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The year, 1982, San Diego. A decade before a medical scandal involving Vietnam vets almost erupted at nearby Balboa Naval Hospital during Reagan's tenure as governor, these initiated by a shadowy high ranking now ex-military man who now has a stake in Reagan's presidency. Three of the novel's characters, who played different roles at Balboa, live at the Juniper Manor near the park--a halfway house for a colorful gaggle of loonies, Nam burnouts and alkie/druggies--presided over by Chancey, a tyrant with the most to hide from Balboa days. The book opens with another Balboa grad flipping out and disappearing to the VA Hospital psych ward.. Enter John, a man with a dark past. He meets Tom, another angry cynic. When two of their friends are committed, they begin a series of pranks against the psychiatric community. John uses these to cover his agenda--one he's been hired for by a mystery man who figures highly in the events years ago. Mark, the third Balboa alumni--(as psych tech, patient, thwarted whistle-blower)–-colludes with John early to get the CO at Balboa. Mark, too, has an agenda. Enter Carol, a disillusioned married Yuppie shrink, with whom John falls in love. Meanwhile Senate Confirmation hearings are airing on TV for a new Reagan appointee. Black humor, total irreverence, gritty dialogue, good action, some insight. A well-placed pall over the flowers and love of the Sixties. Dark, but cosmically humorous.
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Jeff Conine was born and raised in San Francisco. In the late Sixties he attended the University of San Diego, where he received B.A. degrees in English and Psychology in 1970. He led an aimless existence for a number of years garnering writing material in a variety of locales until he was accepted at the writing program at Eastern Washington University. There, he received his M.F.A, in fiction writing in 1985. He went on to receive his Doctorate in English Language studies at Idaho State University where he was an English Fellow and later taught creative writing. Doctor Conine makes his home in the foothills of the Ozarks where he teaches fiction and screenwriting at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. He also edits fiction for a pre-production film concern and is at work on two screenplays. He has authored three novels, two published, in Dublin, Ireland, a screenplay and various academic critical studies.Review:
...shroud...over the "Love Generation," a sad apt epitaph to the wilted flowers of the '60s...cosmically humorous... -- Perspective Magazine, Spring '04
Conine's novel is one of confident wit, constant irony, and casual insanity in an excellent display of fiction writing. -- Irish Novelist Niall Quinn
Normalcy becomes abnormal...I recommend this book as an adventure into a world >which too few of us know about. >> -- Anne K. Edwards Book Reviews Weekly
This guy can really write...honest...a Catch 22 of the psychopathic set...powerfully appealing...score(s) points against the machine. -- Lionel Rolfe, Author of LITERARY L.A.
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Book Description KMEditions, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1589090365