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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
Legacy of War by Ed Marohn is something a little bit unique. It isn’t exactly a war novel, but the Vietnam War dominates the narrative. It is a thriller, but it is more of a psychological thriller than spies getting into and out of tight situations. It moves from country to country in a way that keeps the pace moving quickly, but it ends up where you know that it had to; the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. I loved Legacy of War. It has the insight and reflection that any realistic novel about the chaos of war and life must have to be realistic and authentic. Legacy of War will make you think and feel deeply about right and wrong. It also shows that when everything is said and done, some people just cannot find their way through the horror and confusion of war. And some people can.
John Moore is a great hero. He is the perfect kind of hero to tell a story like this. He is educated. He is a person who indulges in a lot of self-reflection, and he knows a little bit about the human mind and the human heart. Ed Marohn’s best choice in writing Legacy of War is choosing John Moore to tell this tale. There are other good characters, some of them even great. This is because Ed Marohn is a great writer. He handles all aspects of storytelling like a master, so we can feel the different settings. We know the different characters, and in the case of the bad guys, we can feel their evil. If you like serious, well-written stories about war in general, and stories about the Vietnam War in particular, you will love Legacy of War.