I loved this book!
Matthew Perry is a wonderful storyteller, but the book is much more than a story. The book is a tribute to the many heroes like Master Sergeant Perry who quietly make the the world a better place whether they are on a Pacific island or in a small town in West Virginia. It is also a story of fathers and sons and provides role models (both Matt and the Master Sergeant) for those of us who are both. A lot has been written lately about the people of Appalachia.
To me in this book, Matt Perry presents a more realistic view of the people who live here.
This book was released on 12/7 - a date that lives in infamy and the perfect date to release this compelling story of a foot soldier in two of America's wars. There are not many accounts of enlisted soldiers in WWII and Korea but this one is and it briefly describes the horrors of those wars, particularly the war in the Pacific.
The writing is excellent, concise and easy to read. And it is a quick read that explores the aftermath of those two earth-shattering events on Sgt. Perry's life. It explores how those experiences related to how Sgt. Perry viewed the world and his interactions with his son and grandson (as well as the grandson's teenage friends).
The conversations between Sgt. Perry and his son are priceless.
Buy the book.
Having only met the Master Sergeant through Matt Perry’s MS Facebook posts, I was delighted to escape into a small fraction of the Master Sergeant’s world and how his life inspired my great friend to be the father and man he is today.
This book is so much more than a couple stories. Rather, this book shows the legacy of the MS, his impact on his son and grandson, and his effortless love of protecting and defending this country against all odds. Oftentimes the greatest ally you have is the one who is silently rooting and fighting for you in the corner and the MS would be someone I would want in my corner.
I laughed a lot; I cried a lot. But mostly, I related to a lot.
If you want a down to earth good read, I 100% recommend you get this book. I read it in one sitting because I couldn't stop reading.
This book is a sometimes funny, and sometimes bittersweet, sometimes hard to read, but at all times it is a raw story of a father who loved God, country, and his family;
Being a man, a father, and a mentor is what this book is about. It is about beautiful lessons of love, life, war, and death…. This is a touching book that I highly recommend. Every father and every son would get illumination from this book.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book by Matthew Perry regarding his wonderfully curmudgeonly dad, The Master Sergeant. I laughed a few times, and I cried a few times.
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