Thursday, June 30, 2016
Book Nook: The Final Service
The Final Service is a new book by author Gary W. Moore, which is being made into a major motion picture scheduled to go into production later this year. I recently had to review this book, which looks at the relationship between a daughter and her veteran father.
As a veteran became older and less attentive, along with drinking problems and several failed attempts at success, his daughter becomes angry and bitter. He dies of cancer, and instead of sorrow, she's resentful that she needs to empty the storage barn of everything he left. This is too much for her to bear, and her emotions enter a downward spiral that almost lead to suicide. However, a young man shows up to help her, talking and providing insights on her father and the relationship he had with his daughter, helping her love him and realize that his actions were the result of PTSD.
The book handles a sensitive issue like PTSD with care, fleshing out the characters enough to make the book believable but leaving them generic enough that many people in a similar situation can relate. It encourages people to forgive family members, to realize that struggles have a purpose, and to see that we may not understand everything while we're going through it.
About the Author:
Gary W. Moore is a motivational speaker, entrepreneur, executive businessman, and musician. He is the author of Playing with the Enemy (Savas Beatie, 2006), the story of his father's life in baseball and World War II, and Hey Buddy: In Pursuit of Buddy Holly, My New Buddy John, and My Lost Decade of Music (Savas Beatie, 2011).
Gary and his wife, Arlene, live in Bourbonnais, IL.