“Stunning, beyond impact!” -Realistic Poetry International
Can you imagine something so prestigious and honorable ultimately being your sole compass to irredeemable destruction?
A life and successful career of military dedication, loyalty, and allegiance to the red, white, and blue, Land of the Free, inevitably impact the lives of a loving and beautiful family forever, in Author Jodi Clark’s patriotic tale of love entitled, ‘Bleeding Panther’.
Allison, a proud and faithful military wife and loving mother couldn’t have ever predicted in a thousand centuries the crushing storm of disaster awaiting her marriage’s sunless future. After being physically separated from her husband for years at a time, they are finally reunited in the beginning of the story, fused with unbearable love, burning passion, and euphoric bliss.
Once they begin to spend more time with one another, Allison hastily discovers that her husband, Adam, has some severe bruises and scars, and more than just the ones covering his face and body. The profound and devastating trauma inflicted from a life at war, siege, and battle had also scarred him, internally. And these soul-deep injuries that relentlessly tortured him like demons day and night, had done way more damage than what Allison had prepared herself for, ultimately putting her loyal character and unwavering strength to the test. But the question remains; will their marriage, once bonded by the holiness of God and blessed by the purity of love, survive the wicked burden of infidelity? Or had their unfaithfulness already stolen the precious diadem of their once picture-perfect family?
At this point, you are forced to continue reading until you find concrete solid answers to all of the questions crossing throughout your mind, often times, torn between right, wrong, forgiveness, and resentment. Also, understanding the importance of family, we hoped deeply that the unconditional power of love would heal the infinite pain experienced by both Allison and her husband, Adam, and even their children. But instead, we were left speechless, dumbfounded in resounding disbelief! Astonished to read and find out the ultimate cost for defaming the everlasting sanctity of unification. I’m sure your wondering, well, what is the cost? But we will leave that part for you to read for yourself.
In all truth, this book will make your heart heavy and soul cry and put some extremely controversial topics into perspective, exposing dangerous and life-altering dark secrets between a military husband and wife, both with honorable and well-respected images and reputations. Admittedly, it can be difficult to imagine men and women like Adam, or even Allison, bowing to a demeaning level of infamy and indignity. But Author Jodi Clark’s story forced you to realize the disheartening and disturbing reality of what it could mean to ‘commit’, especially when it comes to basing most of your marriages decisions off of the terms of the military.
There wasn’t a moment in which we were not fully absorbed into its contents, and to be quite honest, the ending will leave you speechless, as the story of Allison and her family is real, impacting families all across the United States of America.
Lastly, we would like to say that although there were several pivotal points webbed into the dramatic intricate and detailed story-line, there was one simplified moral that in which we took away from the story that can apply to us all, and that is, to do the right thing—-especially when you feel weak, vulnerable; or like you can’t go on.
Some mistakes we make in life are worth nearly nothing, can be rectified, and eventually even forgiven, while others seem to be an everlasting plague of despair and agony, irredeemable, costing us our lives…or the life of the one we love most.
We would strongly encourage you to read this book, for it is worth more than 5 stars! Stunning work, Author Jodi Clark.
5.0 out of 5 stars
‘Life is always a game of chance that only a lucky few can win.’By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 21, 2016
West Virginia author Jodi Clark is both a poet (‘Cherished Poems of the Western World’), a novelist (‘The Disappearance of Benny’, ‘Aiding Revenge’, ‘Matriarca’ and ‘Bleeding Panther’) and a short story writer. She became the primary writer for Around the Panhandle Magazine while also writing ehow articles, online, for Demand Studios.
Many authors address the crises war inflicts on soldiers – loss of fellow comrades, inexplicable wounds, loss of limbs, and the agonizingly constant barrage of traumatic events that dent and damage the mind. Most of those stories are written by the men and women who fight during wars, but now with the better understanding of PTSD (the shell shock/battle rattle, etc of previous wars that now has a name, thanks to the Middle East conflicts) we have the opportunity to understand these traumas. Few have written about the aftermath on the home front – how the trauma in a soldier’s life affects family at home, both during the absence of being in combat, but even more – the aftermath of returning home a different person living in a world that seems strange and one that excludes loved ones unintentionally. Jodi Clark has written that novel and it feels so real that it is almost difficult to finish. But finish this story in the fluid manner in which Jodi writes and you’ll gain an understanding of one of the aspects and tragedies of that heinous beast we call War.
The summary that Jodi has placed on the back of her book is as terse and encompassing as anyone could compose. ‘Adam Koeley is a devoted special operations officer in the United States Marines. His numerous tours of war have earned him his esteemed position and the respect of all of his peers. Stationed in Kane’ohe Bay, Hawaii with his loving wife and two young children, Adam has the life that some can only dream of. His most recent tour carries him to Iraq, where part of his job is to protect a small village from the terrorist cells in the area. There, he becomes especially close with a young boy whose father was killed. Both he and the boy, along with some others, are captured by one of the terrorist cells and Adam endures their torture, unwilling to give in to their demands, until they strap a bomb to the young boy and detonate it in front of Adam. Though he is able to escape, he bears the responsibility of telling the boy’s mother of her son’s death and must cope with the guilt he feels. Back in the United States, Adam’s wife, Allison, discovers that her husband is no longer the man she knows. As they battle through flashbacks and nightmares, addiction and his infidelity to try and save their marriage, she finds herself in a brief affair of her own, which throws the devastated Adam over the edge and back to war. Suddenly, military officers stand at her door as she trembles with fear of the worst. “Adam is being detained in Iraq for killing a woman there”, they tell her. Allison has just received his letter to her with his confession that ridding himself of his mistress would reaffirm how much he loves his wife. The letter also tells her goodbye. Adam’s guilt has ended his life.’
If anyone can be unmoved by this fine book is unlikely. We all owe credit to Jodi Clark for bringing this insight to us.
You know what really irritates me? What really makes me question the ethics of the big publishing houses that mass produce books that are so banal and immature in their subject matter and writing styles? It’s this: books like Bleeding Panther by Jodi Clark are not global bestsellers but tripe like Fifty Shades of Grey rakes in millions AND gets the film treatment. Ugh.
Jodi Clark’s brutally honest and gripping Bleeding Panther is not a book that you can just read intermittently. It’s urgency and power will instantly pull you in to the tale a U.S. Marine who suffers from PTSD from touring in Iraq. Until his deployment he lives the quasi-Hollywood happy life. He’s got a beautiful wife and beautiful children and lives in Hawaii. That all changes when visits Iraq and delves into the demons of drugs and alcohol. Upon his return home, Adam Koehley, said U.S. Marine, must confront his intense PTSD from his recent travels.
What follows is a gut-wrenching story that goes to the places that so many authors are afraid to go. Jodi Clark attacks the pretenses that often accompany depictions of U.S. Marines and their post-war experiences and tells the truth. She brilliantly tells how Adam’s wife and children are affected by his Iraq deployment, willing to honestly present how the family dynamic is so irrevocably damaged from unnecessary wars. Clark both at once provides a voice for these unsung heroes and a supportive stance on the ridiculousness of modern-day battles, both the physical and the emotional ones.
Dedicated to the US military service men and women who devote their entire beings to their country, and based on a true story, Clark’s tale of cause, effect, and tumult is fantastic. Her clear tone and effective use of words allows the reader to see through the eyes of those personally affected by war and its lingering aftershocks. This is what literature is about – the visceral human experience, in all of its guts and glory.
Lauri has just woken up to her worst nightmare: the kidnapping of her son. The story immediately takes flight as frenzy surrounds the search for the missing child. Suddenly it comes to a fleeting halt when Lauri becomes a prime suspect in the disappearance. And, in the midst, an alluring stranger infiltrates himself into her life. I’d be very surprised if this Sam guy wasn’t involved in some way, given how he just showed up out of the blue.
Mother Condemned was generally well-written and fast-paced. It might’ve jumped around a bit too quickly (one minute, Lauri is tearfully fighting off another breakdown, and then next, detectives are simultaneously probing into clues,) but the mystery is compelling enough to see the whole thing through. Where is Benny? Who is behind this whole thing? And how will Lauri prove her innocence?
Of course certain areas lagged a bit too much for me, especially in the quest to exonerate Lauri. The reader will surely empathize with her through the tears and tribulations as she struggles to break through the endless pain shadowed by the accusing eyes of the media and the police. Story might have been too heavy on the sadness and drama. I kind of thought this would be more of a thriller (think Ashley Judd in Double Jeopardy;) instead, the story concentrated more on procedural tactics and the emotional trauma. Still I’d say that this was a pretty average and quick read.
Reviewed by Kayci Webster for Readers’ Favorite
The book Aiding Revenge by Jodi Clark is about a woman named Shana Bradley and her love and devotion to Governor Tatum. She will do anything she can to make the man that she loves love her back. She is willing to steal, hurt, kidnap and even kill to get to the man of her dreams. Everything does not go according to plan for Shana though, and things go badly. At times I found it hard to stay with the story of Aiding Revenge, not because it was a bad story line, but it just skipped around a lot. I would have loved to know more about Shana and where she came from. Why did she have such a fascination with Governor Tatum? Does she have mental health problems?
Also in Aiding Revenge, author Jodi Clark would jump from scene to scene without even really getting to the point of the first scene. I really think that this would have been a better book if there was a little more information in between in some places. I would like to see what had happened with Governor Tatum and his family after the book ended and I would have liked to see how Shana ended up as well. All in all, I think that Aiding Revenge does have the potential of being a great book. I think that there are missing pieces in the book, but if they are filled in it can be a great book. I am going to give Aiding Revenge a 3 star rating.