READERS REJOICE! John W. Cassell is back with his latest class act. In this book - as in all his books - he proves himself to be a grand-master of American Literature. His hand is sure from page to page. Read this book and get ready for one heck of a ride. Read ALL his books and you'll find the gold standard of true writing. -Jack Engelhard JACK ENGELHARD is the internationally acclaimed author of the best seller Indecent Proposal which was translated into 22 languages and became a box office smash hit movie by Paramount Pictures. "My Father Joe", included in his award-winning book Escape From Mount Moriah, was brought to the screen by Canadian filmmaker Nikila Cole and featured at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
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."