Introducing a new book on the MIA/POW issue

A Legacy of Chains and Other Stories

A summary of the book from the author:

For decades after the Vietnam War, the rumors persisted: some American prisoners-of-war remained behind. In public, both Washington and Hanoi denied it. In private, Hanoi insisted on receiving war reparations before they would release the hundreds of prisoners still in chains. Washington refused; the men never came back.

Now it is the year 2010. American diplomat Paul Klippen is summoned to Spain’s south coast on a strange mission: a boat with nine Americans in their seventies has been towed ashore by the Spanish Coast Guard. They turn out to be P.O.W.s fleeing Vietnam. Klippen works to repatriate the men, but quickly discovers that many in Washington are not happy to see those long-ago denials refuted. Set against the dreamy countryside of Spain and political revolt in America, this novella examines the initial cracks in the social contract between rulers and ruled.

The other six short stories in this collection range from the personal to the political, from the comic to the dramatic. In “Alan the Newsboy”, a cocaine dealer clashes with the fifteen-year-old who delivers his newspaper. In “Shoccer,” ten guys in a Minnesota bar list ideas to make soccer an interesting sport. In “The Rainmaker,” a psyops specialist sits in on the final meeting before the raid on Osama bin Laden’s house in Pakistan and explains to the assembled espionage chiefs how to present the raid to the public in case bin Laden turns out not to be there. Which looks a lot like how it was presented.

Our National Chairperson, Janella Apodaca Rose, was honored with the opportunity to write a quote for the book after getting an advanced copy to read. The following is the full quote with an abridged quotation located on the cover of the book.

“This is a well written and interesting read with compelling and frightening conditions which could happen in America today. It also includes a somber narrative regarding the Prisoner of War (POW) issue. The author sought to keep truthful facts regarding the history of American POWs. The novella’s description of the American government’s words and deeds, unfortunately, are in alignment to truthful American history. I was brought to tears, not only as a POW/MIA family member but as an American citizen. The reader will not want to put this read down until it finished. I thank the author for his honest approach to a dark part of our history; the plight of the [abandoned] American POW.”

— Janella Apodaca Rose, National Chairperson, National Alliance of Families for the Return of America’s Missing Servicemen

Philip's web page has additional information on his new book and his other works of fiction which he has published.

Philip also wrote an article for OpEdNews on U.S. P.O.W. Abandoned in Vietnam and a link to his article can be found by clicking here.

For a link to purchase his book from Amazon, either in paperback or on Kindle, please click here.


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