But, I must say with all the mountainsides completely covered and clear skies, the area is truly beautiful.
I'm jumping to my next book in the "Apache Snow" Sage, with Book # 2, "In Search of Honor".
"Over 58,000 men and women bravely gave up their lives in the 10-year Vietnam War. Now, reverently remembered , their names are etched upon "The Wall", in Washington D.C. But, what of the millions who fought in this unpopular war? Men and women , who came home , were spat upon and called names such as 'Baby Killer', or ' Nixon's Gestapo'. Eighteen-year-old Christian boys who lost their faith after pulling an M-16 trigger in combat. Today, these men walk our streets as homeless drunks; many hooked on narcotics. Countless warriors who now suffer from various levels of Post-Traumatic Stress- Disorder (PTSD).
"Former 1st Lt. Bill Warrens, U.S. Army platoon leader and college graduate, is one such warrior. He's haunted almost nightly by the same PTSD nightmare; smothering him. The effects caused him to lose job after job . He left his family and way of life, becoming a vagrant. Now, dying of alcohol poisoning , he awaits death in a Los Angeles Veterans Hospital . However, a concerned Pastor Joshua Sanders , a Vietnam combat veteran, becomes drawn in to help Dr. Scott Ahern, former combat medic, with his PTSD outpatient groups and hospital in-patients. VA healthcare is limited by budget restraints, Obtaining medical appointments can often take months.
"Pastor Sanders discovers mislaid paperwork for Bill Warrens. Inside, it's revealed was to be decorated with the Medal of Honor, the highest military honor bestowed upon servicemen, for his gallant actions perform on Hamburger Hill (Operation Apache Snow) in 1969. The award he should have received is for the same deeds that haunt his impaired mind, through distorted nightmares. Now it is a race against time to cut through red tape, so Bill Warrens can be awarded his Medal before going to meet his Maker. If the race is won, William Warrens Jr., will see his father's eyes light up with wondrous amazement , upon see the men he thought his actions had caused the death of on Hamburger Hill.
"In the midst of this story, the veteran hospital comes under attack by a drug crazed Vietnam Veteran, who felt abandoned by his country, and he opts to shoot up the facility for revenge. The shooter wounds Dr. Scott Ahern and a sly doctor, who has no desire to use his funds to treat these drug users, mentally impaired and alcoholics, and he allows Pastor Joshua Sanders to continue with the therapy meetings."
Again, this is book # 2 of the saga and can be purchased via Kindle or in book form through Alaska Dreams Publishing at http://www.alaskadp.com. , or through Amazon.
Book # 3 of this sage will soon be out, entitled "Sandbox Wars", dealing with Afghanistan and where Captain William Warrens Jr, is now fighting the war in Afghanistan. Soon to be written will be Book # 4, "Medivac", from Vietnam in 1969-1971. I'll be telling the story of a U.S. Army surgical nurse, who did two tours in Vietnam, working in the surgical wing of an EVAC Hospital and flying to the scene as needed for emergencies, and being shot at while en-route.
My book "Homeland Security" is due to be out very soon, to be followed by "Rookie" from my new "Badge and the Cross" series. I'm in the process of wrapping up my 2nd book in the Arizona Rangers Series- "Indian Wars", when the Rangers, assisting the U.S. Army, take on Cochise and Geronimo of the Apache.
My series "Fire & Ice", a 13 book series, is wrapped up, but needing some editing, and then it will be released sometime next year. Susan, my editor, who works for free and out of love, is currently working hard on one of her degree programs.
My next info on my books will be the background behind Book # 1 of the Arizona Rangers Saga- "Blake's War". This was my first attempt at writing a western and I really enjoyed it. I also feel "Indian Wars" is an improvement. But, I must admit you need to read Book One to get all the background for this saga.
As I said before, I am now working upstairs, surrounded by all my police toys I've gathered over the last 30-yrs or so. Now I wish you all a wonderful day, as I love looking out the window to see my beautiful white mountains. Alaska is a wonderful place to live.
God Bless, BILL