Author Spotlight & Review
by Allan Lobeck
The story of Marshall Rooker becoming the nation's most decorated war hero ever. Marshall Rooker is an infantry officer headed to fight in the Vietnam War. He is unsure of himself and how best to protect his men. The book takes this young country high school athlete and molds him into a war hero. While performing he is wounded and almost dies while winning the Medal of Honor. He feels he was only doing his assigned tasks and protecting his men and shuns any publicity. After winning the Medal of Honor he is asked to lead one more mission into Cambodia.
He enjoyed sharing the stories he learned about the war with his grandchildren without getting too graphic. His grandson became very interested and wanted to learn more, so he and Allan's wife encouraged him to write this historical fiction book about it. From that came MARSHALL'S MARAUDERS.
Allen Lobeck is the winner of 2 bronze stars for valor in combat
The characterization pulls the reader in and never lets go The author has a fast paced style and describes the setting and feelings without a bunch of poetic prose. This is raw and honest look into the hearts and minds of men, as well as the challenges they face. Details civilians never even consider are explored such as dealing with the respiratory consequences of Agent Orange on a daily basis and being issued weapons that are used and sub-par. Anyone who loves military or historical fiction and non-fiction would love this novel. Honestly, readers of all genres should read such a book to know what it is others have gone through to provide them with the freedom to sit and read a book in peace and quiet--without mortar shells flying through their windows or friends being shot and killed.
On a special note, I personally would like to thank the author for his service to the US military. I also whole-heartedly apologize to the author, as I was given a copy of this book for and honest review and due to personal complications, I failed to make a timely read of it. Now I am not only ashamed, but annoyed with myself that I deprived myself of this work until now.