Echoes in the Dark by D.L. Rogers
Publisher: Awe-Struck Publishing
Length: Full (229 pages)
Rating: 3 Books
Reviewed by Camellia
Disinherited by his parents in an effort to force him to give up the woman he loves who is from a different social status, Adam loses his "umbrella" of college, is drafted and winds up in Vietnam. There he learns many valuable lessons about life and death, friendship and survival.
Injured at Khe Sanh, he returns home and must learn to forgive the parents he blames for his being sent to Vietnam, while trying to rebuild his life with Belinda and the son born while he was away.
But as Adam looks toward the future, his past calls to him, sending him into a downward spiral of despair and self-destruction, unable to distinguish the past from the present.
A story of enduring love, Echoes in the Dark, is not geared toward romantic love as much as it is to familial love that sustains young lovers as they work toward a total commitment needed for lasting happiness.
A power standoff in Adam’s wealthy family alienates him from his harsh mother and dominated father, leading to his being drafted and going to Vietnam. Away from Belinda, the girl he loves, Adam experiences the horrifying, dehumanizing rigors of war. Going from pampered rich boy to killer while watching people he cares about being killed changes him.
The loving support of family sustains Belinda as she copes with pregnancy, childbirth, then with Adam while he deals with the aftermath of his war experience. He accepts help to overcome his physical injuries, but he's determined to deal with his emotional injuries on his own. Only when Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and survivor guilt swamp him, threatening to take all that is near and dear to him away, does the reader get a glimpse of hope for his finally realizing the love just waiting for him to embrace it.
D. L. Rogers creates graphic scenes of the war and of the harsh word exchanges in Adam’s family, but the love scenes seem less developed. However, the strength of love that undergirds the characters until the horrors of Adam’s war experiences become echoes in the dark rather than raging nightmares is the shining thread that runs through the story.
Echoes in the Dark is a thought provoking novel about a troubled time and how people overcame to move on to happiness.