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Curse of the Coloring Book: A Novel Inspired by a True Story

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When Herald Lloyd, an attorney and family man, learns he's been cursed with a catastrophic legal-malpractice lawsuit, his recurring Vietnam War nightmares flood his daytime consciousness, and he medicates his post-traumatic stress with alcohol.

He was reckless to quit college to join the Army. Mocking the war, he bought a GI Joe Coloring Book and half-gallon of whiskey, for
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 12th 2016 by Ghost Dog Enterprises, Inc.
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He made a mistake and it may cost him everything his law practice, his reputation, his home and possibly his family. One omission on an otherwise brilliant document for a case he had won for his client and now his world is almost as chaotic emotionally as it was all those years ago in the rice paddies and steam of Vietnam. Herald Lloyd is in trouble, his PTSD, his alcoholism and his life are spinning out of control and he is caught in the vortex of the maelstrom as the horrors and flashbacks of ...more
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
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Herald Lloyd is an attorney whose life is falling apart -- he's drinking to excess regularly, his wife/business partner is continually threatening to leave, and he's committed a pretty obvious bit of malpractice while being uninsured -- which will pretty much ruin his practice and family. All of this can be traced back to his drinking, he's self-medicating to deal with recurring nightmares, flashbacks and stress related to his time serving
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This was a pretty enjoyable and well-edited book. I generally don't read novels about military life or wars, and the author managed to illustrate well what it was like being in Vietnam, the humidity, inserting details like how the humidity is bad enough to damage guns, etc. He also wrote the battle scenes well so that I could see them going on, but he didn't get overbearing with detail.

The lighter parts of this book had me chuckling at some of the turns of phrase or the way the author described
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Everyday life and war experiences fit together about as well as guns and poetry—a combination that author Howard L Hibbard makes feel almost natural in his Vietnam War novel, the Curse of the Coloring Book. The truth of real experience is neither picture-book enticement nor text-book knowledge but somewhere in between—somewhere the author has clearly been. Bringing Vietnam to life through haunting details, from sudden death to sodden airmail paper; adding a vivid depiction of the world of a smal ...more
William Bentrim
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Curse of the Coloring Book by Howard L. Hibbard

This was a hard book to read. The plot is inspired by the true story of an attorney dealing with PTSD due to his Vietnam experiences.

The idiocy of the college fraternity experience, the stress of the draft and protests and the inability to “measure up” to unrealistic expectations fuel aspects of this plot.

Herald Lloyd is an attorney struggling with internal demons. His experiences as a infantry platoon Lt. in Vietnam feed the fires of alcohol abus
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Author Howard L. Hibbard in his novel, “Curse of the Coloring Book” writes about a young man Herald Lloyd’s life. The reader is quickly engaged within Herald’s military experiences giving vivid detail to a tour in Vietnam. While in Vietnam there are many disturbing things that occur making it very difficult to maintain a reasonable order of life after returning to the states.

While serving law, Harold make a huge mistake that could destroy his business, his family and the business of the one he
Kevin Debono
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First off lemme start by saying this is much more then a story about the Vietnam War but a story of a young man who decided he wanted to serve his country and the emotional aftermath it caused him. The book gives great insight to the author's thoughts during his time at war and how they are shaped by his experiences.It also is interesting how the book jumps back and fourth from Hibbard as a lawyer to him as a young man and how his current lawsuit he is working on brings up a lot of the PTSD he h ...more
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