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Recent Devon Prep Grad Publishes First Novel

Richard Say, a Main Line high school graduate, wrote an historic fiction about the Cold War.

Devon, PA, August 27, 2009 --( By the end of their senior year in high school, most students are busy getting ready to graduate and preparing for college. For Devon Prep Class of 2009 graduate Richard M. Say of West Chester, his senior year also included completing his first novel.

“The Cold War Turned Hot,” is a 264 page historic fiction about a war between the USSR and the USA. “I’ve always been fascinated with military history,” said Say. “I think most historians would agree that if the US and the USSR had gone to war, the outcome would have been anything but predictable.”

His motivation came from a dream about what turned out to be his first chapter. After writing nearly 100 pages, he decided it was something he should complete. He worked on the book throughout his high school years and with help from two Devon Prep faculty members he was able to finish writing it this past spring.

“I really wanted to do something besides play video games all summer,” he explained. “I finished writing it this past February and after six months I finally succeeded in getting it published.”

The Cold War Turned Hot is available in hardcover and paperback through or

While at Devon Prep Say was an honor student and an AP Scholar. He plans to attend American University in the fall.

Devon Prep is a small, private, Catholic, college preparatory school for young men in grades six through 12 conducted by the Piarist Fathers and located on the Main Line. Devon Prep enrolls nearly 300 students who hail from the five county Philadelphia area. For more information call 610-688-7337 or visit

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