One Day In A Bad War: A Novel
One Day In A Bad War: A Novel

One Day In A Bad War: A Novel

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If you could uncover the truth about whether a helicopter crash killing nine soldiers was a result of human error rather than hostile action, would you? Disrupt the lives of dozens of families who believed their boy died a hero? Throw men with successful careers under the bus. That's the dilemma facing notable pediatric cardiologist, David Barton, as he leads his tag-along, broken family on an RV road trip from New England to South Carolina and Georgia as he seeks to confront a decades-old trauma that threatens his sanity. The control he exerts over his life adversely affects all those around him. David's medicinal pot-smoking godmother, Hattie, must see Savannahs Moon River before she dies. Sixteen-year-old daughter Timmi, a good girl on the way to going bad awaits disposition of a marijuana possession charge. Father Zeke aims to reverse history for his ancestor, hanged by his peers at the notorious Confederate prison, Andersonville. Significant other Leah craves the love of her mother, Hattie. David seeks answers to the crash of the helicopter carrying his Ranger team on a secret mission to Vietnam's demilitarized zone in which he was the only survivor. Along the way, Timmi becomes infatuated with a 16-year-old inner-city Savannah basketball Phenom who lives with his grandfather, who gave up a career as a pro basketball player to work alongside Martin Luther King. A horribly disfigured, defrocked priest baptizes Hattie and Timmi, and his sister shows Hattie the virtues of traditional healing. In Andersonville, they meet a minister re-enacting a role as Colonel of the Confederate force guarding the prison. David meets the two men who saved his life: an ex-lieutenant at his Charleston house and an ex-Ranger and recluse who lives in a tree-house surrounded by Claymore mines and a barbed wire enclosure. The family members face prejudice and subjugation, forgiveness and faith as David learns that 9/20/70 was not just about him but the part of me that was them.

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