Allen Meece

Writer in Key West, Florida

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What’s up, I’m Allen. I’m a writer living in Key West, Florida. I am a fan of design, technology, and writing. I’m also interested in astronomy. You can read my book with a click on the button above.

I am a naval Viet Nam veteran who served on a destroyer that was attacked by a torpedo boat squadron near Hon Me island in the Tonkin Gulf.

Kirkus Reviews has this to say about the fabulous novel "TIN CAN"

Kwest House (228 pp.)$9.95 paperback, $3.15 e-bookISBN: 978-1-5446-6323-4; June 30, 2017BOOK REVIEW

Meece’s novel follows a sonar technician on the USS Abel in the South China Sea during the Vietnam War. Petty Officer John Mason longs for his home state of Kentucky as he reckons with the unfamiliar surroundings of combat.

..... The story starts with the Abel patrolling near a small fishing village, anchoring, handing out soda to South Vietnamese soldiers, and receiving orders to shell the nearby forest for days on end. From Mason’s perspective, the banal cruelty of the artillery strike is just another sign of the corruption of an American government that took him away from his fiancee, Sonya, and threw him into harm’s way.

...... Meanwhile, there’s race and class oppression on the Abel, where the enlisted men resent the overbearing, shortsighted officers. Their conversations aboard the ship and belowdecks veer from good-natured joking to nihilistic musing, often from one moment to the next.

..... As the ship moves up the coastline to Hong Kong and back, the crew’s frustration heats up until it reaches a boiling point. And when Mason learns that Sonya has moved on, he feels that he has little left to lose.

..... There are moments of striking depth in this book (“The lives of all are staked on the performance of each”) and other occasions of hilarity ... Meece does employ some uniquely vivid language..."