THE ROPE CATCHER
by Larry Stillman
Larry Stillman’s THE ROPE CATCHER is now available on Amazon.com in hard cover and Kindle edition.
It is April of 1942 and 28-year-old Jimmie Goodluck leads an aimless existence on the Navajo reservation, where he knows only poverty, prejudice and lack of opportunity. Everything changes when he hears a Marine Corps recruitment message on the radio. Without a second thought Jimmie heads out toward what he hopes will be a new and meaningful life.
As a marine recruit, Jimmie becomes a code talker. He and his small, all Navajo platoon develop a classified code using the Navajo language – the only code in WWII the enemy could not break. For the first time, Jimmie experiences equality, respect, and admiration: everything he’s dreamed about all his life. But it is when he retunrs home four years later that he discovers the devastating truth about what can happen after your dreams come true.
This entralling (and well reviewed) tale, told with keen historical accuracy combines both fictional and real-lfe individuals. It depicts Jimmie’s journey of hope, disillusionment, and redeption as he immerses himself in a world war and the turbulent changes that sweep across the Navajo reservation, forever his own destiny.
Taken from THE WRITE WORD, the newsletter of The Society of Southwestern Authors Feb-March 2015