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A father fears that his daughter serving in Iraq will be required to pay a Debt he incurred during the Vietnam War. His prayers for her safety are answered in an unexpected way. This story circulated among our soldiers in Iraq and was well received.
JOHN W. CASSELL entered the adult working world in 1964 when, at age 16, he became a disc-jockey at an Atlantic City, New Jersey radio station. That summer he was a floor correspondent at the Democrat National Convention, writing his own news stories. He worked in radio until leaving for New Mexico the following year to attend University.
He wrote his first feature length novel in 1976, the year he was discharged from the United States Air Force. "The book was much too controversial to be published at the time," he recalls, "as it graphically portrayed drug use, drug dealing and other unsavory activity I encountered in my years on the road 1969-1971."
The book, SOLDIER OF AQUARIUS, thus remained "in the desk drawer" for thirty years. It's first half, detailing Cassell's travels in Europe and North Africa in 1969, was finally published in 2003. With the characters involved reaching retirement age or dead, the controversial second half was published under the title AN AQUARIAN TRAGEDY a couple years later using a nom d' plume and disguised identities.
It was while living and working on a remote tropical island at the turn of the century that Cassell was really bitten by the writing bug. During his ten years "in the jungle", he wrote ODYSSEY: 1970, HELL'S QUEST: 1971, DEVILLIERS COUNTY BLUES: 1972 and the two part politico-military novel UNCERTAIN PARADISE: 1973. It was also during this time that the two halves of SOLDIER OF AQUARIUS 1969-1970 were published, with the original full length novel following in 2007.
Cassell retired from a career in law enforcement and criminal prosecution due to total disability in 2006. Several of his books contain courtroom drama and police stories from his law enforcement years. Yet his first love and the primary focus of his books has remained life on the road in the Late Sixties-Early Seventies.
"There never was a time quite like it," Cassell recalls. "There never was a time when young people had more opportunity to explore their world... to really see what life was all about."
Cassell's books focus on his adventures and the adventures of others he met on the Road. It was with DeVilliers and Uncertain Paradise that he abandoned his largely autobiographical memoir/adventure genre in favor of novels....the former being of the police procedural genre, the latter politico-military.
"It is a privilege being a part of the Amazon family of authors," Cassell notes. "Thanks in large part to this forward-looking company, the reading public has been liberated from the commercial maneuvers of the big publishing houses. Never before have the public enjoyed so many options in reading... never before have so many talented writers had the opportunity to display their works to potential readers."
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Having a night of insomnia I needed something to keep me occupied and found this little gem.
What lengths will a father go to save his daughter from being killed in the Iraq war? He'd give his life of course!
It only took me a couple of hours to read the interaction between Cassell and his daughter through emails and Cassell's conversations with his guardian but where normally insomnia can be a really tiring experience, thanks to this beautiful little gem, I was instead left with that wondrous feeling that there is still hope in the world thanks to the sacrifices parents make for their children.