Sunday, September 22, 2019
A Private War by Perry Cockerell
Set between the years 1930 and 1947, “A Private War” follows the intertwining lives of young soldiers, African American war correspondents, and contentious military attorneys. Tragically orphaned as a young child in Alabama, Andre Williams is raised with his best friend, Booker, and experiences youth in a small town filled with friendship, mischief, and romance. When African American soldiers are encouraged to participate in the war effort, the two young men enlist and are sent into the African and European arenas of World War II. While Andre and Booker experience the dangers and difficulties of battle, three war correspondents break the gender and race barrier as they too are sent overseas to cover the experience of the black soldier serving in Africa and Europe.
The journalists build lasting friendships as they risk their lives alongside the soldiers on the battlefront, pursuing stories to send home to Americans breathlessly awaiting news of the war. Tragedy strikes again, and one of the soldiers is forced to face judgment and a court martial, testing the fabric of his existence. The journalists, the soldiers, and the attorneys meet in a dramatic climax where the fine line between dreams and reality becomes the fragile thread that will change their lives forever.
Although a work of fiction, “A Private War” gives the reader a glimpse into the lives of individuals as they endure the perils of war as well as the excitement of a changing world. Historical figures make appearances throughout the story, honoring the brave participation of both men and women on the battlefield and in the press room.
I received a complimentary copy.
Cassandra's' Review- A really nice book that covers moments in time with truths. It honors and reveals a lot. It is very easy to get lost in.