The Jackson MacKenzie Chronicles

In the Eye of the Storm

Fiction - Military
278 Pages
Reviewed on 09/30/2020
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Author Biography

I'm many things. And had many different careers. My life has been a learning experience for over 50 years. I have been a bomb dog handler. Lackland AFB is not a place I think of fondly, but I loved my dog. He was smart, too smart. I have loaded cargo planes on the cargo ramp. Sat at a computer entering data. Washed dishes at a restaurant and sacked groceries.

I have attended FEMA classes in Terrorism, Suicide bombers and Nuclear/Biological. I have handled explosives, shot different weapons, from the M1 Garand to the AR-1 and many different pistols.

I am a college graduate with a BA in Political Science and History. History buff on WWII. The P-51 Mustang and F4U Corsair are my favorite planes of WWII. Many people in my family have served. My father, step-father, step-brother, two great uncles and many, many friends.

I am a musician. That was my life for many years. I lived to play music. I also like to do DIY in my house, learning as I go.

I love to travel. Been to Italy. My favorite place there. Pompeii. That is an incredible place. Eerie and exciting at the same time in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. I love to visit Navy ships. Especially battleships. The Alabama, Wisconsin, Iowa and Missouri. And of course, Pearl Harbor.

My experience is across a wide range of things. A jack of many trades and master of none. Or maybe a few.

    Book Review

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.

M. A. Matthews

5.0 out of 5 stars

A good read.
Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2020
I don't usually read war stories. I purchased this book because the author is kin to a friend of mine.
I was pleasantly pleased from the beginning. The story grabbed my interest and moved along quickly, introducing characters as they came into play. Showed the hardship of war, the loyalty of comrades and the strength of family.
A good read!
Posted by M. A. Matthews

Eli Britt

Duty, Honor, Country
Reviewed in Italy on June 27, 2020
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This is one of those Books that make the "Difference". If you are passionate about War and History, "The Jackson MacKenzie Chronicles" will surely catch your attention ...
Among the pages of this Book, you will find much more than you expect ....

War in Vietnam. Duty, Honor, Country. Through these words, I managed to immerse myself in reading this Book. The story of a man, deeply wounded in the soul, with a past difficult to forget, to overcome, it is not "only" the hard life at the forefront of the Special Force, made of Blood and Death, but something terrible and dark , which marked him deeply, forever.

We perceive ties that tighten between the Soldiers, away from home, under Army, the Team becomes the Family, the Friends become Brothers, forever. This is one of those Books that you can "touch" with your hand, the reading is so fluent and engaging, that you have the feeling of being present, while the story unfolds before our eyes.

They are extremely intense chapters to read, exciting, because the mood is transferred to us, many themes are addressed, and they are so current despite the story unfolding in the past, many "ropes" are touched, you can feel a strong empathy for the protagonist.

Jackson McKenzie's Life is continually put to the test, betrayal, anger, pain, and in certain moments darkness... he will have to fight with his worst enemy: himself.

Along his way this man will meet ... a wild spirit, which will penetrate his interior.
A strong, powerful and wonderful creature who manages to change something within him, "A Special Contact" through unconditional trust and great mutual respect and ...excursions, in the rugged wild nature, in the heart of the mountains. A Great Friendship is born.

If like me you love the Historical Conflict in Vietnam, the Honor, the Duty for your Country, the true and only American Patriotism, Justice, Truth, Friendship, all intertwined with the Life of a Man, who tries to fight the his "demons", and to get out of them; I recommend reading. Will this man be able to regain his strength and have the courage to come out of the darkness? This is the book for you.
Personally I think that if a writer manages to hit you "inside" and reach the heart of the reader and leave a "trace", it means that he do his job very well. It was like that for me.
When you start reading, you will no longer be able to stop ...
I have already obtained my copy ... A reading absolutely, not to be missed.

Sally Berneathy

Meet Lt. Colonel Jackson MacKenzie, a man to whom honor is everything. He served his country and became a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Before he can recover from the mental and physical scars of that experience, his country betrays him even as they ask more from him.
In the Eye of the Storm is a spell-binding account of Jackson MacKenzie’s war experiences as well as his emotional journey dealing with those experiences. The action scenes had me turning pages as fast as I could, heart racing, to find out what happened next. Some of the emotional experiences brought actual tears to my eyes. The author takes the reader through tension, emotion, and, ultimately, joy with a few laughs thrown in to ease the tension.
I look forward to reading more from this talented author.

Ray Simmons

Reviewed By Ray Simmons for Readers’ Favorite

I had a deep affinity for the protagonist of The Jackson MacKenzie Chronicles: In the Eye of the Storm. He is a hero in the strongest American tradition of what that word means. He served in the same Army that I served in, though at a different time and place. Jacqueline A. Giacomo does a great job portraying this character. I like and admire him. I think you will too. I’m betting that if you are interested enough to be reading this review, you will like this book as much as I did. It goes deep into the mind of an American soldier. A soldier whose father and mother were both distinguished soldiers. I have only met a few soldiers like that, but most of them have been extraordinary men. If you like that kind of story, get ready for a great read!

As for the elements that stand out for me in this novel, first, I have to say characters. I like reading about soldiers. I really love it when the characters remind me of real soldiers that I have met and served with. Lt. Colonel Jackson Joseph MacKenzie is such a character. I liked him and, even more, I admired him. The setting for this story changes from actual battlefields to more symbolic battlefields and all are written well. The plot is very realistic and, sadly, is quite a common one for modern American heroes and veterans. But few of them will have their story told as well as Angel Giacomo tells this one.

Igor Tinagli

I just finished reading "In the Eye of the storm"
This is my thought:
In general, I liked the book. I know well the syndrome that the protagonist suffers, from because unfortunately I have heard about it and too often those who suffer from it are left alone to fight their "freaks". In fact, I appreciated how in the unfolding of the story he is never left alone, but supported and understood by those around him. Regarding this, the figure of Bandit is very nice in this sense, he embodies the strength and commitment that JJ to get out of that "bad situation" in which life had dragged him. I had a little difficulty in understanding the names of the equipment and some military terms, not having a great preparation in the American military, being Italian did not help me, but I managed to find answers, however, that allowed me to understand how the author meticulously documented every detail, weapon or device mentioned. Inside the book, there is Friendship, Family, Spirit of Corps, and Sense of Duty... things that unfortunately are often forgotten, especially these days, but here they find themselves tied and harmonized properly. Something very important: reading this book allowed me to understand some aspects of my wife and all the references she makes every day, having read this Book much before me. Congratulations to the Author for the good work, that speaks of a story that none of us should ever forget...