Saturday, November 20, 2010

Review: The Cool Woman By: John Aubrey Anderson

Review: The Cool Woman
by: John Aubrey Anderson
Genre: Military Fiction
Publisher: Fidelis Books
Release Date: July 1, 2010

The Story: (From Goodreads) Bill Mann, a pilot who sought to make aerial combat his guiding star, is already lost whether he knows it or not. Although he’s at the top of his Air Force class and married to a beautiful woman, his life is centered on drinking and partying—perhaps a way to escape a haunting memory. As a ten-year-old, Bill killed the two white men who beat his black mother to death.

In 1972, Mann is in Vietnam, flying his aircraft, The Cool Woman, in combat environs that have been called the most hazardous in air warfare history. He remains confident and considers himself "the envied of the envied" until the moment his beautiful wife says she wants a divorce, and the downward spiral of Mann’s life and his survival odds begins.

My Review: Typically, I really enjoy reading a story that is outside my "norm" of books to read. When I read the synopsis of The Cool Woman, I was intrigued. As a history nut, I often find Vietnam stories interesting, though I don't read them often. John Aubrey Anderson brings his years of military experience to the table when he wrote this book.

The Cool Woman is a fairly interesting book to read. The book contains a lot of military jargon which can get confusing; however, Anderson included a glossary of terms at the end which was very helpful. The historian in me felt that including all of the military talk added to the believability of the story; but the reader in me was often frustrated with the terms. On occasion, I felt like I missed something in the story.

I think what really fascinated me about this story was the authors ability to write a war story that to which both men and women can relate. It is easy to relate to and sympathize with the characters. John Aubrey Anderson's The Cool Woman holds a unique appeal as a war story. If you are looking for something outside of the young adult genre, or if you like reading military history, I would recommend that you read The Cool Woman.

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