Dillon’s himself got badly hurt, but he has still an open and trusting heart, and it’s even too easy for him to fall for Soldier. Dillon doesn’t see Soldier’s physical scars, probably since Soldier doesn’t see his either, but he is aware that allowing Soldier to help the kids, will also help Soldier to reconcile with the world around him. Plus Dillon has taken a very personal interest in Soldier.
The novel is very much heavy on the emotional layer, and I don’t hide that I shed a tear or two reading it. I was not really worried about these characters, the average feeling was that Soldier was always ready to find a solution, pretty much helped by all the money he had, but nevertheless, there were small kids, and puppies, and well, it was impossible not to be touched by all of them.
In the end it was almost a fairy-tale with a dark side, but if all the real life stories had an happy ending like this one, I would take the dark side and even more. I really hope somewhere in the world there is a safe house for small kids like the one of Dillon and Soldier, I bet it’s a wonderful place to be.
Amazon Kindle: Soldier
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (April 1, 2011)
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