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Departure: Part I of the Green on Green Trilogy

Departure: Part I of the Green on Green Trilogy

by William Chapman


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The complete Green on Green Trilogy of novels is a complex saga of the Viet Nam war era, from the POV of a drafted infantry soldier, Private Michael Landers, very much against the war. By subtle revelations, it melds in with a mythological saga of a tribe of Montagnard people in the Vietnamese Mountains who have never heard of Americans or even Vietnamese...on purpose. A boy and an old man with wizardly powers have been drafted into a war between their gods.

In Departure, Landers is due to be shipped out from the Oakland Army Departure Depot, where thousands of soldiers per week are sent to Viet Nam. Only he shows up up on LSD, stating that the war is against all American principles; that he won't go. This becomes a 2-month stand-off between him and the military bureaucracy.

Begins with Landers surfing and partying with old friends in San Diego's offbeat Ocean Beach. Soon moves to the San Francisco Bay Area, where, when off the military bases, he wanders the streets of San Francisco with a pair of Viet Nam infantry vets, to delve into this extreme version of "Drugs, sex and rock and roll" versus "the Establishment". He uncovers shady government provocateurs leading the U.C. Berkeley anti-war demonstrations. Closely based on personal experience.

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ISBN-13: 9780983717805
Publisher: William Chapman
Publication date: 08/29/2011
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

The author was drafted in his senior year at UCLA, although very much against the Viet Nam War. Did two years, including one year in the field, in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam with 2/8 Infantry, 4th Division, 1967-68; ended up a sergeant. Returned to UCLA 3 years on GI Bill. Has written seven novels, a dozen screenplays. Worked along the way in various arts fields: 5 years with architect Frank Gehry, ran several L.A. art galleries, in film production at major studios for a dozen years. Speaks French, Spanish, Italian and German. Professional piano player, jazz and classical. Lifetime surfer.

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