New Novel Explores Horrors Suffered by POWs, Families

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D. J. McPherson’s “One More Sunrise” offers readers a tale of combat, camaraderie and hope

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This isn’t just a story about prisoners of war and people being killed

Author and veteran D. J. McPherson offers readers his new military adventure novel “One More Sunrise” (published by iUniverse).

One More Sunrise follows the story of two men in the Vietnam War. Jack Walker and Jeff Dunlay didn’t know each other before the war, but when thrust together as prisoners of war they soon form an unbreakable friendship. McPherson also offers the narratives of their wives, anxiously waiting at home for word of their husbands’ fates.

An excerpt from “One More Sunrise”:

“A prisoner of war is in a tight spot right from the start. He is a military man supposedly protected by a set of rules of war agreed to by most of the nations of the world. Right there is the oxymoron of all times. We make up rules about the civilized way to kill, maim, and destroy. Urbane gentlemen sit down at polished tables and sip tea while discussing what is a fair way for men to kill each other. Once armies clash and the slaughter begins, there will probably be prisoners taken. There always have been. Centuries before, prisoners became slaves or they were used for target practice, or whatever the conquerors decided. Now we have rules. The fly in the diplomatic ointment is that several nations didn’t make it to the party in Geneva. It’s like sitting down to play bridge and finding that your opponents plan to use meat axes rather than a deck of cards.”

“This isn’t just a story about prisoners of war and people being killed,” McPherson writes. “It’s about the families who wait for them; it’s about the casualty officers who have to notify loved ones that their warrior has been killed; it’s about idealists who demonstrate against war, and finally it’s about what’s left over when someone leaves the battlefield and returns to a civilized society.”

About the Author
D. J. McPherson is a retired career naval officer living on Whidbey Island, Wash. In 1966, he volunteered for duty in Vietnam and was assigned as officer in charge of Inshore Undersea Warfare Group One, Unit One in Vung Tau, where he served for a year. He departed Vietnam on the day of the Tet Offensive in 1968.

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