Paul, a still young Army officer, his wife, Betty, and her daughter, Rosalie, became a family in "Paul, Betty, and Pearl" (Volume I of the trilogy, "Paul's Three Wars"), just after World War II. In this Volume II, they must face new problems: child molestation, post-partum depression, bureaucratic infighting in the Pentagon, Paul's service in combat in Korea, and false accusations of pro-communist behavior during the witch-hunt era of American politics, 1951-1954.
Karl G. Larew, Ph.D., is a professor of history at Towson University in Maryland (1966-present, semi-retired since 2005), specializing in military history and philosophy of history. He was a sometime civilian historian in the US Army and an Army Intelligence officer (1965-66). Among his many articles, reviews, and encyclopedia entries, most of which are in the field of military history, he has some studies of the Korean War to his credit. He is the author of "Paul, Betty, and Pearl," a WWII novel and the first of a trilogy--of which "Daddypaul," about the Korean War era, is the second. The third volume, "Gran'paul's Family," about the Cold War/Vietnam era, has also been published. Each of the three may be read alone. He is also the author of "Candles in the Window" and two spoofs, "Bad Vampires" and "Nazi Werewoofs." He lives in southern Pennsylvania with his wife and cat.
What will readers like about your book?
Paul's family, devoted to the US Army, has to cope with a case of child molestation, a case of post-partum depression, Pentagon politics, a tour of duty during the Korean War, and the threat of scandal during the McCarthy anti-communist "witchhunt" era down to 1954. Readers may also be intrigued by the more or less unfavorable portrayal of General MacArthur.
Why did you self-publish?
I became convinced after my experiences with "Candles in the Window" and "Paul, Betty, and Pearl," that my books did not fit into any special genre and therefore were not likely to find a commercial publisher.
Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
As I've said before (in my notices concerning "Candles" and "Paul," Lyn Alexander ("The English General" and "A Good Soldier") does more or less what I tried to do--tell the story of a professional officer caught up in great events and with personal problems to boot.
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