The Righteous Arrows

Fiction - Military
328 Pages
Reviewed on 06/18/2024
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Righteous Arrows is a work of fiction in the military, action, and adventure genres. Penned by author Brian J. Morra, the plot follows American Kevin Cattani as he undertakes a perilous covert mission inside a Soviet bunker during the Cold War. Escaping with his life barely intact, he finds himself in a deadly rivalry with Soviet officer Ivan Levchenko. Their paths cross again on the battlefield during the Soviet war in Afghanistan, where Levchenko delivers a chilling warning that will resonate for years afterward. Morra, a former Air Force Intelligence officer, provides a gripping tale of espionage and conflict, highlighting the enduring tension between the US and Russia and foreshadowing the global war on terror.

Author Brian J. Morra utilizes true-life experience and research to craft a thrilling and intense novel with lots of detail and grit. The vivid and multi-layered portrayal of espionage and the Cold War's high stakes immediately captured my attention, and Cattani's covert mission was described with such visceral tension that you feel as though you’re right there holding your breath beside him. The character of Ivan Levchenko made for a formidable and intriguing antagonist, and the escalating rivalry between him and Cattani was well-paced to keep things realistic as the stakes rose higher and higher. The battlefield scenes in Afghanistan were a particularly gripping and memorable element for me, showing the brutal realities of war and the personal vendettas that drive soldiers to despair. It is clear from Morra's background in Air Force Intelligence that there’s a solid authenticity to the storytelling, making it both a riveting read and a sobering reflection on international relations that has a lot to teach us. Overall, The Righteous Arrows both educates and entertains, and I’d recommend it to anyone seeking an exciting and thought-provoking military read.