Back on May 22, we talked about celebrities who served in the military. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Gene Hackman not only served in the military, but served in the Corps. The Marine Corps. In fact, he used his VA benefits to attend acting school.
Hackman is co-author of three novels: Escape From Andersonville, Justice for None, and Wake of the Perdido Star. And now it's time for his solo book - PAYBACK AT MORNING PEAK. Considering that he won an Academy Award for Clint Eastwood's western, Unforgivien, it is only fitting that he write a western novel. From the Simon and Schuster website,
LIFE, NOT DEATH, DROVE JUBAL YOUNG . . . but memories of his ma and pa, and his beautiful, bright sister are all he has left. Memories of the peaceful days before Jubal stumbled home with his .22, his blood running cold with fear, terror, and anger. When it was over, the homestead was half burned to the ground. Someone had to bury the bodies. Someone had to set things right.
Now, as Jubal rides west into New Mexico, he remembers his family's laughter and love, his pa's wisdom, ma's thick books, and everything that was defiled by a band of drunken renegades towed along by one man's murderous grudge. A reprobate lawman won't believe his story. A soft-hearted mountain man won't survive Jubal's one-man war. And a judge and his beautiful daughter cannot stop Jubal from climbing a peak of blood and madness: for justice, or payback, or something he can live for -- or die for -- redeeming.
|Sunrise in New Mexico|
To read the first chapter (or purchase the book), click on this link.
Pocket included SOS Aloha in its blog tour for PAYBACK AT MORNING PEAK. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about your favorite role Gene Hackman portrayed or your favorite Western movie, book, and/or author.
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, June 11, 12 pm in Tampa. I'll post the winner on Sunday, June 12.
Kim in Hawaii
Reflecting upon his movies,
The Poseidon Adventure (1972) co-starred with Red Buttons and Ernest Borgnine. Buttons was drafted into the Army Air Corps during WWII. Borgnine joined the Navy in 1935 and was discharged in 1941. He re-enlisted when the US entered WWII, serving four more years as a Gunner's Mate First Class.
A Bridge Too Far (1972) included an ensemble cast of European actors who also served in their country's armed forces: Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, and Maximilian Schell. The music was scored by John Addison, who served in Operation Market Garden (the focus of the film).
Hackman's movies included Navy movies such as No Way Out (1987), Crimson Tide (1995), and Behind Enemy Lines (2001).