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submitted on May 11, 2013 10:23 AM EDT
Name: Auddis Ward
Where did you purchase the book? Amazon
Did you purchase the Ebook or printed book? printed
Review: I just finished your book.I loved it!!! I was in Nicaragua in 1986 as a "tourist". I belonged to a group of vietnam vets working with the contras.I am also Assembly of God and also a Rhodesian vet. I have been to a lot of places mentioned in your book.

submitted on May 8, 2013 12:15 PM EDT
Name: Peter Paul Luce
Where did you purchase the book? Gift
Did you purchase the Ebook or printed book? Printed Book
Review: The story takes place in Nicaragua during the 1980's toward the end of the 30-year civil war between the citizenry and the Sandinistas, a Communist group supported by Cuba and Russia. The mentioned events are reported to be historically accurate, however the individual characters are fictitious. The principal character is a retired Air Force pilot who is continuing to serve the forces of right by flying missions as a civilian in light aircraft to re-supply the Contras in Nicaragua from a base in adjacent Costa Rica. After a flight accident, he has brief romantic involvements with female combatants, who are helping him to return to his base in Costa Rica and avoid capture. It is well written and the plot moves along quickly with some surprising turns of fate that enhances the romance.

submitted on July 31, 2012 10:41 AM EDT
Name: Zorroblanco
Where did you purchase the book? Amazon
Did you purchase the Ebook or printed book? Kindle
Review: This review is from: The Comandante's Gift (Kindle Edition) I loved this book!!!! Even though I'm not an aviation buff I very much enjoyed this read. The character development was first-rate, felt I got to know them personally. Very exciting, couldn't wait to get to the next page to find out the next adventure. Just when I thought it might be slowing down a bit, no way, more unexpected twists and turns. Looking forward to reading Frank Gallo's next book!!!

submitted on July 17, 2012 3:01 PM EDT
Name: whitefox
Where did you purchase the book? gift
Did you purchase the Ebook or printed book? printed book
Review: I loved this book!! Even though I'm not an aviation buff I very much enjoyed this read. The character development was first rate, felt I got to know them personally. Very exciting, couldn't wait to get to the next page to find the next adventure. Just when I thought it might be slowing down a bit, no way, more unexpected twists and turns. Looking forward to reading Frank Gallo's next book!!!!

submitted on July 3, 2012 2:56 PM EDT
Name: Nancy Aldrich
Where did you purchase the book? a Gift
Did you purchase the Ebook or printed book? printed
Review: I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I remember the controversy over the funding of the Contras, and this book gives me good insight into what was going on at the time. It is disgraceful that American politics got involved and let the freedom fighters down. The thing I particularly enjoyed about this book is its authenticity. Being a pilot myself, I hate reading books about flying because frequently the authors have no understanding of what they are talking about. Frank Gallo is right on! His descriptions are very accurate and convincing. Also, it is obvious that he has lived in the area, because his descriptions there are also very accurate. It is an interesting and exciting book. I can only say, I look forward to reading more from Frank Gallo!

submitted on July 1, 2012 10:02 AM EDT
Name: jmckenzie
Where did you purchase the book? Amazon
Did you purchase the Ebook or printed book? e-book
Review: I enjoyed learning more about this time period and the U.S. involvement in Nicaragua. Well written fiction based on accurate research. Pace of the story is good and I didn't want to put the book down. Hope the author has started his 2nd novel!

submitted on July 1, 2012 9:58 AM EDT
Name: yampareader
Where did you purchase the book? gift
Did you purchase the Ebook or printed book? paperback
Review: I enjoyed this historical novel about a little-well-known or remembered period in history ivolving the Sandinistas and the Contras in this Central America country. The author is obviously very familiar with the history and geography of Nicaragua which he imparts in the book. The author, an experienced and knowlegable airplane pilot, weaves pertinent aeronautical information into the story. This is a paperback book, easily tucked under the arm or stowed in a purse or briefcase; and the print-type is large and easy to read. The combination of informational dialogue and conversation, including Spanish words and sentences adds to the book's appeal both as a novel and a history lesson. I think this a book that could be presented and taught in middle and high school level literature classes.

submitted on June 19, 2012 12:50 PM EDT
Name: Yana K
Where did you purchase the book? Amazon
Did you purchase the Ebook or printed book? Printed
Review: The author does an amazing job of making you feel like you're right there with the characters. It also opened my eyes to a period in history that I never completely grasped until now. I strongly recommend this book and look forward to what I hope will be future books by Mr. Gallo.

submitted on June 4, 2012 9:17 PM EDT
Name: Joe McGowan Jr.
Where did you purchase the book? gift
Did you purchase the Ebook or printed book? gift
Review: Caution: If you intend to read this book, be sure you are ready to stay up late. This book is difficult to put down. The spy intrigues, the many dangers faced by those battling the Communist Sandinistas, the gun battles, the harrowing aircraft flights all keep the reader glued to the last page where a little romance steps in. “Amor y dar son lo que dan valor a la vida.” (Love and giving are what makes life worth living.) Those were the words from Comandante Adriana to Ohio-born DiAngelo, an expert pilot who gave up making good money flying for airlines in the U.S. and chose to fly risky missions helping the Contras in Nicaragua. And what had been planned for Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s visit to Managua? After his capture by Sandinistas, including a young woman packing an AK-47, Marc is tied up and being hauled in the back of an army-style truck to headquarters for what is bound to be brutal interrogation. Suddenly, American-led Contras lead an attack which frees Marc. His ordeal in getting back to his secure home base is hair-raising. It is the “gift” from Comandante Adriana that gets him to home base unscathed. After all of these ordeals, will Marc be content to operate the one-airplane flight service he wants to operate in Central America? And will there be a special young woman alongside him? # Joe McGowan spent 42 years with the Associated Press and had assignments in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Panama, and Peru. He has lectured or taught journalism in Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, El Salvador, Panama, and Mexico.

submitted on May 23, 2012 3:14 PM EDT
Name: William H.
Where did you purchase the book? Gift
Did you purchase the Ebook or printed book? printed
Review: I read the book two times and enjoyed the history and Nicaragua culture that came through the book. Was upset with the author both times I read the book because of what happened to the character I loved. But then I guess it is a complement to Mr. Gallo that he made me have "feelings" while reading. Do another.

submitted on May 22, 2012 1:31 PM EDT
Name: Karen Cox
Where did you purchase the book? gift
Did you purchase the Ebook or printed book? print
Review: I was rooting for these heroes - who I was proud to know. I especially like the attention to detail - the complexity surrounding "taking sides" in the rural countryside. Made me miss Granada.

submitted on March 31, 2012 10:18 AM EDT
Name: Tom M.
Where did you purchase the book? Amazon
Did you purchase the Ebook or printed book? ebook
Review: ..just finished reading your novel 'The Commandant's Gift.' Just wanted you to know I really enjoyed the read. My Dad told me it was on Amazon so I just downloaded it as he had talked about you researching and writing it. I work for the airlines and back in the mid or late 80's laid over in several of the Central America countries. I remember how sobering it was to see all the bullet holes in the buildings in Managua. But you really filled in the places and society I really knew nothing about. Anyway just wanted to say thanks for the entertainment. (Would look forward to another!)

submitted on March 29, 2012 11:03 AM EDT
Name: Pat
Where did you purchase the book? Amazon
Did you purchase the Ebook or printed book? ebook
Review: Loved it! Made me feel like I was there.


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