Book Title: On the Fault by Ronald J. Wichers
Category: Adult Fiction, 474 Genre: Fictionalized biography
Publisher: Outskirts Press | Release date: March 13, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 | Tour dates: July 2 to 27, 2018
“The heart of the planet is broken and the world is bleeding. We come out of the broken-hearted earth and try to mend it.”
True grit mixes with true wit in this tragic, yet strangely triumphant tale of how much one man can lose. Following the Vietnam War, life proves bittersweet as Joe Hearns learns that sometimes finding happiness means changing the definition.
For Joe Hearns the horrors of combat give way to those of daily life upon return to the States; a life burdened by an odd curse that seems to hover over the heads of anyone who fought in that otherwise magical land. He discovers that courage takes on a whole new meaning when coping with a world moving at a different pace – the pace of friendship and love. But, in the end, this proves the way out from under the curse of the war no one wanted.
When it comes to this soldier’s story the word fearless comes to mind.
Guest Post 'On the Fault' by Ronald J. Wichers: My Hope for Readers
My hope is that readers would take away how it feels to be injected into an illegal war, a war triggered by lies fabricated by our own government; an unpopular war, a meat-grinder of a war and what that can do to the human heart once you kill someone in such a situation, especially if you knew from the start of your tour of duty that it was wrong, unjust.
The Vietnamese are a brave and sweet people, most of whom, at this time – the 1950s to the 1970s – were simple bean farmers and rice farmers who found themselves trapped and forced to choose between invading forces – first the French then the Americans – and their own local patriots – the Viet Minh, later the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese regulars. Who would you side with – the invaders or your own neighbors?
On The Fault is the product of memory and imagination. I can’t think of any real research that went into it. Instead, for this and virtually all my writings, I simply recall details to support a mix of characters and events that, for whatever reason, nag at me, sometimes for many years; for example, the death of Hagardy in On the Fault.
About the Author:
Ronald J. Wichers was born in Lake Ronkonkoma New York in 1947. He attended Catholic School until 1965, studied History and literature at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas until being drafted into the United States Army in 1970. He was assigned to a rifle company in the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam and, after sustaining severe wounds in a gun battle, including the loss of his left arm, was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the Army Commendation Medal for Heroism and the Bronze Star Medal. He later studied theology full time at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley California. He has published several short stories about the Vietnam war. The Fear of Being Eaten: A Biography of the Heart is his fifth novel.
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