I’m proud to announce that Paragraph Line Books has released the newest from John Sheppard, author of Small Town Punk and Tales of the Peacetime Army. His new book is titled Alpha Mike Foxtrot, and it’s an awesome tale of redemption and finding yourself in this crazy modern world of consumerism and chaos.
John frequently writes about his time in the Army, although it’s more of a Tim O’Brien The Things They Carried approach than a Full Metal Jacket sort of war glory trip. This is the story of a guy named Joe, a soldier, but it starts after Iraq, after he got wounded and discharged, and has more to do with starting over, finding your duty in life after your duty in the armed forces has abruptly ended. He’s got a mom with cancer and a brother that’s schizophrenic, and instead of immersing himself in that drama, he thumbs his way to the midwest, finds a room in an eclectic boarding house filled with lost souls, and stumbles into the only career for which his service trained him: stocking crates of junk merchandise at the local big-box store.
The book is a great black-humored capture of the culture of the mid-00s, a midwest full of oversized SUVs with yellow ribbon magnets on the back, with owners racking up credit card debt to keep the biggest TVs in every room of their house. It’s a great story set in that world, about becoming lost and then found, and very awesome writing.
For more info, check out the book’s page at Alpha Mike Foxtrot. It’s available on Amazon in print and Kindle formats.