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‘Revenants – The Odyssey Home’
By Scott Kauffman

January 1984

Just twelve more days to Christmas and I was totally jazzed. Exams ended on Wednesday, and I absolutely knew I’d aced all of them, even that stupid head cracker in geometry that Lisping Larry Lehman threw at us. Now I was done until the new year that I knew – absolutely knew – would be my greatest ever.

Even better, winter came early. Like it was God’s special reward for a job well done. Almost never did we get much snow and it didn’t get super cold before at least January, but on the day after exams it snowed over a foot, and then the temperature dropped below zero at night so we could go sledding and ice skating at Hanna Park where I’d get to see Billy Hufnagel every day just like if we had classes except without the Gestapo hall monitors eyeballing us to make certain we weren’t holding hands. I mean really. I dare you to name me one girl who ever got herself knocked up while holding hands.

My fuddy-duddy parents wouldn’t let me go steady with guys until I turned seventeen, but Mom said that year I could invite Billy over on Christmas Eve for hot spiced cider and caroling around the piano. Who knows? Maybe he’d slip me a friendship ring, but if he did I’d have to wear it on a chain with my lucky locket so Mom wouldn’t have a cow and make me give it back.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me ..

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    • Hi Cora,

      I wonder if you went on to check out the full premise for this book, as I really think it would be right up your street, judging from some the titles which appear on your Goodreads listings.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good weekend 🙂

    • Thanks Sherry, although the book has not yet reached the top of my TBR pile. I do tend to feature promotional posts for my review books, a little ahead of actually reading them, which I suppose is a bit naughty really!

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and I hope that your weekend is also good 🙂

    • Hi Bev,

      It is true that the cover image and the 1980s dialogue don’t really have a great deal in common. However the relevance of the cover art would be apparent if you were to check out the full premise, so I don’t think I would be giving the whole game away, if I were to divulge that war (or rather wars) are the single common denominator linking the various elements of this storyline.

      Thanks for visiting today and for taking the time to leave a comment, I appreciate it 🙂

    • Hi Tracy,

      It seems that to “have a cow” is very much a North American turn of phrase, with the definition being “to become angry, excited, or agitated”. Our equivalent would probably be to either “have a dicky fit” or “have a hissy fit” and at the risk of irritating you, I use both terms myself on quite a regular basis 🙂

      I actually think that this storyine would appeal to you and those who have read, rated and reviewed the book to date, are fairly unanimous in their praise of the writing.

      Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts, all opinions and comments make for interesting reading and debate as far as I’m concerned 🙂

  • I had to click back to your earlier post to remember what the premise is on this one. I’m still not sure it’s one I want to read. I agree with the comment above that the cover doesn’t match the beginning at all.

    I’m reading the newest Alexandra Sokoloff novel, ‘Bitter Moon’. Here’s the opening line:
    “It is the moon that wakes her.”

    • Hi Kelly,

      The storyline seems to centre on two separate conflicts, the Vietnam War and The Great War, hence the distinct but overlapping cover images. The telling of the story is more an introspection of the effects of war upon the families left behind, both those whose loved ones return home safely and those families who are left with an empty space in their lives. Many reviewers have found the book a challenging read and even more difficult to gather their thoughts together into a cohesive written blog post, yet most have found the efforts a rewarding experience – The jury is out, but I am looking forward to reading a story out of my usual comfort zone 🙂
      I already have the first three books in ‘The Huntress’ series on my ‘Want To Read’ list, but whether I shall ever get around to reading them is another matter entirely.
      I sense quite a few similarities between this series and ‘The Iron Eagle’ series I am just starting out on. Both involve the FBI and serial killers, however whilst your serial killer turns out to be a female, mine is a serial killer who only murders other serial killers.

      Knowing that you are a series reader, I assume that you have read and enjoyed all the previous installment of ‘The Huntress’, so I hope that as the series progresses, you remain as impressed by the storylines and writing style.

      Thanks for sharing 🙂

      • I think I got sidetracked by the Vietnam War part and missed the WWI connection, so now I can understand the cover. My husband is a Vietnam vet so my thoughts on that war are definitely influenced by his opinions.

        I’m loving the new ‘Huntress’ book every bit as much as the original three and truly think you would, too. While gripping, I’m not sure they’re quite as graphic as what you’ve shared about ‘The Iron Eagle’. All the more reason for you to read both to give us a comparison. 😉

        On that note… I must stop here and go read. I’m 70% done and might be able to finish it tonight.

        • I shall definitely only be reading the first book in ‘The Iron Eagle’ series, not because it isn’t good, but because it is perhaps a little too graphic for me to want to keep reading more of the same and I have already worked out who the eagle is, so the suspense has gone.

          Enjoy your Sunday 🙂

  • Her voice is bothering me, the whole “my fuddy-duddy parents… ” etc, it sounds like too much rambling from a teeny bopper.
    If you do read this one I am curious to hear your thoughts!
    Happy weekend 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      In fact you are pretty much spot on in your observations about this particular teenager, called Betsy.

      However, the reasons for her behavioural and emotional difficulties, seem very firmly rooted in the fact that her older brother and hero figure has died in the Vietnam War. The personal conflict between them, leading up to his leaving, has set Betsy off on a downward spiral of self-recrimination and depression.

      This book has attracted so many good rating and reviews, with such lovely, well thought through comments, that I hope not to be disappointed when I start reading the book for myself.

      This is certainly a work of great substance, so those opening lines must surely fit in with the stroyline at the time in which it takes place.

      Thanks for your interesting observations and excellent comments 🙂

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