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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
My Father's Legacies by Fleming J. Allen is a biographical fiction novel, narrated in the first person by the subject's own allegorical son, Zachary Craig. Inspired by the author's own father's unfinished memoir, Zach, a former Army Ranger and war veteran, weaves us through a family history and relationship with his dad, often at odds with each other. Layer by layer, Zach unpeels his father's past along with his own and that of his brother Kyle through a series of entries, conversations, events—most of which literally transformed the world—and actions, pushing forward a fictional story that has all the right blended components to bring the legacy of a man and the shaping of a family to light.
Fleming J. Allen has delivered a deeply personal fictional memoir in My Father's Legacies. The storyline dances between familial relationships, politics, and current and historical events, while taking a reader on an armchair tour of the world. There are moments of genuine insight that can only come from real-life experience, which is where Allen excels in his writing. Zach is a likable guy and an all-around good American narrator, which Allen has created in a lifelike character. The book burns slowly but will still be engrossing to those who enjoy true-to-life fiction and books written by and about veterans, where the delicate balance between fact and fiction feels authentic. I found this book to be an excellent way to fill a long weekend with a strong piece of work.