Saturday, December 10, 2011
Book Review - The Traiteur's Ring
Jeffrey Wilson, a vascular and trauma surgeon, was deployed multiple times supporting the Navy SEALs as a combat surgeon. Although he left active duty in late 2007, he remains an active reserve member. Still assigned to the SEALs, Wilson runs a training program for SEAL medics.
“Some people consider the SEALs heroes,” Wilson admits, “and I would completely agree. But you always wish you could do more. Given the tremendous opportunity to serve my country in the company of such heroes, I constantly found myself wishing I had the powers of a super hero. Who hasn’t fantasized they could heal with the power of a touch, save every life, and rescue every child? I wish I had the ability to ensure the good guys would always win.
Since that’s not possible in real life, Wilson penned a novel, The Traiteur’s Ring, and let his protagonist live out an alternate reality. In Wilson’s book, Americans confront terrorism; injured soldiers regain their health; sacrifice is rewarded; flashbacks and terrifying childhood memories serve the greater good; ancient (and infallible) wisdom is available to true seekers; and emotional connection binds people together for an eternity. Wilson’s book is currently available for review and a giveaway. Please let me know if you’d like additional information. Thank you for your time and consideration.
About the Author
Jeffrey Wilson, the son of a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who later joined Pan Am as a pilot, spent much of his childhood in Berlin, Germany at the height of the Cold War (1970 - 1975). He has worked as a musician (fife and drum corp) and actor; a firefighter/paramedic; and pilot and flight instructor. That was before he completed his residency in general Surgery and rejoined the Navy. He was a featured physician while the chief resident on trauma in an episode of "Trauma: Life and Death in the ER" on The Learning Channel during this time.
Wilson did a Fellowship in Vascular Surgery at USF from 2002-2004. He reported for duty as a Vascular Surgeon to Portsmouth Naval Medical Center in July 2004. There he was the Director of Vascular Surgery research and director of the Non-invasive vascular Lab. In January 2005, he deployed as a Combat surgeon assigned to a FRSS team (the so-called "Devil Docs" who set up battle field surgical support with the Marines). They were in the Al Anbar province of Iraq for 6 months.
Upon his return, he was recruited by Naval Special Warfare to provide surgical support as a combat surgeon with the Navy SEALs. He left active duty in Late 2007 but remains in the reserves, still assigned to the SEALs where he runs a training program for SEAL medics. He works as a Vascular Surgeon at the VA and as a Trauma Surgeon at Tampa General Hospital with the University of South Florida.
THE TRAITEUR'S RING is his first published novel, and is part of a three-book contract with his publisher. THE DONORS is due out next summer and FADE TO BLACK the following year. He is currently working on his fourth book.
My Take on the Book
I enjoy books that are fast paced and hold a lot of action that moves the book along and this book truly lived up to this! I knew that I was going to be reading some military fiction here, but was also surprised to find that the book had hints of fantasy and horror mixed in which was fun to see and read. What I think I like most about the story was the characters. The author has done a great job at bringing together characters that are real and make you want to get to know them better and to understand their motivations and see and experience the emotions that they are feeling within the plot of the story itself. The book has much suspense and it will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end!
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