by Samuel Jay
Lieutenant Jack Morro has just days to go before being sent home from the war in Vietnam. But after inadvertently learning of evidence of a conspiracy involving his captain, he is hit by the captain’s ‘friendly fire’ in the midst of battle. He is left for dead but is only wounded, captured by the Viet Cong, and imprisoned. When Jack is reported killed in action, his fiancé, Diane – a rising New York journalist – plunges into alcoholism. A media giant named Vidal helps her recover, and Diane falls in love with him. But Vidal has secrets – including a connection to Jack’s supposed ‘death.’
However, Jack is alive, and after a year of imprisonment, he manages to escape. But he comes home to find Diane married to Vidal and his life still in peril from the information he learned in Vietnam.
Vidal, Jack, and Diane find themselves wrapped in a web of romance, deceit, and danger – and none of them will escape unscathed.
Kneeling in the misty field of elephant grass, Captain Jim Ivy raised his binoculars to peer through the predawn darkness. Spread out ahead of him were thirty men of the second platoon, lying prone, propped up on their elbows, eyes trained on what might be ahead. They wore bulky flak jackets, helmets snapped under their chins, and M16 rifles butted at their shoulders or resting alongside. As a night owl moaned, interrupting the silence, Ivy squinted about a hundred yards out to get a fix on First Lieutenant Jack Morro, whom he had ordered to lead a squad probing for the enemy. Ivy had a motive. The forward position would improve the Viet Cong’s chances of killing Morro.
A humid breeze wafted through the tall grass while crickets crackled their resentment to the army of invaders and lizards leaped to escape. A quarter moon, reluctant to leave before dawn, hovered in the sky as though watching the warriors below. As planned, Ivy’s second platoon and the third had worked their way along the border on either side of this danger zone. The first, including Morro’s squad, was out front, whereas Ivy held the safer rear guard.
Slowly lowering the binoculars so they hung from his neck, the tall, trim Ivy grasped his rifle and then bent over onto his elbows in the crunch of grass, wondering if his plan would work. Morro was a short-timer. Only thirty-five days left to go home a hero and marry his fiancée! So his last few days in combat would probably be Ivy’s last chance to stymie the serious threat that Morro posed, especially once he was discharged and free to talk about what he probably knew. And what he probably knew was very threatening.
The author and his wife, Joan, live in Hunterdon County, NJ. As a public relations professional he and his firm successfully handled major public issue campaigns, including raising $68 million to build Liberty Science Center, now the nation’s fourth largest hands-on science museum. He is also president of a family-owned water utility. Deception is his third novel. His website is samueljaynovels.com, and he welcomes speaking invitations and correspondence via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The book will be free during the tour.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I was born in Newark, NJ — God help me — but my parents chose to move early on. We then moved to Madison, NJ where I went to school at Seton Hall Prep, graduating so well that I was chosen to give the commencement address.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
What got me inspired was that I had written two novels over a period of several years, and after promoting the most recent I started thinking about the third. This one, DECEPTION, took me two years to write, and was just finished.
How do you create your characters?
To create characters I work first from the inspiration and then the outline. Then the characters who need to make up the story. When one has the inspiration and gets going the outline comes more easily. And the characters get created to make up the story.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I write at my desk, and fortunately I do not need anything but the day’s goal in mind. I get my ideas by going first with an outline based on what I see ahead of me. I like to read Grisham and a Writer’s Digest reviewer wrote: “Move over John Grisham. Samuel Jay is a masterful storyteller.”
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
Advice for other authors? Read the novels you like by the author or authors you like and also read Writer’s Digest on a monthly basis.
Anything else you’d like to share?
In my case I succeeded as a public relations pro handling major campaigns (example: raised
$68 million to build Liberty Science Center, now fourth largest in the country), then had to take over the family-owned water utility as president when my Dad passed early. Am still active with that.
Samuel Jay will be awarding a signed copy of Deception to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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