Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wednesday's Warriors: Aloha to Kirsten Lynn and THE AIR I BREATHE - Book Review


In memory of the Paris Peace Accords on January 27, 1973, which officially ended the Vietnam War for American troops .... I reviewed Kirsten Lynn's THE AIR I BREATHE:

A New Breed Of Warrior…
LTJG Jack “Cowboy” Kerr doesn’t know crap about corn and cattle. But put him in a firefight and he’ll clean up like Wyatt Earp on the streets of Tombstone. An elite warrior unleashed on the mangroves and rice paddies of Vietnam, he and his men are common men with an uncommon desire to succeed. It’s not long before the name given to them by the Vietnamese, Men with Green Faces, strikes fear in the enemy and gives hope to allies. His life is the Navy…his family the brother SEALs on his left and right. He’s the ultimate hunter/operator. But Jack never thought stealing a kiss from a USO girl would change his life and turn him from hunter to hunted.

An Old Soul And Tender Heart…
Libby Boden is a Wyoming cowgirl, born and bred. Her determination to serve her country and follow her cousins and brother lands her in Vietnam. She’ll do anything to stay in-country, as part of the USO, to be close to her loved ones and the SEAL who stole a kiss and her heart. When tragedy strikes separating her from her Frogman, Libby will use all the lessons learned at the feet of her grandparents, Kyle and Lena Allaway, to hunt him down and show him the Navy forgot to issue him one essential…her.

Across three continents…

In a world gone crazy, these two might find all they need is the air they breathe and each other ...

Mai Chau, Vietnam
Image by Franzfoto (link)

I decided to fly through the air and live in the sunlight and enjoy life as much as I could. - Evel Knievel

Jack Kerr, like many Navy SEALs, embrace life as Evel Knievel.  The difference between the frogman and the stuntman is the ultimate goal - Jack is serving his country.  He remains committed to that service even in an unpopular war. His saving grace - a Red Cross volunteer named Libby Boden. Her all American smile, and stolen kisses, sustains Jack through the rice paddies of Vietnam.

THE AIR I BREATHE is an epic love story, challenging the hero and heroine to examine their motives, talents, and dreams - can they overcome their diverging paths?   Lynn creates sizzling passion and heartbreaking action in this mesmerizing novel.   It is more than a romantic journey into American history; it is a beautiful tribute to the men and women who answered the call of duty.

Lynn drew me into the budding relationship between Jack and Libby with her vivid descriptions and the raw emotions of the hell to come.  Lynn relied upon her experience as a military historian to create a realistic portrayal of combat while demonstrating that love can conquer all.

I received a print copy from the author for an honest review.

Ann Margaret sings during USO tour in Vietnam
Public Domain (link)

I am giving away military swag to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about Wyoming - Libby's home state.

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, February 6, 10 pm in Baltimore.  

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, February 7.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


  1. I've never been but I think of it as wide open spaces.

  2. Thanks so much, Kim, for the wonderful review and for drawing attention to the history behind today!

  3. What a great quote by Evel. And a nice review!

    I have a soft spot for WY, my husband and I were married in the Big Horn Mountains. Also my sister lives there so I get an excuse to visit the beautiful state from time to time.

  4. I have never been to Wyoming. I confess I don't know much at all.

  5. Never been. Don't know much

  6. I have been to Wyoming only once. It is a beautiful state.

  7. I've only ever seen Wyoming in old cowboy films. Otherwise, I know diddly squat!!

  8. I've never been to Wyoming except it's the land of cowboys!

  9. Some of our favorite places to visit are in Wyoming: Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Jackson. I love all the wildlife there.....especially moose!

  10. I live in Europe and unfortunately don't know much about Wyoming, but one of my favorite authors, Joanne Kennedy, uses it as a setting for her books.