Today is the 76th Anniversary of the "date which will live in infamy". The Japanese targeted numerous military sites on the island of Oahu, including Pearl Harbor, Hickam Field, Barbers Point, and Kaneohe Bay. As most of you know, I lived on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam from 2009-2013. It was an unique opportunity to pay tribute each year to the military and civilians who responded valiantly to the surprise attack.
After meeting romance author Pamela Clare (link) in 2010, I learned her Uncle Joe was aboard the USS Utah, a training ship, when it sunk on December 7, 1941. In 2011, she published BREAKING POINT, Book 5 in her I Team series ... and she asked me to review it. At first I was hesitant; Romantic Suspense is not my preferred genre. However, I loved this book ... and I read portions of it to Uncle Joe as I sat on the deck overlooking the USS Utah. I think he loved the book, too.
USS Utah Memorial in Pearl Harbor
Yesterday, Pamela posted this on her Facebook page:
I was reminded of the power of romantic fiction last night when a reader friend told me she'd been inspired by BREAKING POINT (I-Team #5) to become a nurse so she could work with people suffering from PTSD. Zach, the hero of that novel, had PTSD from combat experience as a SEAL in Afghanistan.
My reader announced has completed her nurse's training and now has a job helping people like Zach.
In honor of Danielle's fantastic achievement, here's an excerpt from BREAKING POINT.
Check out her Facebook page for the excerpt at this link.
I thank Pamela for posting this tribute to her reader ... and her reader for serving our veterans. As we take time to remember Pearl Harbor (and the other sites on Oahu), let us live a life that honors their sacrifices.
I am giving away Hawaiian swag to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about WWII - do you have a favorite book (any genre), TV show, or movie from this time period?
My father, a Korean Era Army veteran, loved HOGAN'S HEROES.
2. Comments are open through Sunday, December 31, 10 pm in Baltimore.
3. I'll post the winner on Monday, January 1.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City
Check out my review of BREAKING POINT at this link.
Check out a guest post from Pamela about Uncle Jo at this link.