ODYSSEY OF AN INNOCENT: stilling the sirens of war
Before Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) came into the vernacular, a child-soldier returns home from a distant war, believing himself unscathed. Yet the beauty, the dark humor, the lunacy—and the horror of his experiences there continue haunt him. He is no longer able to make sense of the world; no job or relationship can hold him...he has to keep moving! In his third “Vietnam” book, Kerry Heubeck reaches into personal depths, traversing foreign lands and emotions, seeking answers to unnamable questions. He encounters the prophesies of a seeress, the healing salve of nature and the wisdom of Monkey. From that Oriental Trickster, he learns that if he is to quiet the sirens that drew him into this quest, he must return to that land ravished by war. Heubeck’s odyssey through the Land of the Dragon brings a glimpse of the serenity he seeks. It also draws the reader into an unforgettable adventure during a harrowing moment of this planet’s history.
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