Red, White & Blues

Book One

Fiction - Drama
628 Pages
Reviewed on 10/02/2014
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Author Biography

Born and raised in Southern California, L.V. Sage was writing since she could hold a pencil. Over twenty years of research and writing went into Red, White & Blues: Book One, which is a heartfelt and realistic saga about a group of friends throughout the turbulent 1960s and 1970s. Continuing the story will be two additional novels, completing a trilogy that brings the characters into modern day.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

Red, White & Blues is an epic undertaking by author L.V. Sage. It takes the reader into two divergent cultures, that of the 1960s hippie in San Francisco and that of the Vietnam war veteran. The juxtaposition of these two stories is beautifully researched and written in a complex and intriguing manner. Sandy is a free spirit with a draft-dodging brother who meets Pete, another free spirit who elects to go to Vietnam. Mike Blackhorse is a Native American who lives in Wisconsin and who has no idea of how to develop an identity in a time of drug experimentation, ongoing protests and his duties as a soldier. He meets Sarah, who is running away from her roots in the South, and their journey together is a beautiful story of love, tolerance and tough choices.

Morgan Stewart is a Vietnam vet who has established a motor cycle club and, strangely enough, he also establishes a family in which misfits and sociopaths manage to find a home. Although Red, White & Blues is pungent with memorable characters, I thought the roles of Morgan and Mike were particularly strong. While others stagnated and failed to mature, these two men seemed to suck up their tragic pasts and find the motivation to move on. Louise was a powerful female role model as well. The story is so complex that readers will find themselves asking, "Where was I and what was I doing while all of this was occurring?" It's a thought-provoking tale of drugs, free sex, traditions and choices that will keep readers thinking long after the back cover is closed.