Finally! I’m pleased to announce that my latest book, Tarnished Brass, is now available for online purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and iTunes. It seems like the release has been a long time coming. I last posted a “Cover Reveal & Update” in June (see my post dated 06/27/19) and held a pre-release book signing at the San Antonio A&M Club in July. It’s now October!
Such are the vagaries of the publishing business, and there are still some processes yet to be finalized by Page Publishing– the formal press release and a promotional video. Of course, marketing is a totally different phase that will begin in earnest the end of this month with a Book Blog Tour from Lone Star Literary Life.
For anyone who has yet to read a summary of the book, the novella is loosely based on my own experiences in-country:
More than just a history of the war in El Salvador, a conflict that ended almost thirty years ago, Tarnished Brass gives voice to those who fought and those who only wanted to escape the violence. It is a reflection on war and its aftermath as seen through the eyes of a U.S. Army officer, a guerrilla leader, and a refugee turned gang member —
Patrick Michael Moynihan finds himself returning to the small Central American country where, as a young impressionistic junior officer, he was thrust into the middle of a brutal civil war.
Miguel Alejandro Xenias, once a member of the ruling elite in El Salvador, recalls his change of heart, advancement within the guerrilla movement, and his new found hope for the country now that the FMLN is in power.
Antonio Cruz, seeking a new life in America, finds only a different kind of hatred and conflict, joins the street gang MS-13, and returns home bringing with him a new kind of warfare.
These perspectives spotlight an ongoing struggle in El Salvador that continues to impact the immigration crisis on our southern border and the spread of gang violence throughout the United States.