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Book By Author:  Thomas T Fields Jr.

Desert Burning
 
 Desert Burning
 
 History
 
  9871453542682
 
 Xlibris
 
Date Reviewed:   

01-09-2010

 
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An engaging non-military account of living through the Iraq war in Saudi Arabia.

 
 

Desert Burning is written by Thomas T. Fields Jr. who also wrote the entertaining biography I Called Him Grand Dad. This time Thomas delves into fiction with a bit of fact thrown in. The story revolves around one central character, Ted Atcheson, who is contracted to work for a large oil firm in Saudi Arabia just before the Kuwait invasion by Iraq. Written in a timeline style, Ted recounts his emotions and anxieties of not only himself, but his family back in the states and his co-workers as they sit right next door to an escalating war.

What Desert Burning shows is that in most stressful situations, humans have a tendency to either be helpful or take advantage. Thomas graphically writes about both with excerpts of real human emotion. For example, Ted and co-workers venturing out into the desert to befriend the nervous troops and the dark side of the war that we never saw on TV played out in Kuwait. The lasting thing that Desert Burning leaves us with is a non-military perspective of a war that was, to most of us, just memories of televised events.

 
 

Desert Burning is written by Thomas T. Fields Jr., who also wrote the entertaining biography I Called Him Grand Dad. This time Thomas delves into fiction with a bit of fact thrown in. The story revolves around one central character, Ted Atcheson, who is contracted to work for a large oil firm in Saudi Arabia just before the Kuwait invasion by Iraq. Written in a timeline style, Ted recounts his emotions and anxieties of not only himself, but also his family back in the states and co-workers as they sit right next door to an escalating war.

Halfway into the novel, I started to remember how I felt as the whole world was glued to CNN watching the first televised real-time war. Thomas does this by building good characters that are life like. Sometimes almost too life like. The story does drag in parts with too much detailed information in certain places with everyone questioning what will happen next and no build up to the next chapter. What it does show though is that in most stressful situations, humans have a tendency to either be helpful or take advantage. Thomas graphically writes about both with excerpts of real human emotion. For example, Ted and co-workers venturing out into the desert to befriend the nervous troops and also the dark side of the war that we never saw on TV played out in Kuwait.

Also through Ted, we explore the morality of why certain men decide that work takes precedence over family. Ted justifies work, even in deadly situations. In the meantime his spouse, family and co-workers argue and anguish over his foolish decisions made without seemingly much thought.

The lasting thing that Desert Burning leaves us with is a non-military perspective of a war that was, to most of us, just memories of televised events.



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Thomas Fields Jr. Author:  Thomas T Fields Jr.

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Tom Fields was born and raised in the rural North Louisiana town of Farmerville. He graduated from Farmerville High School and at the age of sixteen, he became one of the youngest committee clerks in the Louisiana House of Representatives. Following a tour of Viet Nam in the Navy, he attended Northeast Louisiana University. He also graduated from the Louisiana Military Academy and received a commission in the U.S. Army Reserves. Following graduation, Fields became a project engineer for the oil giant ARAMCO in Saudi Arabia. Fields currently works for CenturyLink where he is a Corporate Project Manager.

Website:

 www.thomastfieldsjcom