"STUMP! has all the ingredients of a World War II novel: action, gritty combat details, salty language and heroes left and right. The story is about a man who was a Navy frogman, the precursor to today’s celebrated special operation SEALS. As a memoir it gives a very good look at a man who signed up to fight for his country and ended up being one of the unsung heroes that any war produces. The narrative begins with the protagonist reflecting on the losses of friends, then segues into his childhood and life up to enlistment, then his training… The author uses many good fiction techniques – similes, alliteration, strong verbs, imagery and fragments, tossing in a couple of unusual points of view and offering some strong imagery. The volume moves along swiftly with 89 untitled short chapters. The cover is very effective, suggesting all the key elements of the memoir."