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Out Of The Blue by Ken Palmrose
A Young Man’s Journey From The Palms Of Vietnam To The Pine Forest Of The West
Ben hops aboard the Greyhound on a journey from his hometown of Sisu Bay on the coast of Oregon to one rural areas of the West. Drafted into the Army and a 14- month veteran of the Vietnam War, he was glad to begin his career in a western national forest, but the dangers that he will face far surpass anything he has seen.
You will meet Ben ‘s crew, city slickers, dudes, and greenhorns, from all over the USA who are thrown in with some locals whose families worked this same land for decades. Ben ‘s journey with this oddball group will test him, as this will be a different journey involving different “wars.” Ben and his new buddies will experience their own personal wars against forest fires where close calls are the norm, and murder accusations which are not, along with other life -changing events that only the end of the 60’s could bring.
Ben’s story is a journey, but also a reminder of the nightmares and daydreams of being in a war zone; some bad, some good, but memories that are forever lurking in the mind’s shadows.
Paperback: 190 Pages
Publisher: Pen It! Publications, LLC (May 6, 2021)
Global Library: War (Based On Fiction)
Global Library: Fiction (Outdoor Adventure)
About The Author: Ken Palmrose, for many years during his career, was a writer/editor and later was a contributing editor for an extensive Arizona wildfire story titled “The Monster Reared His Ugly Head.” He has written numerous news and web stories, special feature articles and additionally is an accomplished photographer having travelled to over 25 countries around the world.
Ken’s first novel was published not long after turning 75. Ken hails from Meridian, Idaho and has recently signed to have his second novel published as well as a children’s photo book on Africa and a photo/poetry chapbook.
He was born and raised in Clatsop County Oregon in the Seaside-Astoria area graduating from Seaside High School and Clatsop Community College with an Assoc. degree in Forestry Technology.
He was drafted into the Army and then trained as an imagery interpreter at Ft. Holabird, MD Military Intelligence School. Ken then served in Vietnam for parts of 1967 and 1968 including during the infamous Tet offensive.
Although his first novel is fiction, much is based upon actual events. He is a 36-year veteran of the USDA-Forest Service and after retirement added another 15 years temporary service for a total of 51 fire seasons. Wildfire duties ranged from firefighter to Infrared Interpreter to Information Officer. During those 15 years after fulltime retirement, he also had his own consulting company dealing with emergency communications planning and teaching emergency response information officer classes around the country.
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