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GENERATIONS: Birth of an American Aristocracy

Author(s): Jon D. Zimmer

An unforgettable novel of wealth and fame, politics and adulterous romances, murder and intrigue, along with family secrets that each generation swears to take to the grave.
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An idealist, Jack Gilbert travels to California where life’s events make him a witness to and participant in the intrigues and brutality of war. Involved in espionage, he becomes an adulterer, a secret he vows to take to his grave. Following the war, his life of love, politics, and growing wealth compromises his idealism, and as each new generation of Gilberts emerges, there is little realization that the family’s wealth has come at great expense to others. But greed, like a moving train, is hard to stop.
 
Excerpt:
Joshette unlocks the door and leads Jack inside. She shows him the files where the documents are kept and Jack quickly begins taking pictures. In a few minutes he is ready to leave, but Joshette hears noise outside of the office. "It's the janitor. He will open the door, turn the light on, and begin to clean."

She begins to undress and tells Jack to quickly remove his pants and jacket. She sits on the desk and parts her legs. In the ambient light, Jack sees a smile on Joshette's face as she says, "Do you need some help, or can you perform under these conditions?"

Jack silently and quickly complies, as the door to the office slowly opens. When the janitor sees them, he immediately exits and closes the door.

Joshette asks, "Are you going to finish?"

Jack lowers her onto the desk and the passion is immediate. He puts his arm under her head and pulls her gently closer to him.

Afterward, they go to the Colonial Hotel for dinner and drinks, but are relatively silent. Jack breaks the silence, "What happened goes far beyond our duties…"

Joshette interrupts, "You don't need to make an excuse for my behavior. We did what we had to do to get out of a situation. Afterward, I wanted sex."

"These are strange times in North Africa." He kisses her gently on the lips and walks to his car. Struggling with his adulterous conduct, he attempts to justify what is happening on the war.

Jack’s son David is born in 1950, on the day the Korean War begins, the first military action of the cold war, and as the war drags on, Jack becomes wealthier and wealthier. When it ends, some five million soldiers and civilians are dead, and Jack feels a degree of responsibility for the deaths. It is, after all, some of his businesses that manufacture weapons for war.

Years later, Jack’s son David departs for the second military action of the cold war – Viet Nam.
 
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The bush is thick, and David and the others slow down for fear of being ambushed. David’s buddy Freddy continues on and is quickly lost from view. After a few minutes David moves ahead alone to search for him. He moves silently, and sees movement in the bushes. He sees Freddy on his knees over a dead Viet Cong. He appears to be cutting his head off. David looks around, sees no one, then speaks just loud enough for Freddy to hear. Freddy stops what he is doing and motions for David to come over. Looking at the dead Viet Cong with half of his head cut off, David says, "What in the hell are you doing?"

Freddy has a surprised look on his face as he replies, "I’m killing the enemy and making an example of him to any other Viet Cong who comes into this village. When I remove his head, I'm going to put it on a pole as an example of what will happen to the next Viet Cong."

David is stupefied at Freddy's words. "What you are doing is a death sentence for the people of this village. When Charley sees that head on a pole he will think the villagers did it, and they will kill everyone in the village to set an example to everyone who opposes them."

Freddy doesn't respond.

David wonders if Freddy is a psychopathic killer or if he really believes the only solution to winning is to kill every one of the enemy. "You are always the first to go after Charley, but they never seem to survive once you get to them."
Freddy smiles back. "Why would you want to capture scum like that? I don't take prisoners, unless I'm told to."

"But you seem to enjoy killing them."

"I do enjoy killing them, and I hope this war never ends."

Several days after they return from leave in Saigon, they are on a patrol and as usual, Freddy is in the front of the shooting. He is unseen, and right behind him is David. David sees the Viet Cong firing at Freddy and Freddy firing back. Freddy is shot and bleeding out from a wound that severed the main artery in his leg. David takes a towel and puts it over Freddy's leg to apply pressure, but he is hesitant about applying enough pressure to stop the flow of blood. This is his chance to prevent Freddy from committing another atrocity.

Freddy can feel that no pressure is being applied. He looks up at David, smiles and says, "Welcome to the club."
 
 


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ISBN (Electronic): 978-1-6184-5254-2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Date Published: 01/31/2014
Publisher: Beau to Beau Books

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