Rating: 5 of 5 stars, TMBOA Recommended!
Author: Edward C. Patterson
Format: Kindle, Paperback
Traveling to his unit in post war Germany, Quincy Summerson finds the locals, their heritage, language, architecture, and culture fascinating. They too, find him of great interest given the unique birthmark displayed prominently on his cheek which legend portends it to be a harbinger for both great evil and good. Quincy’s journey takes him further and further into heart of Bavaria as visions begin to plague him. As they increase in frequency and violence Quincy learns he has been called not just to serve the United States but an even higher purpose.
Readers may be initially turned off by the title of Patterson’s latest work. But I must say, this was one of my favorites from him. Patterson takes his expert prose and characterization skills and infuses them into an intriguing setting of a young man stationed in Germany during the height of the cold war with an eclectic group of roommates where everyone prays to avoid reassignment to Vietnam—except for one man. Sprinkle in some fantasy elements and Patterson has created a genre I’ve not previously experienced but very much enjoyed.
The plot is very tight and the storyline moves. If you already are a Patterson fan, I think you will definitely enjoy The Road to Grafenwohr. If you’ve never read him and you are looking for something different, give this one a try – you won’t be disappointed.