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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
I liked Soldier On. I liked it a lot. I am a former soldier and I read a lot of books about soldiering and the military in general. I usually like them, but sometimes the writing is weak or the point of view or attitude is not something I can buy into. Soldier On is a first for me. Actually, it’s a first on two levels. The first level is that this is the very first book about life in the modern American Army that I have ever read written by a woman. On the second level, it is about a woman in a combat zone. I can’t remember ever seeing that perspective and I think it would have stood out. I was hoping Soldier On would be good, but I was wrong. It is great! J.D. Wynne is an excellent writer and it is apparent that she has an excellent wealth of life experiences to draw from. I easily related to the characters, the situations, and the raw emotion of Soldier On.
J.D. Wynne gets it just right. Not too much, not too little, just right. That is extremely hard to do, but when you can do it, the payoff for writer and reader is huge. I enjoyed the reminders of combat stress. I cringed at the reminders of post combat stress. Plot, development, characters; it’s all here. Little things are important. Little things count. This should be a huge book. Men and women, fathers and mothers, daughters and sons, every American should read Soldier On. It is an accurate portrayal of the modern American fighting man. Except she’s a woman.