The Ken Burns Vietnam War Documentary on PBS Sparks New Interest in Vet’s Memoir-Like Novel

February 02 19:05 2018

Honolulu, HI, USA – February 02, 2018 – The Ken Burns Vietnam War Documentary on PBS has sparked a renewed interest in all things Vietnam says James Dennison, Vietnam Veteran and author.

James Dennison weaves together a tale of love, betrayal and family all in the brutal backdrop of the Vietnam War in his debut historical novel SURVIVOR LOVE THY ENEMY. His story gives voice to all sides of the conflict and reads more like a memoir than fiction.

“Most of this book is true,” says Dennison, who, like the main character, was drafted at the age of 20 and left behind his home in Chicago to face combat in the jungle. “The facts about war, the tortures, the spies, the terror. It was all real. We all faced it.”

The power of the book comes from the author’s decision to relate both sides of a misunderstood war. The writing is brutally powerful, raw, and so realistic that it seems as though this is the experience the author witnessed firsthand. Written in the first person and accompanied by photographs that seem to further establish this as a memoir, this story is also about the interaction between the American troops, the Vietnamese troops, and the Viet Cong fighters – those who fought for the North convinced that the Americans should perish.
– Grady Harp, Amazon Top 100 Reviewer

The love story between Tom and Tuyen is based on the affairs Dennison saw all around him, as soldiers sought comfort and a friendly face in the Vietnamese women. Many of them went on to marry, and Dennison realized it would make a great storyline in his book-and another true fact he could weave into his tale of war and survival.

“I am a sacrificial lamb to the gods of war,” begins the narrative story of Tom, a Catholic-raised Midwest boy who leaves behind his sweetheart. It’s very much an autobiographical read at this point as the first half the novel chronicles Dennison’s own personal experiences.

“Combat is the only time you are free,” says Dennison. “There is no God, no priest, no one to hold you accountable. You only have your conscious. That’s where PTSD comes from.”

After facing combat and losing most of his friends to enemy fire in the infantry, his main character finds work in intelligence, and is wounded. That’s when Tom’s story really begins, as the nurse who helps him heal is also planning to use him to gather intelligence information.

After she left, I dreamed peacefully about the beautiful Vietnamese girl with long black hair who had brought solace to my soul. I had no idea that most of Tuyen’s history was fictitious…She was totally committed to the communist cause and the takeover of South Vietnam by the Communists.

But what Tuyen doesn’t count on is falling in love with Tom. Only to profess her feelings will turn her terrorist lover into her assassin. If Van loses her, he will kill and torture not only her, but also everyone she loves, in retaliation. This theme within the book makes not only a good love story but also gives Dennison a voice with which to show both sides of the war.

Dennison’s stance about the US involvement in the Vietnam War and the beliefs of the “enemy” are a powerful force in this book. As reader and book reviewer Grady Harp says:

“… for there are two enemy forces at work in a war and one of them is us.”

Dennison exposes truths in a fearless manner and invokes a whole world of emotions in his reader. His book makes for a riveting story that will keep you turning pages and leave you wanting more at the end.

Survivor Love Thy Enemy ISBN 978-1477478158, 2012 Createspace, softcover, $10.15, ebook $2.99, 268 pages, available on Amazon.

ABOUT JAMES DENNISON

James Dennison grew up in Chicago, going to Catholic schools and living a life of too much drinking until he fell in love with the Italian “girl next door.” That all changed when he was drafted into the Vietnam War at the age of 20. Facing conflict on all sides and losing his friends on the battlefield in the jungle and his loved ones to alcoholism here at home, he still struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. After the death of his only son in 2010, he wrote “Survivor Love Thy Enemy” hoping that to share his story would be to heal his demons. Having realized that talking to other vets is more therapeutic than talking to therapists, Dennison hopes that his book will reach others out there who have also lost much. He also gives light to both sides of the conflict, something that most generations, including this one, have trouble seeing. Dennison is retired from construction equipment sales and lives in Hawaii.

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For a review copy of Survivor Love Thy Enemy or to arrange an interview with James Dennison, contact Scott Lorenz of Westwind Communications Book Marketing at [email protected] or by phone at 734-667-2090.

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