Tour of Duty is a fiction novel-literary and historical--set in France, 1960-1966, at the height of the cold war and written with strong characterization, conflict, and dynamic plots. Major characters are Miles Ballard, a physician drafted and eager to succeed in providing best care for his patients who frequently clashes with military demands and morality; Ingrid Stern, wife of Ballard's best friend, seeking truth about lost relatives and the Holocaust; Alyce Read, a newspaper journalist documenting capture the suffering and ruination of Holocaust victims and survivors.
William H. Coles is the award-winning author of short stories, essays on writing, interviews, and novels in contests such as The Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition, among others. He is the creator of storyinliteraryfiction.com, a site dedicated to educational material, a workshop, and examples for writers seeking to create lasting character-based fiction with strong dramatic plots that stimulate thought about the human condition. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
. . . Tour of Duty is one of those books where the reader truly feels part of the world the author describes.
. . . If you like to immerse yourself in slice-of-life stories, Tour of Duty is the perfect book for you.
. . . Written with strong believable characterization and a dialogue-driven plot
. . . The characters he creates are not just ordinary figures but realistic, compelling people with authentic stories and emotional depth.
. . . Tour of Duty is a book that will not disappoint readers looking for a compelling story
. . . I admired his narrative building and development of a darn good story.
— Readers’ Favorite Reviews