Shall Never See So Much

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
328 Pages
Reviewed on 12/01/2010
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Author Biography

Author Gerald Gillis is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and holds degrees from the University of Georgia and the University of Tampa. After college, he served three years as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Gerald had a successful business career in the medical-devices industry before becoming a full-time novelist. He and his wife are the parents of three grown children, and they continue to reside in the Atlanta area. Shall Never See So Much is Gerald’s second novel.

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Reviewed by Anne Boiling for Readers' Favorite

"Shall Never See So Much" is the story of siblings a world apart. The siblings were estranged. Their lives were very different, as was their political philosophies. The setting is 1968. The US was at war in Vietnam. The times were turbulent.

First Lieutenant Tom Flanagan was a 24 year old Marine, serving in the dark, sweltering jungles of Vietnam.
Kate Flanagan was on the staff of Robert F. Kennedy, as he makes a bid for the office of President.

Gerald Gillis draws readers into the lives of the siblings. While both are different, I came to care for each of them. He transports readers back in time. I remember watching the riots on TV, hearing the death tolls. I remember the draft lottery and the fear in the eyes of those drafted. Families were torn apart by the war.

Gillis brings the era back to life. He successfully conveys the atmosphere, the conflicting emotions and the politics. Whether you were part of the era, or not, you will feel as though the events are unfolding before you.