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Strike for Honor
By Stefan Vucak
2013
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 4 stars
 
Meeting Lieutenant Vin Pacino and his wife, Linda at Yokosuka Naval Base in the prologue, readers additionally learn more about the Korean theater of operations. 
 
The dialogue of the young couple, as well as Vin’s thoughts, gives an excellent setting to understand more of not only the couple, and his father, Rear Admiral Kenneth Pacino, but of naval operations and political considerations. 
 
“A navy career was never easy on a relationship.  After eighteen months on the USS Curtis Wilbur, his application to attend the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California, for a master’s in Systems Engineering, had come through…On graduation, he would also receive another half stripe.  A lieutenant commander at twenty-eight wasn’t bad going, and fitted his planned career curve.”
 

The background information is essential to the story line, and when readers stay patient with a slightly slower moving pace at the beginning because of the extra narration, they will be rewarded with a story revolving around the Pacino family that will not only hold their interest, but one that will move steadily to its surprising conclusion.