ARLINGTON, Texas (PRWEB) May 05, 2015
Author Michael O’Shea reminds readers to wear flowers in their hair as they travel back in time through the Age of Aquarius in his new historical fiction about 1960s military life, “Blood on the Risers: A Novel of Conflict and Survival in Special Forces during the Vietnam War” (published by AuthorHouse).
O’Shea recreates his most poignant memories of serving as commanding officer of a Green Beret A-team in Vietnam within the pages of “Blood on the Risers.” Readers will find an unadulterated narrative of military life during a time of cultural, social and sexual revolution in the United States, illustrated by the book’s protagonist, Mike.
“This book is about a young patriot yearning to serve his country, only to discover the real world is fraught with contradictions and paradox,” O’Shea says. “He meets a variety of men along the way – some ordinary, most honorable, all caught up in complexities of the most controversial war in American history.”
As Mike struggles to push through the realities of war, he realizes he must confront three enemies: his innocence; the Communists; and his own countrymen. Readers experience the rigors and challenges of military training, dispatch and combat through O’Shea’s characters’ eyes: soldiers soaring through icy skies toward mountainside drop zones; the distinct smell of death as Mike tightly clutches onto the remnants of his tattered soul; the sheer resolve Mike and his fellow men display in their unwavering commitment to their country.
“Blood on the Risers” creates a factual rendering of the innermost workings of a Special Forces A-team that O’Shea believes will provide readers with a renewed appreciation for what servicemen endured to defend their country in Vietnam, despite the danger and consequence of war.
“Blood on the Risers”
By Michael O’Shea
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 508 pages | ISBN 9781491813805
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 508 pages | ISBN 9781491813812
E-Book | 508 pages | ISBN 9781491813799
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Michael O’Shea grew up on naval airbases in Cuba, Hawaii and Japan, where he climbed to the summit of Mount Fujiyama at the age of 12. He volunteered for duty in Vietnam in 1969, where he served as the commanding officer of a Special Forces A-team on the Cambodian border. At the age of 21, he was the youngest captain to command a Special Forces A-team in Vietnam. He left the service after his tour in Vietnam and earned his business degree from Texas A&I University-Kingsville. After a 10-year career with the surgical products division of Procter & Gamble, he served as partner at a medical device company in Dallas. He currently specializes in total joint replacement for hips and knees, assisting orthopedic surgeons in Arlington, Texas.
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