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In early 2012, Kent Lines sought help through the South Australian Writers Centre for the writing of his novel. We worked together for about a year while Kent’s health deteriorated, stemming from injuries he had received in the Vietnam War. We wrote this largely biographical novel based on his experiences in the USA, Vietnam and Israel.
In March 2013, he passed away in Adelaide, and I felt obliged to finish the story. I have taken some liberties but feel they are in keeping with what he would have wished.
Since retirement I do part-time work in editing scientific papers written in English for the Harbin University of Engineering, North-East China, and write in my spare time.
Kent Keefer Lines was born in Idaho in 1952, and he grew up in an orphanage. Graduating from Idaho Falls High School in 1970, he continued his education at Yale University and Idaho State University, majoring in biochemistry and microbiology. He served in the US Army in Vietnam War and in Israel on special assignment for the CIA.
From 1983, he lived in the Netherlands, New Zealand and Australia. His brain condition, similar to a form of epilepsy, resulted from an injury received during service in Vietnam, and worsened over the years.
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At his request, his ashes were spread over the ocean from a helicopter.