Review of Tour of Duty

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[Following is an official review of "Tour of Duty" by William H. Coles.]
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5 out of 5 stars
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Tour of Duty is a work of historical fiction. It begins in the year 1960. We see the arrival of a physician named Miles Ballard in France. Miles is to serve in the Air Force at US Air Station, Châteauroux. Ingrid Stern, the wife of Doctor Oliver Stern, welcomes Miles to France, and Oliver Stern becomes Miles' best friend. Miles, being a man of morals, faces challenges in the hospital he serves in. This brings hostility to Miles from his superior, and he is faced with two choices: to uphold his morals and ethics or to succumb to the corrupt leadership in the military.

Williams H. Coles created an outstanding work out of this novel. While reading the book, I was completely immersed in it, enjoying each chapter and desiring to know what happens next. The author's writing was easy to follow and intriguing. This book made me admire Miles a lot. He didn't only stand his ground, unlike the other doctors on the military base, but he upheld his morals and ethics and stuck to them.

Miles was selfless and was willing to improve medical practice in the hospital. I admired the fact that the author wrote about suicide. This book also talked about how some women were dismissed and had their voices silenced when they reported sexual assaults to the armed forces. This often led to loneliness and depression. I was pleased that the author used this book to shed some light on these issues. It was interesting to journey back in time. Very importantly, this book helped me to appreciate how far the world has gone. Many awful things which were not discarded early enough are now seen as being terrible.

Miles and Ingrid easily became my favorite characters. Ingrid was a loyal and kind person. I loved how Miles treated all his patients. Reading this book, I was reminded that a healthy relationship between a doctor and a patient could help accelerate the patient's recovery rate. Also, I loved the perspective from which the author discussed marriage in this book. Marriage is not always a bed of roses.

Looking at the lives of the characters in this book, I learned to stay strong and believe in my instincts. I couldn't find a negative aspect. This book was perfectly edited; there were no errors in it. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

I recommend this book to readers who love reading historical romance books.

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This is one of my favorite books I've read and I found it to be intriguing
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Post by Excelongee »

Tour of Duty" by William H. Coles is a powerful and moving novel that provides a stark and realistic portrayal of the Vietnam War. The author, a Vietnam veteran, draws on his own experiences to create a gripping and authentic depiction of the war and its impact on those who fought in it.

The novel is centered around two soldiers, and their experiences during the war. The author delves deep into the characters' thoughts, emotions, and relationships, making them feel like real people, rather than just fictional characters. The novel is not just a war story, but it also tells the story of the soldiers' struggles with their personal lives and the relationships they form with their fellow soldiers.

The writing is excellent, the author's style is engaging and easy to read, the pacing is perfect, and the story is both captivating and thought-provoking. It's a novel that will make you question your own perspective on war, humanity, and sacrifice. The book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the Vietnam War and its aftermath. It is a powerful, thought-provoking, and emotionally charged novel that is sure to stay with you long after you've finished reading it.
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Post by Ben Madeley »

If you like this novel, then I recommend reading a lot more historical fiction, as there are many better books than this around.
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Post by Jaco Du Plooy »

Not my favourite I'm afraid. I find the story predictable. My choice for reading Tour of duty was the history part of it.I did get a good idea about living conditions in post war France. Well written review. People are different and their taste differ. I see that as the spice of live.
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