Thursday, July 12, 2018

On the Fault by Ronald J. Wichers

Book Details:

Book Title: 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

Book Description:

“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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Writing a Fictionalized biography
by Ronald J. Wichers

By fictionalized biography I only meant that On The Fault is an “episodic novel” – a string of anecdotes taken from my life and those of others I knew during the period of our nation’s bloody involvement in Viet Nam. But those real people are only a starting point to get it going.
The fictional characters quickly begin to diverge sharply from the flesh and blood models, in terms of their own personal stories, their own personal “plots”. The same is true for the episodes and anecdotes – I have strung the small memories of mine together like lights on a wire or like a lot of garments pinned to a clothes line, in order to render a specific time in our nation’s history so as to reveal the various “colors” or meanings of that tangled web we refer to as the Vietnam War.
On The Fault is not my own personal, over all story, per-se. It is a way to try and re-create the overall plot and meaning of the Vietnam War – an episode in this nation’s history that sent us spinning off in a direction the Founders would be horrified and saddened to witness.
OTF is an effort to shed my lights upon this war to reveal the absurdity of it. The cruelty of it, the madness. Joe Hearns unwittingly honors the life and death of the man, the veteran, who, while in uniform, murdered his wife, Claudia.
That is what I feel about the Vietnam War. It was wrong and nothing can make it otherwise. A lot of vets can’t handle the thought that we murdered something of our selves there; and when they insist that it was all something heroic, I say, stop and think again.
Vietnam vets are stuck with the dilemma that, while their own personal behavior there might have been worthy of praise, the Vietnam War itself was unjust – a un-necessary thing built of lies and resulted in the needless slaughter of millions of Vietnamese people on their own soil.

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.

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