Gordon Bocher showed off his writing chops at romance with his second publishing effort, “The Emma Effect” (Newman Spring; 2022).
“The Emma Effect”, as the author describes it, is “a very unusual book,” “a psychological romance,” and “a romantic novel with venturesome and mystical overtones.” The book tells the story of Mitch Lavin, a young man who tries to overcome the trauma of being criminally assaulted by two coeds in college. At his job at Mining Consortium International (MCI), he meets Emma Waterson, who brings him on the path to rehabilitation.
The fiction novel has received positive reviews from book reviewers, particularly those who examined the book from the angle of mental health. A review for IndieReader by Amanda Ellison touches on the psychological aftermath of trauma and the powerful influence one individual can have on another. She wrote, “'The Emma Effect' explores the notion of male vulnerability through the lens of a sexual assault in a story that is deliberately discomfiting – and well worth a read.”
Willow Greymoor let it known in his review for the San Francisco Book Review that some parts of the book could make readers uncomfortable. “Reading the book will provide a narrative of the mental trauma young men experience from surviving sexual assault and mental abuse,” wrote Greymoor.
“Also, 'The Emma Effect' is a testament to the power of therapy and how finding the right person to share life with can help heal the damaging effects of traumatic life experiences.”
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“The Emma Effect” was last displayed by self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet at their exhibit at the 2022 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition.
“The Emma Effect”
Author | Gordon Bocher
Published date | 2022
Publisher | Newman Springs Publishing
Book retail price | $15.95
Gordon L. Bocher served 11 1/2 years in the Air Force. He flew 177 combat rides as a Fire Control Officer (FCO) aboard the AC–130A Gunship. As a rescue navigator, Bocher participated in the abortive attempt to rescue the 53 hostages held in Iran. Throughout his service, Bocher was awarded two Distinguished Flying Cross medals, eight Air Medals, the Purple Heart, the Conspicuous Service Award from Gov. Mario Cuomo (NY) and two nominations for the Silver Star. The author's personal story was chronicled in two front-page stories in Newsday, People magazine, the Colorado Star, the Veterans of Foreign Wars magazine and was featured in “The Book of Man” (pp 417-424) by William Bennett (9/29/11). This story provides an accurate history of the end stages of the Vietnam War and has been placed in the oral history section of the Library of Congress. Mr. Bocher also worked as an air-traffic control specialist for 27 years.
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