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The Searight Saga: This Time Tomorrow, The Unforgiving Sea and The Red Oak Kindle Edition
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The series carries Guy's life forward after war and injury.
Rupert Colley has an intense, deeply insightful way of writing that bares the souls of his characters--and brings them to life to become friends.
Following are my reviews of the books I read:
This Time Tomorrow - I haven't been a reader of historical fiction in the past, but this author piqued my interest and I decided to check out the book - I'm so glad I did! I had a hard time reading the war scenes, but felt it important to do so in order to really get the experience Mr Colley provides here. I particularly liked & empathized with Guy; not so much Jack (though I did more toward the end). I do consider this novel to be well written and I get the sense that Mr Colley is quite a talented author.
The Red Oak - 4 1/2'ish stars, but I rounded up :)
I really liked The Red Oak & I'm glad that I read it. I've also read 2 other books by Mr Colley: This Time Tomorrow (the first in the Searight Saga) & The Sixth Man (a standalone novel). l enjoyed them quite a lot, though I am very sensitive and struggled with the graphic descriptions. In both cases, I totally understood how those segments contributed to the storylines and I thought they were really well-written. I haven't read The Unforgiving Sea (book 2 in the Searight Saga) because, knowing it's the story of Robert becoming the sole survivor of 10 men who get stranded on a lifeboat after the sinking of their ship, I am afraid it will be too graphic for me, but I wish I was able to because I'm sure it would've given me insight and perspective regarding Robert and his relationship with Tom. As it is, without having read Robert's story, I think Mr Colley did a wonderful job writing The Red Oak in a way that I was able to get a sense for Robert & Tom's relationship, and consequently a better understanding of Tom's personality, attitudes, views and emotions.
I've read the term "growler" in reviews of other books & interpreted that to mean that the reader was at first somewhat detached, then partway through the story, they got attached and became engrossed in it. I think that would be a good way to describe my experience with this book: at first, I felt like I was just being told a really good story; then when I was a little way into it, it fully grabbed me and I felt like I knew the characters & was hearing about their lives and their feelings and their realities. In general, I felt like I got to know the family and came to care about the outcomes in their relationships. All-in-all, I believe this novel (and the trilogy on a whole) has a lot of merit; it made me think & feel. And I especially love how this story that began with Guy Searight in the first World War continues through the generations into contemporary times.
I'm looking forward, now, to reading a couple more books by Mr Colley and I'm sure they will not disappoint!