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10-09-2011, 09:07 AM
4.0 out of 5 stars A Spiritual as Well as Geographic Journey, October 7, 2011
JAMES BRUNO (USA) author of The Tribe
This review is from: Sonora Symphony (Kindle Edition)
Dale Day has written a book that both educates and moralizes, bridging the modern warrior and his travails with the ancient legends and wisdom of Native Americans. The result is a fascinating journey into a man's soul as he embraces, sometimes painfully, the traditional to help heal a wounded modern soul.

Master Sergeant Ray Daniels is an Afghanistan veteran who has overcome his physical battle wounds. But the psychological wounds remain. Daniels is afflicted with nightmares rooted in battles in which he had lost comrades to the Taliban, losses he blames on himself for not being able to rescue them. But his mind won't allow him to recall the nightmares. This is a man caught in a ring of torment. He also represents the very real problem of America's soldiers afflicted with PTSD after repeated tours of duty in war zones. Daniels is helped by a sympathetic Papago tribe member and fellow vet named Joe Redmond who patiently introduces the injured Daniels to the magic and sear beauty of the Sonora desert as well as the healing powers of Indian legends. In a potentially dangerous ritual, Redmond exorcises the mental demons that afflict the soldier. The experience is transformative and bonds the two men spiritually.

SONORA SYMPHONY is as much a journey into one man's soul and his quest to recover his past in order to regain his future as it is one through America's majestic Southwest deserts. The author also recounts rich Native American lore that is so much overlooked in Western culture, lore that has much to offer in teaching morality and balance in human relations. SONORA SYMPHONY is not for readers looking for action and adventure, but rather for those who relish introspection, cultural depth and moral transformation. As such, it is literary in nature. Dale Day draws from the writer's nostrum, "Write what you know." A twenty-three-year Army vet and long-term resident of the Southwest, he has much to invest into his stories. SONORA SYMPHONY lends itself to a series, which Dale's readership would assuredly welcome.

CWO Sharkey
10-09-2011, 09:28 AM
Congrats MSG. My thing is that the soldier on the cover should be wearing DCUs, ACUs or Multicam if he is an Afghanistan vet.

10-10-2011, 08:13 AM
You wouldn't believe how hard it was to get the publisher's artist to get it that far!!!!!!
They used photoshop and apparently didn't bother to check out a variety of websites to find what I told them to. The soldier is the only thing on the cover that truly bothers me. The coyote looks more like a wolf but that's okay.
Now, when you read the book, let me know what you think of it.

10-10-2011, 11:40 AM
Pretty cool. Congrats MSG!

10-23-2011, 07:58 AM
And here is another review. This is one I'm proud of as the guy giving it is a computer nerd/programmer who probably never read anything like this before.

Songs from the Desert

Sergeant Ray Daniels is in a daze that the medics cannot seem to clear. Joe, a
Papago elder, and a former special forces operator, recognizes the thousand yard
stare in Ray's eyes. After buying him breakfast, and sensing the depth of Ray's
loss, Joe invites him to stay with him for a while in his desert home. Joe, a
magnificent story teller, and an intimate of the Sonoran desert, fills the next
days and weeks with nature walks and legend filled talks.

Hearing the stories of Coyote, and Rabbit, and Puma stirs something deep inside Ray, something that starts the healing. This story is rich in Native American legend, and provides a compelling look into PTSD, including a patient, compassionate approach to
addressing this condition. The book climaxes with memories of a firefight and of a life left behind, and with hope for the future. Be prepared to think long and hard about compelling subjects while reading Sonora Symphony. And be prepared to think about the world around us, and the people in it, especially returned soldiers, in a different way after reading Sonora Symphony.

Thank you Dale Day for writing and sharing this story.

JT Kalnay
Author of The Keeper