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Kozaís B.C. Street in novel spotlight

Date Posted: 2007-09-27

The tale of a young Marine who falls in love with an attractive Okinawa nightclub hostess is the theme of a new novel about the island in the 1960ís.

Written by a former US Marine stationed in Okinawa, the 192-page book BC Street weaves a romantic story mixing actual events and history with pure fantasy. Marine Timothy Coleís Okinawa adventures take him into periods of tragedy and moral conflict as his values clash with patriotism and loyalty demands to his country.

Author E.A. Cooper was stationed in Okinawa in the 1960ís, followed by a combat tour in Vietnam. He explains B.C. Street as ďan adventurous military romp set against the backdrop of errant U.S. foreign policy and diplomatic arrogance, compounded by the unbridled behavior of a few undisciplined GIís.Ē

Cooper, who studied journalism and earned a doctorate in adult education at the University of Georgia, says of his B.C. Street: ďNot since Michenerís Sayonara and Lederer and Burdickís The Ugly American has an American novel been cloaked in the ineptitude of U.S. foreign policy and the highhandedness of U.S. Military occupation. Cooper is now dean of evening administration with Albany Technical College in Albany, Georgia.

B.C. Street is available online through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Target.

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