Batt is just plain fun to read. His sentences (and characters) ooze sarcasm and charm at the same time. His use of combining certain phrases and wording create a lively flow of rambling and buoyant narrative that grabs from page one. Take a dash of Batt's word art and a pinch of a good story and you have a fine recipe to settle in with for a while.
I have always admired John F. Kennedy. After having him come to life in the pages of this novel and reading about his time at sea, performing continued acts of heroism, I not only admire him, but I like him and want to hang out at a BBQ with him.
This novel isn't just about how likable and wonderful JFK was. It has the complete package to keep you going. Intrigue, possible spies, strong women, WWII and it's heroes. Newspaper reporters, Hoover and his antics (seriously, there are antics...), Hollywood stars, backstabbing, and any number of other fascinating events to keep you hanging on to the pages.
This is a book filled with action and events, nary dry page to be found. A great novel to lose yourself in for a while.
Oh, and if you ever meet Batt in real life, I'm pretty sure Sam is him. ;)
Yellow Dog Press
May 15, 2015
In the spring of 1942 the nation is at
war. A young ensign is in trouble. He’s in Naval Intelligence and he’s
been banished to a small southern base because of a scandalous affair
with a suspected spy that has drawn the attention of the F.B.I. and the
White House. She is a beautiful Dane who once knew Hitler. He is the son
of an ousted ambassador. Jack Kennedy is caught between love, and a
Kennedy struggles between the conflicts
of his affair and his drive to join the war in combat. Young, smitten,
sick and sidelined he watches while his friends take the path to glory
and his father conspires to keep him safe. Young Jack works his own
schemes and lands in the South Pacific.
Based on the true story, Affair &
Honor reprises one of the most incredible tales of battle, destruction
and survival in World War Two. It also brings to a new audience the
story of a young man, who risked life and fortune, to fight for his crew
and his country.
Two Kennedy brothers went to war. Only one survived to become President of the United States.