“The book brings the details of covert operations right to you. The sweat of the jungle and heat of battle jump out at you. Any similarity to the Contra Scandal of the 1980's is purely coincidental.” James Dunn, Author January 16, 2019 For more information on his book -www.albanyoconnell.com
"...a fictionalized account based on true facts of a 1933 event."
Synopsis: Insurgency forces build against the Sandinista Government of Nicaragua. The story opens in Tegucigalpa during Contra War in 1985. A covert airdrop malfunction leaves C-123 Loadmaster in Sandinista territory. Troop supply by air delivery the next phase in this operation. Agency Operations Manager uses all available resources in locating...setting scenes of interaction between unlikely partners. Opposition forces appear as foreign ideologues and members within the U. S. Administration they serve. A little-used document is constructed to reset international and regional diplomacy. The downed American flyer - and other human assets - become pawns in a war of ideology. Some characters find themselves imprisoned within the ideology they serve. Personalities fall and rise. Knights surface in seeking to serve the White House. Others fall as a normal course by their purging. Quote: "In honor or disgrace, the death of my adversary is with me forever."
Calling all history buffs and army veterans. This book is right up your alley. It isn't typically the type of book I enjoy but I made my way through it and liked how it turned out. There was a lot of technical army terminology that I didn't understand at times but I bet an army vet/history buff that enjoys planes would love to read this.
There are multiple characters that develop as the story unfolds. I'm not sure who the main character was because it keeps switching scenes between Lester Russell and Tom McKay (so I guess these two are the main characters).
The one critique I have is that the author tends to write in fragmented sentences. For example, "The plane was ready for take-off. Standard issue bolt wings. Landing strip ready for take-off" (this is just an example that I made up). I feel like some of these sentences could have been put together to form one descriptive sentence but that is just my personal opinion on the matter. I guess it is better than run on sentences :P. Also, there were quite a few spelling mistakes that bugged my inner grammar nazi and I had to move past it.
The book was mainly set in Nicaragua which was so cool because I have been to Nicaragua on a missions trip and it helped me picture the scenes in my head as if I was there. Managua is the capital of Nicaragua and there are multiple scenes in Managua. When I was in Managua, our bus driver ran through all the traffic lights because they said that if they stopped, we would be robbed. Nicaragua was a very hot place with really beautiful landscapes. It is rare that a book is set here so this was definitely a plus for me.
If you get a chance, reach out to the author! He is a very nice welcoming person and I'm sure you would have a great conversation with him.
Book Rating: 3.5/5
This reader was given a limited edition printed copy of Constable Outreach 35. No time limit was specified for the completion of his reading. (Other copies were placed with Beta Readers personally throughout the country; and, only with the expectation that they read, providing honest comments.) A questionnaire was mailed months after book placement. Some returned the questionnaire. Some gave verbal input. Other said nothing. This focus is on one Beta Reader:
How long did you take to read it? "...Approximately one month. The style was easy to follow."
Which characters intrigued you? "Juanita and Jaime...(Mother and Son)"
What giveaways suggested do you recommend? "All three: Missing chapter...Research material to build scenes...Character Studies."
Comments? "...Longitude and Latitude given at each chapter heading, could be replaced with area outlines indicating new/continuing action....Write another....
The same parameters apply to those stated above. However, he went to specifics relating to airdrop portion of the story.
“…I am almost halfway thru Constable Outreach 35: (16Jan19)
· I really like the juxtaposition of a new mission starting and the station/operation closing on Page 72. It adds interest, mystery and tension;
· Also, it was very clever that the LM (Lester) did not bail out, but was ejected; and,
· The pilots CYA by not revealing the "technique only" procedure;
· I foresee that said omission will have multiple consequences (Pg. 96).
Looking forward to my next opportunity to read at length.”
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