The world is filled with people destined to help and to serve. Doctors, nurses, police, and firefighters—each and every day, these special people work to help others in times of need. Often, this means putting their own lives at risk in order to do their jobs. They give of themselves to benefit society, and they do it without any expectation of thanks.
And then there is the military…
These are the men and women who don’t head home to their families and safe homes to relax at the end of a shift. They are on the front lines, far from home and often fighting someone else’s battles because it is the right thing to do. Military families struggle to cope with the constant worry and the long periods of separation, staying strong to support those who serve in everything they do, and often are left to pick up the pieces when the highest price is paid.
Servicemen and women are heroes in the purest sense of the word. Even when the world’s gone mad and their hearts are breaking, one thing remains unchanged.
They have honour.
Honour is a book of short stories, letters even, that show us both sides of military life. We are able to feel the pain and loss of death, the longing for those who are left at home and those sent to war. We read about babies that will never meet their fathers, sons who see the emotional damage from what their fathers witness during their service. Mothers, fathers, siblings and girlfriends who are left wondering why their hero died. She even takes us back in the past, where the only option for one soldier was to leave his post and run.
This book was deeply emotional for me at times, as I do know what it is like to have the Marines show up at your door to tell you that life will never be the same again. I did love that she was able to take a short story and show us both sides of the military. It is very well written and she has a way of drawing our emotions to the surface as we read about our heroes.
What I didn’t care for in the book, was each story would get to the point I was sucked in, I wanted to know what happen. It was at those times I noticed she moved on to a different family and I never felt like I had any closure from those I had been reading about. Maybe this was her plan, to remind us that war is hell and there never is full closure. As an author once told me the goal is to leave the reader wanting more, well this author did that. I can’t say I am fond of how this book jumped around, but she did leave me wanting more from each part of the book.
Be prepared to cry, especially if you are like me who falls apart watching videos of homecomings and Christmas segments where the military personal tells their loved ones they miss them. I have a soft spot for heroes of this kind, so I was feeling pretty raw at times reading this book. There are a lot of British slang that you will need to adjust to, but that isn’t a huge downfall for me with this book. I would say I liked everything but the jumping around and not completing the story to a point I felt I could move on, but as I stated, this could be one brilliant move on this authors part. I would be willing to pick up another book of hers just to find the answers to the many questions I was left with.
All his life, his mother had been there for him, gently pushing him to do his very best and allowing him the opportunity to make his own decisions, even when they led him on a path she wouldn’t have chosen for him. When he’d told his parents at age sixteen that he wanted to enlist in the Army, they supported him. The one thing they asked of him was that he finished his education up to A-Levels before he enlisted. They did try to talk him into going to college for a couple of years also, but he insisted that he would get better qualifications and experience once he was a soldier. As agreed, on the day that he received his exam results, his dad drove him to the Army Careers Office to begin his journey.
“I’m so proud of you, son,” his mother whispered into his ear while clutching him in a tight embrace. “Never, ever forget that.”
“Thanks, Mum. I know you are. I love you.”
M. B. Feeney is an army brat who finally settled down in Birmingham, UK with her other half, two kids and a dog. Currently at university studying for her BA (Hons) in primary teaching, she procrastinates on her assignments by listening to music of all genres and trying to get ‘just one more paragraph’ written on whichever WIP is open. She is also a serious doodler and chocoholic. Writing has been her one true love ever since she could spell, and publishing is the final culmination of her hard work and ambition.
Her publishing career began with two novellas, and she currently has a novel under way whilst Honour, a compilation of her own military based shorts, is due for release 1st November 2013. Always having something on the go can often lead to block which eventually gets dissolved by good music and an even better book.