For The Cause; Free ebook

Posted on 06/23/2019. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

I have not been very successful in marketing the books I have written. I know I am not good at marketing and maybe the books aren’t that good either. However I have been quite successful in giving books away free so to that end:

The ebook For the Cause will be available at Amazon for free download starting on July 4 and continuing through July 8.

Synopsis:

Two South Dakota farm boys decide to join the marines for a number of reasons, none of which include patriotism or love of country. It is 1950 and they complete boot camp just as the Korean War suddenly erupts. Chris finds himself assigned to the First Provisional Marine Brigade being hurriedly put together to be deployed to Korea. Pete is assigned to a marine unit providing base security for the Sangley Point Naval Air Station in the Philippines. The story follows the lives of the two young men during the last six months of 1950 while Chris in Korea is involved in the Pusan Perimeter, Inchon and the Chosin Reservoir battles and Pete spends his time as a security guard in the Philippines. Over a short period of time Chris goes from a green farm boy to a seasoned warrior and Pete’s world expands quickly as he encounters unfamiliar moral standards and first love. The story alternates between Chris in Korea and Pete in the Philippines until the story comes to a surprising conclusion

Authors Note; In writing For the Cause

My first plan had been to write a short novel which would concentrate on the part of the For the Cause story that took place in the  Philippines. The two main characters, Pete and Chris, would appear in the story with Pete in the Philippines and Chris in Korea but the Korean War would be in the background. However, as I researched the Korean War I began to better understand the epic role played by the marines in the early months of that war. I had been in the Navy during the Korean War and spent two years during that time in the Far East as a crewman on navy reconnaissance planes that patrolled the Korean coastline and adjacent areas in the region. As involved as I had been in the Korean conflict I found I didn’t have an appreciation of the role played by the marines during that war. For example, I believed the Chosin Reservoir battle had been an embarrassing defeat for the marines. I learned during researching the subject that the Chosin Reservoir battle is considered to be one of the Marine Corps finest hours. I hadn’t understood the tremendous odds the marines had to overcome in the successful withdrawal from the Chosin Reservoir nor the background and politics that had put the marines in the exposed position they were in at the time. It occurred to me that if I, as involved as I was in the conflict, did not appreciate the pluck and skill shown by the marines during the conflict, most other people would have little or no knowledge of the role the US Marines played in the Korean War. The Korean War has been called the Forgotten War and I realized For the Cause could be a means of revealing some of its history so others could become more aware of what had occurred during the Korean war. As a result the book  For the Cause became a full length novel with an expanded purpose.

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