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Pursuit of Paradise

Thomas N. Smith

This is the story of an East Texas farm boy, the war in the Pacific, and love. Based on true events, Red Smith leaves his farm, experiences the horrors of war, and returns a man, wanting only to go back to work on the farm. His pursuit of paradise takes him into brutal combat in the dark, steamy Philippine jungles and leads him back home to his dream girl, Juliette Hamilton.

The story begins on an East Texas farm and moves to Hawaii, Australia, New Guinea, Leyte, Mindoro, Mindanao, and Occupied Japan, then returns to the Texas Panhandle and moves westward into Arizona with the migration of farms and farmers in the new industrialized America. It is a story of human resilience, love, and coming-of-age.

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Thomas N. Smith presents the story of his parents in his first historical fiction, Pursuit of Paradise. The novel vividly describes the years before, during, and after World War II.

Mr Smith was born in Dallas, Texas, and spent considerable time as a young boy visiting his grandparents in California. He learned much about the geography of Texas and the Southwestern United States.

He developed his unique style of descriptive storytelling, with his words painting a powerful picture of life in rural Texas, while he listened to the tales and recollections of the years before and after World War II. He wrote several small booklets before age ten about adventures and daring deeds.

A former Marine, postal worker, geologist, environmental scientist, and college instructor, Mr Smith currently lives in San Antonio, Texas.