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Received an email today from this company promising to help me to improve my book sales.  Any feedback?  /  JohnContinue

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Something About Me and My Book:
The scores of naive, frightened, and awed young men arriving daily in Vietnam were branded "Cherries" by their peers. Thrust into an unpopular war, these new recruits had much to learn before being accepted and fully trusted by their brothers. The first few months in country served as an intense learning experience, where they saw, heard, and endured things never thought humanly possible.

This story follows an eighteen year-old "Cherry" serving his year in Vietnam. He and his fellow soldiers would experience more fear, sadness, and pain during their tours of duty than most men would endure in a lifetime. These boys are forced to become men virtually overnight, learning the ropes quickly to make life or death decisions, while depending upon one another to survive.

When reading Cherries, the author takes you along on his journey through war-torn Vietnam and actually makes you feel as if you are there with his platoon - you feel the fear, the awe, the drama, the bravery, the sorrow, and sometimes even the humor of young men in battle. You will see the main character transition from a scared young kid just out of high school into a savvy, skilled leader in the span of a year.

I have also created a blog site with articles and topics that are not published in the book. A picture slide show also parallels the book and allows the reader to see what I've written about. Please visit and comment. Thanks! / John

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Debut of Audiobook - "Cherries - A Vietnam War Novel" Exceeds Authors Expectations

I am proud to announce that my audiobook version of “Cherries – A Vietnam War Novel” is now available on, Amazon.Com and I-Tunes as an MP3 download. Even if you’ve already read “Cherries”, the audiobook version brings the story to life. The narrator has a dynamic and exciting voice – each character having his own distinctive voice and accent. I was truly captivated and mesmerized by the narration – the style and emotion make it seem like a new story all together. Judge for…


Posted on June 13, 2012 at 2:23pm

Meet me in Chicago

I will have a vendor table at the 25th Anniversary of the Chicago Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Parade, June 17th-19th. I will be selling and signing my book, Cherries - a Vietnam War Novel at the Palmer House on Friday / Saturday. Please stop by and visit if you plan to attend.

Posted on June 5, 2011 at 12:18pm

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At 9:10am on April 21, 2010, Jerry Kunnath said…
John--I bought your new book, Cherries, from the Smashwords site and now I am reading it in the evening----since I read the original version I was very curious to see just how it differed from your new 'Cherries'---I want say that it is mesmerizing to say the least---each chapter is more fascinating than the last---thank you for sharing your experiences with us---this is a must read story.
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