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Reviews of Redeye Fulda Cold (2015)

Review by michael a draper (2015-10-12)
Redeye Fulda Cold - "Right on the mark, this war novel is hot!"
TBR Review - March 2015

Redeye Fulda Cold by Bill Fortin is a different type of war novel. It's reality takes one back to 1969 West Germany. What you will be reading could very well have happened in the Cold War at the border between the opposing forces of East and West This is a great novel; it's an important part of our military history.

Rick Fontain, the main character, is working for Bell Systems in the USA when he is drafted. During the induction period he has to take an aptitude test. The test results change the path of his life forever. He is encouraged to become an officer but the extra time, in addition to his two years, is a no go for Rick. He opts for training on the Redeye, the first ever hand held surface to air missile system for the infantry. What Rick doesn't know is that he is being watched from afar. His progress is being scrutinized and he is being tested.

The style of the author, Fortin is written in the first person. We travel with Bill on a journey that follows the army life of Rick though short snippets of his, at times, humorous journey. The style of headers detailing where and when things were taking place are unique and are provided to entice the reader to find out what would happen next to Rick and where.

His journey from boot camp continues when he is stationed near the Fulda Gap. Not a well known place, but its importance to the free world was a post that safeguarded Europe during those tense 30 plus years.

Rick and his team would become one of the greatest deterrents to an invasion from Mother Russia. Fortin brings all the key elements together to make a fabulous story: mystery; intrigue; love; suspense; bravery and reality. It is a snap shot in history back to when the world was at the brink. Redeye Fulda Cold is a historical expression of our military tradition. The story ends leaving the reader wanting to see a sequel novel to find out where Rick goes next.

(This review refers to the expression titled “Redeye Fulda Cold”.)

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