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Category: 

Memoir

ISBN-10:  0977657787 Type: 
Pages: 

127

Copyright:  July 4 2010 ISBN-13:  9780977657780
Fiction

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A Vietnam Vet learning to deal with life after the war.

This book is about a Vietnam Vet from South Carolina who had to learn life after the war and to cope with the horrors that he witnessed in a unspecified  war.

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male child was born and his destiny already defined. Expectations are high for the first born male child. But the realities of his life are much more defined and clarified.
At the start of Blye’s life things were typical for the era he was born and raised in. With strikes already weighing heavily against him; being a black man raised by a single parent he became the man in his home at a very early age.
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He protected his younger siblings from the weight of the world by doing what he could to help his mother and grandmother out financially.
As far back as Blye remembers he has never liked school. He spent most of his days in truancy.
Most, young boys get into to trouble with mischievous curiosity; Blye was no different, except his activity was because of necessity. His first obligation was to his family. Because he was the eldest; the protector he felt obligated to help with the financial responsibilities at home. He started his first job by becoming a runner. Doing odd jobs for whoever requested his services. As a hustler he sold corn liquor and delivered it to the purchaser. It was bringing in the needed cash and helping out at home so, nothing else mattered.
He was the product of his community; determined to find success and financial stability for his family. Like all African American communities of the past, it was the communities that protected and raised the children. It is only now that he realized that he had riches beyond measure. The one thing that his mother, grand-mother and his community taught him was to never give up because trouble never last long.
Tall, dark, and quick with words, and with a sly smile on his face it never revealed
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the tribulations of his past. What I was attracted to when I first met him was his honesty, his persistence, and his tenacious personality and how he refuses to take no for an answer. This trait was all a part of Blye’s make up. The one thing that I see in him is that he strongly believes that if you wear the object down, then eventually you will wear them out and get the result that all of the attention afforded.
Buzzard is his nickname. I find that name to be common in the state of South Carolina. There was a Doctor Buzzard; a figure that put fear in all who knew of his black magic. Quickly, he did not want any comparison to this mystical person. So, he quickly shared with me that he was a domesticated Buzzard; trained and house broken.
He could not remember when, where, or who gave him the name but he do remember that it came from either his war buddies or his family after the war had ended. The reason behind the name is because he wastes no time or efforts to go back and cleans up what has been left and forgotten.
Then, I put the definition of what a buzzard is and what it does and tried to relate it to him as he apparently has done: a scavenger, a man of nature and does the job that so few others will . He never refuses to do or accepts defeat; he leaves when the clean-
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up is complete. His existence is based on survival and surviving at all cost.
With his jovial personality, his intimidating presence and with his persistence to obtain the things he wants. Blye can be overwhelming for any person who does not know him. It was in August 2000, when I received my first introduction.
This was a day that I will never forget. It was a hot summer day. In the distance you could hear the music blasting from the speaker on the back of his truck. He was coming down the street; by Sylvester’s in Harlem (Harlem was an area in Myrtle Beach’s hood where Blye was an unforgettable hero).
Like a dream, all you could see was a Burgundy truck coming towards you. Then you notice a dark shadow sitting on the driver side. Then, as he made his way up and finds a parking spot, his introduction has already begun. The person standing nearest to you begins to inform you of his presence. The narrator wanted you to know exactly who he was and what he represented.
Finding a parking spot, he tugs on the door’s latch and as he steps away from the cab of the truck.
As he walked away from his Burgundy Ford Truck he closed the door behind him. Like him his truck was decorated; with the American flag on pole and an oversized sticker on the gate of his truck. On top of the tool box
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it was designed with speakers positioned on each corner of the tool box. They were blazing the blues. The American Flag flapped in the wind. With his very own monologue; he was introduced with the highest esteem of recognition that was done in the highest honor.
The sweat rolled from his face like a menopausal aged woman. With a white cloth he wipes the sweat from his brow and with a smile; he walked forward, shaking hands as he made his way inside.
“He is my Michael –God’s Archangel of battle. He is the angel of the highest order.”
His head is full of mayhem and disorder but chosen to conquer chaos, contain commotion, calm confusion, to lead and to rescue God’s chosen in the name of the Heavenly Father.”
With no regard to his own safety and with the intentions of giving nothing but his best effort, he went about his task giving nothing but his best, risking himself for another’s life.
Although we can’t understand where God is leading us, faith confirms our purpose and one’s destiny is carved in stone.


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