Francis J Partel, Jr

Biography

Francis J. Partel, Jr., better known as Frank, says he “was educated at Columbia University and in the Gulf of Tonkin with the United States Navy.” Serving in USS Ticonderoga, Attack Carrier 14, as a junior officer, he simultaneously held down assignments as Office of the Deck, as a Combat Information Center Watch Officer, and as one of the ship’s two Strike Controllers to gain a rich and unique perspective of aircraft carrier operations during the Vietnam War. His perspective spans from the surface ships that screen the formation, to the oilers, ammunition and stores ships which replenish the task group, to the squadrons which courageously flew the missions to deliver ordnance on the target. Given the specialization of skills and the complexity of carrier organization in the modern navy, and later as a civilian pilot, few writers of modern naval fiction have had the experience to write with Mr. Partel’s authority and authenticity on the subject.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I began writing in 2006, and I was inspired by the Iraq War which I thought was very wrong-headed and wrote so at the time. This manifested itself in my first work, "A Wound in the Mind" -- a work of historical fiction built around the emerging understanding by military psychologists in the late 1960s of what has become known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I followed this with the action-thriller, "The Chess Players," a Cold War anti-submarine story which asked, "Given the vast distribution of tactical nuclear weapons on both sides, how was it that we avoided nuclear holocaust?" Today Navy Log Books is publishing "Down in Laos," another action thriller, about a ship, an air wing, and a pilot who is shot down and becomes a prisoner of the brutal Pathet Lao. Beneath the surface, legitimate questions can be raised about the moral healthiness of various civilizations.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My genre is "journalistic fiction," so I began with the actual track of USS Ticonderoga, Attack Carrier 14, during the period in 1968 when USS Pueblo was seized by the North Koreans, the Battle of Khe Sanh and the Tet Offensive took place. There are three key characters. A former Korean War, Marine Officer who returns as a Navy chaplain. LTJG Cannon, a ship's company officer, and a pilot, LT Ti Campbell, USN, son of American missionaries who was raised in Korea during that war. He is shot down while executing a night attack under flares as part of formerly top secret Operation Igloo White and parachutes into Laos where he becomes a POW. His story begins what is a modern parallel with the biblical Book of Job.
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Down in Laos
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 122,330. Language: American English. Published: April 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Down in Laos is an action-thriller, suspense war story for avid readers of naval historical fiction. It involves a ship, an air wing and a pilot based on actual major military and political events in SE Asia in early 1968. When LT Ti Campbell USN, a man of faith, is shot down and parachutes into Laos, he becomes a prisoner of the brutal Pathet Lao and his life uncannily parallels the Book of Job.

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