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by Samuel Jay
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Lieutenant Jack Morro has just days to go before being sent home from the war in Vietnam. But after inadvertently learning of evidence of a conspiracy involving his captain, he is hit by the captain’s ‘friendly fire’ in the midst of battle. He is left for dead but is only wounded, captured by the Viet Cong, and imprisoned. When Jack is reported killed in action, his fiancé, Diane – a rising New York journalist – plunges into alcoholism. A media giant named Vidal helps her recover, and Diane falls in love with him. But Vidal has secrets – including a connection to Jack’s supposed ‘death.’
However, Jack is alive, and after a year of imprisonment, he manages to escape. But he comes home to find Diane married to Vidal and his life still in peril from the information he learned in Vietnam.
Vidal, Jack, and Diane find themselves wrapped in a web of romance, deceit, and danger – and none of them will escape unscathed.
Manhattan, November 1971
Standing in the men’s department at Macy’s, Diane Gannon smiled as she enthusiastically fingered her way through layers of folded sweaters to find one for her fiancé, Jack, who’d soon be coming home from the war in Vietnam. Alongside her was future mother-in-law, Grace Morro, also smiling as she held a shopping bag in both hands. Out in the center aisle, heel-clicking women shoppers marched along on their way to Ladies’, some of them peeling off near Diane and Grace into other rows and racks of men’s clothes. Brightening the scene, broad paths of sunlight flowed through the large windows on Seventh Avenue, revealing rows of appealing merchandise as saleswomen stood behind glass counters, chatting with customers or placing clothes in gift boxes.
Diane stood in low heels, wearing a brown suede jacket over a white sweater and black slacks, her dark, reddish hair pulled back in a ponytail, her sculptured face of fair skin and striking eyes heightened by a cleft in her chin. Holding up a light blue sweater by its shoulders, she looked over at Grace and said, “What do you think, Mom? Wouldn’t this look great on Jack?”
Wearing a gray overcoat open down the middle, Grace nodded. “Yes, it would. It really would, but I can’t stop feeling nervous about him. Him still over there. Won’t stop ’til he’s home. Two years of worrying. Sorry, hon.”
Diane lowered the sweater and arched her eyebrows at Grace. “Thirty-five more days and all our worries will be gone! He’ll be home just before Christmas!”
Grace nodded. “Meantime, he’s still over there, in the fighting.”
Please tell us a little bit about your book. What inspired the themes in your story?
My book grew out of my interest in the Vietnam War and how it might be a setting for the book, especially since Lieutenant Jack, the hero, gets trapped there. (Did a lot of reading at the library). And that was what inspired my themes –the hero fighting his way out only to find his fiance’, Diane, a rising journalist having recovered from alcoholism upon learning of his supposed death, married to a media giant who turns out to be a suspect in Jack’s supposed death.
Do you outline before you write? or just dive right in?
I do an outline first, coming up with the main characters.
Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you currently reading?
My favorite authors are John Grisham, Ken Follett, and David Hagberg. Currently reading
Blood Pact by Hagberg.
If you could visit any setting from one of your books, which one would it be and why?
My favorite setting would be Morris Hills, NJ because that is where the action starts.
Who are your celebrity inspirations? If you were to cast your characters, which actors would you choose?
I would choose Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Liam Neeson.
How do you come up with the names of your characters?
I come up with character names based on my wanting the reader to remember a popular name or based on the character’s background.
Name one item you can’t live without.
An item I can’t be without? A Stoli Martini once at night before dinner.
If you were presented with the opportunity to travel through time, which period would you choose and why?
Time Travel? No. I like it right here.
What’s next for you?
My book has just been published so I have to spend some time promoting it.
The author and his wife, Joan, live in Hunterdon County, NJ. As a public relations professional he and his firm successfully handled major public issue campaigns, including raising $68 million to build Liberty Science Center, now the nation’s fourth largest hands-on science museum. He is also president of a family-owned water utility. Deception is his third novel. His website is samueljaynovels.com, and he welcomes speaking invitations and correspondence via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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