5 out of 5 stars
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Having a fresh start in life can be challenging, especially when one isn’t as young anymore. In De facto Pathfinder, CW3 Cesare Giannetti, U.S. Army (Ret.), takes on the journey of Christopher Longo, a veteran who had served in the army and was now retired and unsatisfied with his new life, and decides to start afresh at 48 years of age. The book starts with Chris quitting his job at the Oklahoma state-run Veteran Support Agency after speaking with his aunt Sophie. He is divorced with a daughter he has grown distant from. He takes on a new job, which is a mission to counsel veterans who need help in different cities for six months. This was a trial programme; will Chis succeed on this mission? Follow Chris on this mission to find out.
This was an interesting story for me. I liked the bold step that Chris took when he realised that he was unsatisfied with his new job. A lot of people get unsatisfied, but it's hard to take the bold step. I think this book will serve as an encouragement to readers, especially those who are in the same position as he was. The book will also encourage people who are going through any type of psychological issue. I like that this book shows compassion for humanity. The author was able to capture the challenges that people experience around the world, especially veterans. I also liked that the book also dealt with the issue of parenting. The author shares the different struggles parents face with their children.
There were no downsides to this book. When I picked up this book, I wasn’t sure about it because of the title, but a few pages in, I was captivated by the story. There was so much to learn from each veteran—a lot to learn about drawing and sailing. This book had a lot to offer, and the descriptions were amazing. I could visualise the descriptions in this book, even the descriptions of the characters, especially the two women that Chris was involved with. I could tell what they looked like from the description as well as from the other characters, who were, by the way, well-developed.
For a book that gave me nothing to complain about, I rate it 5 out of 5 stars. The book was professionally edited, and I only spotted a few errors in it that did not exactly impact my reading. The book was inspiring for me and will be for others. It deserves nothing short of a perfect rating, especially because it also managed to deal with the issues of retirement.
I would recommend this book to people who work with the military. I am sure they will relate to most of the stories in this book and also learn to cope with similar issues. People who have relatives who have served in the military will also benefit from this book. The book will also interest people who are looking for the courage to make tough life decisions.
De facto Pathfinder
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