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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Mead's Trek by Dr. Tom Gauthier is a powerful historical military drama set in 1943. Marine Corps Major Amos Mead is a dynamic main character; a lawyer by profession who finds himself chosen by the president (FDR) to ascertain the details of operations of intelligence involving the China/Burma/India Theater of Operations in Southeast Asia. In addition, he is to investigate whether Vice President Wallace is conspiring with the Vietnamese Communists to secure an alliance after the war. He and his team are confronted with life and death events on their way to carry out their mission. It all turns into a trek for survival in the enemy's jungle, pushing physical and psychological limits. Brace yourself.
This being the 3rd edition of the novel, you will find the author's writing to be strong and evocative; fresh and immediate. As you read through the chapters, you find yourself drawn to Mead's character and his situations. You understand that he is a highly capable individual, with so many strengths and talents, yet he finds himself up against formidable circumstances that make you the reader wonder how you would do if you were in his shoes. Mead redefines what it means to be a hero. I love Gauthier's confident tone, his historical knowledge, the romantic interest, fine details, and the entertaining way he executes his story. He really brings history to life. The action is well-paced, and the curveballs will have you turning pages. Mead's Trek by award-winning Dr. Tom Gauthier is a visceral war drama you won't soon forget.