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Reviewed by Steven Robson for Readers' Favorite
The Adventures of an Air Force Medic by Dave Ives is a fictional account of a critical period in the life of Sean Mitchell, a young man looking for his future in uncertain waters during the early 1980s. Being a man of exceptional motivation, Sean throws his hat into the ring and enlists in the Air Force, entering via the fast-tracked open general category, which placed his immediate future in the hands of others. When assigned as an entry-level Medic at Mather Air Force Base, Sean knows he has to do whatever he can to move into a different field; somewhere removed from the bedpan perception carried by his current predicament. This is the story of Sean’s time at Mather, where he proves to himself and those he works with that he not only excels at what he does but he also comes to terms with the culture and essence of a Medical Unit, gaining unexpected respect for the service to which he belongs.
Dave Ives’ The Adventures of an Air Force Medic is an easy to read chronicle told in a laid-back style, that lets you get right into the Medical Unit with Sean and share his experiences as they unfold. I found many interesting subplots within, which at times provided a stark glimpse of the incredible diversity of emotions in play when dealing with patients, relationships, dormitory life, and the pressures of life or death situations, which came along all too frequently. The characters were all unique and evoked levels of empathy that mirrored their personalities. I found the relationship between Sean and Arlene particularly interesting and was quite surprised by the outcome. All told, this is an interesting and endearing exploration of the human condition, viewed at its best in an adverse environment dictated by its very nature.