The Jackson MacKenzie Chronicles: Golden Feather


Fiction - Military
218 Pages
Reviewed on 01/18/2023
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Author Biography

After a successful career in law enforcement as a field officer, explosives detection K-9 handler, and fatality traffic investigator, Angel Giacomo gravitated into writing. She has a degree in Political Science and History. A big believer in helping veterans, Angel supports a number of veteran organizations. Her first book, a military thriller, The Jackson MacKenzie Chronicles: In the Eye of the Storm was published in 2020.

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Reviewed by Alex Ndirangu for Readers' Favorite

Angel Giacomo's The Jackson MacKenzie Chronicles: Golden Feather is an intriguing work of historical fiction set in the 1960s. The story starts in Little River, TX. A day after Dakota Blackwater, also known as Chief, graduates high school, his father tries to force him to start working on an oil rig. But Chief has had enough of his strict father. He leaves home and volunteers to join the army. Thoughts of his girlfriend, Julie, his dear mother, and the determination to prove to his father that he can make it through the strenuous training keep him going. But things get even more difficult when he's eventually deployed to Vietnam. The wounds he suffers on the outside are nothing compared to those he bears on the inside and his fate is yet to unfold.

The story held my attention from the beginning to the end. With deep character relationships, occasional heart-wrenching moments, and a sweet teenage romance that sparks for years, Golden Feather is a well-paced adventure that was hard to put down. The plot was also fast-paced and easy to follow. I admired the author's meticulous research into the technical aspects involving military weaponry and their training. He incorporated these without making the plot difficult for the average reader to follow. Some of the best sections involve fast-paced action scenes. Angel Giacomo's deftly crafted, vivid descriptions transport you back to the mayhem in Vietnam over five decades ago. Here, you visualize A-1 Skyraiders' planes flying low on a chaotic battlefield, targeting the enemy, and Chief jumping just in time to dodge the oncoming rockets in the most realistic way possible. Every avid reader who enjoys books full of adventure and action will enjoy Golden Feather. It will be most appealing to those who want to see a soldier's life from training to deployment and beyond.