This is a captivating story about the power of family love, loss, sacrifice, and survival. The author does an amazing job of getting into the hearts and minds of the characters and a lot of drama unfolds.
One negative comment: After the prologue, which grabbed me, I struggled with this book early on for several chapters, almost giving up - too much information. But, I'm glad I continued on - I eventually became engaged in the storyline as the chapters really started to flow with many twists and turns and a myriad of obstacles to overcome. There were splashes of humor spread throughout and I especially loved the father-son relationship between Neil and Chris - very touching.
The last several chapters and the ending were my favorite part of the book. The chapters were written beautifully with poignancy that will absolutely touch your heart and an ending filled with new beginnings.
This is a wonderful debut novel by Jon Harrison and I'll be watching for future books by him. My rating is 3.5 stars.