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 Review: A Myth in Action:The Heroic Life of Audie Murphy

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Victor D. Lopez
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I've just posted the following review for Ann's A Myth in Action on Amazon and Shelfari (5 star). It is really a terrific read.

This is a thoughtful, well documented study of America's most decorated war hero that recounts his life from its humble beginnings, through his WWII action and beyond. It is a story of a humble, unassuming man who rose above poverty to become the living personification of the mythical hero. Ann Levingston Joiner has written a well documented study that blends historical fact with analysis of his role as a living archetype. This is not a fluff piece, nor is it a complicated scholarly book on myth and archetypes and their interplay with the hero's life that would only interest students in a college course on Myth and Archetypes. Fans of Audie Murphy may not find much new here as to the historical record, but those of us who have not read widely about this hero's incredible journey throughout life--not just the exploits of war--will be enlightened and engaged by this narrative and its unique focus. At a time when we ascribe the words hero and heroic to describe the most pedestrian, banal acts, this book will help remind us of the true meaning of the word and how rarely in can accurately be applied in fact rather than fiction. Those looking for a glorification of war, newly discovered information about Audie Murphy or a hyperbolic, fawning retelling of this singular hero's life may be disappointed. I, for one, was awed and inspired by this well documented book and still would have been if the words "myth and archetype" did not immediately bring Carl Jung to mind. Highly recommended.
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Great review, Victor.

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I agree.  It would bring readers to the book.
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PostSubject: Re: Review: A Myth in Action:The Heroic Life of Audie Murphy   Review: A Myth in Action:The Heroic Life of Audie Murphy EmptyMon Aug 12, 2013 12:48 pm

Thank you, Victor. What a well-written and straightforward review. I appreciate very much.
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My pleasure Ann. And thanks to Shelagh and DK for the kind words as well. A Myth in Action speaks for itself.
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Victor, if I hadn't already read the book, I would read it based on your review.  Well done.
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Victor, 

You ought to be a book promoter. You did a great review of an excellent book,
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alice wrote:
Victor, 

You ought to be a book promoter.
 I agree.  You do an excellent job, not just on this book, but on other reviews I have read as well.

Annie
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Another person who does great reviews is S. Brayton (slb).  I'm not always with his karate belt ratings system; but his reviews are thorough.  Has anyone here had a review by him?  Not at all to take away from Victor's excellent review.  Just to point out that talent abounds in this forum.
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If you want some interesting reading, go to the submissions for Harlequin and what they suggest for the different levels of sexual content they are seeking.  My little Ghost Orchid has a couple bits of sexual content, but it's not enough "fire" level for their publications.

 The sexual content of Ghost Orchid is so tame that I seldom warn about it but rather indicate it's a book for mature youth and adults.  The youth see more on soap operas and prime time television than anything I write!  However, one reviewer did complain about the sex seen as unnecessary.  It was actually very necessary.
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Don't worry. Not much sex on the WWII front lines. Review: A Myth in Action:The Heroic Life of Audie Murphy 594595
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