R. Davis, a local author wrote Coincidents focusing on the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach Bike Week, and a veteran brotherhood. He asks the question, “when our warriors return from war, how do they cope with the experience they bring back home with them?” After enduring more than ten years of prosecuting the Global War on Terror, primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan, this question will arise again and again. One only has to read the stories from the headlines to become aware that active-duty and veteran soldiers are committing suicide at an alarming rate, and the number of veteran homeless has risen dramatically. Sometimes, because of economic conditions that exist when they return, veterans sometimes do things they wouldn’t normally do under different circumstances.
“I proudly call Myrtle Beach my home, and I chose the Grand Strand as the setting for the story”, said R. Davis.” The book features veterans, motorcycles, and some of the things that make the Grand Strand unique. I really don’t speak much of myself aside from this: I’m a veteran myself, I love riding my Harley-Davidson year-round and taking part in bike week festivities, and I’m a big fan of promoting the Grand Strand. I am a more private person who prefers to have my work more recognized than me. A lot of writers want fame and all of that. I’m not one of them, but that doesn’t mean that I’m adverse to being involved in other ways. One of the ways of late has been participating in discussions concerning Mark Owen’s book No Easy Day. I’m a firm believer in our nations’ special operators being quiet professionals, which I expound on somewhat throughout my book. So, on the fiction side of writing that I prefer, I offer an alternative read to his setting the story straight.”
“For all the years our War on Terror has raged, I’ve often thought back to the previous generations of warriors and reflected on the toll the experience exacts from a man. I saw all the common denominators being waning support for continuing to fight, the cost to America in lives and resources, economic recessions, high unemployment, and the lack of most to comprehend the mindset of the warriors as they return home.”
To view the video slideshow of the books’ story line, go to: Coincidents.