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Death Before War

Death Before War deals with the murder of a beloved, Marine battalion commander during a peace-time military exercise in 1964 on a Philippine island that transforms the lives of two Marines, a Catholic priest, and a prostitute.  Combining elements of adventure and murder mystery, this work of literary fiction elaborates a dark, existential prophecy that will haunt these, other American troops, and ultimately the nation, in the tragic war they will soon become involved in, a prophecy that resonates today. First book in a quartet of novels. (Published in 2023.)