Wednesday, October 5, 2011

MICKEY 6 by John Koelsch

Title: Mickey 6
Author: John Koelsch
Publisher: Milspeak Books
Format: eARC
Source: Author
To Purchase: Smashwords 

Description: This war novel's characters, torn between duty and personal ethos, tread deeply into the circumstances that force payment of an eternal price from the souls and minds of those who serve, and from those who lead, as they fight for their country. Themes as applicable to the 21st Century warrior as to warriors from all eras, MICKEY 6 chronicles the struggles of leadership in war.

Review: Mickey 6 by John Koelsch enlists the reader into 'Nam through the powerful story of one platoon leader attempting to do his duty to his country but most of all to his men.

In this Mickey Mouse war, Mickey uses his smarts and sarcasm to survive Vietnam. He settles into his duty and makes a goal to do two things: follow the military's plans to win the war and make sure not to let the military's stupidity kill his men. As he and his platoon trudge through rivers, up hills, and through the vibrant flora, they discover that their worst enemy may not be Charlie (Vietcong).

Although Mickey 6 is a fictionalize account of the Vietnam War, it sometimes reads like a memoir. Mickey is likeable. His Problem Solving Central (P.S.C.) is a genius. Koelsch brilliantly uses sarcasm and humorous moments—a bit reminiscent of MASH—to lighten the levity of war. This novel takes the reader to Vietnam with very intense moments. I could feel the terrible conditions: heat and bugs. The soldiers have a constant alertness about them in order to live another day. Koelsch shows the tedium of the march, the unpredictability of the enemy, the clash between soldiers and their leaders. Mickey 6 may be fictionalize, but this novel brings the reality of Vietnam home and makes it relatable to the reader.  

War is not an easy thing to read, but John Koelsch's Mickey 6 invokes an understanding of the wages of war. I went into this book enjoying Mickey's sarcasm and wit and left with deeper respect for those soldiers.