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New Novel by Susan Rosvall Provides Thoughtful Look at Vietnam Experience


Dog Ear Publishing releases “Silence is Broken” by Susan S. Rosvall.

A young man’s military ordeal is detailed in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. After a temporary withdrawal from college, William Scofield is drafted into a 1st Infantry artillery unit in Vietnam; decades pass before he breaks his silence, revealing the shocking story of his 1966 tour of duty.

Author Susan S. Rosvall taps into her brother’s personal Vietnam experience to create the character of Private William Scofield, who stars in this new book.  A naïve young man from a middle-class Southern California family, Bill is unprepared for the brutalities that await him in the III Corps battle zone of Vietnam.

In the relentless heat of Vietnam, Bill confronts both an internal and an external enemy.  Assigned to a seven-man howitzer crew, he meets the hateful Sergeant Moore, an illiterate Klansman from Alabama, who makes it his business to bring Bill down.  In spite of Moore’s insidious threats, and the bone-chilling attacks of North Vietnamese soldiers in the field, Bill performs with courage and self-reliance.  Unwittingly, he emerges a hero 

Meanwhile, Bill’s mother, Abigail, fears that her son will be physically or psychologically damaged by the war, or that he won’t return at all.  Desperately, she searches for information about the politics and progress of the war, hoping to stay emotionally connected to Bill.

“Silence is Broken” is a heartbreakingly realistic portrayal of a young man who becomes an instrument of destruction for an ill-defined cause.  Forever changed, Scofield could be any boy sent to war and forced to act in a manner that goes entirely against his nature.  In the end, his childlike trust of national leaders — and human nature itself — evolves into a mature cynicism.

This is the first novel for author Susan S. Rosvall, whose painstaking research is evident on every page. Rosvall, an English composition teacher at California State University, Los Angeles, lives in San Marino, Calif.

For additional information, please visit www.silenceisbrokenthenovel.com.

Silence is Broken

Susan S. Rosvall

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2367-0                        284 pages                        $16.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

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