In the storyline, Clay Matthews walks out of an induction center in LA and in that instant becomes a man without a country, ostracized from family and friends. Clay's one hope is to find a place in the sun, an odyssey that leads him from a sojourn in the South Pacific to the Mexican Riviera to smuggling drugs across the Mexican border, this life of a desperado ultimately leading to Clay’s incarceration in a Mexican prison. Within this crucible, Clay finally faces what his efforts to avoid the war have done to him. His ideals have been forsaken along the way. His entire focus has become one of unfettered selfishness. Yet Clay’s only thought is to escape and regain his freedom, which he does, only to find himself now haunted by a friend he has left behind. Clay's quest to rescue this friend leads both to a series of spiritual awakenings and a riveting conclusion, in which a host of colorful sixties' characters play their part, among them, Stan, the 'Nam chopper pilot, Faith, the expatriate slumming down in San Blas, Eric, the Bhagavad Gita toting space cadet and Sarah, the former revolutionary who is always game for one more battle against the empire.
"Back in the day,", Corcoran stated, "the question was always, ‘Wow, you were in a Mexican prison! What was that like?’ So I sat down one day to convey the experience, felt claustrophobic as an author, as if I had a Mexican version of the Midnight Express on my hands and opted for a novel. Now people frequently ask, ‘Is it fiction? You know, the part inside the prison?’ to which I reply, Sure, to a degree, but it’s also a brutally honest rendering of what went on behind those Mexican prison bars, right down to the dead bodies."
In a recent Amazon review, one reviewer stated, “...Historical fiction that is smart, political, inspiring and epic...a much anticipated journey that is well worth the trip!”
Gary Paul Corcoran is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 'The Trip Into Milky Way' is available exclusively on Amazon Kindle. More information is available at Corcoran's website at http://thetripintomilkyway.com/
About Gary Paul Corcoran:
The product of an Irish/Italian family, Mr. Corcoran was transplanted as a boy from the clapboard New England of his youth to the stucco subdivisions that began to litter the disappearing ranches and orange groves south of Los Angeles in the 1960s. True to his rebellious nature and the folk music/coffee house idealism that helped shape his early worldview, Mr. Corcoran chose to resist the Vietnam War, was a man without a country for several years as the result and can count incarceration in a Mexican prison as one of his many colorful experiences from that era. Having pursued a love of reading and writing in one form or another all his life, Mr. Corcoran finally took this passion seriously at the turn of the millennium and has dedicated the remainder of his days to authorship.
Mr. Corcoran currently resides in Laguna Beach, California and travels frequently to Baja California for inspiration.
Gary Paul Corcoran
Gary Paul Corcoran