This story captures the forgotten conflict of World War II. The book sets during the Great Depression about eight years prior to World War II. The first section of “The Detroit Kid” is the story of young John trying to find his way during the depression while reaching for dreams and in the process learning the ways of men. This novel explores such issues as guilt, the acquisition of wisdom, heroism and the life journey of at home drama, competition, heartbreak and triumph. The later part of the story recounts deeply inspiring true life-changing experiences, one more awesome and deeply inspiring than the next, in the Army Air Corps.
John Robert McCauley was born in Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He went to high school in Rockford, Illinois and graduated from Michigan State University. He is one of six children, three boys and three girls. The author felt compelled to share this story and pictures of the Colorado Calamity in the Rockies with the public through this book. He is also the author of “The Detroit Kid in a Forgotten War,” “The Birds of Anna Mall Kingdom,” “Capuchin Tour Guide,” “Recurrent Dreams of Painted Faces,” “The Passing Tracks,” “Brendan Stranded in Hong Kong,” “Reincarnated Horse Reporter,” “Jesuit Time,” Trapped in Limbo,” Trapped in Limbo 2,” Trapped in Limbo 3,” and “The Sharks Crisis Negotiator.”