Suicide Wall

Suicide Wall

Publisher: PakDonald Publishing
Publication Year: 1996
ASIN: 0964276119
ISBN: 9780964276116

For a certain generation, all of us were victims of a very bad war. Vietnam brought out deep emotions no matter which side you were on. Whether warrior or protestor, most of us who allowed ourselves to be taken up in the events of that tumultuous time have suffered one way or another.

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According to some estimates, over 150,000 Vietnam Veterans have ended their lives prematurely, either through suicide, drugs, alchohol or a self-destructive lifestyle brought on by the Vietnam experience. This is almost three times the number killed in the war, and when combined with the war dead, approaches the 292,000 dead in World War II.

There are scars left on those who didn’t go as well. These are the scars of guilt from using quasi-legal ways to avoid the draft, (college deferments for the rich, exagerrated mental and physical disabilities for many others). there are also deep wounds for anyone who lost a brother, father,son or friend.

Suicide Wall takes a modern day look ! at these scars. The story centers around two pre and post war friends, one who went to Vietnam as a Combat Marine, and one who got out on bad knees. The story occurs during a weekend trip to Reno. For the veteran it is a desperate attempt to win money for a far fetched idea of building a memorial wall to commemorate those who have died by their own hand since the war. For his friend the trips starts as a get away from a life of less than honest living.

How these two reach a modern day resolution of their wounds from vastly different experiences in the 60’s is the basis of this, at times humorous, very poignant book.

About the Author
Alex Paul

Alex Paul lives in Portland, Oregon in the winter and on the Oregon coast in the summer with his wife Laura Ross-Paul. Their summer home is a small log cabin with a yurt for Laura’s art studio. Trained as an Industrial Engineer at Oregon State University, he pursued a variety of careers before settling into real estate development. Alex has a great love of the outdoors, which has translated into a rich base of experience to draw on in writing the Arken Freeth novels. He began hunting when he was 20 in 1968. He hunts for deer and elk in Oregon and New Mexico. Hunting trips in years past have included elk hunts in Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and Washington as well as antelope hunts in Wyoming. Alex’s fishing career began when his family moved into a house on the North Santiam River when he was twelve years old. He found a fishing pole left in the garage and decided to learn how to fish, primarily by checking out books about fishing for trout from the school library. While his father was not interested in fishing, his mother faithfully accompanied him on trips to a special fishing hole on the river behind an abandoned wooden dam until she was confident he would not fall in and drown. Then he fished the river accompanied only by his two dogs. That early interest in trout fishing transformed into a passion for salmon fishing, and now Alex keeps a deep sea fishing boat, in Astoria, Oregon. Friends and children join him in the summer crossing the Columbia River Bar to fish the Pacific Ocean. When he is not hunting or fishing, Alex surfs the Oregon Coast, skis the Oregon Cascades, and hikes trails almost daily. He still has two dogs who are his loyal companions on most of his outdoor adventures. Additional activities such as archery, fencing, Tae Kwon Do, and horseback riding have also informed his writing.

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