The Last Post is a historical war novel told from the perspective of three men who fought in three different wars – the Second World War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Through these three men the reader experiences the glory and the horror of three major battles – the Flying Fortress bombing raids against Germany and Berlin, the retreat from the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea by twenty five thousand Marines who had to battle their way home in sub-zero weather while being surrounded by over two hundred thousand Chinese, and the covert battles fought “over the fence” in Laos by the Special Forces SOAG units attacking the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
The three main characters of the story are a microcosm of America and reflect in their day to day lives how we find meaning and value amidst the pathologies that we all suffer as a result of the wars we have fought. The Last Post is a thrilling, thought provoking journey through the Either/Or of Love and War, Good and Evil, and Light and Darkness. In its quest for the immortal in the mundane, the novel reflects the mysteries of the human spirit in all its multiplicity, haunting shadows, and the undefinable darkness form which the story emerges, leaving us to wonder as one of the main characters in the story wonders when he says, “What have we done to deserve this?”