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“A fine thriller, with a bittersweet love story that lingers long after the last page.”–Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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n Novel“A fine thriller, with a bittersweet love story that lingers long after the last page.”–Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
When Battle of the Bulge veteran Woody Wilson realizes that Alzheimer’s is about to ground him forever, he goes on the run. While the police, his wife of sixty years and his only son search for him, a diabolical mystery man from Woody’s past tracks him down and kidnaps him. He escapes his captor only to find himself facing an automatic life sentence in a criminal justice system gone haywire. Thrown into events he neither controls nor understands, Woody demonstrates in his last heroic battle the depth of his inner resolve never to fail those he loves.
The Warrior With Alzheimer’s: The Battle for Justice, initially released as The Sickle’s Compass, Stephen Woodfin’s fourth novel, is a fast-paced legal thriller, a poignant story of threadbare yet resilient love and a scathing indictment of America’s refusal to make preparation for the coming tsunami, Alzheimer’s disease.
Sickle’s Compass mentioned in the Fall 2011 issue of Mindshare
I just finished the book a few minutes ago; it was a fantastic read. The true-to-life locations always add that extra layer of believability to a fictitious adventure tale, which I so enjoy. But above that, I felt connected to so many characters in the book: My father, like Odd, is a Vietnam vet; my grandfather, who was wounded in France during the Second World War, actually made a road trip to visit a war buddy in Tennessee during the 1950s, whom we believe may have been a moonshiner. My grandfather’s brother-in-law sustained severe frostbite during the Battle of the Bulge, which caused him excruciating pain in his feet sixty years later as he lay dying. And even as recently as last week my mother informed me that my great aunt is beginning to show signs of dementia, which has caused grief with other members of our family over the years. It is so evident you poured a lot of emotion into this book; thank you so much for sharing this tale.
Rumor had it that, back in 1899, U.S. Commissioner of Patents Charles H. Duell declared that everything that could be invented had been invented. In actuality, Duell’s supposed comment and his recommendation that the Patent Office be closed down proved an urban myth. So, just when you thought that everything that could have been written about, had been written about, along comes Stephen Woodfin’s latest; “The Sickle’s Compass.” It is certainly no myth. Do yourself a favor – read it now…
Dr R E Harrelson
I didn’t think that I was going to be able to read Sickle’s Compass past the first chapter. It left me too emotionally drained. But I persisted and was rewarded with a satisfying though sad tale that made me feel good about humanity and gave me hope that the human spirit to rise to any challenge.
I really enjoyed the read. I began after lunch on a rainy Sunday and could not put it down, went all the way through looking for the next surprise or twist in the story. Good job Mr. Woodfin! Bring on the next story.
This is the first time I have read this author and I found the story to be entertaining and informative. I have never read a story linking Alzheimer’s and our justice system and I like the way the author brought them together. This is a realistic story that will touch readers that have experience with relatives or friends that have had Alzheimer’s. For those that have not experienced life with an Alzheimer’s person, it is an honest insight to the challenges and rewards of being a part of their life.
A fast moving, entertaining story that the reader will find rewarding. I would read this author again.
…the book is a great read, a real page-turner. I would recommend it on that alone, as I enjoy a good read as much as anyone else.