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About the Author

F. Mark Granato’s long career as a writer, journalist and communications executive in a Fortune 50 Corporation earned him extensive international experiences on virtually every continent. He is now pursuing a life-long ambition to write fiction and especially to explore the “What if?” questions of history. In addition to “Finding David,” he is the author of the novels “Of Winds and Rage,” a work of historical fiction based on the Great 1938 New England Hurricane, “Beneath His Wings: The Plot to Murder Lindbergh” and “Titanic: The Final Voyage.” He writes from his home in Wethersfield, Connecticut with the help of a large German Shepherd named “Groban” who occasionally asks probing questions.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481275763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481275767
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,849,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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F. Mark Granato was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut's south end and worked nearly 30 years as a journalist and corporate communications executive. He traveled the world extensively, and while journeying would spend his captive hours musing plots and characters for novels in his head. Today he is the author of six historical fiction novels, including the acclaimed "Finding David" -- a story dedicated to a boyhood friend who was killed in Vietnam that explores the devastation experienced by his survivors and the tragedy of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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The Vietnam war, more than anything in recent memory, divided our country and affected a generation of young people. As Tommy DiMarco says, "a half million kids my age were dancing half-naked in the mud at Woodstock, I was fighting for my life in a VA hospital."
But "Finding David" isn't a book that debates the Vietnam war, it doesn't cast blame nor does it wrap itself in self righteous patriotism. Because Finding David isn't about the war in Vietnam...it is, though, a fitting tribute to the young men who fought there, many of whom came home to that divided nation, scarred, scared, grossly unappreciated and greatly misunderstood. Men who fought in America's most unpopular conflict and too often found themselves abandoned by the country and the people they had served.
That, on one level, is F. Mark Granato's novel. And "Finding David" captures that experience through Tommy DiMarco's battle in Nam and his ongoing struggles back in The States with horrifying reality, touching dignity and genuine empathy.
But that is only one aspect of Granato's remarkable book. Here, too, is a truly moving story of friendship, brotherhood, love, loyalty and family. Through realistic, multi-dimensional characters, this author takes the reader beyond Tommy's battle to readjust and gives us a heartwarming tale of childhood friendships, romance and a slice of 1950's, 60's and 70's life.
I was never in a war, hence I am no authority on the authenticity of the conflicts related in Finding David. I have no experience that could ever compare to what Tommy lives, neither on the battlefield nor in his long road to recovery. But, that being said, perhaps it is testimony to Granato's writing...
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By jd on September 8, 2014
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Two best friends since grade school join the marines out of high school. They are sent to Vietnam and David's body is blown to pieces while his buddy is in a hospital in a coma with some damaged parts undergoing numerous surgeries. The author makes me question the present when he flips between what I thought was the present and flashbacks but at the end I wonder if he remained in the coma dreaming of what could have been. It took three years in that coma before he and david were reunited. What this story and others like it did was make me realize the high price one pays to sacrifice their lives for me and that the government instigating the war will not care for those they are responsible for damaging. Rather they horde them in an institution without appropriate care or they are released back into society and then held accountable for the way they behave. I lived during that time but because I am a female I was not forced to enlist. My heart goes out to those who suffer and their families. My ex-husband's first cousin was a victim. I was never exposed to him but heard about his demons.
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I'm not crazy about the author taking license to attribute the development of Prolonged Exposure Therapy to a fictional character in the early 1970's when, in fact, Dr. Edna Foa, psychologist, developed it in the ?late 1980's? If only we'd had this effective form of therapy since that time. Many more lives could have been redeemed. Thank you, Dr Foa for your courage and rigorous research and dissemination. Thank you, Mr Granato, for a story that honors our Vietnam veterans. I wish they could read it, but most probably cannot.

Also, not sure I like the ending but, it was definitely a surprise! A worthy read.
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Once again, author F. Mark Granato presents a compelling story that leaves the reader pondering the "what if's". This is an excellent story about the sadness and confusion reaped upon us all by the Viet Nam war. Once you open this book it's difficult to put it down. I would highly recommend "Finding David" to everyone.
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I could not put this down, having read it on memorial weekend. It was filled with hope, love and the promise of tomorrow. It also hit close to home for me personally because I knew David as a child and because my own son came home from war with his own demons. I know David has found peace. I pray my son does.
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This was a compelling story of a young marine returning from Vietnam. Opened my eyes to what many those returning home must have experienced. It was also a touching love story, that made me cry more than once. The setting in the southend of Hartford brought back familiar memories. I would recommend this book.
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Once I started this book, it was very hard to put down. Within the first few pages I was hooked. A great story of friendship, love and Vietnam. Even though I am from a later generation, I was able to connect to the characters. Very well written. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
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By Jo on April 20, 2013
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This book captivated me within the first few pages, I knew immediately I would not be able to put it down. Being of the Vietnam generation I connected with the characters and felt what they were going through. A must read for all generations! One of my all time favorite books.
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