Not Yet Dead, Nearly


Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
384 Pages
Reviewed on 07/31/2020
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Set amid the chaos of World War I, Not Yet Dead, Nearly by Harry Old is the story of a man who has to hang onto his wits and his sanity to stay alive. Ben Stack’s life used to easy and simple. Now, he was living a nightmare in the trenches where every day was a fight for survival. He could barely hold himself together, especially with death and loss all around him. While the men in his family and friends were either killed or destroyed in the war, Ben found that the only way to survive was to stay one step ahead of the war. The choices were made for him; all he had to do was go with the flow and do his best. But was his best enough to survive the war and get back home alive? Did he even stand a chance?

The descriptions got a little graphic about the living conditions, the war, and the mental trauma the soldiers went through, which was very fitting for the topic. Not Yet Dead, Nearly got raw and real very quickly, the action was introduced as soon as the plot picked up and Ben was stuck in the deep end. Ben’s development was natural and all thanks to how real this character was. Harry Old did a great job of making Ben as human as possible. He was relatable. I formed a connection with him instantly and that took my reading experience to another level. He was vulnerable, in tune with his emotions and tried his best to survive. He wasn’t extraordinary; he was just a man whose life was destroyed by the war. He just chose to rise above that and do something about it rather than curling up and letting the war take him away. I loved every single raw and gritty part of this novel!