45 years ago today I officially ended my active duty time in the US Army, and was not prepared for what would occur in the following month. I returned to Kent State University to continue my education and was shocked to find the tranquil campus I remembered from three years earlier had changed. I witnessed the turbulence that built and exploded on Blanket Hill on May fourth as four students were shot by National Guard troops.
My novel, THE BLANKET HILL INSURGENCY, is history masked in fiction as the lives of a generation change. The God fearing and patriotic environment of post-World War II is attacked. “Better dead than Red” is replaced by “Hell no… we won’t go” as the nation fights a second war at home… a war between generations.
Follow young adults, students and soldiers, as an emerging culture clashes with established values. Relive the days when traditional pastimes and concerns yield to US engagement in Southeast Asia. The campus traditions of Homecoming, building relationships and studies give way to the burning of draft cards, fleeing to Canada and altercations with authority. Although historical, this work encompasses romance, tragedy, military and literary fiction genres. http://amazon.com/dp/B00UAO66WW
What do others think of this work? The following are snippets from reader reviews publisher on Amazon:
“The author, Terry Wilson, gave me a perspective that will have lasting memories for me. I was like many who got their information from the media, which did not explain the human emotions and internal conflicts leading up to the events on Blanket Hill at Kent University…” Author James Hogan.
“…Unlike too many authors, Terry Wilson Does Not over play a single card. Instead of rushing in and painting epic, romanticized tales of the 60s, he tells his tale simply and with great honesty. It is a story worth telling, worth reminding us all of, and a story that would have been diminished if told in any other way…” Author Susan Ward
“…For those of us in college during this time, Wilson’s story will definitely resonate and bring back memories filed away over the past 45-50 years. For those born after the ’60s, it will give insight into the life that many of their parents experienced. I highly recommend this book.” L.R. Brown
“Terry Wilson has written a very compelling story here; it is fictional but it really is truth masked in a fictional costume…” Kenneth Wilkins
“This story shows what college life was like in the late 60’s and early 1970’s, as society was changing. It brings out the influences that began to question all the values which were once taken for granted, such as the Pill and the Vietnam War… …The nice thing about it is it does it without taking a stance of right or wrong on many of the differences between others. That is a refreshing change since it allows the reader to make their own choice of how to perceive it…” Author Jerrie Brock
“Terry Wilson has done a fantastic job capturing the cultural shift of young adults who lived during the Vietnam era. He describes the juxtaposition of a God fearing, rule-following, typical Midwestern college student, within the context of society’s rapid shift to the anti-war movement in the late 60’s. There is a slow, relentless buildup of tension as the book marches towards the Kent State tragedy, as well as to tragedies in Vietnam…” Author Melissa