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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
I’m sixty years old. I was a kid during the turbulent ’60s. I graduated from high school in 1976. I missed the Vietnam draft by about a year. So, I lived through the times described by John Hansen in The War Comes Home. Never have I seen those times portrayed so vividly from a perspective that seemed so authentic. The writing is excellent and the perspective is so authentic that although I didn't always agree with that perspective, I never doubted for a moment that it was authentic and that many Americans felt exactly like Roger Hitchcock. They were confusing times, a time of great political and socio-economic changes. It is no wonder that we don’t all see them the same way even today. But it is a good thing to revisit them in books like The War Comes Home by John Hansen.
There are several outstanding components to The War Comes Home. First, the protagonist, Roger Hitchcock. He is the kind of hero we all want our policemen to be. He has an instinct for danger, a sixth sense that he has learned to listen to and respect in the jungles of Vietnam. This talent serves him well in the profession he has chosen. It saves his life and many others throughout the story. But it is not just Roger Hitchcock that is special in The War Comes Home. The writing takes the story to another level. I have never been to Washington State, but I feel I know the area intimately now. Never have I read a blue-collar area of an American middle-sized city described so well as the Eastgate district is described here. Never has small-town policing been described in such a manner as to make you know exactly what the police and citizens go through. Everyone should do themselves a favor and read this book.