Monday, April 4, 2011

Paul, Betty, and Pearl - Karl Larew

Paul is a young Army officer in Hawaii in 1941; Betty is the wife of a naval officer--and the mother of a six-year old girl. This is the story of an adulterous love affair, beginning just before the attack on Pearl Harbor, continuing for years through official investigations into the matter of who was to blame for the fact that America was caught by surprise on December 7, 1941.


Karl G. Larew, Ph.D., is a semi-retired history professor at Towson University in Maryland (1966-present); B.A., University of Connecticut 1959, Ph.D., Yale University 1964. He has been a sometime civilian historian in the Army and an Army Intelligence officer. His academic specialty is military history, especially WWII, plus philosophy of history. Among his many articles, encyclopedia entries, and reviews are several articles about the attack on Pearl Harbor (hence the word "Pearl" in the title). He is the author of two sequels to "Paul, Betty, and Pearl" covering the Korean War and Cold War/Vietnam eras, namely "Daddypaul and the Yo-yo War" and "Gran'paul's Family"; and he is the author of "Candles in the Window" and two spoofs, "Bad Vampires" and "Nazi Werewoofs," plus a number of poems and a short story.

What will readers like about your book? 

 I hope they will be fascinated by the protagonist's entanglement in the official investigations concerning what happened at Pearl Harbor as well as his other WWII experiences, and by his adulterous love affair during WWII, complicated by his lover's six-year old daughter, plus his "love affair" with the Army.

Why did you self-publish? 

I had an agent, but she could not--before she died--find a commercial publisher; unwilling to hunt further for an agent, I self-published.

Who are your favorite authors in your genre? 

As I noted in my advertisement for "Candles in the Window" (on this site), one of my favorite authors is Lyn Alexander ("The English General" and "A Good Soldier"), who writes about a man involved in wars and love, like my "Paul." I've also enjoyed James Jones' "From Here to Eternity."

This book is on sale through Kindle, Smashwords, and Nook, and (with a different cover) through

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