ONCE A WORLD
"A brilliant evocation of a brief but bloody chapter in American history..."
Border tensions are escalating to bloody violence; terrorist attacks on small-town American citizens and petty squabbles in far-flung locales threaten countless more lives.
Welcome to America, circa 1916-1918, and two of the bloodiest conflicts that starkly defined an era.
Teenage Hector Lassiter, an aspiring author inspired by propaganda and a siren's song of throbbing war drums, lies about his age, mounts a horse, and storms across the Mexican border behind General "Black Jack" Pershing and George S. Patton to bring the terrorist and Revolutionary General Pancho Villa to justice.
Soon, the still under-age Hector is shipped off to the bloody trenches of France, fighting the so-called "War to End All Wars" where he meets fellow novelists-in-waiting John Dos Passos and Ernest Hemingway.
Once A World is a love story at once epic and intimate; a portrait of the artist, and his country of birth, at a defining moment in their storied history.
Edgar, Anthony and Macavity Awards finalist Craig McDonald, author of the internationally bestselling Hector Lassiter series, delivers an adventure novel and historical thriller for the still-uncertain 21st Century.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Down & Out Books, paperback, July 2019: ISBN: 978-1643960265
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PRAISE FOR ONCE A WORLD
"A brilliant evocation of a brief but bloody chapter in American history, and it can easily stand alongside the best of Gore Vidal's Narrative of Empire series in its portrayal of a lost, and too often forgotten, world."
—STEVEN POWELL, THE VENETIAN VASE
"Never expected that Once A World, by Craig McDonald would be his finest work of fiction that I have read thus far. This is the kind of fulfilling, moving, and entertaining story that makes reading such a pleasure. A coming-of-age novel. A tragic war novel, set on two continents. A grand tale of love, romance, heartbreaking loss, and redemption. A tale of the writer beginning to bloom, his growth, and determination to realize his passion, both on the battlefield with a Colt Peacemaker by his side, and the dark apartment, with pad and pencil, writing in the fading light. A novel of a world that once was, one that is in its final sunset."
—MARVIN MINKLER, MODERN FIRST EDITIONS