The long-awaited (by me, anyway) publication of my novel The Militarized Zone: What Did You Do in the Army, Grandpa? will take place at the end of October, 2016. I describe it this way: If M*A*S*H and Good Morning, Vietnam had an illegitimate love child, it would be this novel. The story is told by Will Jensen, a twenty-three year old, easygoing college grad, musician and business owner, intent on getting through life having a good time without causing problems for others. In 1969 Will is drafted but determined to make his time in the military pleasant. His determination is tested when he’s assigned to Eighth Army Headquarters in Seoul, Korea, where he experiences love and loss, joy and tragedy, and gets a true education about life.
I based this on my experiences in the Army at Ft. Hood and Eighth Army Headquarters. Publishers Weekly Booklife Prize in Fiction said—
“Humor and believable characters…the author pulls them together…9.25 out of 10.”
—Publishers Weekly Booklife Prize in Fiction
It will be for sale on Amazon and anywhere else I can coerce a bookstore owner to carry it. The retail price is $14.95. I’ll eventually add a link to it on this blog. I hope you’ll take a look at it. If you like it, please tell others. If you don’t, please take your secret to the grave with you.