Against All Odds

Against All Odds

by Vincent Caggiano


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Vinnie Castagno finds himself behind enemy lines, wounded, in an inhospitable climate, enduring freezing temperatures, snow and rough terrain, trying to find his way back to American forces. Vinnie is a meek mild-mannered radio technician and has had no combat training other than six weeks of basic training. As he struggles to improvise in an unknown country, fighting for survival against a brutal enemy, he goes through a metamorphosis. The cowardly innocence of youth is transformed into a hardened killer in a matter of days, and Vinnie is surprised to find that he actually looks forward to the next opportunity to kill the enemy.

Through a series of flashbacks, we learn about his earlier life, growing up in NYC during the 1930's and 40's. This was the time of the Mafia and the great depression, a difficult time for our hero. We also meet some army friends through these flashbacks.

Just as Vinnie is about to lose hope, he comes across a beautiful Korean girl whom he rescues from a disastrous fate, and together they continue their trek for survival. His new companion proves to be invaluable in their struggle to survive, as well as becoming the object of a budding love. Can this unlikely couple survive, and can their new love survive the torments of such disparate backgrounds?

This story is only one of the many thousands of young men, throughout history, each having his own story to tell. Each young man experiences a "growing up" as he looses his innocence, or in may cases, a shattering of his life which will never return to normal. This is a story of those that survived---the lucky ones---those that beat the odds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479323777
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/24/2012
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author


Vincent Caggiano is a graduate of The University of Maryland 1957/1959 with degrees in Electrical Engineering and applied math. He was elected to the engineering honor societies Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu as well as several prestigious professional organizations. His career at The Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Lab included several R & D programs missile guidance systems and early computer development. He was part of the team that developed GPS and study an early Mars lander.

Vincent's career extended to The Walter Reade Army Institute of Research in Washington DC involving research in single (brain) cell, physiological shock, Parkinson's disease and several other programs. Vincent was one of the first biomedical engineers in the country as this new field blossomed in the 1960's.

He has 25 professional publications and research presentations. This book is the first attempt at writing fiction. Vincent is retired and now lives in Florida.

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