To Whom It May Concern
I am a retired psychologist. I lived in Roseburg, OR from 1973 to 1985, working initially as a psychology intern and then as a staff psychologist in the psychiatric unit at the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) there. I recently had the privilege of reading Roland Cheek's new historical novel reflecting some rather extraordinary events that occurred in and around the VAMC approximately 20 years earlier. These colorful events have achieved legendary status in the memories of Roseburg old-timers. They are well documented in Roseburg News Review articles.
I found The Dogged and the Damned to be coherent, and well organized. It is a truly compelling read, the kind you find yourself thinking about and eager to continue. The descriptions of the hospital and the surrounding forests in which it occurred are accurate enough to stir fond memories. Even though the events in the book are disturbing, Cheek's literary style does not discourage the reader.
The book is about the timeless effects of war on a soldier. Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder were recorded in 490 BCE by Herodotus in his descriptions of the battle of Marathon. The United States is at war again. This present-day social relevance will pique interest among contemporary readers. To me, it seems to have movie potential.
Yours truly, Ray T. Moore, PhD / Nelson, BC, Canada
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