Soldier Boy – by Glen Carter

Soldier Boy – by Glen Carter

Lightning splits a savage night, and in the arms of a priest, a mysterious woman dies while giving birth. The infant survives and as a boy is haunted by visions of soldiers and war and blood-soaked betrayal. As a man, even with his strange talent for beating the slots, he chooses to dwell among the legions of mole people beneath the Las Vegas Strip. A bizarre confrontation sets him on a journey to discover who he once was and what was robbed from him.

Samuel Bolt has come home, to a place he’s never been. To a lover he’s never known. And to a powerful enemy who will stop at nothing to send a dead soldier back to his grave.

Cold Coffee Review: Excellent writing by Author Glen Carter. The gripping story opens with a woman making her way to an American shelter, in hopes of giving birth in the arms of forgiveness. With nowhere else to turn, she walks toward the door. I quote “A pain suddenly split her abdomen, and it took all her strength just to stand. She dropped the small case and clutched her stomach as another contraction took her to her knees. Phantom gunshots rattled through her. She hugged the dirt, tasted it, wanted to claw her way into the earth’s crust.”

The infant survives, but not without consequences. As a young boy, he is haunted by visions. Visions of unknown places, war, soldiers and blood. I found the boy’s visions troubling and curious at the same time.

I quote, “The cockpits were dark, and with their night-vision goggles, the pilots appeared as alien invaders. The lead checked his outboard shoulder. Satisfied, he nudged the cyclic, and both choppers banked steeply over Iraqi territory.”

As a man, he lived in the shadows, on the edge of the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada. I quote, “Samuel Bolt’s pockets were stuffed with money. Wads of it. Folded and rolled, in twenties and fifties. It had weight, and if you looked closely, there were bulges at the front of his jeans. He was not feeling cocksure, and there was no swagger in his walk. He was a nobody, his face shadowed within a thrift shop hoodie, trying to stay invisible.”

Afraid to say too much, I leave you with this and invite you to read Soldier Boy, Bolt couldn’t move. The sand was deep, and he was in it to his knees. He tugged free a boot for another impossible step and then sank again, deeper this time. A storm of grit stung his eyes. It took everything he had to pull himself forward. To the tree and the squirming bundle at its base. The baby was covered in blood, its fat little arms reaching out to him. The face of an angel bathed in the flash of lightning. Bolt stooped low and placed both hands around the trembling flesh. Suddenly, the child began to scream. Scream so pitifully that Bolt had to cover his ears. The infant tumbled out of his hands and was swallowed by a whirlpool of sand. In a second, it was gone. Flames burst from the tree, forcing Bolt backwards. Away from the nightmare, to his bed in Harbour Rock.”

I love the author’s characters, story and his quote, “I’m a believer in things. It’s my default position, unless they can be proven not to be. As humans, we are sadly limited in our understanding beyond the horizons of existence. Do I believe in reincarnation? Prove to me that it doesn’t exist.

As an award-winning journalist, author Glen Carter worked most of his life in a high-pressure news environment. His experiences in research and fact driven stories has motivated him to apply his story telling craft to fiction, like this book titled Soldier Boy and Last Witness.

I encourage you to read Soldier Boy, understanding that it is adult content and adult language. I purchased this book from Kindle and this review was posted on September 29, 2018.

Genre: Literature, Fiction

Product Details:
File Size: 812 KB
Print Length: 391 Pages
Publisher: Flanker Press (September 5, 2018)
Publication Date: September 5, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07HCQ4J6N

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Glen Carter

About The Author: Glen Carter is an award-winning journalist who has spent nearly thirty years in the high-pressure world of television news.

He has covered everything from national politics and crime to world leaders and deadly disasters.

He is now applying his story-telling craft and decades of fact-driven writing to the flight of fiction. His first novel, Angels of Maradona, was published in 2008 by Breakwater Books.

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