Brothers: Danger Close is a work of fiction in the military thriller subgenre. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Robert James Saniscalchi. The book is set during a military operation in the Middle East as a group of soldiers with various backgrounds become bonded together by the reality of modern warfare. As Emma, Jason, Derek, and the rest of their troops fight back against the state-sponsored terrorists that threaten world peace, they become men and women forged in the fire of conflict and build relationships with each other that will last a lifetime.

An important keystone of military thrillers as opposed to action thrillers is a dedication to realism – diverting from the sensationalized view of violence toward the practical ways that soldiers are trained to operate. Author Robert James Saniscalchi has done painstaking research into the life of the modern soldier and his direct descriptive prose fits the genre like a glove as adrenaline-pumping combat encounters are depicted without trying to make the characters seem superhuman. On the contrary, the humanization of Emma, Jason, Derek, and their fellow soldiers is one of the great strengths of this novel which dives deep into the bonds forged between those who choose to fight together. The result is an outstanding study of believable characters evolving in response to a situation only those who have served will fully understand. Overall, Bond of Brothers is a tribute to this bond but also a realistic depiction of how war is for the real people who have fought on the front lines.

Keith Mbuya

What could possibly go wrong in war-torn Iraq after the Taliban and Al-Qaeda militia have been beaten? Probably nothing. Or so the US government thinks after winning the war against the terror groups and withdrawing their troops in Iraq. Barely had the US troops healed from their battle wounds when a new terror group movement, The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), began its operation in Iraq. Obliged to restore sanity and order in the world, the United States sends its troop back to Iraq to combat the terror group. Will the US win the war against ISIS? Among the regrouped troops is Emma, a rookie pilot for the US Airforce. Jason, on the other hand, finds himself back in Iraq for the second time on combat duties. Find out what happens to them and their colleagues in Iraq in Robert J. Saniscalchi’s Bond of Brothers.

Enthusiasts of action-packed, war-based stories will love Robert J. Saniscalchi’s Bond of Brothers. The author captures the mood and action of the war in Iraq in a unique way. He puts just enough sentiment into his words to make me feel the emotions of the soldiers in action. I could feel the terror, tension, despair, agony, thrills, excitement, and much more emotions in the characters. His style of writing had me feeling like I was right there beside his characters, helplessly watching them make their every move. He gives vivid and impressively picturesque depictions of his characters and wonderfully develops his characters. Their traits were well brought out. This made it easy to connect with the characters. Emma is the type of intelligent, beautiful, strong-willed character you can’t help but love. There is a light romance, jet action, camp life, missiles, gunfire, a lot of gunfire, and much more in Bond of Brothers.