Author Bill Bowles’ New Novel Explores Life of a Soldier in War and Peace

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Not all conflicts are formed in the crucible of combat, as young protagonist discovers

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In his new novel Covert Loves (published by iUniverse), author and veteran Bill Bowles offers a story that chronicles “… the devastating effects of war, and how its aftermath remains long after the firing guns and falling bombs are silent.”

Ken Fisher joined the army after World War II ended. He had always wanted to travel and see the world, but postwar Germany is nothing like what he expected. Instead of beautiful landscapes and thankful citizens, Ken finds gritty despair and racism.

Amid the chaos, Ken falls in love with a charming German girl named Elona, but love isn’t simple after war, especially when Ken is an outsider. When Elona and Ken decide to get married, their application for a marriage license reveals dark, terrible secrets, bringing their love into question. Ken leaves Germany and love behind and becomes a Green Beret. He serves several tours and gains knowledge of unconventional warfare in South Vietnam, where he learns to be a true soldier.

At this point, Ken’s military career could have ended. He could have continued teaching ROTC kids and living a peaceful, happy existence. Instead, he is sent to the Korean Demilitarized Zone, where he is given a final assignment that will test his beliefs and his oaths. When faced with this assignment, Ken must make a life-changing choice between accepting Army orders and upholding his own beliefs in right and wrong.

This chronicle of a young soldier’s life, Bowles says, “… presents readers with a challenge: what would they do, in Fisher’s place? Could they have made the right decision and lived with the consequences?”

About the Author
Bill Bowles is a retired sergeant major from the Green Berets with 24 years service. He served three tours in South Vietnam, where he was wounded, and two tours in Europe. Later, he earned a master’s degree and worked for the Defense Department and participated in Operation Desert Storm. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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