New Vietnam Novel by Keith Yocum a Semi-Finalist in Amazon Breakthrough Award, Released by Dog Ear Publishing
Daniel, by Keith Yocum, was a semi-finalist in the Adult Fiction category of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, an international contest open to unpublished and previously self-published novels. Yocum's book is a fascinating glimpse into the psychology of soldiers under attack in Vietnam, set in motion when a strange American GI with no memory wanders into firebase Martha. He knows a lot about the enemy, but is he a spy, guardian angel or good-luck charm?
It’s January 1972, and the American soldiers at the firebase Martha in Vietnam are deeply entrenched, awaiting their next orders, when a mysterious stranger wanders in from the depths of the jungle. He’s an American GI, and after some prodding he remembers his name is Daniel Carson, but he is unable to remember anything else about his prior whereabouts. However, he seems to have an eerie prescience about the actions of their enemies. After further investigation, it’s discovered that he was reported killed in action not far from the firebase. Is he a spy? A ghost? A guardian angel? A good-luck charm?
Daniel, published by Dog Ear Publishing, is a fascinating glimpse into the psychology of soldiers under attack. The action is relentless, and the twists and turns of the plot keep the reader spellbound. The colorful characters are well-rounded, and the settings are well-rendered, from the steamy jungle of Vietnam to late-1970’s America. The soldiers’ plight during wartime and after is told with feeling and empathy. Yocum manages to present a realistic picture of war and a great story at the same time.
Keith Yocum has years of journalistic experience, as a reporter as well as an editor and advertising director in the Boston area. His journalistic background is evident in the clean prose and fast-paced storytelling found in Daniel. This is a novel that will raise questions as well as goosebumps, and it will leave the reader wanting more.
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Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-160844-304-8 308 pages $16.00 US
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