Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Book Review: Gold in the Coffins

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Book Review: Gold in the Coffins

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Title: Gold in the Coffins

Authors: Dominic Certo, K.S.J and Len Harac, Ph.D

Paperback: 268 pages

Publisher: Harmita Press, 2015

ISBN: 0578155168

Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and in most brick and mortar retailers.

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LEAD CHARACTER DONNIE DEANGELO COMES BACK FROM WAR, STARTS A BUSINESS, GROWS A BUSINESS, SUCCESSFULLY, EXPANDS AND SCALES ONLY TO FIND HIMSELF IN A WORLD THAT YOU CAN SEE TODAY JUST BY TURNING ON YOUR TELEVISION SET.

Strap on your seatbelt as author Dominic Certo takes you on a modern-day swashbuckling wild ride thru the world of intrigue, lies, deceit, robbery, theft and greed. You'll meet people you would never want to be in the same room with. If you're a good person, your sensibilities will be offended by some ugly characters that could only appear... on the front page of respected newspapers like the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

Gold in the Coffins is a work of fiction, maybe.

If you have read those esteemed newspapers and turned sour at some of the unspeakable actions we have seen there, you will want to read this book. The line between fiction and front page news has never been slimmer and it's a nerve wracking, fingernail-biting ride from start to finish.

The definition of a swashbuckler is appropriate here: "A swashbuckler is a heroic archetype in European adventure literature that is typified by the use of a sword and chivalric ideals."

I found both elements in the book. Okay, so there is no old fashioned swashbuckling of swords in the book, but there are some guns and knives and a bit of "so much better than thou" meets re-activated United States Marines on a mission as civilians. I loved this comment about friendship near the beginning of the story; "yes, they'd become friends--but more than friends, They'd grown into a family living for each other. Bound by history and by life, itself, the survivors and fighters had become the embodiment of loyalty to the end--whatever and whenever the end would be."

This should resonate with anyone who has fought to survive, to deal with life's struggles, to deal with what life has thrown our way. The friendships that grow out of time, circumstance and necessity, exist in real life and resonate strongly throughout the book.

In addition to Donnie DeAngelo, you'll meet a widow with young child and a double amputee. There is no way you're going to guess how the book ends and guess what? This book review isn't going to spoil it for you, either.

Speaking of spoils, Gold in the Coffins is where the Spoils of War meet up with the Spoils of Wall Street. Lead character Donnie DeAngelo probably has a lot more in common with the author, real life retired Marine Dominic Certo, than anyone wants to talk about. Donnie did a tour in Nam and so did Dominic. Donnie came home with a lot of what you'd expect if you served in a war zone with the Marines.

Let's talk a minute about The American Dream. Many of us live that dream in real time, with real spouses or partners and sometimes with kids with real challenges. Returning veterans also often find the real American Dream isn't quite ready for people suffering from real PTSD, or homelessness or less abled, less bodied than when they went out to make a difference, to serve and protect.

Serve your country, come home and get a job, start a family and work real hard to build a life and your own business. Here in the USA you can take a business to the level where you attract the attention of Venture Capitalists. Is it likely that you might also attract the attention of organized crime? Not much of a stretch of the imagination when you read about white collar criminal activity in the newspapers. Enron, Watergate, Weapons of Mass Destruction. Where is the line between what we were taught about right and wrong and the rules of equal opportunity as they butt up against the real lives we lead? …

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