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Fire in the Hole: A Mortarman in Vietnam

Fire in the Hole: A Mortarman in Vietnam


Book Overview: Fire in the Hole: A Mortarman in Vietnam

How does a young man coming of age in the 1960s go from seminarian to soldier? What can scare an average kid from Cleveland into killing for his country? The answer: Vietnam–that soul-sucking war that still invades dreams. After surviving a year of combat and the loss of fellow Marines, Orange came home in 1970 to another battlefield–Kent State University, where the Ohio National Guard gunned down his classmates. Reeling and confused, he went from soldier to seaman on a Great Lakes ore carrier. Then he became a hippie who fought against the same war he once supported, the same war that stole his youth and innocence. Orange reflects on his journey of tumult and tears from a vantage point of age and wisdom. This is a survivor’s tale, told with honesty and compassion for those who fought on both sides of a conflict that sliced through the lives of so many.

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Publication Date2001-01-29
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J. Michael Orange is a critically acclaimed author renowned for his captivating narratives and diverse genres. Born and raised in the rugged landscapes of Wyoming, Michael's work vividly reflects his penchant for grandeur and wilderness, evoking emotion and insight into the human condition. A master of storytelling, Orange has been actively contributing to the literary world since the early 1990s. Awarded the prestigious Booker Prize for his debut novel, he continues to allure readers with his dynamic characters and intricate plot structures. Following his towering debut, Orange swiftly rose, crafting an array of seminal pieces that straddled fiction, suspense, drama, and adventure. His compelling characters, memorable dialogues, and mesmerizing descriptions quickly garnered a loyal following of readers and critics alike. Michael's books, each one a masterpiece, challenge traditional boundaries and employ experimental narrative styles, reinforcing his place as a revolutionary author in contemporary literature. His unique storytelling prowess has been lauded for its detail and depth, frequently drawing parallels to the likes of Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Outside of writing, J. Michael Orange remains devoted to philanthropy and education. He regularly gives lectures at various writers' workshops and universities, keen on nurturing the next generation of authors. His endeavours extend beyond academia, with significant contributions towards wildlife conservation inspired by his rural upbringing. In conclusion, Orange stands as a versatile author whose works strike a chord across various genres, attesting to his immeasurable talent and far-reaching influence in the literary realm.

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