||Oct 31, 2006
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The Wind Whispers War
The Wind Whispers War is the first in a Vietnam Era series involving the lives of everyday people. Learn the era's slang, pop culture and current events as the fictional characters come to life. You will laugh, you'll cry and you will want more...
The early 1960's... America had elected the youngest President in U.S. history. "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" was the challenge issued to young and old alike. Nightly news brought rioting and violence into our homes, either supporting or opposing Black civil rights. Through the miracle of television, taped footage showed our President being killed, then TV broadcast it's first live murder days later. The peanut butter and jelly sandwich days of the 1950's were gone forever. World events, and pop culture had repercussions on the lives of the people you knew, your family, your friends, and your neighbors. Passion grows the moment Airman Jeffrey "Mad Dog" Madison gazes into the eyes of young, naive Beth Campbell. As war threatens, this sensuous Historic Romance vividly details life. Step back in time as the Myth of Camelot is transformed into the Reality of Life.
They walked hand in hand back into the Rat Trap. Before they reached the table where their friends were, the woofs and howls began. Jeff was a little annoyed. He put his arm around Bethís shoulder, then led her in a different direction. They sat alone in a secluded booth away from all the people that knew them, and talked more about their lives. For the first time ever, when he was with a girl, he was really with that girl. Jeff wondered if it was possible to fall in love at first sight. She drank cola, as he downed beer, and smoked one cigarette after another. Beth was all he saw, or heard, and she fascinated him. She talked about the farm that her parents, and grandparents before them, owned. They had a small herd of beef cattle. Sheíd owned a horse while she was growing up, a paint named Piggy. It looked just like the one that Little Joe, the cute cowboy on that new TV show rode. Her mother owned the local Kountry Kitchen, a local breakfast and sandwich shop that also sold some groceries. She had two brothers. John was in Laos, but her baby brother died as an infant.
"Well, Jeff, Iíve just been going on and on about my life. Tell me about yourself. Do you have brothers and sisters? Have you lived in Florida all your life?"
"Iíve lived in Florida before, but not all my life. My dadís an Air Force Colonel so Iíve lived all over the world. I love America, but France is my second home. I was born there in 1942. My aunt, and my grandparents still live in Bordeaux. Itís a seaport in south west France. Thatís where my parents met. Dad was there in the Army, Air Corps Division, before being shipped out to Italy. My mother was a French war bride. I didnít meet my dad until I was a little over two years old. They never had any more kids. Guess having me did both of them in."
"What? You seem so nice." Beth was enthralled with this world traveled young man.
"Yeah, Iím nice alright. But spoiled rotten. My father knocked the crap outta me whenever I didnít jump to attention, and my mother over compensated. I learned pretty young to be respectful, to stay out of the old manís way, and to stay close to Mamanís apron strings."
"Thatís French for Mom."
"Oh, gee I should have remembered that from high school French. But, donít you think all parents and kids bump heads? I mean, Daddy would lay down the law with John and me. Weíd mess up. Johníd get paddled. Then Iíd put this certain pouty look on my face, and get away with it every time. Well, not every time. He didnít spank me, but he stayed mad when I decided to leave the farm to come down here and marry Bruce."
"I think I like your dad." Jeff didnít know why heíd said that.
"Do you like yours?" Beth asked.
"Yes, I like my father. He means well. I just never know where the Colonel stops, and my dad begins. I, uh havenít seen him in a while."
"Why is that? Did you have a falling out?"
"No, uh uh. Dadís in a place called Viet Nam. Heís there as an advisor. About thirty-two hundred of them are over there now. Doesnít seem like itís been that many years since he got back from Korea. My mother is hoping now that Kennedyís in office, heíll consider withdrawal. I doubt that will happen since Vice President Johnson advised him that an increase in aid to South Viet Nam is necessary."
"John is in Laos. Oh, I already told you that, silly me, anyway heís mentioned Viet Nam in his letters, but he really doesnít say much. I try to keep up with the TV news, but itís hard. Like in Laos, first one Prince is in power, then the other. I canít even pronounce their names. All I know for sure is the Soviets support the Pathet Lao and their guerrilla warfare, and weíre supplying the right wing forces. When itís communism against democracy, itís never a good thing. We keep hoping that weíll hear something from John. So far, not a word. Between that, the cold war, the space race, and the threat of Ďthe bombí, I get so scared."
"Donít be scared Beth. Thatís why weíre here." Jeff could hardly believe he was talking to a beautiful female with a brain in her head.
Beth admired the handsome airman sitting across from her who could hold a conversation not involving talk about getting into her pants.
Trina and Phil were ready to go. They stopped by the booth where Beth and Jeff were sitting to ask if she needed a ride home. Beth got up to leave. It didnít occur to her to invite Jeff over to Trinaís. She was naÔve in the ways of the grown up world.
The Wind Whispers War
Genre: Historical Fiction
Title: The Wind Whispers War: A Vietnam Love Story
Author: kgcummings (as it appears on book cover)
The Wind Whispers War: A Vietnam Love Story, the first in K.G. Cummingís new five-book series, lends a personal element to the history of the Vietnam War era. Beginning in the early 1960s, The Wind Whispers War follows Jeff ďMad DogĒ Madison, a playboy and career airman in Florida, as he first meets Beth Campbell, a sweet, naÔve country girl just stepping out from the traditional values of her hometown. Their whirlwind relationship and subsequent life together makes this a highly romantic, individualized work of historical fiction.
The Wind Whispers War is almost too good to be true, and makes an excellent beginning to a series about the era. Author K. G. Cummings is clearly a master of romance, and the picture that she paints of Jeff and Beth will sweep readers off their feet along with them. Likewise, the authorís characters are so true to life that their emotions are almost tangible to readers, who may feel as though theyíre experiencing the first pangs of true love along with them. Even the bookís steamy romance scenes are infused with a romantic depth, which make them all the more enjoyable.
Clearly, K. G. Cummings is knowledgeable about the period she is dealing with, but what stands out most is her ability to interweave historical fact with her plot and characters. The result is a seamless story that gives readers a true feel for what the period was like to live through, from the perspective of real people. This is an especially valuable work because it is about the Vietnam War, a topic that is often neglected by historians and fiction writers alike. While it is not a historically detailed account of the military and political aspects of the conflictís beginning, it is equally valuable as a look at the conflict through the eyes of a single family affected by the war.
As the first in this series, The Wind Whispers War covers only the very beginning of the conflict and deals with the idyllic domestic relationship between Jeff and Beth during this period, so it is not an action-packed war story of the conflict. However, it is a wonderful beginning to a series about Vietnam, perfectly setting up the idealism and innocence of the beginning of the war as a backdrop for the next books, which deal with the tumultuous times ahead. Readers will want to buy the second and third books immediately to learn what becomes of the wonderful characters they discover in The Wind Whispers War.
Highly Recommended by reviewer: Rebecca Henderson, Allbook Reviews
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Title: The Wind Whispers War: A Vietnam Love Story
Author: K.G. Cummings
Price: $ 14.49
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Reader Reviews for "The Wind Whispers War"
|Reviewed by Mike Kresan
|have had this book and it has inspired me to continue reading her series|