The Gap: Fort Indiantown by John Witherow

The Gap: Fort Indiantown by John Witherow
Published by Pentian on March 15, 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction, War, War Against Drugs Fiction
Pages: 518
Format: Kindle, Paperback
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The Gap: Fort Indiantown by John Witherow


To fly.

A childhood fantasy fulfilled, a lifelong goal accomplished.

Fresh from rotary-wing flight school, 22-year-old Lieutenant Mark Ashford arrives for his first duty assignment at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, wanting nothing more than to master the art of flight. But he learns quickly that he’s in the awkward position of overseeing pilots with vastly superior skills and experience. Mark is persistently thwarted by one of these men. Vietnam veteran Nick Trent, who displays no regard for authority or convention, or even for Mark’s own personal safety.

Resolved to learn more about his belligerent subordinate, Mark uncovers a decades-old secret from the Vietnam War. A brutal helicopter assault on innocent villagers. At the same time, he is tasked with supporting the DEA with aerial reconnaissance in search of a hidden cache of marijuana. Mark befriends a 16-year-old boy conscripted by the growers into the illicit venture. As he struggles to prevent the boy from drifting deeper into the crevices of the drug world, Mark is torn by his conflicting allegiances and risks his dream of becoming a master pilot.

THE GAP is a coming-of-age story that poses questions about the wisdom of the current drug war while employing themes from another lost war.

Chick Lit Cafe’s Book Review:

A devastating massacre during the Vietnam War and a governmental war against drugs are used to shine light on modern issues in John Witherow’s exciting historical novel, The Gap: Fort Indiantown.

In June 1990, twenty-two-year-old, Mark Ashford arrives for his first assignment in Muir Army Airfield at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. Now a helicopter pilot and a platoon leader, Ashford is tasked to lead proficient veterans, a difficult assignment he soon comes to realize. Nick Trent, the best combat pilot during the Vietnam War, is now a different man carrying the weight of events from the past and who relishes defying authority which includes Ashford. Meanwhile, the war against drugs rages on. Vietnam veteran Deric Christy, now a convicted felon on drug-related charges and fugitive, lives as a condemned man by the same government that sent him to Vietnam. His young nephew is also implicated in a crime that involves drugs.

The Gap: Fort Indiantown brings attention to an important current topic- the war against drugs- through the experiences of characters in the novel. The main characters are well-developed. Each has a backstory that explains their current lives. The events in the book are revealing and emotionally impactful. They show the aftermath of the horror of war, particularly the Vietnam War, on the soldiers involved. The experiences have a life-long effect. The plot switches between the Vietnam War and the veterans’ current lives which breaks the sequence of events in the book and makes the work absorbing. The contention between Ashford and Trent and the uneasiness of some of the other men creates an intriguing bit in the novel right from the start of the book.

The Gap: Fort Indiantown by John Witherow is an outstanding historical work that inspires thought on crucial themes examined through the lives of its authentic characters. A well-written, interesting and captivating novel and highly recommended by Chick Lit Café. ~ Reviewed by Edith Emunah for Chick Lit Cafe.

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