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Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite
Truth: WWII Commander General George Patton slapped two soldiers being treated for combat fatigue or, as we know it now, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). He didn’t believe in such things and considered the pair cowards. He was ordered to apologize to the entire 7th Army and subsequently removed from command to England, ostensibly to prepare for the invasion of Europe. German intelligence believed it was a ruse, certain he was actually preparing for the invasion of Europe. They were partially right. Perhaps, the “ruse” disguised a completely different “truth?”
When it comes to books in the military, action/adventure, science fiction, or thriller genres, I am an absolute stickler for verisimilitude (a sense of reality) in every facet of the story—from characters to descriptive scenes to equipment and motives the author has to convincingly convey reality. From page one I knew that Curtis Burdick flat knows his stuff! I actually thought for a moment that Burdick was writing a true story and wondering how I’d missed that in my military/history education. Burdick’s take on the historical characters of Generals Bradley and Patton is right on target, but no less believable than that of Major Peter Pizzio or any of the unforgettable characters in this story. For me, it brought back memories, both good and bad, of life in the military through peacetime and war; but for those who never served it is a rousing "lie" a la Stephen King’s definition of “good fiction.”
Curtis Burdick’s writing style is full of action and realistic dialog. He moves the story through several plot twists, jumping from Patton's captivity and interrogation scenes to those of Pizzio, Bradley, and battle scenes with smooth transitions that lend themselves perfectly to a “page-turning, can’t put the book down” reading experience. Not only do I recommend Rescuing General Patton for all readers and lovers of military/action-adventure fiction, but I can also guarantee that this is one of those rare books I’ll read again!