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Jesse Van Twelves kept his "rendezvous with destiny" during the savage, furious, sea battle for Guadalcanal in November, 1942. Still plagued by the demons of his war, Jesse is tormented by the knowledge that out of seven hundred men aboard his ship, the USS Juneau, he is one of ten to have survived the instantaneous destruction of his ship and the most brutal, intense suffering imaginable. Consequently, he has failed his only son, Donnie, himself hounded by the dark shadows of the Vietnam conflict. Father and son, in conflict, can't escape their feelings of defeat, failure and guilt. Jesse revisits the heartland, Waterloo, Iowa, for a re-dedication ceremony. There, via a flashback, he gives the present the slip and revists the past. He returns to the fullness, spontaneity and goodness of beginning and learns some important truths about himself, his buddies, the fallen, and above all, his son, Donnie.
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Born, raised and educated in the bountiful borough of Brooklyn, New York, Jack Bilello, a former Fulbright Scholar, now lives on Long Island with his wife and three children.
A field supervisor at Dowling College in Oakdale, New York, Jack is a writer, tennis player, golfer and jogger. He devotes every day to each vocation and avocation.Review:
"In Bonds of War, Jack Bilello paints a picture with words...a gripping, visual, powerfuil depiction of World War II and Vietnam." -- Dan Lauria: TV & Movie Actor - "Wonder Years" - played the father, and also "Party of Five", and Marine Veteran of Vietnam
"Passion for history -- and a good story -- fuels Pequan's latest novel." -- Massapequa Post
"Though Bilello favors the Wrold War II part of Bonds of War -- Vietnam vet Donnie seems to disappear for a little too long -- he closes the gap between the two wars by showing that there are more similarities than differences between the wars and the men that fought them. Though Jesse fought the "Great Heroic War" and Donnie's war branded him a "baby killer," both men are wracked with anguish and eventually realize they also share more similarities than differences. Bilello sustains a compelling story to the novel's end. His style of foreshadowing and weaving narratives together demans, and holds, the reader's attention." -- Soundings - The Military Newsweekly for Hampton Roads
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Book Description Temple Publishing Group, LLC, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 1998. Soft cover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket as Issued. First Edition. NEW SOFT COVER with very good cover boards. Binding is solid, text is tight, pages are clean. No dust jacket as issued. Seller Inventory # 001953
Book Description Eva Books, 1998. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1584460105
Book Description Eva Books, 1998. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1584460105