The Junior Officer Bunkroom by J. J. Zerr
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"Set in 1970, the book accurately depicts the treacherous job of flying bombing sorties during the Vietnam War but also the disheartening ethics of modern warfare as well as the social upheaval of the era. Zerr is thoughtful in depicting the slippery slope that presents itself to men at war."
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It is 1970, and Jon Zachery is a young United States Navy pilot who wants nothing more than to gain combat experience during the Vietnam War. Unfortunately, his patriotic sacrifice is of no value to the navy or the nation. His squadron has been slated to decommission with most of its pilots destined for dead-end jobs. As the pro-war lieutenant awaits his orders and drowns his sorrows in whiskey, his wife, Teresa, prays and hopes for a better tomorrow.

Navy Lieutenant Amos Kane is a natural stick-and-throttle jockey who is known as Cool Hand Duke in the air and a prankster on the ground. As his dreams of being an attack pilot in 'Nam are taken away, he begins dating Charlotte Wilkins, who convinces him to adopt an antiwar philosophy. When orders cause Zachery and Kane's paths to converge in a bunkroom aboard an aircraft carrier in the Tonkin Gulf, it quickly becomes evident that the two lieutenants have vastly different viewpoints. As tragedy strikes and antagonism escalates, everyone discovers just how quickly life can change.

In this military thriller, the paths of two navy pilots come together in a JO bunkroom during the Vietnam War where their perspectives clash, instigating life-changing consequences.

 

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Published August 31, 2015 by iUniverse. 282 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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"Set in 1970, the book accurately depicts the treacherous job of flying bombing sorties during the Vietnam War but also the disheartening ethics of modern warfare as well as the social upheaval of the era. Zerr is thoughtful in depicting the slippery slope that presents itself to men at war."

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