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More About the Author
He has authored four novels with number five and six already somewhere on the horizon. His interests cast a wide net - from politics to literature - to culture and language - to history and religion - making his writing infused with the unexpected as he seeks to tell authentic and engaging stories about people from all walks of life. His writing is straightforward and accessible to all, especially those who enjoy writing injected with doses of Asian culture, history, adventure, and delightful humor. You never know what you might get when you pick up a Sasse novel.
Besides novel-writing, Sasse is a prolific dramatist, having written and produced more than a dozen full-length dramatic productions. He especially is fond of the short play format and has won the Best Script award three consecutive years at the Short & Sweet Theatre Festival Penang. His play, "Words to Say at the End of the World" won five awards this year including Best Overall Performance and Best Director. His plays and short musicals have also been produced in Kuala Lumpur and Sydney, Australia. Performances of his scripts also won Gold and Bronze medals at the Southeast Asian Forensics Competition 2014.
His professional background is as diverse as his writing. He holds Master's degrees from California State University Dominquez Hills and Azusa Pacific University in Humanities and TESOL respectively. His undergraduate degree was in English, which helped him develop his passion for creative writing. He has extensive experience in teaching English, history, and drama.
On top of all of this, he loves to cook everything from gourmet pizzas, to Mexican, to various Asian dishes. Flavor is the key of both his cooking and his writing. He very much hopes you enjoy the taste.
Published Novels and Short Stories of Mark W. Sasse
2016 Which Half David (release date TBD)
2015 A Love Story for a Nation - Kindle & Paperback
2014 If Love is a Crime: A Christmas Story - Kindle only
2014 The Reach of the Banyan Tree - Kindle & Paperback
2013 The Recluse Storyteller - Kindle & Paperback
2012 Beauty Rising - Kindle & Paperback
Top Customer Reviews
I am fast becoming a huge fan of talented Author Mark W. Sasse. "The Reach of the Banyan Tree" is the third fictional novel that I've read by him and I have thoroughly enjoyed all three. I can certainly see his love and fascination for Vietnam because as in Beauty Rising the setting for this novel takes place there as well. As usual the description of the landscape and surroundings are phenomenal and easy to picture in one's own mind.
The protagonist is Charles Regal Carson III, better known as Chip to his friends. His father is the owner of the Carson Oil Company in Texas which Chip wants no part of, therefore, he decides to work in Thai Nguyen, northern Vietnam for a more noble cause. While there, he meets the love of his life, Thuy. After two years of getting to know each other and eventually falling in love, Chip asks Thuy to marry him. She is more than willing but not without the approval/consent of her father whom she knows will not look favorably upon this union. He fought against the Americans during the Vietnam War and feels this marriage would bring nothing but grief to his little family. Thuy is very loyal to her family with only one younger brother by the name of Quat who is very taken with Chip. He sees him as his big American brother and has every desire to be just like him. His love and admiration for Chip is returned by Chip as he takes Quat under his wing and treats him much the same. After a celebration for Thuy's twenty second birthday when much revelry and rice wine are enjoyed, most of the celebrants jump on their motorcycles and head home regardless of their drunken state.Read more ›
I was instantly transported back into time to August 1945, French Indochina, where Charles Regal Carson, an American soldier with the OSS Deer Team, was tasked to assist Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen to fight against the Imperialist Japanese in World War II. What ensues is a hauntingly lovely contemporary romance filled with suspense and intrigue that brought me to tears, as I lived through the lives of Charles (Cha Le), Mai, Long, Thuy, and Charles III.
From there, Charles’ (Cha Le’s) story unfolds through the chaotic life of his grandson, Charles Regal Carson III, (Chip) who in the year 2000 left the family oil business to pursue his own ventures in Vietnam. Surrounded by the natural beauty of Vietnam, Chip falls in love with a young woman named Thuy. Their love leads them on a journey of discovery though cultural differences, language barriers, and age old traditions that lead them to face some ultimate truths in their own lives.
This romance spans fifty years through three generations of American men whose lives are interwoven through the women they love, their courage to face reality, and the lifetime friendships they forged. I loved the richness of the characters and the rites of passage into adult-hood that each endured.
The banyan tree plays an integral part in this story. To me the banyan tree represented the hearts of the people of Vietnam. The tree celebrates life by leading you through the lives of Chip, his father, and his grandfather representing the reach of family ties through the generations. I also gained a new insight into the ancient culture of Vietnam where family loyalty at all costs is still represented in modern society.Read more ›
Chip has moved to Thai Nguyen, Vietnam to get away from everyone, especially his father. In Vietnam he meets Thuy, who he will eventually ask to marry him. She agrees but must have the approval of her father. Initially, old family traditions and past emotions get in the way until Chip reveals that his father is the owner of the Carson Oil Company in Texas, and knowing that Chip has money, her father agrees. When all seems to be going well, a tragic accident happens that will threaten their love and Thuy's loyalty to her family.
The characters in this book are so finely tuned and complex that they make the story come alive, making this book hard to put down. I was drawn into their lives by their interactions and compelling emotions. Their lives are intertwined in a way you won't see coming, and it will leave you wanting more.
I just can't say enough about this book, the writing is so amazing and it will draw you into the story in an emotional way.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a terrific novel set in Vietnam. Rich boy meets local girl - but with lots of twists.Published 7 days ago by Pamela Beckford
Many intriguing images of life in Vietnam enliven this story of personal connection and struggle between Americans of wealth and peasant farmers of Vietnam. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Linda Benedict
I enjoyed this story of a man looking for answers about his family. Good characters and a well told story.Published 14 days ago by Marty S.
War torn love story in Viet Nam with generations of duty, culture, and family obligation. Insightful. Shocking. Best book I've read in a long time. Really enjoyed it.Published 20 days ago by Gail
Quay is twelve years younger than Thuy, but then he is seven when she turns 22 (a fifteen year age difference). Read morePublished 23 days ago by Kindle Customer
What can I say? Couldn't finish. Plodding, stereo typical rich boy , poor girl . Just couldn't get into it.Published 28 days ago by Grammashe
This story starts out to make you think it is going to be a simple love story between Chip, the son of a wealthy corporate type, who has turned his back to his father’s business,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joann R. Greene