Multi-award-winning novel, Poisoned Jungle, speaks to the long psychological tentacles war has on the lives it touches, and the difficulty of breaking free of them.
In a powerful human saga, Vietnam War medic, Andy Parks, struggles for meaning after experiencing the despair of war. Teetering on the chasm of his survivor’s guilt, he desperately seeks equilibrium in his life.
From the firefights and ambushes in the Mekong Delta to a bee farm in northern Alberta, the reader is given an intimate glimpse into one veteran’s journey towards healing. In a surprising twist, Andy Parks comes full circle in his quest to quell his emptiness in the aftermath of war.
Alberta author and Vietnam War veteran, James Ballard, draws on his own experiences as a medic to chronicle the lives of the characters in Poisoned Jungle. Sharing much DNA with his protagonist, the author has provided a nuanced and penetrating look into the impacts of war trauma on the human psyche.
Among the literary achievements of Poisoned Jungle is a silver placement in the prestigious Ben Franklin Awards for “Best New Voice in Fiction,” and an International Book Award for literary fiction.