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Fourth and Forever by [Carson, Bert]
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"From the first page to the last, Bert Carson's FOURTH AND FOREVER not only paints a picture of the best things in life (family, hope, love, integrity), he paints with artful accuracy, a canvas that spans the Vietnam War, loss of love, football, and the bonds between a father and son. Bravo!" ~ The Kindle Book Review

"'Fourth and Forever' has sports in it--and Vietnam. But it's not about sports or Vietnam. It's an inspirational foray into resilience."
~ Joyce Faulner, 
President, Military Writers Society of America, and Award-winning author of In the Shadow of Suribachi & Username 

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What I love about the writings of Bert Carson is his core values are in every word, every scene. Honor, courage, deep love, struggle against all odds, loyalty - all of these are in this book, too." ~ Kathy Lynn Hall

From the Author

In late November, 1986, I was in Missoula, Montana, for a speaking engagement.  Early Sunday morning I left the downtown Red Lion Inn to go for a run.  I crossed the footbridge over the Clark Fork River and ran through the sleeping campus.  When I got to the Grizzlies practice football field it began to snow.  I stopped on the edge of the field and watched for a moment.  As I stood there an idea came for a book: a career Army officer, less than three months from retirement, decides to go to college with his son.  Both make the football team - the son, Bobby Edwards, as starting wide receiver and the father, Josh Edwards, as the kicker and backup quarterback.

Writing when I could find a few minutes, I finished the story in a couple of months.  It was too short to be a novel and too long to be a short story so I filed it away.  Seven years later Desert Shield became Desert Storm and all of the Vietnam issues I thought I had handled came up.  I ran a short ad in the Times-Journal, Fort Payne, Alabama's daily newspaper that read something like this - "I'm a Vietnam Vet and I need to talk to people who understand what that is.  If you served in Vietnam and feel the same way, meet me at The Best Western for a cup of coffee..."  I gave an time and a day the following week.

I arrived at the restaurant thirty minutes early and found 27 guys already there.  They were the only ones there since they had intimidated all the restaurant's regulars.  One of them shouted when I walked in: "Hey, are you Carson?"  I said that I was and he shouted back, "Carson, you're late!"  I said that I was thirty minutes early.  He called out, "NO! I mean you're twenty-five years late in calling this meeting."  The place erupted in laughter.

 That was the beginning of Vietnam Veteran's Southern Command and the source of more than enough material for me to turn Fourth and Forever into a full length novel.

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  • File Size: 743 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publication Date: January 17, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JN06B2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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