Moving deftly from the epic to the personal and the hilarious to the heart breaking, Internal Conflicts follows Peter Luton, a young, sensitive, idealistic army officer as he searches for sex, love, identity, and meaning in a world turned upside down.
In his first novel, Internal Conflicts, Acclaimed author and military historian Flint Whitlock thrusts us back to the turbulent ‘60s and captures the tenor of the times in one of the most powerful and emotionally compelling stories to ever chronicle the Vietnam Era.
Moving deftly from the epic to the personal and the hilarious to the heartbreaking, acclaimed military historian Flint Whitlock thrusts us back to the 1960s in one of the most emotionally compelling and powerful stories to ever chronicle the Vietnam Era.
In Internal Conflicts Peter Luton, a sensitive college student, is beset with a host of fears, failures, inadequacies, and anxieties. More intellectual than athletic, he has shamed himself by a painfully impetuous act he can only refer to as “The Incident in High School,” and still suffers from the after-shock of being dumped by his rich, spoiled fiancée who challenged him to “grow up and be a man.” Convinced that manhood can only be achieved when one demonstrates courage in the face of extreme danger, Peter welcomes the opportunity of joining the Army and soon finds himself a second lieutenant searching for sex, love, manhood, and identity in a world at war.
About the Author:
Flint graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois in 1964 and followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the U. S. Army. While sailing on the last troop carrier transporting military personnel across the Atlantic by sea rather than air, Flint spent the ten-day voyage reading The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich—a book that greatly influenced his life as a military historian many years later.
Flint served as an officer in Germany for two years before being reassigned to what he calls the “tropical paradise”–Vietnam. After one year in Vietnam, Flint’s final military assignment was at Fort Carson in Colorado. Flint liked the area and planted his roots in Denver.