Revenants: The Odyssey Home

Revenants: The Odyssey Home By ScottKauffman, ONLY BETSY CAN GET HIM HOME IN TIME ONLY HE CAN BRING HER BACK BEFORE IT S TOO LATE A grief stricken candy striper serving in a VA hospital following her brother s death in Viet Nam struggles to return home an anonymous veteran of the Great War against the skullduggery of a congressman who not only controls the hospital as part of his small town fiefdom but knows the namONLY BETSY CAN GET HIM HOME IN TIME ONLY HE CAN BRING HER BACK BEFORE IT S TOO LATE A grief stricken candy striper serving in a VA hospital following her brother s death in Viet Nam struggles to return home an anonymous veteran of the Great War against the skullduggery of a congressman who not only controls the hospital as part of his small town fiefdom but knows the name of her veteran A name if revealed would end his political ambitions and his fifty year marriage In its retelling of Odysseus journey, Revenants casts a flickering candle upon the charon toll exacted not only from the families of those who fail to return home but of those who do Revenants will not fade quickly as less substantial novels do but will resonate in the reader s heart and mind for years to come Mark Spencer, Dean, School of Arts and Humanities, Professor of Creative Writing, Master of Fine Arts Program, University of Arkansas at Monticello Kauffman writes with a divinely inspired descriptive power that draws you in and leaves an image in the reader s mind to muse upon long afterwards John H Byk, Writers Alive The true damage of war is the damage done to the survivors and their families we see this damage portrayed movingly in his characters This is a book you must read to see the truth of war Robert Mustin, Sam s Place Stories beautifully written an intriguing story which will linger in the reader s mind far after the final page has been turned Florentine, Readiculously Peachy Bloglling skillful character development makes us see just exactly what it is like to be wounded, in soul and spirit Brian Francis Heffron, Poet Filmmaker, Author of Award Winning Novel Colorado Mandala.. Revenants The Odyssey Home ONLY BETSY CAN GET HIM HOME IN TIME ONLY HE CAN BRING HER BACK BEFORE IT S TOO LATE A grief stricken candy striper serving in a VA hospital following her brother s death in Viet Nam struggles to retur

  • Title: Revenants: The Odyssey Home
  • Author: ScottKauffman
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  • Page: 281
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    1. When I first started the book I felt that it was slow, I was proven wrong not far in when the story began to unfold There is a mystery, heartache, hope and the down to earth sadness that war causes I can see the comparison to the Oddesy Betsy is a young girl when she faces the terrible loss of her brother to the Vietnam war She is nosediving in bad decisions when she finds a way to find her won way through the guilt and pain.It is not one of those light books that you breeze through, this one to [...]

    2. War and it s aftermath have so many levels of destruction The person on the battle field is just the tip of the iceberg War scars families, damaging generations, and this family does not escape any of the aftermath.This isn t a book I d normally read, it s too real, too heartbreaking It s about war, and the shadow of pain left in it s wake I was drawn to it for some unknown reason I couldn t turn it down So here I am feeling the dark devastation of the Vietnam War of those who didn t come home, [...]

    3. No one can be prepared for the death of a loved one When Betsy s older brother, her hero, dies in the steamy and unforgiving jungles of Viet Nam, her family begins a slow downward spiral into grief, depression and devastation Betsy carries the guilt of her final moments with her brother, the look in his eyes, her anger and how she never said good bye Her change in demeanor and attitude leads her to a punishment that will become a gift that will change her life forever.Follow Betsy as she sees th [...]

    4. I read Revenatns The Odyssey Home by Scott Kauffman during that time period celebrated as Armistice and Veteran s Day Purely by accident, but a very fitting time to read it.It is the story of Betsy being sent to do candy stripe volunteer work at a local VA hospital, where she meets up with all kinds of injured Betsy has just lost her beloved brother Nathan to the Vietnam war, and is grieving his loss Through observation and curiosity she finds in the attic a soldier kept hidden, badly injured an [...]

    5. Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I didn t know what to expect when I started reading this book I knew it had something to do with war, but the mystery surrounding this book was a surprise I loved to be thrown back in time, to read about the life of the stranger who has no identity This book is not romanticized at all and I can appreciate the rawness and the real feel of this book.A longer review can be found at Bite Into booksIf you [...]

    6. Find all my reviews, plus author interviews, guest posts and book extracts, on my blog whatcathyreadnext.wordpress Grief stricken at the death of her brother, Nathan, in Vietnam, Betsy is in danger of going off the rails In movingly described scenes, she struggles to find a reason to go on living, her only solace the possessions he left behind, like his copy of The Odyssey.What seems like punishment at first assignment to the local veteran s hospital turns out to provide Betsy with the purpose i [...]

    7. This review is based on a digital copy I received from Author Scott Kauffman It is an honest review and the complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Set mostly during the Vietnam War era, this story follows Betsy at the start of her downward spiral that is brought on after the death of her cherished brother Nathan I appreciate that the author truly set the scene in the beginning with pop culture references and ideas from the seventies It made it very clear the time sett [...]

    8. A realistic novel about what war could do to a country, to a family, and to individuals.Betsy, a teenager whose brother was killed in the Vietnam War, started to act inappropriately that resulted to her being out of the school and then she became a Candy Striper in a VA hospital Afterwards, a person named father Kaplan offered her to become a volunteering nurse at a local Veterans hospital Staying there, she sees what happened to those soldiers who fought at war and she tells herself that she wi [...]

    9. My late wife played the role of dark muse in my writing of Revenants Strings of memory spliced one to another with her twine of tenacious insistence revealed in our rose garden talks as we looked out across the black of the Pacific to where her Uncle Bunkle, Captain Richard Rees, United States Special Forces, died near the village of Bin Chanh, twelve miles southwest of a city then called Saigon in a country fated but to be for another sixteen months and fourteen days before it self immolated at [...]

    10. This is a war novel but it s not about what happens to the soldiers in battles but what happens to the family of a soldier who doesn t return This is the story of Betsy, a teenage girl, whose brother Nathan dies in the Vietnam War The entire family is overwhelmed with grief but it s Betsy that the novel centers on She feels guilty because she never got to really say good bye to her brother and she misses him terribly As a result of her feelings, she starts hanging out with a rough crowd at schoo [...]

    11. This was rated 3.5 stars on my official review, but is closer to 4 so that is what I have chosen here While there is a correlation betweenRevenantsandThe Odysseyby Homer, I will not be making comparisons for this review It has been too many years since I have read the poem, and I do not feel that it is necessary in order to find appreciation for this story.This title begins at a somewhat slow but steady pace that is maintained throughout most of the story My initial experience was a bit of an up [...]

    12. A grief stricken candy striper serving in a VA hospital following her brother s death in Vietnam struggles to return home an anonymous veteran of the Great War against the skullduggery of a congressman who not only controls the hospital as part of his small town fiefdom but knows the name of her veteran A name if revealed would end his political ambitions and his fifty year marriage In its retelling of Odysseus journey, Revenants casts a flickering candle upon the charon toll exacted not only fr [...]

    13. Originally posted on This is Lit Book Blog.I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.Okay, I ll say it the cover is not that great My first thought on seeing the cover was uh oh Sure, the blurb is interesting, but I never would ve picked up the book if I d seen it in a bookstore How great can a book with this cover be But, I went ahead and started reading it And my, how wrong could my first impression have been Betsy, the main character, loses her brother to [...]

    14. I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of Revenants by Scott Kauffman I would classify this novel as Historical Fiction The author writes about war and the effects on the people who return home and their families and friends The story was intriguing, and there is some mystery, some romance, and historical setting The characters were intense and complex and show how actions and consequences and fate play out I would recommend this book for those that like historical fiction. [...]

    15. I m not really sure what to say about this book I really enjoyed current parts of this book and really didn t care for others First, let s start with the plot Young girl tries to heal from her grief by helping mysterious soldier Solid I really liked Betsy s journey It was strong, impactful and believable The story of the mysterious soldier was also well told His revelations were well paced without feeling rushed.Next, let s talk about the characters Betsy and the characters who revolved around h [...]

    16. I don t normally read war books unless they re space opera, but I thought I d give this a go Imagine my surprise when I discovered that far from being a book focussing wholly on war, this book takes the story of a young girl who has lost her brother to the Vietnam conflict and takes a job as a candy striper at a local hospital There she finds a secret patient, and starts on a journey to discover who he is and why he s been forgotten.The first half of this book really had me gripped, and it was f [...]

    17. See of my book reviews on my blog, Literary FlitsEvery so often one of my indie author reads turns out to be an absolute gem and I am delighted that this was the case with Revenants The novel is a modern day retelling of Homer s Odyssey, but I admit it has been so long since I read that classic that I didn t identify Kauffman s story with Homer s, nor did I think it needed that distinction as Revenants stands strongly on its own merits I did have to look up some of the American slang a candy st [...]

    18. My thoughts are very divided when it comes to rating and reviewing this book When I started the book, the first thing I noticed was that some sentences were very long, weird and not easy to read or comprehend The start was a bit slow, but I m not the only one who thinks so I ve read reviews on where people say the same and even Kauffman himself warned me that the beginnen could be really slow And it s not necessarily that the story is slow, not at all, because you fall right into the grief of Be [...]

    19. From the minute I opened it I was able to connect with Betsy She had a brilliant relationship with her brother and then he was taken from her in an instant by war She didn t cope Instead she went off the rails as she tried to find a new identity without him This was written into the novel with brilliance and care I felt Scott Kauffman was successful in portraying Betsy s grief without taking it too far He managed to keep Betsy real and likable during this faze of her story.It was when she went t [...]

    20. Original review is posted on briannsbookreview.weeblyReview This novel starts out as a slow burner that quickly ignites and develops into an enthralling tale full of twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages As Betsy begins to work through the stages of grief after the loss of her beloved brother, she finds herself at the VA hospital surrounded by reminders of him Scott really portrayed how loss can heavily impact a young person through Betsy s sudden shift from being cheerful and in [...]

    21. Rating is a 3.5 5 stars.This review was originally posted on my blog.Thank you to the author for sending me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.This book centers on Betsy, a young girl who lost her older brother in the Vietnam War and is now attempting to deal with her grief by working at a VA hospital, where she finds a hidden patient who fought in WWI.This is proving to be a difficult book to review because I have so many mixed thoughts on it.Overall, it was a good book The two [...]

    22. Revenants 1 a person who returns after a lengthy absence2 a person who returns as a spirit after death ghostSTORY LINE REVENANTS THE ODYSSEY HOME In Revenants The Odyssey Home, Scott Kauffman creates an intensely emotional and revealing contemporary novel spanning decades Grieving the death of her beloved brother in Viet Nam, Betsy struggles to survive and continue on Working at the local VA Hospital as a candy stripper, the pet project of Congressman Mark Hanna, Betsy finds a mystery She discov [...]

    23. See the review on my blog here gamingforjustice.wordpressDisclaimer I got a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.When I first read the synopsis for Revenants, I wasn t sure what I was getting into The story begins with Betsy, a teenager with an older brother in the armed forces who dies while serving his country While dealing with her grief, Betsy gets into trouble by using alcohol and other means to cope Her consequence to be able to continue in school is to volunt [...]

    24. Review by Sarah I didn t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would after reading the back cover with the glowing reviews and high praise I didn t find much of Homer s Odyssey besides a few brief mentions It didn t read like a retelling or modern version I didn t like Betsy She felt like she was one of those perfect heroines created just for pushing the story forward Sometimes when the characters were talking it didn t make any sense and I had to go back and read the whole section over again T [...]

    25. Revenant REV ih nunt n a person returning after a long absence or death a ghost Adj 1 Ghostly returning, 2 Remembering something long forgotten.When Betsy s older brother is killed in Vietnam, her grief causes her to act out hanging with a rough crowd, blowing off school, drinking and drugs When it catches up with her she is offered a way out of trouble volunteer as a candy striper at the local VA hospital When she first arrives and sees the horrible wounds many of these men suffer, she is overw [...]

    26. A tough read that had emotion enough for several books It was not easy to grapple with the history of the characters Very good read.

    27. I chose this book with only knowing the title and nothing else about the book When I received the book I suddenly realised that I was not excited to read the story, as it seemed like it would be a bit boring I am so happy to say I was mistaken in my assumptions.Kauffman integrates stories from wars that are several years apart, but that encompass a mystery that was decades in the making Set in the Seventies and told largely from Betsy s viewpoint, the reader gets a glimpse into the trauma that b [...]

    28. Read my reviews at The Book Return BlogI was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest reviewAgainst the backdrop of the politics of the Vietnam War i, Betsy and her family must somehow come to terms with her brother,Nathan s, death the hands of the Viet Cong Betsy acts out at school and given an ultimatum to work as a candy stripper at the VA hospital or to be held back in school It is during her work at the VA that she discovers a mystery WWI patient who is kept seclude [...]

    29. Betsy is a high school cheerleader in Ohio, full of bubbling optimism Her life abruptly changes when her older brother, Nathan, gets killed in Vietnam Her grades drop, she quits cheerleading, breaks rules, and begins to lose herself In order to not be held back a grade, she volunteers at the local VA hospital While there she discovers that an unidentified and uncommunicative patient on the top floor where only two employees are allowed access Betsy is determined to find this old soldier s name a [...]

    30. In short, I m glad I made it to the end This book takes you on a rollcoaster ride Full of emotions.With detail, after finishing this book, I know get a fuller understanding of the title.It seems odd to say that there is so much life in this book, when it s about a young girl working through the grief of losing her brother in the war and uncovering the journey our vets went through to come home There s a couple of layers and I can t find the right words to mingle the stories together, like the b [...]

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