New Book ‘A Year in the Sun’ Is a Stirring Wartime Romance

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It is an epic story of a soldier’s journey through the war torn land of Korea.

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War has constantly plagued Korea since the Second World War. The first instance was when the Japanese invaded Korea and colonized it for most of the war. Then a few years later, the Korean War erupted and thousands of Korean civilians were caught in the crossfire between the South and North Korean factions. Even today North and South Korea are still hostile nations since they have not signed a peace treaty. Tensions between the two countries constantly arise, centering around the DMZ (demilitarized zone) that borders them. A nuclear war, for many military analysts, is most likely to start in the Korean peninsula. Author Brian D. Pardo’s “A Year In The Sun” is a story about the Korean conflict and the many lives it has affected.

Set in the late 1960’s, it revolves around the life of a young American soldier named Hawk Youngblood. Fresh out of boot camp and ready and willing to prove himself as a soldier, he is assigned to an army base in South Korea, a few miles away from the DMZ. He becomes accustomed to the daily life of a soldier and soon falls in love with a young beautiful Korean girl named Bonnie who lives in a village nearby. Being a skilled and intelligent young man, he is soon promoted rapidly in the ranks. All in all, life is good for Hawk. That is, until hostilities break out between the two Korean factions and Hawk is assigned to be a sniper, an extremely dangerous job. He is forced to leave Bonnie, who is pregnant with his child, to face the cold, harsh realities of war. He experiences the brutality of war, the loss of many brave comrades, but things are worst for him when he thinks about Bonnie and their unborn child. Hawk is caught between two hard choices: that of being a real husband or a dutiful soldier.

A touching and realistic love story, Pardo’s book is also a tribute to the civilians who suffered as noncombatants – fleeing, becoming refugees or caught in the crossfire. Pardo’s book is a tribute to all the soldiers who lost their lives in countless conflicts throughout the world. All in all, “A Year In The Sun” is great reading for those who like action, romance and suspense set against the backdrop of a real historical war.

About the Author

Brian Dodd Pardo was born on October 1, 1942. His mother was on a train on her way to California when she gave birth to him near Pittsburgh, Pa. She was going to join his father who had been transferred to the Pacific Fleet. After World War II, the author’s family moved to Phoenix, Ariz., where Brian and his brother, along with a younger sister, were raised. He attended Arizona State University, where he studied Political Science, Philosophy and Business Administration. Prior to graduation, he left Arizona State to join the US Army after the Cuban missile crisis caused him to believe the United States was about to go to war with Russia. He then spent almost seven years in the military when he was honorably discharged as a combat pilot and veteran of the Vietnam War. He eventually married his high school sweetheart and has two daughters and three grandchildren. He lives in Waco, Texas where he has resided since 1976.

A Year In The Sun * Brian D. Pardo
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 330 pages; 978-1-4836-8239-6
Trade Hardback; $22.99; 330 pages; 978-1-4836-8240-2
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-8241-9

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