New Book Discusses How Survival and Nostalgia Can Go Hand in Hand

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Innocence of childhood sustains Vietnam soldier Harry Simpson in ‘I Must Survive’.

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We learned to face life’s hardships as a family and were very close and protective of each other.

How can nostalgia be a doubled-edged sword? When you’re reminiscing about your idyllic 1950s childhood in a Vietnam jungle, fighting for your life. I Must Survive (published by AuthorHouse), Harry Simpson’s debut novel, centers on the story of the lone survivor of a brutal attack on a U.S. patrol boat during the Vietnam War. Simpson worked diligently to portray the war accurately, consulting with a former Green Beret who did five tours in Vietnam and a “brown-water navy” vet who served on U.S. Navy Swift boats.

The author has experienced his own forms of survival: polio as a child, prostate cancer, a spinal blockage and blood clots that forced him to learn to walk again; he still can’t be on his feet for long and gets around mostly in a golf cart. Most recently, he had surgery to remove cancer from his sinus cavity and now wears a prosthetic nose.

Simpson hopes that through the soldier’s memories, he conveys a sense of the contentment and family closeness he and others experienced growing up in the 1950s.

“We learned to face life’s hardships as a family and were very close and protective of each other,” Simpson says. “People that read the book now are fascinated by the way life was back then, and they wish life was a little more like that today.”

Author’s bio:
Harry Simpson grew up in Burlington, Colo., and spent 39 years in finance. He is a happily married stepfather, grandfather and great-grandfather who now lives most of the year in a retirement community in Winter Haven, Fla., surrounded by his beloved dogs and many friends.

I Must Survive
By Harry Simpson
ISBN: 1467027057
Approx. 200 pages
Available in hardcover, paperback and e-book

To contact the author or for a review copy of the book:
Cindy Dashnaw, cdashnaw(at)bohlsenpr(dot)com, 317.602.7137 ext. 223

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