• Coming in May 2017: My New Novel, Hoopers War

    August 23, 2016

    Posted in: Hooper's War


    Luminis Books will publish my next novel, Hooper’s War, in May 2017.

    Here’s the back cover kind of blurb for the new book:

    There’s no prosthetic for a soul that’s dying faster than its body. You have to heal it. And to do that, you’re going to have to fight Hooper’s War.

    In this anti-war novel set in WWII Japan, Lieutenant Nate Hooper isn’t sure he’ll survive. And if he does make it home, he isn’t sure he can survive the peace. He’s done a terrible thing, and struggles to resolve the mistake alongside an unrepentant Japanese soldier, and a Japanese woman trying to save both men.

    War can be about a lot of things but it is always about what happens to people. The characters face a decision that will forever define them not by their war against each other, but by their war against themselves. A tale of moral complexity, of decisions that last longer than people do.

    With allegorical connections to America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the reverse chronology telling of Hooper’s War turns a loss-of-innocence narrative into a tale of why that loss is inevitable.

    Think Matterhorn and The Things They Carried, crossed with Catch-22 and Slaughterhouse Five. Some parts funny, some deadly serious.

    That’s an early mockup of the cover, above. You can read some early excerpts from Hooper’s War here.

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  • Recent Comments

    • John Poole said...


      And hopefully the film in 2018! I’ll toast to the book’s success tonight!

      08/23/16 9:29 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      Thanks, John, but hold off on the champagne for a film version until maybe 2025…

      08/23/16 10:46 AM | Comment Link

    • traven said...


      I look forward to the book. It makes me remember how all of us felt when we heard Japan had surrendered in late 1945. We were still kids and now we could go home.
      We knew nothing about the long term devastating effects of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They just told us that they were very destructive. That was good enough for us. Part of the narrative we got was that we did not have to land troops in mainland Japan after the deadly battles on Okinawa. In three and a half years we, the Soviets, and the British had beaten three powerful armed states.
      What a contrast to today when after 14 years we are still at war with individual “terrorists” creating more enemies and leaving chaos behind.

      08/23/16 11:34 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...


      Congratulations on the new book!

      08/24/16 7:23 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      Thanks, everyone. The book is anti-war, using WWII as a way to slip the issues of our present global hate wars into the minds of people who are otherwise closed once they hear the words terrorism, torture, drones and ISIS. I think there’s also a decent story tucked in there as well. Hang with me until May and you can see for yourselves!

      08/25/16 8:39 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Thank you Peter for your tales, sarcasim, and education. Organize.Agitate, and have a nice day waging peas….

      08/24/16 10:41 AM | Comment Link

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