Staying Out of Hell

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Random House Publishing Group, 1985 - Fiction - 330 pages
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James Alexander Thom, bestselling author of two magnificent historical novels, says about his modern novel, Staying Out of Hell:
"Like my character, Scotty Montgomery, I grew up in the idyllic prewar Midwest, was a Marine, and later a journalist appalled by the apparent cheapness of life and the world's casual disregard for human suffering. Like my protagonist, I am unable to reconcile my country's two roles: the citadel of humane idealism, and the leading world merchant of death-dealing weapons. I hope by this novel to awaken our benumbed souls to the awful absurdities with which we live."

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About the author (1985)

James Alexander Thom was formerly a U.S. Marine, a newspaper and magazine editor, and a member of the faculty at the Indiana University Journalism School. He is the author of "Follow the River", "Long Knife", "From Sea to Shining Sea", "Panther in the Sky" (for which he won the prestigious Western Writers of America Spur Award for best historical novel), "Sign-Talker", "The Children of First Man", and "The Red Heart". He lives in the Indiana hill country near Bloomington with his wife, Dark Rain of the Shawnee Nation, United Remnant Band. Dark Rain is a director of the National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Planning Council. The author's Website is: www.jamesalexanderthom.com.

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