In War, Can the Innocent Survive? This compelling war novel will stir hearts in the upcoming Guadalajara International Book Exhibit in Mexico on November 30 - December 4

LARKSPUR, Calif., Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Author Anthony De Benedict illustrates how the chaos and uncertainties of war affect people in different ways.  One person may succumb to fear and despair, dissipating into the excesses of drugs, sex, and violence. Another, like Regis Fallen, might find war's dissonance an opportunity for transformation. At the beginning of his story, we find him consumed with his innocent pursuit of the American dream: a college education, a promising career, and a desirable partner with whom to share home and a comfortable lifestyle. The deconstruction of his innocence was at first initiated by Sharon, a young black woman totally committed to the Civil Rights Movement. And then Regis was drafted into a war deliberately mischaracterized by his government. The forces set against Regis' utopic dream were formidable. His relation with Sharon was considered "unnatural"; and any opposition to the war, unpatriotic.

In this compelling read, the intricate plot embellishes historical events in their actual chronology, much of mirrored in contemporary times. Readers will follow Regis as he attempts to redefine his American birthright in the midst of the racial, political, and military strife of that era. Many themes are interwoven in a tale that encompasses both the horrors of war and the persistence of the human spirit. As Regis is drawn into the political intrigue and espionage of a Vietnamese judge and his seductive niece, his preconceived ideas about loyalty, love, and integrity are challenged. In response, he changes the trajectory of his life, risking everything in a daring rescue attempt and then returning to civilian life, transformed in purpose and firmly committed to his true love.

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About the Author
Anthony De Benedict was born in Philadelphia, PA. His developing years were spent in California where he earned a BA, studying philosophy and English literature, and eventually an MS, studying systems management. He worked mainly as a project manager or systems consultant and, in 2001, managed a that succumbed to the economic downturn. He then turned his attention to writing novels. A Culpable Innocence is his first published novel.

A Culpable Innocence by Anthony De Benedict
Publication Date: December 2011
Price: $25.95; 340 pages; ISBN 978-0-533-16363-2

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