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Author:  Eugene B. Basilici

Title:  Barinelli’s War

Publisher:  iUniverse

Reviewer: W. H. McDonald, Jr. – AAA Founder

The Forgotten War Is Not Forgotten in this Novel!

Author Eugene B. Basilici has taken a huge step forward in honoring those who fought in the Korean War with his novel “Barinelli’s War.” This story is riveting and honors those brave young men who fought there. The author claims to have loosely based his story on the actions of the real life heroes of Fox Company who held the Toktong Pass open while engaged against a full Chinese Division. The actions of that small group saved the lives of some 25,000 allied troops. So his story has a feel of realism to it. “The Forgotten War” is no longer to be forgotten because of authors like him.

In Basilici’s book his main character is a young man just fresh from basic training named Rick Barinelli. The reader gets to follow him as he matures and endures tests of his courage. He eventually gets promoted and when his company captain disappears he is left with the command responsibility of protecting 25,000 troops with just his own small force of men against the onslaught of hordes of Chinese soldiers. Greatly out numbered he shows what he is made out as he leads his men in victory against all odds!

Lots of action and battles but the real story is how the author lets the reader get know each of the stories main characters. There is depth and emotion to the telling of this tale and the author makes you wonder if he was there himself. It comes off as if it were really a memoir of some someone who had been there and saw it. His words drip in blood, courage and heroism! It is a flag waving red, white and blue tribute without the band, the parade or the flag! It is a tribute to those who did fight there even if it had to be told through a fictional story. It is told with dignity and clarity of purpose. You know who the heroes are and root for them.

Visit the author's website at www.EugeneBasilici.com

 


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