by J. Russell Smith


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ISBN-13: 9781478702832
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 10/07/2013
Pages: 386
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

I am an antagonist, usually on the side of the underdog. I have spent the majority of my life fighting for what I believe is right, whether it is on a personal level or for the public weal. The direction my life has taken is not what I would have envisioned three decades ago. There has been something missing for quite a long time%u2026%u2026%u2026.writing. I have always wanted to write, whether it be political commentary or as an essayist. I have not always wanted to write fiction. It was not until my last attempt to grasp the meaning of the Vietnam War that it occurred to me that one way of dealing with that fiasco was to write a novel about my experiences. The result of that effort is the novel%u2026%u2026.Longworth.

I am a well-educated (masters degree in intellectual history) middle-aged man who has unfulfilled dreams. Even after having lived in countless locations throughout the world and cherishing many life-altering experiences, there remains a void that I have been unable to fill. While I think and hope that this literary direction will satisfy that fundamental craving, I have yet to conclude that it has. I have been told numerous times that I am a captivating speaker, as well as a compelling writer. While this is my first work of fiction (I have already begun two additional novels, one about a cynical middle-aged man who finds himself merely a cog in the machinery of life and the other a work of science fiction), I have attempted to bring my worldview and my non-fictional biases to focus on this project. I have created what I believe to be a work that might justifiably be compared to other well-received coming of age novels. The difference between the standard %u2018coming of age%u2019 novel and mine is the history lesson that accompanies the trip through time. Hopefully, you will agree that this approach sets this one apart from the rest.

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Nancy-Wood_ More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story. Well written. I would recommend this book. "Longworth" is about a young man who is launched into manhood during the 1960's and '70's while serving his country in the military. Before he joined the Marine Corps, Carson thought he knew everything. By the time he left he was forever a changed man. As you begin the first chapter the book appears to be a weighty read, however, you understand rather quickly that it is necessary to define the character of Carson Longworth. Throughout the story, the author provides just enough explanation that the reader can easily enjoy the story. I appreciated the history, the military terminology and the descriptions of the inner-workings of the military. While this book is a work of fiction, it gives the reader a glimpse of that era through the eyes of someone who has experienced, first-hand, the life of our military men and women during that time. Overall, "Longworth" is a well written book with an engaging story. A must-read for anyone who also enjoys a good love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to anyone who lived through the Viet Nam era. I found it interesting reading, knowledgeable and it mirrored the lives of many people I knew.