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Scott Kauffman Hello,
I have a 50-book giveaway running on Goodreads for my novel, Revenants, The Odyssey Home, a coming-of-age/re-telling of The Odyssey but from the background of World War I and Vietnam. My giveaway runs from November 30th through January 3rd.

Revenants is the story of a grief-stricken candy-striper serving in a VA hospital following her brother’s death in Viet Nam struggling to return home an anonymous veteran of the Great War against the skullduggery of a congressman who not only controls the hospital as part of his small-town fiefdom but knows the name of her veteran. A name if revealed would end his political ambitions and his fifty-year marriage. In its retelling of Odysseus’s journey, Revenants casts a flickering candle upon the charon toll exacted not only from the families of those who fail to return home but of those who do.

My late wife played the role of dark muse in my writing of Revenants. Strings of memory spliced one to another with her twine of tenacious insistence revealed in our rose-garden talks as we looked out across the black of the Pacific to where her Uncle Bunkle, Captain Richard Rees, United States Special Forces, died twelve miles southwest of a city then called Saigon in a country fated but to be for another sixteen months and fourteen days before it self-immolated atop that ever ascending gray ash heap of history. Died amidst a too-tentative truce while he and his unarmed men searched for Americans yet missing. Searched so they too might journey home. The first, and perhaps only, United States serviceman killed in action while deployed on an MIA recovery mission. Likely the last American combat death in our first war that even now only a few begrudging officials will admit where America was defeated, fewer still will confess as a mistake to have been waged at all, and none has yet conjured a credible explanation of what possible imminent threat its loss posed, beyond impairing their own political ambitions, to a vital United States interest justifying the slaughter of the lives of 58,220 Americans who had but begun to live theirs.
You may think you have a memory, but those black-night revelations taught me it is memory that has you for it is only remembrance that can render dignity to death. Remembrance that haunts you and holds you and will not let go. Not ever.

Best to All,
Scott Kauffman

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Scott Kauffman Thank you for bringing to my attention. Here you go:

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Robert Lampros | 22 comments 50 free copies of Afternoon, Merry Christmas!Afternoon

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Jim Vuksic Win 1 of 5 paperback copies (376 pages) of the novel Levels, personalized and signed by me, the author. A download code for the audio book format of Levels is provided on the last page. (8 hours listening time, narrated by Stephen Rozzell.)Entries accepted until midnight, Tuesday, Feb. 5.

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