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SOLDIER OF AQUARIUS: 1969-1970 [Special Legacy Edition Reprint] (N/A) [Kindle Edition]

John W. Cassell
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Book Description

The adventures of a young man graduating from college in 1969 and his efforts to grapple with decisions about his future at a time when the siren song of the Counterculture calls and the draft for bodies to fight the war in Vietnam looms. This is the story of those decisions and their effect on the young man. He did it all...saw much...and in the end was called upon to pay the price.

A 100% authentic story of those times written by a man who lived them. The emotions run the gamut...as do the settings and the characters.

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From the Author

This is the very first novel I ever wrote, beginning a month after I was discharged from the military. I was growing up, it seemed, and wanted to preserve the story of my years on the road while memory and original sources such as journals, letters, passports,sugar cube wrappers and other miscellaneous sources still existed.

This novel was the result, but the complete manuscript sat for three decades in a box while Crossroads: 1969, Odyssey: 1970 and An Aquarian Tragedy, each to some degree owing their provenance to this original, were all published and released.

Now for the first time, thirty years after work on it was completed, the entire story has been published under its original title: SOLDIER OF AQUARIUS.

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John W. Cassell excels for many reasons, but it's his narrative power that places him among the ranks of our finest writers. Within his bio-novels, principally those dealing with the 1960s and 1970s, we observe a man constantly on the move, ready for any adventure, yet all the while truly in search of himself.

This is the most honest kind of writing there is, for it is a search in which we all engage in, which is why, through his extraordinary skill, Cassell captures us and enthralls us sentence by sentence. How skillfully he takes us with him wherever he goes! His journey is our journey, and still so much of it is surprising, unexpected and thrilling.

This is more than talent, this is talent fulfilled. Cassell is special! -- Jack Engelhard

Jack Engelhard is the author of the runaway best seller and hit Hollywood movie INDECENT PROPOSAL. His book on the early Sixties in Greenwich Village, DAYS OF THE BITTER END has also been optioned for the movies.

His latest release, BATHSHEBA DEADLINE is now available in paperback at bookstores and major on-line booksellers.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 920 KB
  • Print Length: 714 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1592993206
  • Publisher: Inkwater Press; 1st edition (20 Nov. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000ZLCAHK
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #776,539 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Step Out Into a New Life 2 May 2008
Format:Paperback
SOLDIER OF AQUARIUS is a great place to step out into a new way of life, with a fascinating literary hero.

As is obvious from my discussion topic (in the Amazon Shorts forum on the USA Amazon site) toasting John Cassell's HELL'S QUEST: 1971, I've been reading this author's collection of novels for several months, following a surge in literary exploration which has caused that forum to evolve into a commentary on each of those novels, as well as into a seminar on novelists talking about their work and writing techniques, including how ghosts, poltergeists, and possession of an author by a quickened character are related concepts.

For the past several years I've been reading mostly mystery novel series as I enjoy the literary depth and continuity there. I escape into novels so thoroughly that I go through a minor grieving process when I finish a good one. Being able to follow a character through several books is a boon to that type of psyche, and to an author like me who also writes books in series.

Prior to becoming addicted to the unique voice of Cassell, I had made a study of Robert B. Parker's Spenser series, reviewing each novel in that series, then moving into his two other mystery series. Through Spenser I enjoyed comparing the 70's to present day, and following various details of the evolution of cultural change beginning in the 70's then pushing heatedly through the 80's, 90's, and 00's.

That craving led naturally, almost uncannily into Cassel's novels, which focus on the 1967-1973 seeding pivotal point of the huge number of philosophical, psychological, sociological changes which we're still sorting through today.

My problem with some of The Literary Classics has always been that reading them depressed me.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Silly "history" 29 Aug. 2013
By EH
Format:Kindle Edition
It may be that you have a memory that can follow this book - no strategy - no overall plot...............and who is, who and when:???
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Literary Fountain of Youth ! 4 May 2008
By Rose Cole - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have read this novel three times & will read it again.
All of John Cassell's novels are superbly written. The stories
are gripping & sure to please readers of all ages.
If it were possible to earn a ten star rating this Novel deserves it!
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Soldiers of Aquarius 1969-1970 was a return to a wonderful, yet painful era in American history. Cassell takes you back to the days of "Make Love Not War","Peace" and "Hell No We Won't Go!" You get to travel with him from Atlantic City, New Jersey to Albuerque, New Mexico, then on to California and back. Many times with little or no money, through hot desert country and freezing cold. He lets you taste starvation,arrest, torture,loneliness and the confusion of youths living in those wonderful, stormy and often frightening days.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Step Out Into a New Life 7 Dec. 2007
By Linda G. Shelnutt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
SOLDIER OF AQUARIUS is a great place to step out into a new way of life, with a fascinating literary hero.

As is obvious from my discussion topic (in the Amazon Shorts forum on the USA Amazon site) toasting John Cassell's HELL'S QUEST: 1971, I've been reading this author's collection of novels for several months, following a surge in literary exploration which has caused that forum to evolve into a commentary on each of those novels, as well as into a seminar on novelists talking about their work and writing techniques, including how ghosts, poltergeists, and possession of an author by a quickened character are related concepts.

For the past several years I've been reading mostly mystery novel series as I enjoy the literary depth and continuity there. I escape into novels so thoroughly that I go through a minor grieving process when I finish a good one. Being able to follow a character through several books is a boon to that type of psyche, and to an author like me who also writes books in series.

Prior to becoming addicted to the unique voice of Cassell, I had made a study of Robert B. Parker's Spenser series, reviewing each novel in that series, then moving into his two other mystery series. Through Spenser I enjoyed comparing the 70's to present day, and following various details of the evolution of cultural change beginning in the 70's then pushing heatedly through the 80's, 90's, and 00's.

That craving led naturally, almost uncannily into Cassel's novels, which focus on the 1967-1973 seeding pivotal point of the huge number of philosophical, psychological, sociological changes which we're still sorting through today.

My problem with some of The Literary Classics has always been that reading them depressed me. I was usually left at the end of a read feeling that the best next course of action would be to leap off a cliff. I was always disgusted that such amazing literary skill, such exquisite syntax, such blood-rich character development, such balsamic plot complexity was used to elevate either the artistry of ennui or of horrifying tragedy... concluding with, "Is that all there is?" or "Life is NOT a bowl full of cherries; it is The Pits of Terror and Torture." The GREAT GATSBY was one such. The wordsmithing and storytelling ability in that novel are almost insurpassable. Yet, I feel nothing but an empty, horrible depression when I get into that book or movie. Even so, Gatsby is one of my favorite examples of a truly good novel.

Too many of the Classics, for me, are the perfect promotions for Prozac. Given a choice, I'd rather read Cassell, Parker, and Jack Engelhard (THE BATHSHEBA DEADLINE, see my review) and keep my natural chemistry intact.

What I like about those guys is that they provide engrossing entertainment, then leave me as a reader with a feeling of being well grounded into reality, including the dark sides, yet ready to work even harder to get what I want out of life and to spark others to do the same with their lives, through my writing.

When I read I seek a spirit lift. I get enough daily drains on my life force from reality. I can't see welcoming them into my mind when I'm wanting the regenerating factor of an escape into an enthralling world created in my mind by another healthy mind.

It'll be a while yet, before I've come to the conclusion of indulging this wallow into the works of a great author stepping out.

I'm honored to say that my blurb has been included in this novel's publication, in good company with other authors raving SOLDIER OF AQUARIUS.

Linda Shelnutt

Shelnutt is the author of several Amazon Kindle books and Amazon Shorts, including Myrtle's Ultimate Mystery, Full Moon Rising (The Books of Gem), and Molasses Moon. Her trade paperback, The Rose and the Pyramid has become a collector's item, and is now available on Kindle The Rose and the Pyramid (The Books of Gem).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Deadbeat story 1 Jun. 2014
By D. B. Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The book started out as rather interesting but turned out to be the same song, different verse all the way to the end. I expected a different conclusion. I'm not sure why someone would write about dodging the draft and living a drug-induced life unless there was a positive lesson at the end. And there wasn't.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will there ever really be an "Age of Aquarius"? 9 Mar. 2013
By Crystal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Diverting story that lived with me and compelled me to finish it. We are all searching for meaning in our lives. This author is able to put it into words. Perhaps the journey is the answer.
3.0 out of 5 stars short 25 Jun. 2014
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vietnam as seen by one pilot, quick read, i think each vets experience over there is a different one and Im interested in reading all I can.
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