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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Amazon Reviewer Recommends American Novel

Title: Beauty Rising
Author: Mark W. Sasse
Genre: Literary Fiction/General Fiction
Publisher: Kindle Direct Publishing
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Review by Richie Morrison: (Amazon Reviewer)

I highly recommend Mark's book Beauty Rising. It is definitely a page-turner that I had a hard time putting down and wanted more when it ended. Mark does an excellent job of creating characters that are real and endearing. He led me through a range of emotions and had me laughing at times from my own memories of Vietnam and being the `fat' foreigner. Anyone who has been to Vietnam will have to chuckle as Mark vividly describes the mannerisms of the Vietnamese people. I especially enjoyed the taxi driver Tan. In the character Tan, Mark really captures the spirit of a majority of Vietnamese people, fun, loving, and always willing to help the `foreigner.'

In addition, Mark addresses many underlying, and darker, issues many Nam vets and their families faced after returning home. Through his novel, I believe people will come away with a deeper understanding of some of the emotional and generational issues that the Vietnam War has caused in America. He also sprinkles in some interesting history that has tied Vietnam and America together long before the Vietnam War began.

Finally, I believe that Mark has written an American novel that captures the flow and feel of a traditional Vietnamese poem or book. Anyone who has read the famous Vietnamese poem `The Tale of Kieu' cannot help but see its influence in Mark's book.


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