Lake Charles, La.
Lake Charles, Louisiana Writer Scott E. Raymond Publishes Novel
Lake Charles, La. writer Scott E. Raymond, 63, has published his first novel, Going Home: One Sailor’s Inner Search During the Turbulent Early 1970s.
The salient power of faith, family, comradeship and love are artfully interwoven in the dramatic story of a young American sailor’s search for acceptance and happiness during the turbulent early 1970s.
In 1972, Ben Bradford’s long-held desire for a close father-son connection with the decorated World War II veteran he calls “Pop” is heightened following an unusual dream one night aboard ship. Ben sees into the past of 1943 and a life-changing event in Pop’s life that sets in motion a swift series of transformational events in the life of the idealistic navy volunteer.
Set in the early 1970s, with the U.S. nearing an exit from a protracted and unpopular Vietnam War, the story’s backdrop spans America’s closing combat role in Vietnam; a national, political scourge called Watergate and an international oil embargo. Going Home delivers a memorable, personal story of hope during a unique time of national trial in American history.
Says Scott E. Raymond:
“In its own special way, Going Home highlights the all-important father-son relationship, in this case, between two war veterans. Equally important, but in a broader context, the story explores a young sailor’s attempt to find himself during a turbulent time in our nation’s history.”
Scott E. Raymond has written numerous magazine articles and authored one non-fiction book about veterans, Voices Behind the Bricks. A native of Lake Charles, LA, his career in public information and communications covered parish law enforcement and state and local government.
Raymond served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CVA-64) during two WESTPAC/Vietnam combat cruises in 1972 and 1973. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1977. A graduated of McNeese State University, Raymond lives in southwest Louisiana with his wife Sherrie.
Going Home is available for purchase on-line now at http://www.scotteraymond.com and will be available at upcoming events to be announced.