READING WITH THE AUTHORS: Review of Lay Down My Sword and Shield

Good morning to all.
This morning I want to talk to you about Lay Down my Sword and Shield.
This book is so much more than its description.
This time I do not believe that it is the fault of the synopsis writer, or any type of lack of information.
I just don’t think you could possibly capture in a book description what this book entails.
I’ll give you the info and then more of my thoughts. Then you can download and read this book and decide for yourself.

Lay down my sword and shield DB76841
Burke, James Lee. Reading time: 8 hours, 40 minutes.
Read by Gregory Gorton.

Mystery and Detective Stories
Political Fiction

Texas attorney and former POW Hackberry Holland interrupts his congressional campaign to help a fellow Korean War vet who was convicted in a farm labor-union case. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1971.
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First, if you go on what the description says, and you do not like Political Fiction you’ll miss out.
Author James Lee Burke has woven together a tale of politics, corruption, suspense, drama, mystery, and romance to tell a story of what happens when two worlds collide.
Never have I read such a gripping story.
From sentence one you’re drawn in. Even as we see the history of the Holland family unfold before us we know that what comes next is going to be like nothing we’ve ever read.
Then, when we open the first scene with Hack himself we are again assured of a tale that is guaranteed to keep us reading page after page without desire for sleep, food, or any other interruption.
We are thrust into a world of corruption which makes us sick to our stomach with the knowledge that people in our “Great Country” could allow such.
We see a man who has every luxury step into a world of poverty with unflinching force and character tinged with guilt that he is who he is and those he is helping are who they are.
We watch as he faces his own demons and comes to the realization that he doesn’t have to keep them locked inside, and that if he allows it he can truly love.
We see that he is sickened by the world from which he comes and that he desires to change.
We watch as he walks away from a life of great power and wealth that could be his forever if only he turns a blind eye to dishonesty and corruption.
And we cheer him on as he stands up to bullying police, and politicians.
If you read you’ll feel his desire as he begins to learn what true love and physical want is, and you’ll know his shame as the reality of who he is and from where he comes is revealed.
I’m not doing this book justice. All I can add here is that if you forgo this book because it is listed as Political Fiction and nothing more then you’re missing a life changing book.
One added thought, before someone corrects me and says that it is also listed as Detective and Mystery Stories I just have to say that yes, it does but the description itself really doesn’t allude to that and I almost passed it by because of that fact.
As I finished it and read Hack’s concluding thoughts about his past and the fact that he did not have to give it power I came to some realizations of my own.
I can’t encourage you strongly enough to read this book.
The narration was most excellent, and I give this book double thumbs up and five stars.
Thanks for reading, and blessid be.

Patty L. Fletcher
Self-Published author and Owner of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing
Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

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