a heartbreakingly realistic portrayal of the permanent changes wrought in a young man faced with the tragedy and brutality of war.
SAN MARINO, Calif. –
(PRWEB) December 18, 2013 -- Author Susan S. Rosvall taps into her brother’s personal Vietnam War experience to create the character of Private William Scofield, who stars in this new book. A naïve young man from a middle-class Southern California family, Bill is unprepared for the brutalities that await him in the III Corps battle zone of Vietnam.
In the relentless heat of Vietnam, Bill confronts both an internal and an external enemy. Assigned to a seven-man howitzer crew, he meets the hateful Sergeant Moore, an illiterate Klansman from Alabama, who makes it his business to bring Bill down. In spite of Moore’s insidious threats, and the bone-chilling attacks of North Vietnamese soldiers in the field, Bill performs with courage and self-reliance. Unwittingly, he emerges a hero.
Meanwhile, Bill’s mother, Abigail, fears that her son will be physically or psychologically damaged by the war, or that he won’t return at all. Desperately, she searches for information about the politics and progress of the war, hoping to stay emotionally connected to Bill.
“Silence is Broken” is a heartbreakingly realistic portrayal of a young man who becomes an instrument of destruction for an ill-defined cause. Forever changed, Bill could be any boy sent to war and forced to act in a manner that goes entirely against his nature. In the end, his childlike trust of national leaders -- and human nature itself -- evolves into a mature cynicism.
This is the first novel for author Susan S. Rosvall, whose painstaking research is evident on every page. Rosvall, an English composition teacher at California State University, Los Angeles, lives in San Marino, Calif.
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Silence is Broken
Susan S. Rosvall
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-2367-0 284 pages $16.95 US
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