Author: William Walling
ISBN 978-1-62137-152-6 (softcover)
ISBN 978-1-62137-153-3 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-1-62137-154-0 (ebook)
Joseph Heller's remarkable novel, Catch-22, used black humor to illustrate the trials and tribulations of men at war. This humorous spoof of the modern U.S. aerospace industry employs plain vanilla humor to satirize the idiocies and frustrations afflicting those employed in a business the author, once an aerospace engineer himself, knew all too well. You'll encounter a plethora of outrageous characters, and a few entirely lacking in character - a one time porn queen who's into blackmail; the wealthy great-grandson of a Russian aviation pioneer obsessed with reacquiring the giant corporation he insists was "stolen" from his family; an ex-Air Force lieutenant colonel who reinvents himself as a totally inept management favorite; a wannabe Western film actor who's never been within fifty yards of a horse; an ultra-paranoid executive vice president; a nymphomaniacal lady manager, and sundry others, all embroiled in perfectly Quixotic situations ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, and beyond. Enjoy!
About the Author
Born at an early age of mixed parents, a man and woman, the author's early childhood was a disaster; his imaginary playmate would have nothing to do with him, though he himself thought the kid was great. Since then, it's been all downhill. Seriously, a former aerospace engineer with a keen interest in ancient history, classical music and science fiction – long jumps, yet true – he spent several decades designing flight systems hardware at Lockheed Missiles & Space Co., where a career high point was five years spent on a recently declassified project code named AZORIAN that secretly and successfully retrieved a Soviet naval submarine from the deep Pacific north of Hawaii. IT'S TOO LATE TO LEAVE EARLY is one of ten novels he's had published by Virtualbookworm.
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