Talented fictional writer, Jack Cashman, narrates an endearing story of how events can alter lives and friendships in his latest book titled “Three Steps to the Making of an Assassin”
“Dangerous assassins are not born, they are made; once made there is no turning back.” This quote from Jack Cashman’s new book says it all about what readers should expect from the captivating piece. “Three Steps to the Making of an Assassin” is historical fiction from Jack Cashman that chronicles the journey of two jolly friends and how a series of events threaten their bond. Set between 1967 and 1990, the book takes readers back in time to see the effects of the Vietnam War on the lives of ordinary members of the society.
Events can easily alter people’s plans and life journey, particularly if such events are of great magnitude. This was the case of Jack Roach and Bruce King. Jack Roach was a young man who went from a misspent youth to working his way through college and law school to become a prominent trial lawyer. Bruce, on the other hand, was a poor kid whose misspent youth resulted in his being railroaded into the army, later the CIA and the life an assassin. Like many other Americans, particularly the youth from poor families, the Vietnam War led to a major transformation in the lives of Bruce and Jack, as Bruce’s recruitment into the army created an unwanted monster – a hired assassin.
The book covers the lives of these two friends who grew up together in a small New England mill town and how their lives were sent in different directions by events that were out of their control. Bruce had a taste of war and killing and this experience transformed the young soldier from patriot to hired killer. Both friends were reunited in an unimaginable circumstance as they look to bring sanity back to their lives.
“Three Steps to the Making of an Assassin” gives readers an insight into the lives of war veterans and the challenges they face in getting their lives back after such a horrific experience. It also gives a glimpse of different settings worldwide as Bruce King travels the world to protect the sovereignty of the United States.
About Jack Cashman
Jack Cashman is an author with a forty-five-year history of entrepreneurial activity, including owning several businesses. Sprinkled in among his private sector experience are years of public service both in elected office as well as fulfilling a commissioner’s role after being appointed by Maine Gov. John Baldacci.