Sunday, February 03, 2013

Books We Love: In Love and War


Is it coincidence that February, the month of romance, is closely followed by March, which is named after Mars, the Roman god of war? I don't think so. Each human generation has its loves, its wars, and its authors who write about both. My war was Korea; therefore, it seems fitting that one of my favorite authors should be James Michener, who wrote Sayonara and The Bridges at Toko-Ri, both sweeping tales about forbidden love set in the Korean conflict, the war of the Silent Generation.

If your generation's war is the Nicaraguan incident and you enjoy intricate plots that involve the deepest of human emotions, betrayal, redemption, and a quest, you might like Still Life in a Red Dress by Dennis Jung. Set during another war most people don't talk about, a war fought in secret by the CIA, Still Life in a Red Dress is a story of love, much like Sayonara, that also involves the guilt of a forbidden and secret affair, the death of a beautiful, patriotic woman, and her lover's attempts to find her and erase the pain caused by their betrayal. Dennis Jung is a talented author, his style reminiscent of Michener's, and his novel's scope and depth wider and more contemporary. Why not give Still Life, available in paperback and ebook, a try and see where it takes you?  

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