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June 9, 2013

ANNIE by Ron Mahaffey

ANNIE                                            4 STARS

by ron mahaffey

OVERVIEW: (from Amazon)

Cody Miller's lifelong desire to serve and protect the country he loves is a reality now, thanks to the Vietnam War. He has served honorably and well, and he's about to be sent back to the States...along with the woman he loves. But just as his dreams are about to come true, a tragedy strikes, giving him the opportunity to protect an angel of mercy...but at great cost to himself. Cody wakes up in a veterans' hospital believing that he has nothing left to live for. With a cold and angry heart, his only wish is to ride into the Colorado wilderness, never to be seen again. But Cody doesn't know that destiny is following him in a way he doesn't expect. Will it reach him in time? Annie is a deftly plotted, richly characterized novel that illuminates the physical and emotional realities of war with vividness and compassion to create a deeply satisfying story.


 High Schooler Cody Miller was in geography class when he noticed Annie.  Annie was already spoken for by one of the football players.  Cody was head over heels with love at first sight., but he tried to stop thinking about her.. When he graduated he went to fight in Vietnam.  Who was sitting on the plane when he boarded?  Annie.  She is going to Vietnam to work in the M.A.S.H as a registered RN.  Such a coincidence, they are assigned to the same base.  Thus the romance begins.  As the time neared a close
Cody decides to ask Annie to marry him. As she starts to answer him, the enemy attacks. 

Cody lay in a coma for four months and finally wakes up thinking of Annie.  Was she alright? After some bad news he journeys through the Colorado mountains  in search of some serenity and peace.  He found a miracle.

War completely changes everything about a person. The soldiers are not the only ones,  the people on the ground.  War is a horrid monster who rears it's ugly head at anyone near.  The author, served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam during 1967 to 1969.  He created fictional characters, but I wonder if maybe parts of his own experiences make up the story.

ANNIE is a beautiful love story even though it is set in a battleground.  The author did a fantastic job of showing how true love will prevail.  I enjoyed the book a lot,. 

 The story was a short one which was a quick read, but oh how much you can gain in that short read! This is a book that I would recommend to anyone. It may bring a tear or two to your eyes and then again there is joy to be found in the unbounding love

I would give this book 4 STARS.

I was given a complimentary copy of ANNIE by the author Ron Mahaffey for this unbiased review.

About Ron Mahaffey (from OutSkirts Press) Ron Mahaffey served from 1967 to 1969 with the US Army. During 1968, at the peak of the Vietnam War, he personally experienced its challenges and personal losses. Although he met the love of his life in his last year of high school, his desire to serve as a combat soldier spurred him to volunteer for the draft in June of 1967. When he was honorably discharged in July 1969, he married his high school sweetheart, and they will celebrate their 44th wedding anniversary in August 2013. They have three children: a teacher, an electrical engineer, and a journalist.



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