The Batter's Box by Andy Kutler
Publication Date: March 12, 2019
Warriors Publishing Group
Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Genre: Historical Fiction
"We remember World War II as 'the Good War, ' when right and wrong seemed so clear. We won, they lost, and our guys came home as heroes. But as gifted author Andy Kutler tells us in THE BATTER'S BOX, mortal combat is anything but good, heroism comes with a horrific price, and some of the most tragic wounds don't bleed -- and don't go away. If you want to know what really happened at Bastogne in the terrible winter of 1944, read this powerful, haunting book." -- Daniel P. Bolger, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (Ret.), author of Our Year of War: Two Brothers, Vietnam, and a Nation Divided "Andy Kutler has the eyes and ears of combat soldiers and the heart of those who love them. The horror, courage, and camaraderie of battle rivals the grit of Once an Eagle, while the poignant authenticity of Will Jamison's struggles with his hidden wounds highlight that, for many, the impact of war lingers far past the last shots of battle. THE BATTER'S BOX is a superb work of historical fiction that carries important lessons for today." -- William E. Rapp, Major General, U.S. Army (Ret.), Former Commandant, U.S. Army War College, and Commandant of Cadets, U.S. Military Academy “The Batter's Box is a riveting read. It is a love story and a war story and a novel with far more truth than fiction. I’m a psychiatrist specializing in treating men and women with post-traumatic stress disorder. If you love someone with that invisible wound, read this book. If you are curious and concerned about the condition, read this book. Most survivors of profound trauma lack a language to convey their life stories because those stories include the unspeakable. When the hero of this compelling novel speaks, we listen, we learn and we are transformed. If you are currently struggling with the impact of major trauma, reading passages here may be disturbing and ‘triggering.’ But I believe it is worth the risk because this book affirms your reality and your dignity.” --Frank M. Ochberg, MD, Former Associate Director, National Institute of Mental Health "Historical fiction, if it reflects careful scholarship, is a powerful tool in the hands of a gifted writer, and can deepen our understanding of real events and people. Andy Kutler's THE BATTER’S BOX offers an impressive addition to World War II literature, bringing fresh attention to the adjustment struggle faced by so many returning war veterans. Kutler's depiction of one of the more heroic small-unit engagements in US Army history is both compelling and long overdue." -- Gordon H. "Nick" Mueller, President & CEO Emeritus, The National WWII Museum
I think what is so interesting about historical fiction is that there are a lot of truth mixed in with fiction. Which is why a lot of us myself included are more apt to love it than we did when we were in school.
Will Jamison is truly an amazing man. He has worked really hard to reclaim his place after the War.
I'm pretty sure it isn't easy doing that because sometimes war can do really bad things to a person man or woman. It creates memories that are never easy to forget and it makes them different from when they went in.
I loved the different time lines that Andy has put Will through. It gives us a glimpse of what he went through like for example 1944 at the Battle of the Bulge. Andy described it so well that I felt I could hear the sounds of war and got a first look at Belgium. (Jack Van Impe is from there). I felt sorry for the residents that lived there. War doesn't care who it destroys whether human, buildings or turn lives upside down. It made me want to cry and scream at them to stop this horrific goings on.
I haven't had any experience with that but everytime I see a service man or woman I try to thank them for their service and let them know that I appreciate what they do.
My grandfather was a service man for the 2nd world war and the stories he told! Some were hair raising at what he had done. I think this is why he drank so much until his first heartattack. My grandmother said that he quit after that first one. She said that in the years he was drinking was hell on Earth. But she stuck with him and for that I"m forever grateful because it showed me that their faith, determination and love for each other has helped them through these difficult times.
And the stuff he'd brought back from the war! Just wow!! I didn't discover this until after grandma had passed away and no wonder she had them hid and I could see why.
The author has done a fabulous job in keeping my attention with vivid details of certain scenes in the book. His writing is wonderful and I sure loved the story!
The title and trying a new author has captured my attention for this book and I"m sure glad I gave it a try for it was truly fascinating!
I loved that the people were flawed, broken and complex because we can see how it would relate to our own lives! And this one hit the spot for me.
I'm also pretty sure he had to some research as well about the times but then again I"m not sure that this is told from his point of view in life! But either way, well written, wonderful supporting characters and great plot!! A plot that had me up until after midnight to finish.
I will be looking for more from this author and adding him to my list of favorites and believe me, it's a very long list!!
Great job Andy Kutler!! I loved and I will be recommending this book to others!! It has made me understand much much more about the people who enter war and come back with demons or whatever the case may be.
I strongly recommend this book and I hope that you will receive a better understanding like I did and a blessing as well.
P.S. I also learned a few things about baseball along the line too.
My thanks goes to Amy Bruno who had graciously allowed me on this tour and I really love working with her on these wonderful books! She does a great job in recommending books!
NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own.