June 28th, 2023 - Harry Ernest Fitch, an accomplished author of "Common Ground" and "The Number Two Pencil Solution," delves into the past once again with his latest release, "Desk Pilot." This captivating novel takes readers on an immersive journey through the turbulent times of the 1960s, providing a fresh perspective on the Vietnam War era and its impact on the lives of individuals stationed stateside.
In "Desk Pilot," Fitch skillfully weaves a compelling narrative that explores the battles within one military area during a time when America was profoundly divided. The story centers around Taylor Forsberg, a protagonist torn between his desire to challenge the establishment and the complex web of conflicts prevailing in the Sixties.
Forsberg's journey begins innocently enough as a self-described "perfect little cherub" during his junior high years. However, as he matures, his encounters with racial and religious prejudices, clashes between culture and counterculture, the ever-widening generation gap, and the Vietnam War ignite a profound internal conflict.
As the narrative unfolds, readers are transported to a desert Air Force base, where Forsberg's battles with a superior officer come to a head. Fitch masterfully portrays the struggle of an enlisted man caught in the midst of a military bureaucracy that often fails to understand the complexities of the human spirit.
"Desk Pilot" offers a unique perspective on the Vietnam War era, setting itself apart from other works primarily focusing on combat experiences or the aftermath of the war. Fitch's novel sheds light on the less-explored dynamics within the stateside military while simultaneously examining the interconnectedness and separateness of these conflicts from the larger anti-war movement.
Drawing on his own background as a Kent State University graduate and a former United States Air Force enlistee from 1968 to 1972, Fitch infuses "Desk Pilot" with authenticity and a deep understanding of the times. While the story's narrator, Taylor Forsberg, possesses elements of Fitch's own experiences, the narrative itself is predominantly fictionalized, providing a rich tapestry through which readers can explore the era's complexities.
With meticulous attention to historical detail, Fitch seamlessly integrates references to pop icons, landmark events, and the tragedy at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. This careful weaving of fact and fiction enables readers to immerse themselves fully in the sights, sounds, and emotions of a time that shaped an entire generation.
"Desk Pilot" is a must-read for anyone seeking a fresh and thought-provoking exploration of a transformative period in American history. Fitch's compelling storytelling and his ability to shine a light on the internal struggles of individuals stationed on American soil make this novel a standout work that will leave a lasting impact.
About The Author
Harry Ernest Fitch, 78, is a retired high school English teacher and an accomplished author. A native of Newark, Ohio, and a graduate of Kent State University, Fitch brings his own experiences and profound understanding of the era to his writing. With "Common Ground," "The Number Two Pencil Solution," and now "Desk Pilot," Fitch continues to captivate readers with his compelling storytelling and thought-provoking narratives.
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