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Book Title: Odyssey: 1970|
The author of the book: John W. Cassell
Edition: Inkwater Press
Date of issue: October 14th 2005
ISBN 13: 9781592991624
Format files: PDF
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Odyssey:1970 is the story of a young man's life on the road during one of the pivotal years in modern American history. The sequel to Crossroads: 1969, it picks up with the story of John Cassell, a twenty-two year old college graduate, just returned from Europe and North Africa. Miraculously freed from the Vietnam War by a high draft lottery number in December of 1969, he decides to devote the year 1970 to exploring his own country... to enjoy being young... to revel in the life of the Counterculture before the War Machine comes for him in 1971. The long, uncertain hitchhike between Albuquerque, New Mexico and Berkeley, California becomes as familiar as the way to work. The freaks, gunrunners, revolutionaries and fugitives who haunt its many miles become family.
His year of exploration is shortly transformed into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a rogue Albuquerque cop, Robert Dugan, a man maimed in mind, body and spirit by his Vietnam War service.
Based in part upon a true story, Odyssey is a saga of the counterculture as witnessed by one of its more obscure members, of social revolution, of the impact of a seemingly eternal, unjust war on an entire generation. It's a story of coming of age, the value of friendship, interdependence, as well as some of the consequences that accompany 'doing your own thing'. This is the generation that changed America... in the year that changed many in the generation. Supplementing the story line throughout the book are well-researched historical narratives, including eyewitness accounts, putting the experiences of Cassell, his friends, and enemies in their larger context.
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Read information about the authorThe arts have always played a role in John Cassell's life. His mother was a fashion model, additionally finding self expression in oils and sculpture. His dad was one of the pioneers of television, supplemented as well by summer stock and radio. John's first job was as a radio personality. For twenty-five years he was a prosecutor with over 100 felony jury trials to his credit before focusing his attention as an author of over ten books and stories in various genres.
Cassell wrote most of his books while residing in the South Seas. His earliest works were portrayals of his years on the road both in the United States, Europe and North Africa. His later works are based on his law enforcement and political experiences. All, however, reflect the adventurous spirit and driving curiosity which served as the central animating forces in Cassell's life.
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