The Blue House Raid
NOVEL • THE ARDENT WRITER PRESS • 2020
The Blue House Raid (working title) is in editing and planned for publication by The Ardent Writer Press in 2020.
During the Vietnam war, a lesser-known conflict played out along the Korean DMZ. THE BLUE HOUSE RAID (87k words) dramatizes its most egregious incident, a North Korean commando raid into the heart of South Korea. The novel centers on a squad of American soldiers but widens in scope to include the Korean population both south and north.
Marshall Jones, a black draftee in the US army, weathers the winter of 1967-68 along the Imjin River north of Seoul, in thrall to the working girls in the nearby villages, and happy not to be in Vietnam. In late January, this bucolic landscape of minor skirmishes and prosaic complications evaporates when North Korean commandos shoot up Seoul in an abortive attempt to kill the president of South Korea, and Marshall’s unit enters the fray. As Marshall struggles for purpose and value, and life itself in this arbitrary environment, his squad leader deals with the aftermath of two stints on the DMZ and a pregnant girlfriend; the girls who populate the camp towns deal with lives as pariahs; North Korean commandos deal with the disintegration of their implausible endeavor; and ordinary Koreans deal with another bump following the war that destroyed the peninsula fifteen years before.
excerpts from the novel
Sergeant Paul W. Martin, 1st Battalion 23rd Infantry, killed in action near Pobwon-ni, Korea on January 24, 1968 at age 21.
Private Salvator T. Mojica, 72nd Armor, killed in action near Pobwon-ni, Korea on January 26, 1968 at age 18.