Author Historian Genealogist
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My father, Kenneth Redline, a soldier in World War I, wrote a novel based on his war experiences. The manuscript, written in pencil in longhand back in the 1930s lay in his closet throughout my childhood. Like most men who have seen combat, he never talked about the war, so reading this book has given me a precious insight into my father's life. He wrote it as a novel, but it is more memoir than novel and exudes an authenticity that can only come from first hand experience. I decided to publish it in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of American involvement in World War I, so I edited the manuscript and released it last April. Dig or Die is a riveting account of the major battles fought by the first American unit to arrive in France, the First Infantry Division, known as "The Big Red 1." My dad was wounded and gassed, and awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Silver Star. I love that a soldier in the Great War wrote about his experiences and 100 years later, his daughter edited and published his work. Oh, and one other thing. My son, John Coopey, has shown a talent for cover design and he's come up with a stunning cover for his grandfather's book, so this project crosses three generations
So far the reviews of Dig or Die have been very good. Here are a couple of excerpts:
"Redline’s prose is sure-footed and powerful, and he often allows Judy to wander into philosophical reverie, thoughtfully contemplating the grimness of his plight. The war’s toll is achingly depicted:.. A poignantly written, unflinchingly realistic account of war." --kirkusreviews.com
"4 out of 4 stars. Dig or Die is a well-crafted tale that captures the imagination and holds the attention. This book will appeal to any readers who enjoy historical fiction with a high degree of accuracy and realistic, relateable characters." --onlinebookclub.org
Dig or Die is available on Amazon or at your local bookstore along with my six other works of historical fiction.