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Preview — Keeping Watch by Laurie R. King
Allen Carmichael came back from Vietnam a lifetime ago--but only now was he ready to return home. For years, he’ ...more
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Laurie R King
Psychological thriller isn't usually my genre but Keeping Watch is one of the most brilliantly written books I've read in a long while. Laurie King writes with the acuity of the master, never tripping throughout this exquisitely appalling tale.Jamie is a thirteen year old boy whose father is a con man extraordinaire and who has an unusual and terrifying occupation. Allen, a Vietnam vet, is a man dealing with the psychological fallout of his year fighting the Vietcong. T ...more
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The author's vivid account of Allen's tour of duty in Vietnam, his subsequent post-traumatic stress disorder, and struggle to rebuild his life goes beyond the familiar war-is-hell cliche and into a compelling, sometimes horrifying (sur)realism. Allen's last case: Jamie, a smart, scrawny pre-teen attempting t ...more
Allen Carmichael, now in his fifties, is the man that Vietnam made him, and Jamie O'Connell, who loves and hates the father who tortures him. Carmichael rescues abused children and their mothers in a number of patient and inventive ways, using skills and the emotional tools he learned during his searing time in Vietnam in the late '60s. The details of Jamie's father's psychological abuse of him will make readers dizzy and breathless; how Allen and his cadre of ass ...more
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I bought this blindly because I love King's books and then discovered that the UK publishers weren't printing it here because the story has a lot to do with Vietnam and they thought that a UK audience wouldn't be interested. This kind of put me off reading it myself.
I'm very glad I have eventually got around to reading it because it's an excellent story about a man who is totally damaged by his experiences in Vietnam but most of the story is about his later life in which he rescues abused women...more
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I liked the book enough to go onto Folly and the other modern books and finally had to break down and try Beekeeper's Apprentice even though I was skeptical about providing Sherlock Holmes with an apprentice and female at that. Needless to say, I got hooked and have eve ...more
King is such a skilled writer that you never get the sense she wasn't right there, many times--the shades of green, the jungle heat, the endless terror and endless boredom, breaking into houses an ...more
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