Echoes from the Infantry by Frank Nappi was the last book I read on my e-reader this week. I blame Frank for my whoosi feeling of being just a few inches above the floor. He always leaves me this way. I open up his books knowing that the story line is going to be this or that. But no Frank does not play by the rules. He changes your mind, makes you stretch your emotions and discover the path not taken.
What Frank does not know is that I have PTSD. It is from childhood trauma but it is very real. Many a time in my life I have ran from unseen danger to end up curled up in the corner of a closet or under a desk or deep in the back bushes hoping that I could not be found. In Echoes from the Infantry, I was reminded of this feeling of ungrounded fear. More so was the amazing grace that came from the love of my Dear Hubby who never judge but allowed me space to hide while following at a discreet distance to ensure my safety. Frank Nappi has us follow James and his wife Madeline while they travel the path that PTSD creates. You see how a son and his father trying to find a common ground when everything around them is nothing but a rocky path. Frank Nappi creates story lines that make me yearn to jump in the book and help the characters see that there is hope...as they reach out to me and share that same desire.
See this is how it starts out. An excerpt of Chapter One. I wish to thank Tribute Books and the ever faithful Nicole for keeping me supplied in books. Honestly folks she is my dealer since books seem to be my drug of choice! Tribute Books has introduced me to some of the most amazing authors who have become great friends. Hats off to Nicole and Frank!
Echoes From The Infantry is the tale of one Long Island World War II veteran, the misery of combat, and the powerful emotional bonds that brought him home to Rockaway Beach and the love of his life, Madeline Brandt. It is about a father and son, and their ultimately redeeming struggle to understand each other's worlds - one a world at war, the other shaped by its veterans. Nappi moves artfully between the present and past, weaving a fictionalized tale of this Long Islander's struggle to reconcile with the demons from long ago and his family's never ending battle with many of the intangible burdens caused by the private life of a man they never really knew. He touches our hearts with a story of courage and perseverance...a story of men who faced the greatest challenge of their generation.
Frank Nappi has taught high school English and Creative Writing for over twenty years. His debut novel, Echoes From The Infantry, received national attention, including MWSA's silver medal for outstanding fiction. His follow-up novel, The Legend of Mickey Tussler, garnered rave reviews as well, including a movie adaptation of the touching story "A Mile in His Shoes" starring Dean Cain and Luke Schroder. Frank continues to produce quality work, including Sophomore Campaign, the intriguing sequel to the much heralded original story and the just released thriller, Nobody Has to Know, which received an endorsement from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille. Frank is presently at work on a third installment of his Mickey Tussler series and his next thriller. He lives on Long Island with his wife Julia and their two sons, Nicholas and Anthony.