Thursday, April 7, 2011

This final volume of the trilogy, "Paul's Three Wars," sees Paul and Betty moving into retirement, closing Paul's military career in the 1960s, and Betty's musical career later. Meanwhile, the focus turns to their son, Danny; Betty's daughter, Rosalie; and Paul's nephew, Teddy. The family must cope with failed marriages and new loves; Rosalie's music career; Teddy's Army service and his investigation of a case of Soviet espionage; fears of homosexuality; and the Vietnamese War. Danny's involvement in the anti-war movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s threatens to tear the family apart.

Bio: Karl G. Larew, earned his B.A., University of Connecticut, 1959, and his Ph.D., Yale University, 1964. Since 1966, he has been a professor of history at Towson University, Maryland (semi-retired since 2005), specializing in military history. He has also been a sometime civilian historian in the US Army and an Army Intelligence officer, 1964-66, specializing in counter-espionage work. He witnessed the anti-Vietnamese War movement as a young professor at Towson. He has published many articles, encyclopedia entries, and reviews, mostly on military history topics, and a number of poems and a short story. He is the author of six novels including a triology covering the WWII, Korean War, and Cold War/Vietnam eras, of which "Gran'paul's Family is the third--though each may be read on its own. The first two have appeared already in this online journal. His other three novels include "Candles in the Window," also already in this journal, and two spoofs on vampire/werewolf/James Bond stories. He lives in southern Pennsylvania with his wife and cat.

What will readers like about your book?
It's a coming-of-age book, with two young men and one young women doing the growing up, but they are from half a generation apart and see the Cold War and Vietnam War in different ways, threatening family ties; they also see homosexuality in different ways; and there is a case of espionage that has an impact on the family saga.

Why did you self-publish?
After my agent died, and many tries to replace her, I gave up trying to find a commercial agent--despite praise for my work--and consequently gave up trying to find a commercial publisher.

Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
Lyn Alexander ("The English General" and "A Good Soldier") writes about WWII, but her approach is similar to mine even though my present volume is about another era. I tend to be impressed by non-fiction when it comes to the Vietnam era, such as Winnie Smith's "American Daughter Gone to War."

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1 comment:

  1. I forgot to say that Gran'paul's Family is also available on Kindle and (with a different cover) on as a paperback. Karl