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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
The Jackson MacKenzie Chronicles: In the Eye of the Storm by Angel Giacomo is the story of a man who served his country his whole life, but he only got betrayal in the end. Lt. Colonel Jackson Joseph MacKenzie is a man of honor, a man who has served his country with pride and was ready to do whatever it takes to protect it. Fighting and never stopping was the only thing he knew, even when he was broken and destroyed after the Vietnam War. However, his spirit remained intact and he still got up and fought some more. However, his breaking point came when he was sent on a secret mission along with his men and his country betrayed him. Now incarcerated, he doesn’t only have to fight off the nightmares of prison life, but also the nightmares in his mind. He feels devastated and he knows that giving up would be just too easy. But he is a fighter, a man who never stopped even when he was being tortured. This is his biggest battle; he just has to find the will to keep fighting on.
This was a heavy and emotional novel to read. Many times, we take our soldiers for granted, believing they will protect us, but forgetting the fact that they are human as well. Reading about Jackson and his rapid decline and then his fight for survival was a very dramatic experience for me. His development was a strange one; he started from the top, fell to the bottom and then literally crawled his way back up to the top. I enjoyed how real he was, how intense and unfiltered. To say that I just enjoyed this novel was an understatement. Intense, raw and very emotional entertainment.