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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Initiated is a work of dramatic historical fiction penned by author Micki Voisard. Set in the harrowing and fascinating time of the Vietnam War, we see the perspective and world view change for young Maggie Finn from 1968 onwards. From her hippie and free love roots, Maggie’s faith in her fellow man is dashed and she secures her escape as a flight attendant for the soldiers going to and from the war. So begins her induction into the dangerous conflict and her connection to so many survivors who are forever damaged by what they have seen and done. Maggie’s own damage begins to seep through the cracks as the novel continues.
Author Micki Voisard writes with powerful descriptive quality to bring the recent historical past back to life in vivid and almost painful living color. Maggie begins in a tragic situation before her true adventure starts, endearing readers to a young woman with dashed ideals, but without mocking the peaceful life she was trying to live. The reality check comes in hard and harsh with a powerful impact and solid writing that lays bare the facts of the situation, then leaves room to breathe as Maggie takes in the truth of what she’s seeing. The narrative around her perceptions is intelligent and emotive without being overly dramatic, keeping a nice balance for fans of wartime fiction, plus those who want a more in-depth personal drama story. Overall, The Initiated is a highly recommended read for its broad appeal and excellent writing quality.