Scars of War Prompt Spiritual Journey in Soldier's New Book

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Ex-Marine Daryl J. Eigen's Vietnam War memoir a unique blend of past and present perceptions of conflict.

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Daryl J. Eigen's life really is a true story -- the story of a young American who enlisted in the Marines and paid a heavy price in body, mind, and spirit for his intelligence, courage, and convictions.

“A Hellish Place of Angels: Con Thien – One Man’s Journey” (published by iUniverse), a new book by former U.S. Marine Daryl J. Eigen, is an intimate look at one man’s journey through the escalating nightmare of the Vietnam War, conveyed through personal recollections, letters home, and media coverage.

Intentionally sparking a collision between past and present, truth and perception, Eigen confronts the harsh realities of Vietnam and its lingering, devastating effects on the soldiers who survived it.

When Eigen came home from the war in 1968 – after participating in more than a dozen operations against enemy forces, including the brutal battles and siege of Con Thien, a precursor to the Tet Offensive – he tried to put it behind him, disposing of his uniforms and medals, even joining the anti-war movement. Decades later, his mother handed him a boxful of letters he’d written to family during the conflict.

Eigen says rediscovering his younger self prompted a spiritual journey to understand the trauma of Vietnam and why it occurred – and to aid veterans in their healing process. Eigen, like many other veterans and non-veterans alike, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and Parkinson’s disease. He felt compelled to write a book that would be a voice for people who’ve served in the military forces and have been unable to communicate about and recover from their traumatic experiences.

“This book is historical, it’s truthful, and it exposes the cracks in understanding history,” says Eigen. “The fallen need to be remembered. The pieces of ourselves that were shattered in war have to be stitched together.”

About the Author
Daryl J. Eigen served in Vietnam and was awarded three purple hearts. He earned a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, an M.A. from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and worked as an engineer and CEO. Now retired, Eigen and his wife, Lucy, live in Portland, Oregon. He has two children and three grandchildren.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star, and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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