A Man Finds His Duty Amidst the Korean War in R.W. Powers’ New Novel

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Expecting to soon return home, U.S. soldiers are instead thrust into brutal combat

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In his new novel “McNeil” (published by iUniverse), author and veteran R.W. Powers offers to readers a tale of military adventure, sacrifice and duty set during the Korean War.

Corporal Charlie McNeil has high hopes of completing his military obligations so he could get back home and take care of his ailing mother and complete his college education. Like the other men he was not prepared for a war, all he and the others had to do was survive. Battles have been lost by the American military but never a war, and McNeil intended to make sure it didn’t happen on his watch.

An excerpt from “McNeil”:

“McNeil slowly handed the mick to Gordon without really seeing who took it. He stood deep in thought for several minutes. I was sent on this assignment expecting no promotion and being back in the States and out of the Army in a year. Now look what’s happened. War has broken out. A war that’s being called a Police Action, but a war by any other name is still a war. I have been extended on active duty with no known date of release. I’ve been promoted from corporal in the trenches to a Battalion Commander, all this in less than a year. What else could possibly happen?”

With the present military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan still fresh in the American consciousness, Powers’ hope for readers is plain: “I would hope that the reader will have a better understanding of what a military man goes through when he is called to duty,” he says.

About the Author
R.W. Powers is a retired military veteran who served three tours in Vietnam and earned both the Air Medal and the Bronze Star. A full-time writer, he also enjoys fishing and woodworking. Powers lives in Perry, Florida, with his wife, Miss Dolly. “McNeil” is his debut book

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