Dear Dr. Rozmaryn,
For me, “It all started a very long time ago, when we met back in the summer of…” 1963. It was also a Zionist Youth Movement camp. The boy just turning 13. The girl just turned 13. The parallels to our ongoing relationship uncanny. Years of correspondence. 80 letters from the age of 17-23. He came home to visit almost every year for a short amount of time. I finally saved up enough money to visit him in 1972. His last visit to the States was right before the war. He went home that August. The war began in October. My Golani soldier fell on Mt Hermon on Oct. 10, 1973. To this day, those that knew him still meet at his grave at Har Hertzl every year to mark his Yahrzeit.
One of the most special parallels in the story is the connection to Arik wanting to help children. When C was just 19, he wrote that someday he wanted to organize a youth center for Palestinian Children to show them that Israelis do care about their future. He felt that the key to peace was through education. He never got to fulfill that dream.
The story you told is the story of so many during that time of history and of wars prior. Unfortunately, the story continues with each generation. Your novel gave me many things to reflect upon. Thank you for bringing the experience of a Lone Soldier into a beautiful story.
This book was so captivating that I could not stop reading it once I picked it up, I thought it about it all the time when I had to put it down, and I was afraid to finish it because I did not want it to be over. The intensity of the story brought out so many emotions in me that I have never had while reading a book; laughing one minute and crying the next. I lost sleep and was late for work on multiple occasions because I could not put it down. I hope he writes another one!
Rozmaryn is a master storyteller. This is one of the best books I’ve read, ever. From the first page, I was mesmerized by this captivating and compelling story. I’m a fast reader and habitually skim over non essential prose, but I devoured and savored every word of this novel. I forced myself to take breaks from reading because I was enjoying it so much I couldn’t bear for it to end. I could easily have finished this book 600 page novel in one sitting, it is that good. I really adored the gripping storyline and characters that come so alive you can feel their emotions as if you are beside them.
I was riveted by book 2 and the parts of Arik heroism and his relationship with Mikki, I also was taken by Dahlia and her recovery to become a trauma nurse and recognizing her own battles. I did not sleep Friday Night until I totally finished the book. Great reading and brings backs lots of memories.
Posted by: clmd on October 25, 2018
The author of this wonderful book, “The Lone Soldier”, is a true story teller! He knows how to weave a spellbinding tale that will keep you mesmerized from beginning till end. The story line has a large and varied cast of characters, and an abundance of diverse subplots, all woven together seamlessly into a realistic, sad, yet uplifting and gratifying ending.
This book will appeal to all audiences, no matter what their background. Jewish Baby Boomers will find it entertaining to recognize character types they grew up with, famous personalities that were household words, and events that left their mark on that entire generation.
The plot takes place primarily in the United States and Israel, between 1969 and the present.
The richness of the plot and of the characters will remind readers of other popular Jewish themed historical novels that captured a universal audience, Exodus and Mila 18. Quite an accomplishment for a first time author!