- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1210 KB
- Print Length: 356 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1592993966
- Publisher: Inkwater Press; First edition (3 Dec. 2008)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001NMSG5A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,366,916 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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UNCERTAIN PARADISE: 1973 ***The Latter Days" (Uncertain Paradise: !973 Book 2) Kindle Edition
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This book details the second half of Cassells year on Maggie Rock, the newly independent island in the pacific ocean. However things are not going smoothly. Cassell has to deal with betrayal, anxiety, and a life forced into turmoil. Already heavily involved in the islands militia he must decide where his loyalties lie, often choosing between his own personal needs and those of his country. This results in both physical and mental pain.
You will follow Cassell on a personal journey whilst feeling every emotion as the character shares his innermost fears regarding the dangerous world he has found himself plunged into.
Whatever your personal preference for the contents of a novel, I can pretty much guarantee you'll find it here. There is action in the form of jungle combat & invading communist forces, tender moments coupled with lost love, and political wrangling aplenty. It reads almost as a personal diary but from a life you could only dream about.
The author obviously knows his stuff and the way that small island (and on times international) politics is portrayed in the book allows the reader to see it laid bare, which is a real eye opener.
I cannot believe that JWC has had such little recognition in the literary world but in a way I am glad that the novels are almost a little secret shared only by a select band of followers.
Do yourself a favour this year and pick up these books.... you can send me the thank you messages for introducing you to Cassell after you've read them :)
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I was honored to have written the forward to this second novel of life as you've never known it, unless you're John Cassell, or one of his lucky readers. Here's an excerpt from my forward:
In his two part series of UNCERTAIN PARADISE, Cassell has come to the height of an owned, honed, and manifested capacity for storytelling. In part 2, John has achieved a pinnacle of this talent.
In UP2 I lived within the realities (not the tropical paradise I would have expected) of a Caribbean island, even though I've never exited the boundaries of the USA. I have endured through the daily routine realities of hurricanes of varying intensities through a full Mori Mungu season. I have lived through the perspectives, feelings, and sinews of a male human being who has worked successfully through not only some of the most rigorous and secret military training in existence, but through a variety of physical, emotional, and mental hells... and heavens, too. Being a male of the species, John W. Cassell, shines in hell as exquisitely as he wallows in heaven!
Possibly one of the reasons John's books are so magnificently imbedded with Literary Gateways (see the forward for details about LG's) is that he has brilliantly and unashamedly used himself and his real name for the protagonist in each of his books. He begins in his earlier works with full biographical realities based judiciously on journals as well as an amazingly adept memory and research capacity for transposing into prose the details and ambiance of historic fact. In his later works he has seamlessly moved into artfully developed skills of fictional storytelling....
You've never seen the Caribbean sheen of turquoise and green, never macho' ed the mode of mud, sweat, sun, rain, and wind... not until you've read UNCERTAIN PARADISE, Part 2.
In this story there's MORE: Many kinds of love, admiration, humor and respect... Many kinds of hatred, revilement, fights to the death, humor and respect... Multiple brands of politics and dreams....
This novel is the most fun escape fiction I've ever read. It would take a book to detail the ways it fills the bill of entertainment... while sneaking in ingeniously dramatized details of a sane and deceivingly simple philosophy of life and work.
In conclusion, I'll heap up a collection of kudos for John's son Phil who captured ALL this in his photo which was used for the book cover. YUM is all I can say to that! Kudos to Inkwater Press, too, for designing a cover which does justice to both the novel and the photo.
In Awe of the Literary Genius (and his Photographic Genius son, Phil) who captured the grit and gaiety of this unexpected paradise,
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informative. I found the story fascinating, but the presentation left a lot to be desired
The dynamics of nation-creation and growth amplifed in the three volumes [so far] are truly engaging for one not experienced in any of it.
This is both an educational and entertaining read. the cover photography by Phil Cassell is enough to justify the purchase alone!
By Jack Engelhard
Here's another winner from John W. Cassell - his novel "Uncertain Paradise, Part 2," but don't tell the Big Boys and Girls who run our culture because it might ruin their party. They've got their favorites, their babies, their teacher's pets, and Cassell is not one of them. He's just too good. If they ever unchained him, they'd have to apologize for all those years they've neglected him.
Meanwhile, Cassell continues to turn out novels that belong with the greats and here I'm thinking James Jones and Herman Wouk, the writers we turn to for works that entertain and educate, certainly in terms of war and peace - and I'm even tempted to place Cassell in the category of Leo Tolstoy.
Don't believe me? Buy this book and you'll know what I'm talking about. Buy ANY of Cassell's books to find out what real writing looks like.
This one had me trapped from page one. There's so much going on in this novel, but it's narrated so clearly that despite all the fireworks, you're in there at all times with the main character, who happens to be Cassell. This writer fearlessly uses himself since every man, as we know, is a universe. This means we get to share Cassell's strengths and weaknesses, his fears and gallantry - all in time of war.
Does anyone do war better than Cassell? I don't think so. What captivated me was that right from the start we got to see, hear and feel the workings within the mind of a commander, a man who must serve his troops; a man who must win against all odds. I've been at war, but never been inside the mind of a man who must make those split-second decisions, as is the case in this marvelous rendering.
As with all of Cassell's books - and this is magical - we never know what's coming next. We never know what's right around the corner.
But something's there, and something's going to happen. Will the hero be ready? That's how Cassell draws the reader flipping page to page.
Cassell knows his men, but he also knows his women. Oh yes he does - the good, the bad, and even the ugly! Sure he knows war, but he also knows peace, though the peace he writes about, here especially, is not always so peaceful. You can't fool a man who's been in combat, overseas and at home (as a State Trooper). Cassell knows his business. Reading him, you know he's done practically everything he writes. You know you're in sure hands. He knows his stuff!
This - far as I can tell - is something of a departure for this writer who merits our attention. Yes, attention must be paid. Most of his previous novels are about the late 1960s and early 1970s - all first-rate! -- so readers may have expected him to be cornered. In this novel, he's tackled a new time and place where he's taken on a new rhythm in the writing. It's fast, fast-paced, quick cuts, back and forth, unpredictable, just like war itself.
In case I've made an argument for male readers only, then it's my mistake. This is a novel for both men and women. Cassell knows LOVE.
The shame of it all? This will not become a bestseller. Cassell is just too good. Too damned good.
Those maharajas who run our culture won't let it happen. Unless we insist!
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