Who Would You Talk to Again?
Your age provides a unique perspective when it comes to time.
For example, when I was a kid, all my heroes served in the military. Even if it was only in fictional branches like the Rebellion or G.I. Joe. My brother and I covered our bedroom walls with posters we received from military recruiters at the Puyallup Fair. Aircraft carriers, Rangers with face paint, F-14 Tomcats, Marines with blazing swords.
We adored anyone who would tell us about their service. Virtually all of our favorite G.I. Joes served in Vietnam. So did our Uncles. So did our Mom’s friends.
They were still young men at that time.
We also loved to hear stories about World War II from our grandparents. My cousin’s Grandpa would regale us with stories of his time patrolling Pacific Islands whose name I’ve forgotten. Of Japanese soldiers, out of ammunition, jumping out of trees with bayonets and swords yelling “Banzai!” with a final hope of taking a soldier or Marine’s life as their final act.
My step-grandfather would tell us of a life at sea. Shooting down kamikaze’s, men going overboard. The fabled crossing of the Equator.
I still think of Vietnam vets as young men. But I realize I’m now the same age they were when I was young. They’ve grown old. They’re grandparents. Some even Great grandparents.
And those grandfatherly men who served in the Second World War? They’re now like their fathers, my great-grandfathers. They’ve reached an advanced age and…there aren’t many left.
I used to marvel at my grandparents telling me about hearing aged Civil War veterans speak to them in elementary school. I’m only a generation away from telling the same amazing stories to my grandchildren about those who fought the Third Reich and destroyed Tojo’s war machine and the Greater East Asia Co-Property Sphere.
The ’til Death series requires a lot of research. I read, watch, and listen extensively from that time period. My favorite part about preparing a book is interviewing men and women (mostly women are left, sadly) who lived as young adults in the early 1950’s. But, they’re slowly moving on to glory and each new book seems to find the group of interviewees less in number than the book previous.
Eventually, there won’t be people left to tell me about what everyday life was really like. To tell me what they would do if faced with Sam & Amelia’s specific situation.
So, I need to talk to them now. While I can.
And that’s what I want to leave you with. If you could talk to someone who once walked the earth with you, who would it be? Let me know. I’ll send a signed copy of ’til Death: Second Impressions to my favorite answer.
Who do you need to talk to before it’s too late? Go do it now. Don’t wait. It all seems like it wasn’t that long ago from our perspective. But…it was.
Wisecracking Private Detective Sam Rockwell is running for his life, but that doesn’t keep him from taking the case of a Return who’s slipped past Heaven’s radar and overstayed his time on earth. Together with his fiancé, Amelia, Sam brawls and dances his way through San Francisco to unravel a zany mystery where nothing is what it seems at first blush.
The laughs and silver screen thrills of Jason Anspach’s signature 1950s Cold War tale of Hollywood noire are back in this madcap sequel as Sam and Amelia return once again to right wrongs, solve crimes, send the dead off to their proper eternity, and maybe, set a date for their wedding! The Maltese Falcon meets It’s a Mad Mad Mad world in this smart and witty paranormal romp.