Thursday, November 5, 2020

VBT and Giveaway: As Good As Can Be by William A Glass

As Good As Can Be

by William A. Glass



GENRE:   Coming of Age/Historical Fiction



Dave Knight is a wayward child growing up in a military family during the 1950s. His older sister wants to kill him but settles for regularly beating him up. Other siblings join in the mayhem while their alcoholic father contributes to the chaos with his unique approach to parenting.
As the Knight family moves from one army base to the next, Dave develops a give-a-damn attitude that often leads to trouble. In high school, he joins other delinquents in a series of escapades, some dangerous, others funny, and a few that would be worthy of jail time should they ever be caught.

After barely graduating, Dave is drafted into the army and sent to guard a nuclear weapons depot in Korea. There, he gets into trouble with his sergeant and tries to avoid dishonorable discharge.



Two rocking chairs are arranged in front of the fireplace. On the mantle is a signed photograph of General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Mr. Lawson takes the picture down and shows it to Dave. “My pappy rode with Forrest,” the old man says. “He killed a lot of Yankees, you know, in the war.” Mr. Lawson looks at Dave expectantly but is disappointed by the uncomprehending expression on the child’s face. Carefully he places his prized possession back over the fireplace. 

Dave and Melissa return to Gram’s house in time for lunch. After eating, the Knight children have another quiet time. Then Ethel comes up with an idea. “Let’s take a ride out to the river,” she suggests.

“What for?” Knight asks.

“I want to see if the rain the other day caused it to rise.”

“Who cares?”

“Come on, it’s something to do,” Bobbie says impatiently.

The family piles into the Plymouth and rides a short distance to where the Trinity River flows. Knight parks on the shoulder of the highway, and they all go onto the bridge to peer at the muddy water. It’s an evil-looking stream, full of snags and home to alligators, cottonmouths, gars, and snapping turtles. No one in their right mind would go swimming in the Trinity, so all the natives can do is look, check the water level, or maybe drop a line in to see what manner of creature takes the bait. “Can we go now?” Marie asks.

“Hush. Gram wants to look,” Bobbie says.

“At what?” Dan asks.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Bill is a retired business executive now living in South Carolina with his wife, Bettina.  She teaches high school German while Bill coaches soccer at a small college.  Their three sons, Alex, Robert, and Gordon, have all graduated from college and moved away to pursue careers. 

For recreation, Bettina and Bill enjoy hiking and camping out.  Usually, they take their dog, Scout, along.  When the weather permits, Bill commutes to work on his motorcycle.


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My Review

As Good As Can Be was a pretty good debut by William A. Glass. I was intrigued reading about Dave’s life. I enjoyed watching him grow throughout the book and learning how he grew up in the military life during the 1960s. It was quite the journey and adventure. To me, it felt like I was reading a memoir instead of a fictionalized account. The author definitely knew how to draw in the reader. 

I am giving As Good As Can Be four and a half stars. I would recommend it for readers who enjoy Military Historical Fiction. 

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

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  1. Good morning and thank you for the book description and giveaway.   I appreciate both of them.

  2. Wonderful review! Sounds fascinating. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a compelling read, thanks for sharing with me! Thanks Locks, Hooks and Books for sharing your review!

  4. Awe! It reminds me of my grandparents. They used to take us out to see if the water had risen at a local river. They could tell you what kind of year we were going to have by looking at this river. I miss them so bad. I have to read this book!

  5. I love the cover and the excerpt.

  6. What was the most challenging part of writing this book for you?

  7. William A. Glass is a new author to me, but I look forward to reading this. I always love meeting new authors. Thanks to this blog for the introduction.

  8. I liked the excerpt. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Great cover with the family in front of the car! Love the plot and the excerpt too!