Wednesday, 4 July 2018

On the Fault by Ronald J. Wichers + #Giveaway + Guest Post

On the Fault by Ronald J. Wichers

Category: Adult Fiction, 474 pages
Genre: Fictionalized biography
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Release date: March 13, 2018
Tour dates: July 2 to 27, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13

Where to buy this book:

The Book Depository : from £16.95 (PB)
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Amazon : from $5.03 / £3.59 (ebook)
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“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.

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Guest Post On the Fault by Ronald J. Wichers
How the Vietnam War played a role in my Writing

There is definitely a personal connection to the United States’ bloody involvement if Vietnam. I bled there and I shed blood there.

But aside from that, that war was like a rabid dog snarling and stalking all of us for ten years. It made a jumble of how one planned one’s life. For example, what if you wanted to be a priest? Were you going to pursue that because you truly felt called to that vocation? Or, in reality, were you only trying to hide, to cloak yourself in an exempted profession? That was my predicament. I was so terrified of being drafted that my fear infected every and any plans I made for my future. And that’s my problem. Not everybody was so conflicted.

Then, in 1967, my best friend was killed there at the battle of Khe Sanh – the prelude to the Tet Offensive. That was like a bomb going off in my head. His mother stopped eating and not long after wasted away to a corpse. I was in college then. Things were not good in my family. “My country right or wrong” was a refrain from the Right. There were race riots everywhere. Protestors to the war were regarded as traitors. Some were brutally beaten in Chicago outside the venue for the Democratic Party Convention of 1968. It seemed the whole country was in flames, flames in the streets, flames in our hearts, our minds.

I found myself there in 1970, assigned to a rifle company.

Meet 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 am, 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.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram

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  1. I've always wanted to read more Vietman war fiction. Neat to get the background on how this one came about.

    1. I think Wichers' life experiences play a strong role in his novels

  2. Oh wow. The author went through so much. I'm so sorry about his best friend. :( That sucks.

    1. I can't imagine being in that situation myself. So awful

  3. I think the author's story is heartbreaking. I can't imagine living through something like that.

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