Bringing Back the Dead

Joe Domenici, Author . St. Martin's/Dunne $24.95 (229p) ISBN 978-0-312-38046-5

Rambo fans may enjoy Domenici's debut, a workmanlike thriller about a stateside rescue and recovery mission. More than three decades after Capt. Fred Custer was paralyzed by a bullet in Vietnam in 1973, he recruits Ted Hickman, once a sergeant in Custer's Special Forces unit, to find Larry Yoder, a third member of the unit who's disappeared. After Vietnam, Yoder became a minister and revived a failing Southern Baptist church in Belle Glade, Fla., which had been run for years as a private fiefdom by the powerful and corrupt Cole family, who oppose Yoder's efforts to help the poor migrant workers in the local sugarcane fields. When Hickman suffers a concussion and a serious stab wound in the course of his quest, he retreats until Custer can mobilize more of the old crew to launch a full-scale assault on the Coles, who may have had a hand in Yoder's disappearance. Readers should be prepared for stock action sequences and martial sentiments (“As such men are apt to do, they talked of battles won and lost”). (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 07/14/2008
Release date: 09/01/2008
Genre: Fiction
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