Abomination by E.E. Borton

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Borton’s book, Abomination was fun to read.  The story is about a group of Marines that volunteered to participate in gene therapy experiments.  The goal was to create warriors with enhanced strength, eyesight, and hearing.

Unfortunately, something went wrong in the lab and the Marines experienced physical changes that left them with an extreme desire to consume blood.

The scientific explanations didn’t make much sense, but it fit well within the story line.  The characters were interesting and well developed.  Also, there were numiouers twists within the story that kept me interested.

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

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Erich Maria Remarque did an excellent job of capturing the horrors of war in, All Quiet on the Western Front.  The language used by the author is descriptive and graphic.

The author also portrayed how Post Traumatic Stress (known as shell shock at the time) effected the main character.  While on leave, he was unable to connect with his family, exhibited signs of depersonalization, was depressed, and dealt with feelings of rage.

Reading the book was an eye-opening experience and I would recommend it.

 

Yellow Bluff Fort – Historic State Park

Thursday morning, Malia and I were ready hours before our scheduled time to board the ship, so we decided to do a little more exploring.

We went to Yellow Bluff Fort, which is a historic state park in Jacksonville, Florida.  The park is dedicated to the Confederate soldiers that fought and died trying to maintain control of Jacksonville.

The Union forces were able to seize control of Yellow Bluff, which was an encampment and not an actual fort.  This allowed the Union Military to access the ports in the area around Yellow Bluff and was an essential part of successfully take control of Florida.

The Life and Legend of Chris Kyle by Michael Mooney

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Chris Kyle has been a polarizing individual in popular and social media.  Some have glamorized and idealized him.  While others have reviled and vilified him.

I respect Chris Kyle, because he was willing to risk his own life in order to protect our country.  I respect him for being a Navy Seal.  I also respect his ability to compartmentalize his military job and his civilian life, which allowed him to function and succeed on the battlefield, in the civilian workforce, and as a family man.

We live in a world that requires people like Chris Kyle to protect us from those who want to do us harm.  I wish we could find another way, but it’s not always possible.  We live in a world that needs people like Chris Kyle and I respect him for filling that need.

I enjoyed reading the biography of Chris Kyle.  He was an American hero and his life story is inspirational.

 

 

Alabama War Museum

The Alabama War Museum is located in Madison, Alabama.  The museum is small; however, it has an impressive variety of artifacts and historical items.  They have rotating exhibits that change several times a year, so each visit is an adventure.  Also, the gift shop is amazing and full of unique items.