La Soledad: A Billy Straw Novel

La Soledad: A Billy Straw Novel

by Richard Weaver


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Billy Straw's in real trouble. He's returned from war a broken man. He's arrested for rioting at a Veterans Job Fair. He associates with two brothers, criminals and becomes involved with anti-war radicals which draws the attention of the FBI. He can't hold a job or a relationship together. But it wasn't always like that.
Once a deeply religious pre-teen, he and his mother's acts of mercy toward a forgotten immigrant family at a hovel dubbed "Weedtown" sets the stage for his return seventeen years later. His high ideals to serve God and his country get corrupted amid the chaos of war. Back home the ghosts of war,court martial and imprisonment haunt him. He turns to his only family, his elderly Aunt Clara. She gives him a home and her unconditional love. His naive attempts to redeem himself in acts of charity end in utter failure. Mentally unstable,he turns to crime and the road retraces his bitter return to "Weedtown" and a struggle to the death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781535235433
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/12/2016
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Richard 'Rick' Weaver's first fiction piece, Rumble, was selected for his high school literary magazine. His second work of fiction, The Infinity Man, a Sci-fi movie script, won a notable award from American Pen Women, Sacramento. The two works were written more than sixteen years apart.

Rick served in the military as an officer, including a tour of duty in Vietnam. Afterwards, he worked in a variety of jobs from teaching to telephone sales to performing arts. It wasn't until he wrote children's stories, adapting them for puppet theater that he developed his abilities as a professional writer.

Rick earned an MFA degree in Professional Writing (University of Southern California) and then pursued that career. In mid-life, as a result of exposure to toxins during his tour of duty in Vietnam, he became totally blind. Forced to leave his professional employment, he set about learning entirely new skill sets to cope with the loss of his sight. It took years until he began writing again.

Today, using computer screen reading technology, Rick is able to write a variety of fiction, including short stories, novellas, scripts, and novels, his favorite. La Soledad, based in part on his war experience, is his third novel.

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