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A Kiss For Luck!
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I just finished "A Kiss for Luck" by Ken Blaisdell and found it to be a gem of a book. As a collector of U.S. military weapons and an author of many books and articles on the subject, I was intrigued by the basic premise of the book, i.e. the trials and travails of an M1 Carbine from the time of its manufacture in Chicago early in WWII and its subsequent exploits during the war in the lives of five different people. The five separate stories are nicely interwoven and have interesting plots in their own right. Once started, the book can be hard to put down.


Author Blaisdell infuses the various stories with just the right touch of humor, pathos, violence (not explicit), romance and sex (again, not explicit). The character development is very good and the entire book is appropriately evocative of the World War II era, both overseas and on the home front. Perhaps the most intriguing segment pertains to the exploits of a brave young French woman in the Resistance (Maquis) fighting the Germans.


Without revealing any spoilers, the carbine proves to be a talisman for all its users and the conclusion of the book neatly ties together all five stories in a most interesting manner. I highly recommend this book and it would be a good choice for a "summer" book to read at the beach or lounging in a backyard hammock. Congratulations to Ken Blaisdell for authoring such a fascinating and intriguing book.

Bruce Canfield

 

Ken Blaisdell's best fiction to date! This fictional account of the life of a particular M1 [carbine], from its factory to its retirement, is entertaining, funny, informative, and imaginative. The book contains five stories all tied to a particular chapter of this rifle, each with its own set of characters and caper. You will love the way the book ties all five stories together. I hope you enjoy "A Kiss for Luck!"

Joyce Stevenson

 

This book takes us back to the early days of WWII when women were pressed into service in the defense industry. It starts with a group of ladies assembling rifles (M1 Carbines) in a former jukebox factory located in Chicago. One day they decided to include a slip of paper containing a good luck message installed between the barrel and stock of the rifle. The story relates the journey a rifle took as it was sent on its way to the battlefield. First into the hands of merchant marines and sailor on a ship and then to soldiers and resistance fighters bringing good luck to all who came into possession of it. These characters are believable and the environments including descriptions of ships, vehicles, weapons and locations are accurate in every detail. The return trip the rifle makes to the USA and the involvement of the individuals touched during the journey is exciting and emotional. This book is a great WWII adventure.

Warren Fry
Associate Dean

University Libraries Emeritus
Arizona State University

 

I loved this book and couldn't put it down. The characters are so interesting and lovable that I was sad at the end of each part to say goodbye to them, but then I would fall in love all over again with the new characters in the next part. I was so happy to see it all come back together in Part 5. Blaisdell immersed me in a generation of history that was previously something I just memorized to get through a high school class. This book has everything a reader could want - action, romance, drama, comic relief. Strong characters with very strong and admirable women that make you want to know them and be their friend. This book starts out good and just gets better and better; a must read!

Michelle Syntax

 

I have read all of Ken Blaisdell's books and have enjoyed every one of them. I was so excited to see a new one, " A Kiss for Luck!" and ordered it right away for my Kindle. What a fantastic book! I didn't want to put it down. With all the wonderful descriptions, you felt like you were right there.......wherever there was throughout the book. I finished it in 4 nights of reading before bed and as much as I wanted to finish it, I was disappointed when I was all done. The story was over and I had no more to read!!! In some weird way, I felt a part of this story. You get to know the people so well. It has also sparked an historical interest on my part to read more on the War and particularly the French Resistance, which is weird because I had no interest in that prior to my reading this book. I would, and already have recommended this book to both men and women alike as well as his previous books. There is something for both in his books, especially this one. Thank you Mr. Blaisdell for writing such an interesting and inspiring book! Can't wait for your next one!!!

Kathy Gadd

 

This book is outstanding. I felt it got better each page. When I got to the end I was sad that it was over. The characters will stay with me for a long time. I have always found the history of World War II fascinating and at times heart rending. I especially enjoyed the part of the French Resistance and Ken Blaisdell's characters were fascinating and very believable. And Part V just brought everything together and finalized in a heartfelt manner. Way to go, Ken. This is a winner!

Judy Walker